A 6 foot charcoal drawing I did in way back in 1992 is now part of a virtual art exhibition called “Looking Out, Looking In,” curated by Sonja Jones. What a great idea to show art this way since the art galleries and museums are closed due to the Covid -19. Someone bought the drawing from a show way back and donated it to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s permanent collection. CLICK HERE to see the show.
I just received an email informing me that my piece, “Standing on my Head Naked,” will be published in the Antigonish Review. The essay is about my first year of teaching blunders , and is centred around a drawing I completed in university: a full sized nude self-portrait of myself standing on my head… you guessed it…. naked! The drawing makes an appearance both literally and metaphorically. I’m not sure yet what issue it will appear in.
It’s an honour to have my essay published in the same issue as Karen Connelly, who wrote one of my favourite books, The Lizard Cage, and Melinda Burns, who has taught me so much about writing in her workshops. It was also a thrill to have my worked edited by the renowned Susan Scott. If you are interested, “Anomalies” is posted on The New Quarterly’s website under, Featured Reads. CLICK HERE for the link (you have to sign-up but it’s free.
I took a photo of just the first page since there’s probably copyright laws preventing me from posting the whole story. It’s an honour to be published in grain, one of the top Canadian literary magazines. Also, a big thanks to Terry Jordan for his impeccable editing.
I can’t express how excited I am to make it to the finals of the Essay Staebler Essay Contest. When I first started writing about ten years ago, I used to print out the winning essays and study the sentence structure and writing techniques. I remember being blown away by Emily Gibbons’ essay Latencies in the 2014 issue of The New Quarterly. The best part of this award is that the essay will be published in the Winter issue of The New Quarterly, an award winning literary journal.
My story “Sea Girls,” will be published in Grain Magazine this fall.
I was lucky enough to be on “The Morning Edition,” CBC News Kitchener/Washington with DJ Craig Morris. Here’s a coincidence: I teach Craig’s daughter Abby! Although my heart was pounding before the interview, it was a lot of fun. The staff were welcoming and down to Earth.
CLICK HERE to hear the 5 min. interview — it’s at the bottom of the article.
Click here to read the stories by the finalists, including
my story, “Acceleration.” I hate cliches, but this really
is a dream come true.
Checkout the New Prairie Fire! Jagtar Kaur Atwal placed first in the Creative Nonfiction category. Once you read her piece, you can go to Invisible Publishing blog and read “Soft Bed,” another creative nonfiction piece that follows the Prairie Fire narrative.