One of my dearest friends has just published a memoir of mental illness and I can’t recommend it enough. Unflinchingly honest, open, and incredibly generous, “Love & Theft” bravely shares Jocelyn Patten’s decades long struggle with schizoaffective disorder (yes, it’s possible to be plagued by both bipolar illness and schizophrenia, which seems like cosmic sh*tContinue reading “A memoir of mental illness you shouldn’t miss”
Earlier this year I discovered the Poetry Unbound podcast by Pádraig Ó Tuama, which is affiliated with the OnBeing project. I’m thrilled that I arrived late to this particular party, as there are so many episodes sitting there, waiting to be discovered.
Although I love to read Ekphrastic poems, which are poems written in response to visual art, it’s not a form I’ve experimented with very much.
I’m so chuffed to be included in a new Canadian poetry podcast, by poet Jason E. Coombs. Jason’s vision is for a podcast that allows you to hear poems read in the same way you’d listen to a new or favourite song: on repeat. The idea is simple; after a short intro, he reads theContinue reading “A Poem on the Eh Poetry Podcast”
I’ve followed literary journals with a medical / health focus right from the start and have always loved the work shared in Please See Me. I was thrilled to have not just one, but two poems selected for issue #10, with its focus on women’s health.
One of the great pleasures of writing poetry is reading poetry, and the launch of an issue that includes a poem of mine is always exciting for all of the new work it introduces to the world and to me. Birds Like Bombs I wrote the poem included in this issue a year ago, whenContinue reading “Poem in Whale Road Review, Issue 26”
In the fall of 2021 I had a poem appear in the “Wonder” themed issue of Prism International, an excellent journal based in Vancouver, BC. Now that the next issue has appeared (also full of excellent work), I feel I can share screenshots from Issue 60.1, “Wonder”, in which my poem first appeared. The experienceContinue reading “Poem in Prism International”
The awards for the Hammond House Publishing literary contest were given on February 9th in the UK. It wasn’t a trip I could make, so I took part in a video interview, which I’m sharing here. The 2022 Literary Festival run by Hammond House was held at University Centre Grimsby.
When I noticed the “Stardust” theme of this year’s Hammond House Publishing literary contest, I knew I’d have to submit a few poems. That theme is right up my alley in so many ways.
As a relatively new poet, one thing I’ve learned is that submitting new work to the most appropriate journals and contests makes a big difference. It takes time to figure out where one’s work might best fit. Gradually I’m getting better at this.