Checking In: With Grant Wilkins

Grant Wilkins may be familiar to you through sound poetry performance. [“A very small bunny!” or duotones.] Or through book making places where he sells handmade paper and letterpress things. He avowed a couple decades ago that he was a poetry appreciator, not a poet. The sandstone of observation gradually crumbled into being a maker […]

Checking In: With Nedjo Rogers

Nedjo Roger’s often politically engaged poetry and songwriting pursue glimpses of transcendence in the everyday. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Canadian Literature, SubTerrain, Contemporary Verse 2, and Class Collective, among others journals and online publications, and in various chapbooks including In Air/Air Out in 2011. PP: It’s been a minute since we last connected. What are […]

Checking In: With Monty Reid

Monty Reid is “former Director at VerseFest, former Managing Editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, former guitar/mandolin at Call Me Katie, what now?” Which sounds like he’s fielding suggestions. Intelligence agency poems? Small biology poems? New Covid poems? What do you want to see, folks? He has published a whack of books and chapbooks, almost all […]

Checking In: With Rona Shaffran

Rona Shaffran was a key organizer at Tree reading Series back when it was in Arts Court, Ottawa. She was in Chromatic Beliefs, and A Wall’s Sharp White, two outcomes of the Tree Masterclasses, and Barely Their in 2010, also a phafours press chapbook, and of course, her poetry collection. PP: I remember that we […]