News Roundups

Tonight on Literary Landscape: Rory McIvor, a 3rd year student from the University of Edinburgh, will be talking about Robbie Burns. It’s Robbie Burns Day on the 25th. McIvor’s studying History and Politics at Carleton as part of the International Exchange Programme. Originally from Northern Ireland, McIvor has developed an understanding and appreciation of Scottish literary culture.
That’s 93.1 fm on CKCU Literary Landscape at 6:30 pm.
Next week on Literary Landscape, January 30th, brings us Amanda Earl talking about DevilHouse Press, Poetry 5×5 and other diverse things.
Also that night, Colin Morton’s new book Winds and Strings (Buschek Press) will be launched on Thursday, January 30, 7 p.m., at the Raw Sugar Cafe, 692 Somerset W. in Ottawa.
Speaking of launches, tomorrow’s launch at the Carleton Tavern is for the 10th annual issue of Ottawater. That’s at doors at 7pm.
In other news, Fred Wah’s term as Poet Laureate of Parliament ends and French haikuist Michel Pleau is on deck.
Meanwhile, Belgium declares its first Poet Laureate, Charles Ducal.
The Al Purdy A-Frame in Prince Edward County will be the location for writing retreats for seven Canadian writers: Katherine Leyton, Sue Sinclair, Nick Thran, Kath MacLean, Laurie Graham, Rob Taylor and Helen Guri. Read the full announcement here.
Short on time? Speech Word Count converts your written text into an estimate of how long it would take to say.
The poem viewer is a cool bit of software for a different visual scan of a poem. It color chunks it by type of phoneme, vowel length, stress such as this example of Song by Muriel Rukeyser.
K.I. Press made a post about how transferrable people’s recommendations for books are and the problem of how to predict what you’d like.

Book jacket blurbs (testimonials, to those of you not in the book biz) don’t tell me anything about a book’s quality, but they do tell me about what kind of book the publisher is trying to make me think it is – how they are positioning it. I recently tried to read Joseph Boyden’s newest work, The Orenda, and noted that the blurbers—and there were a lot of them—were all male. And all of the blurbs were Very Serious.

You always benefit from reading a press’ guidelines but sometimes more than others. At Carcanet there are two audio interviews with Michael Schmidt that offers solid advice for navigating submissions anywhere.
If you’re in a submission zone now,
At Quillfyre, item 19 contests and magazine calls.
There’s this list of writer’s gruide to CanLit Magazines.
chapbook publishers listing at EveryWritersResource.
Line Break Press made a list of presses with open reading periods in general and broken up by months.
TransArtists list for various arts including literary deadlines for residencies worldwide.
In a Globe & Mail article on Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk’s novel Sanaaq points out that we are inside a storytelling tradition but there is more than one and you benefit from stretching,

As the Inuk author Rachel A. Qitsualik explains of one of her contemporary short stories: “Some of the characters in this tale are bound to be doing and believing things that are puzzling to non-Inuit readers. Good. We live in a time when critical thinking is not ‘hip,’ when we demand a thorough explanation of everything presented to us, preferably in an easy-to-read, brochure form. While this facilitates speed, it is also the cognitive equivalent of living on marshmallows…. [M]y feeling is that if the reader wants to understand a people, he or she has to live with those people for a while. And a story is the ultimate magic by which this may occur.”

Have you ever seen a very young John Cage doing Water Walk in the game show, I’ve Got a Secret?
If you want a lucid considered look at poetics at UBUweb there’s The Sons of Captain Poetry a 1970 documentary of boNichol by Ondaattje that I’m grateful this was filmed & kept. It’s a wonderful look at what made bpNichol exceptional.
This may be an article on Tango but the applications that could transfer to poetry are clear.

People who start learning tango are confronted with the fact that they cannot “just dance to the music”. If they do, they disconnect from the partner. […] What does a beginner imitate? That which is most visible to the eye […] to the detriment of the connection […] The desire to move is often also blocked by personal difficulties. Shyness, fear of exposure, fear of failure, fear of contact, inability to connect to the music and therefore to get the ideas and feelings to express. We also see the opposite: people letting their energy run free, moving a lot inside the embrace, which does create a sort of a dance, but the communication between partners amounts to two people shouting at each other while standing only a foot apart.”

If you like haiku and short poems, micro haiku, a best of by George Swede is just released.
You’ve no doubt seen by now that Kay Ryan was in a bicycle/car collision and got broken ribs, punctured lung and other injuries. An LA Times article gives no update but looks at her poems.
Shannon Tharp’s Cost of Walking gets a review at the Tears in the Fence blog.
More bad news for books Mondragon in Winnipeg announced it will close shortly after Book City in Toronto started to prepare to shut its doors.
If you’re in Toronto, or can get there Feb 11th pop in at the 10th anniversary of BookThug. BookThug’s 10th Anniversary Party is Tuesday Feb 11, 2014, 7:30pm at the Monarch Tavern. PWYC. Suggested $5.00. The raft of readers includes: Camille Martin, Michael Boughn, Kemeny Babineau, Roger Greenwald, Adam Seelig, Julie Joosten, Shannon Maguire, Marianne Apostolides and Lise Downe.
The R. H. Blyth Award 2013 for book of or on haiku has been announced.
Zach Well’s Opera report is up after his sucessful Francs for France campaign to fund him to see his poems turned into musical performance.
Poets House pointed out All Things Emily Dickinson which provides high-res images of manuscripts here.
Want to add to the cooperative map of where Indie bookstores are in Toronto?
At Jacket2 Jasper bernes, Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr talk about Self-Abolition of the Poet. Thinking point: “Poem is one of the names we give to cultural material once it has become property.” More?

The equalization of access – of free time, essentially – would have profound and far-reaching effects, we think, on the social status of aesthetic activity, which would instantly become the possession of the many, rather than the few, even if there were no generalization of inclination or talent. In a situation where there are as many writers as there are readers, collaborative, iterative and collective production of text seems as if it would present the more logical choice.

Over in Montreal in March when Eileen Myles is so close during Versefest can she be snagged over to Ottawa?
She’s in Montreal for SLS Summer Literary Seminars will have “workshops will be led by acclaimed fiction writer and Man Booker International Prize finalist Josip Novakovich and the internationally celebrated, award-winning poet Eileen Myles. The 4-day intensive program will also feature lectures and readings from some of Montreal’s finest writers.”
That’s March 27-30, right inside the envelop of Ottawa’s Versefest which is March 25-30, ending with the Hall of Honour induction of Amanda Earl and Danielle Gregoire.
Also TWUC is holding workshops on Publishing, trad and indie in Moncton Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa in February.
Feb 13th Christine McNair and Oana Avasilichioaei + a multimedia presentation are at the AB Series.
Is it too early to mention The History of the Page, grad conference also at Ottawa U from 14-16 March 2014. Open to the public.

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