Author Archive

“The characters get to talk back all the time”: An Interview with Michael Blouin

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His latest novel Legend appears with TalonBooks this fall, and a subsequent novel, Skin House, appears with Anvil Press in Spring of 2018.

Multiple Effects: An Interview With Erín Moure on Translation

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Over the past decade or so, Erín Moure has become just as well-known for her translation work as for her own writing. She has published sixteen books of poetry, a book of essays, and has translated fifteen volumes of poetry from French, Spanish, Galician, and Portuguese.

The Space of Risk: An Interview With Jacob Wren

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When I first encountered Jacob Wren and his work, it was in the mid-1990s, back when he was a Toronto poet known as Death Waits. Now, as co-artistic director of PME-ART, he exists as a constantly moving target, exploring performance through collaboration, text, and multiple other means.

Imprint(ing)s: An Interview With William Kemp of words(on)pages

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William Kemp is a founding editor at Toronto-based words(on)pages, an organization that self-describes as one “that supports, promotes, and engages emerging writers in Canada through workshops, publications, a prize, and a reading series.”

Shut Up and Breathe: An Interview With Marcus McCann

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From a handful of chapbooks through his first two collections, poet Marcus McCann’s work has become more confident and more willing to experiment, managing an incredibly precise linguistic and lyric gymnastics. Here, he talks about his latest collection, Shut Up Slow Down Let Go Breathe.

“To resuscitate that stifled voice”: An Interview with Robin Richardson on Minola Review

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Robin Richardson is the author of two collections of poetry, and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work has appeared in Salon, Poetry Magazine, Hazlitt, Tin House, Partisan, Joyland, and The North American Review, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and has been

“These poems are extroverts”: An Interview with Emily Izsak

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Emily Izsak is one of the sharpest young poets I’ve seen in some time. She is currently in her second year of U of Toronto’s MA in English and Creative Writing program. Her work has been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Puritan, House Organ, Cough, The Steel Chisel,

Writing Through Silence: An Interview with Faizal Deen

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Faizal Deen seeks to address the ways in which the cultural production of Caribbean populations in Canada—in particular, the work of poets—encourages us to rethink existing notions of diasporic identity.

A Parliament of Poems: An Interview with Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke

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Given that Toronto poet, editor, critic, novelist and librettist George Elliott Clarke is Canada’s seventh official Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), I thought it would be interesting to explore some of his experiences now that he’s a bit more than halfway through his two-year term.

Notes From A Feminist Killjoy : An Interview With Erin Wunker

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Erin Wunker teaches and researches in the fields of Canadian literature and culture. She is chair of the board of Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) and co-founder and managing editor of the feminist academic blog Hook & Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe.