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. See the Oct 22 schedule here.

Written vs Spoken

Can I peg a poet as written or spoken from a headshot? The performance with body on stage poet is more apt to get studio lighting, performance capture with expressive face and microphone. There’s more dynamic angles. The written poet disproportionally is outside, with grass, trees. Written poets are more likely to conceal their face […]

New Short Forms Workshops Coming In April

April 3-May 8, 2017, weekly on Mondays for 6 weeks. Haiku and other short forms: Haiku, senryu, short lyric, tanka, minimalism, one word poems, erasure poetry. Online, and in-person thru Studio Nouveau in Ottawa if there’s 6 people in person. The best of participant poems go into a phafours press chapbook. $200 for 12 hours. I […]

Books and Chapbooks read in 2016, part 2

Futher micronotes on what I completed in 2016. Taxi Cab Voice, an arrangement for Bill Hawkins by Neil Flowers (above/ground, 2016) — I liked the title poem Returning Two (Judith Copithorn, 1972) in search of the perfect loaf: a home baker’s odyssey by Samuel Fromartz (Viking/Penguin, 2014) — extensively obsessively researched, and such enthusiasm is […]