Sour Grapes?

I entered four poetry competitions between July and December 2015, all held by the same Ontario poetry organization. I entered because the competition themes were imaginative, the entry fees were low, and the competitions had a regional feel to them, in spite of the fact that they were open to all Canadians. I thought that…

Limping towards Infinity

Many thanks to Zonta Kitchener-Waterloo for a Women of Achievement Award! I would like to thank Elizabeth Clarke for nominating me and Brenda Halloran for interviewing and introducing me. News coverage of the banquet and award ceremony, 17 February 2016, follows: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=811338. Brenda Halloran suggested that I read a poem. Keep it light and joyful, she said, and…

Gifted (continued)

I’d lived for four months in hope. But no is as much a part of the publishing process as yes. She gave me incredible gifts in the three hours of our meeting. The meeting itself—rejecting publishers never meet the writers of their rejected manuscripts—was a gift. I don’t drive. She picked me up. That was…

Gifted

It was something I said I’d never do—I’d never pay a reading fee, never pay a publisher money, inevitably, to reject a manuscript I’d submitted. In the no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, yes—which is what my path to publication has looked like—that’s a lot of thrown-away $10s and…

The Writing Process Blog Tour

What Am I Working On? A series of poems based loosely on the true story of a woman with mental health issues who died of starvation in January in an abandoned farmhouse after the apples she harvested in October—she was convinced that she was going to be rescued at the beginning of December—ran out. Her…