Top 25 reads

What is the top fifth of the books completed thus far this year? My favourite books and chapbooks read are these: Poems/Essays Quiet Night Think: Poems and Essays by Gillian Sze (ECW, 2022) Where Things Touch: A Meditation on Beauty by Bahar Orang Bookhug, 2020) Novels/Short Fiction A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little […]

Checking In: Paul David Mena

Someone who keeps at writing for 30 years or so are ones to watch. I came across Paul David Mena’s work on twitter and became a fan and eventually asked, please, pretty please could I publish some? The result was Morning Becomes Azaleas/, le matin devient azalées (phafours, 2019) with translations to French by myself […]

Little Free Libraries

Swap boxes and Little Free Libraries are one of life’s urban delights. Here’s a guide to LFL in Ottawa. It’s extensive and got a map of all the beauties. btw, since you’re here, click over to my Instagram, or my Patreon.

Mini-Interview: Bernice Angeline Sorge

It constantly astonishes me how many are bursting with talent and have decades of accomplishment. I don’t seem to get used to it. Ditch Walker (Yarrow, 2021) is an 87-page book of gentle haiku by Bernice Angeline Sorge of Dunham, Quebec. She has been an internationally known printmaker, (and occasional counterfeiter) for decades, and now […]

Checking In: With Laurie Koensgen

Laurie Koensgen has published fifty-odd poems nationally and internationally since that first phafours credit with Where There’s Fire (2013) Laurie Koensgen (KŌNS-gən) is an Ottawa writer and educator. She was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Poetry 2018, received honourable mentions in Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize 2018 and The New Quarterly’s Occasional […]