Finding the Form with Eleanor Sudak

This poem began its life as an idea for a short story, a screenplay-like vision peopled by characters who can never quite come together in ways hoped for by the reader. I am so fond of the works of Mary Lawson, Anne Tyler, and Donna Morrissey that their themes flavour my thoughts. Or, maybe their […]

Finding the Form with Susan Vernon

Perhaps I am an intuitive poet who doesn’t really want to know exactly how she does it.  Even if, at times, a poem doesn’t come easily, it always seems miraculous:  to begin, to carry on and then to find an ending. In my early thirties, I wasn’t writing much poetry even though I had thought […]

Launched: Watermark by Christy Ann Conlin

Christy Ann Conlin’s short story collection, Watermark, was published by House of Anansi in August. Based in Nova Scotia, she is the author of two acclaimed novels, Heave and The Memento, as well as the co-creator and host of the CBC radio series, Fear Itself. Our correspondence began with a postcard and quickly shifted to […]

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Finding the Form with gillian harding-russell

“Although the square or rectangle of a sheet of paper – short or long, small or large – may influence the shape of the poem, I like to allow the words to find their own voice and presence on a sheet of paper.” I allow the form to rise from the fall of the words […]

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Jeanie Keogh’s Writing Space

“When I’m working late into the evening, I can watch the sunsets that the Flemish painters captured so well as the light dies out over my garden. The landscape connects me to the ebb and flow of the seasons (which often matches my writing process), and the view somehow helps me to weed out scenes […]

Terence Young’s Writing Space

“I’m okay with clutter when it all serves a purpose.” One of the key components of my writing space is music. I have a fondness for old stereo equipment and vinyl, and I also enjoy several of the local FM stations. So, my room also houses my record collection and several amplifiers, turntables and tuners. […]

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What is Mahak Jain Reading?

“It’s not possible, in the audiobook format, to get caught up in the words or language because there’s no space to reflect on or ponder them.” I have always resisted audiobooks. I am able to read faster than the speed of audiobooks, so the latter never seemed efficient. I also become easily distracted and daydream […]

What is Marcia Walker Reading?

“I had not read Madame Bovary in twenty years and returning to it left a very different impression on me. I was less interested in the type of woman Emma Bovary was or whether I related to her. It was the world of the novel that took my attention.” I’m a huge Deborah Levy fan […]

gillian harding-russell’s Writing Space

“Over the computer on my desk, an owl ingeniously sculptured out of a piece of driftwood by my brother-in-law (artist Jamie Russell) sways over my head to keep me wise.” Although when I am travelling, I will work anywhere – in a coffee house or on a hotel bed with a notebook on my lap […]

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Interview with the 2019 Peter Hinchliffe Fiction Award Winner Paola Ferrante

DH: Congratulations on winning the 2019 Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award for your story, “The Underside of a Wing”! It’s a daring and ambitious story about mental health, relationships, climate, animals, and the bystander effect. For me, the brilliance of this story is the way the albatross circulates, flutters, refuses to settle. Rather than taking on […]