Shazia Hafiz Ramji: How did you arrive at the title of your chapbook, Dear Kestrel? Khashayar Mohammadi: A few years ago, during a very rough time in my life, I started writing small prose-poems addressed to my dear friend Ke, whom this book is dedicated to. I started every piece with “Dear Kestrel,” and after… Continue Reading Be Your Own Favourite Poet: An Interview with Khashayar Mohammadi, author of Dear Kestrel
Dina Del Bucchia needs no introduction. She is the lifeblood of poetry across the country. She is the flora in every Mazzy Star track. She is your slumber party bff and that distinctive, funny voice on Can’t Lit, a podcast, which she co-hosts with Jen Sookfong-Lee. In this interview, Del Bucchia chats with Invisiblog guest… Continue Reading Voice and Character Peeing in Adjacent Stalls: An Interview with Dina Del Bucchia, author of It’s a Big Deal!
The Search for Ziggy Nowicki by Cole Nowicki Zigmund Nowicki disappeared in 1961. I didn’t know Zigmund Nowicki existed until 2018. A great uncle whose name I’d never heard until a chance utterance around the dinner table while visiting Grande Prairie for my younger brother’s highschool graduation. Oh, Ziggy? Grandpa had another brother. Where is… Continue Reading The Search for Ziggy Nowicki by Cole Nowicki
Oubah Osman began exploring poetry when she was a teenager. As it is for many during that tumultuous time, writing was a way to process the emotions and events that comprise life experience. “I was able to communicate through poetry,” Osman says, reflecting on her early writing experience. “I think journaling was helpful and then… Continue Reading “I believe in the power of words.” Natasha Ramoutar in Conversation with Oubah Osman, author of Hereditary Blue
David Bradford, author of The Plot (House House Press), his third chapbook of poetry, speaks with Shazia Hafiz Ramji about unearthing family histories, “untellable grief,” and personal debris. Shazia Hafiz Ramji: What is The Plot? David Bradford: “The Plot” is actually the title of the poem, in four parts, spaced out throughout the chapbook—a title… Continue Reading Rhythm of Unearthing: An Interview with David Bradford
Sanna Wani, author of the chapbook, The Pink of the Seams (Penrose Press), speaks with Shazia Hafiz Ramji about the “strange little immortal creatures” that are poems, the Ramadan treat of rose syrup, pink insides, and more. Shazia Hafiz Ramji: How did you arrive at The Pink of the Seams? Sanna Wani: Hmmm, I went… Continue Reading Pulling Back the Flesh of Myself: An Interview with Sanna Wani
Cody Caetano’s first chapbook, Pleasure Dome Poems, was published in January 2019 under Knife|Fork|Book’s What Queer Reading (WQR) imprint. Award-winning poet, Billy-Ray Belcourt, says Caetano’s work “bears a kind of pop art sensibility – it is slippery and agile and revisionist and campy and ethical and ultra contemporary. Some of the turns-of-phrases here are so… Continue Reading Bippity-bops, Turnstile Hops, and Poofing Doobs: An Interview with Cody Caetano, author of the Pleasure Dome Poems
For National Poetry Month, Manahil Bandukwala, the author of the chapbook, Pipe Rose, talks to Shazia Hafiz Ramji about her second chapbook, Paper Doll, published by Anstruther Press. Shazia Hafiz Ramji: How does it feel to have a new chapbook? Manahil Bandukwala:I love chapbooks! As an emerging writer, they’re a very comfortable place to have… Continue Reading An Interview with Manahil Bandukwala
THRILL-RIDE (OR, HOW I LEARNED TO ENJOY POETRY)By Amanda Ghazale Aziz I. Impression Online, you’ve seen poetry shared to express reprieve, a shift in seasons, global mood. On the runway, Pierpaolo Piccioli commissioned four poets: Greta Bellamacina, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Mustafa the Poet, and Robert Montgomery, to collaborate with him on his Valentino Fall/Winter 2019 collection,… Continue Reading Thrill-ride (Or, How I Learned to Enjoy Poetry)
Port of Being, the debut poetry collection by Shazia Hafiz Ramji, is shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize — one of the BC Book Prizes! We’ll be crossing our fingers and toes until the winner is announced. Congrats too to all the other finalists!