What’s Maya Keshav Reading?

Who’s Reading What? Bonheur d’occasion, Gabrielle Roy I didn’t pick up this Montreal classic until I’d already left the city. As soon as I opened it, though, I was instantly transported back to the neighbourhood of Saint-Henri, and back in time to WWII. The novel follows a working-class Québécois family as they fall in love, […]

Frances Boyle’s Writing Space

Writing Spaces My writing space is – finally – relatively spacious. After our daughters moved out of the home we’ve lived in for 20+ years, my partner and I each took over one of their former bedrooms, abandoning the adequate but far from ideal office spaces we’d used for the first decade and a half […]

Portrait of the Writing Space as a Barn

Writing Spaces I grew up in a barn, a creaky lug of a building almost a century old and sided with rust-streaked tin. To understand the composition and function of my writing space, my office, you need to understand my family’s barn; jotting down notes to compose this reflection, I have realized how much our […]

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Loving Intention: An Interview With Catherine Malvern

Barb Carter, lead Poetry Editor, in conversation with Catherine Malvern on her poem “December’s Child,” the overall winner of The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest for 2018. The poem appears in Issue 148 of The New Quarterly. Barb: Catherine, first let me thank you for your brave, beautiful poem. Each time I come back to December’s Child, […]

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Exploring Occasion: An Interview with Terence Young

Kim Jernigan in conversation with Terence Young on his poem “The Bear,” one of the winners in The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest for 2018. The poem appears in Issue 148 of The New Quarterly. Terence Young is a poet and fiction writer who lives on Vancouver Island where, until his recent retirement, he taught English […]

The Richest Work of Love: An(other) Interview with Suzanne Nussey

Amanda Jernigan in conversation with Suzanne Nussey on her poem “For My Husband on Our Anniversary,” one of the winners in The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest for 2018. The poem appears in Issue 148 of The New Quarterly. I met Suzanne Nussey first over e-mail, after she won the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest in […]

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Grant Munroe’s Writing Space

“providing writers with a homey retreat” Over the years, I’ve written in a variety of places: a tiny studio apartment in Brooklyn, a refurbished closet, a desk at a Wall Street brokerage (between tasks, secretly), and countless cafés. Today I write in an office that was originally the sleeping porch of a summerhouse built in […]

What’s George Elliott Clarke Reading?

During my appointment as the 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), I was privileged to receive commissions to draft poems on subjects as royal as the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Order of Canada (1967) and as proletarian as the 100th Anniversary of the Great Bolshevik October Revolution that established the Union of Soviet […]

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“Wealth”: Maria Meindl’s Writing Space

This room has only one, somewhat lackadaisical, heating vent; still, I tend to think of it as a hot spot in the house. It’s a chaotic little cauldron of work, all the surfaces roiling with books and notebooks and hard copies of manuscripts, articles I need or once needed or might someday need. Often, my […]

Jesse Matas’ Writing Space

It’s important to mix it up. Sometimes I write in the lake. Sometimes I write on the Oaxacan coast with chickens on my hat. It’s important to try things. I like typewriters. Sometimes I write on a typewriter, in a car, on the highway of tears. Sometimes I write at a desk. Sometimes it’s important […]