I’m so pleased to announce that my first collection of short stories, That Savage Water is being published by Exile Editions, Oct 1, 2014! There were moments when I didn’t think I’d ever see the day I’d have my name on a book but the wait was worth it. A big thank you to the crew at Exile Editions who made this happen with amazing efficiency and good humour. You can pre-order a copy online now!:
Started off the summer of 2014 with another short-listing for the Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction emerging writer award! In addition to the awesome honour of being published in this stylish anthology, finalists are published in the equally stylish ELQ magazine. A chance at the prize alone ($10,000) is worth submitting your story. Keep an eye out for announcements in the spring of 2015 for the call for Book Five!
“The Pigeons of Peshawar” is a story about how travel to foreign countries can serve as a space that opens up new perspectives on the traumas of our past. This story was born from a workshop prompt challenge (thank you Michael Collins!), a really helpful and inspiring method that forces you outside of your comfort zone. Writing a story that includes narrative obstacles, challenges, requirements or constraints can force our imaginations to tackle a story from a fresh angle, freeing us from our ‘fail-safes’ or ‘go-to’s’.
Earlier this summer my story “A Fire in the Clearing” was short-listed for the $15,000 Gloria Vanderbilt Short Fiction competition. Strangely, this wasn’t even the highlight. Thanks to Exile Editions, I was able to meet Ms. Vanderbilt herself as well as other Can Lit heroes, Austin Clarke and Leon Rooke, in none other than Morley Callaghan’s house. Given that this story went through a firing squad of workshops and repeated rejections, it feels all the more sweet to have it end up here. Look for it in an upcoming issue of ELQ. Congrats to Sang Kim, Austin Clarke and Priscilla Uppal for their wins!
Everything is So Political is one of those publications that I dreamed of being a part of when I was a teenager. Like Fortune Hotel, a brilliant collection of twisted travel stories that served as the foundation for my own travel-inspired collection, Everything is So Political takes multiple and varying perspectives on the theme of politics in short fiction. Not only is there a foreword by Fred Stenson, not only was it edited by Sandra McIntyre, it’s been reviewed in a hell of a lot of awesome places and is selling well to boot. My story “From the Lookout there are Trees” deals with the travelers’ angst that is inevitable when backpacking through countries like Burma. On one hand, there is the desire to break through the perception of a place into its reality, but on the other hand, that reality is so often grim and elusive.
It’s always an honour to be included in the first issue of a slamming publication. Edited by Raymond Luczak, this journal of short fiction joins Assaracus in Sibling Rivalry Press’ family of stellar journals. My story “A Feast of Bear” takes aim at the softer side of machismo for a look at what we keep frozen inside us.
Just caught this issue of Vallum featuring two of my poems, “Billboard Seen as Portal” and “The Workmen Clamour Below” in my local Chapters.
Vallum has blown me away with its quality publication, and it’s incredible to see my name printed alongside others like Nathaniel G. Moore, John Barton and Moez Surani. Poets, submit!
Nothing thrills me more than being part of the first issue of a publication. Plenitude Magazine was awesome enough to take two of my pieces: “Two Variations on the Theme of Envy” and “First-World Lakeshore Sunday”.
Check out this new publication out of Victoria, B.C. by the intrepid Andrea Routley. Even better, subscribe!
This story was inspired by my second trip to Burma and holds inside it several of my most vivid memories. It’s also nice to share the stage with the other writers who will be included in the anthology.
Thanks to Rosewood Publishing!
With a commitment to clean, crisp images that speak back to photographic masters such as Steven Meisel and Mario Testino, Toronto-based photographer Jaclyn Locke has proven with her stunning portfolio that, in the words of Matt Hardy, “seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”
Check out my interview with Jaclyn in Plaid Magazine.
Friend and fellow artist, RSzeliga, took a poem we recorded during our days in the Japanese countryside and transformed it with his magic into something far more interesting. This kind of project confirms the merit of collaboration.
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