I started this quilted, embroidered flag back in August. It’s slow going, but slow is sort of my thing. The texts, in both English and Arabic, explore positive and not-so positive facets of being alone. I imagine it, when finished, as my take on the hanging ode, and simultaneously, a plague-flag to hang outside the … Read more
How was your year? Mine has felt like an exercise in contrasts. The out-in-the-world activities of January and February seem like a lifetime ago. Garden season raced and dragged. Now it’s late autumn, and the weather feels like summer. It’s disorienting. The antidote, for me, is to slow things down with textile works and other … Read more
News: not my forte. Nonetheless, it was a good year for my new book, Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots, which was shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham poetry award, and won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry from the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. My 2015 collection Niche continues to resonate with readers and educators, … Read more
Last year, fellow poet Sean Howard and I created a poetry installation, called “Poemtree” for Lumière Cape Breton. This year, we have been invited to bring the Poemtree to Halifax for Nocturne, in an exchange between the two festivals. We’ll be adding poems to a beautiful Russian olive on the waterfront near the bottom of … Read more
I had a great time debuting Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots at the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. I had the opportunity to read in Brandon and Winnipeg, see old friends and colleagues, meet new writers, and hear some dazzling, funny, visionary poetry at Voices in the Circle. Thanks, WIWF!
I’ll be launching my new poetry collection with poet Sean Howard at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, on Friday, October 12, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Everyone is warmly invited to join us for short readings from the new works, discussion, and light refreshments.
A new book of poetry! I’m happy to be part of the 2018 Poetry Quartet from Frontenac House Press. Check out the book, and the Quartet, here. Or, buy yourself some poetry here.
My chapbook manuscript Ahli was shortlisted in the New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. I’m VERY excited to be reading with David Denny, and Kimberly Kruge at the Center on October 20th, at 6:30pm.The Center will be producing a broadside from a selection of my work that will be available at the reading. I … Read more
I had the good fortune to participate in Lumière Cape Breton’s Art-at-Night event in downtown Sydney on September 23. Fellow poet Sean Howard and I collaborated on an installation called the Poemtree. Participants were invited to bring or write poems to hang in the tree’s branches over the course of the evening. People brought … Read more
My essay “Bone Shadows” made the longlist for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize. I’m as surprised as you are. This is good news for the rest of the embryonic essays slowly taking shape in my mind.