You probably heard Pedlar Press is closing this December after a couple deals to buy it fell though. Beth Follett has some thoughts on the publishing journey for those who may join, for one,
“Literary publishing is not a smaller version of commercial or large-house publishing. Our markets are absolutely different.”
” I do not believe the size of the literary market in Canada has grown that much since 1996. Larger lists, larger print runs, ebook production: none of these match current literary market demands. What has grown, what is being demanded, is diversity of voice.”
I’ve wanted to go to this for years but it’s a fair hike to Washington. This year it was online.
Some I knew previously, or met in person. Interesting to see people.
Brad Bennett gave a great talk on Euphony. Imagine, nearly 150 people gathered for this topic.
Generally rhyme in English (but not in French) haiku avoid rhyme as it is very dense in a small form. Assonance and consonance are okay, but I’d never thought of slant rhyme as a way to write a haiku. David O’Meara’s talk at the Ottawa Public library years ago described how to brainstorm around sound to move the poem forward using sound links to help ideas cohere but to apply this to haiku as well is interesting.
Brad Bennett gave the example of “pond willow” instead of “summer willow” in a haiku as doing more sound work. The p near willow unconsciously suggests pillow, restfulness and the specificity of pond instead of a generic summer makes the image crisper and brighter.
Teachers have taken cracks at that since grade 9 English but I get onomatopoeia better this time with his subtler examples.
Sessions were recorded so I look forward to seeing this again, and the ones I missed.
The VF site is live! The festival runs online Nov 6-22.
The closing event for the 10th anniversary edition will host 5 minute readings from a few of the organizers: Chuquiao Yang, Éric Charlebois, Shery Alexander Heinis, Vivian Vavassis, David O’Meara, Michel Therien, rob mclennan, Susan Atkinson and myself.
Currently stacked to read in one room. I get a mouthful of words every few days.
Top to bottom: David Groulx, Ross Gay, Natalie Hanna, Pearl Pirie, Paul Perry, Rose Maloukis, Dane Swan (editor), Mary Jean Chan, Jamie Sharpe, Greg Santos, Gil McElroy, Susan Atkinson, Andrew Vaisius, Carla Harris, Roxanna Bennett, Donna Kane, Paul Vermeersch and Terry Ann Carter (editor).
Thank you for all your love and enthusiasm and cheering! Thanks to David O’Meara and his questions that made me felt heard and seen. Thanks to Radiant for the organizing, promoting and editing of the launch.
Thanks to you who reported your copy is en route, or just arrived, or mid-way being read, and those inquiring where to get one. It all does a heart good.