I decided, instead of telling a story about a courageous act of some kind or lack thereof that ever happened in my life, that I would write a poem to explain my views on courage and what I believe many people miss.
So I guess I should probably give myself a small introduction and hopefully no one cyberbullies me I doubt it on a site like this but yeah pretty used to it. I am sensitive as frig and the internet has actually given me a pretty thick skin. I happen to be an Acadian from Nova […]
India Desjardins is one of Québec’s most beloved young writers and her book series entitled ‘’Le Journal d’Aurélie Laflamme’’ has sold more than 650,000 copies since first published in 2006.Often nicknamed ‘’Québec’s J.K Rowling’’ by the francophone press and her readers, India is one of the most in demand writers at book fairs across the province. ‘’Le Journal d’Aurélie Laflamme” has even been produced into a movie in 2010 and the eighth and last novel in the series was released last fall. India has kindly accepted to answer some of my questions.
Klara du Plessis is a poet resident in Montreal and Cape Town, who is currently completing her MA English Literature at McGill University. She works as coordinating editor for Scrivener Creative Review, and founded Writing Pamphlet, a publication commenting on the poetic processthrough medium of poetry itself.
Sueyeun Juliette Lee is a poet, publisher, and literature educator who is currently based in Philadelphia. I was first introduced her by May-lee Chai, and fell first in love with her words (you can listen to her reading some of her poems here) and her publishing house that publishes beautiful chapbooks.
I met Branka Petrovic at the cozy Montreal gem Café Soufflé, at the February rendition of the High Wire Reading series (hosted by Larissa Andrusyshyn). She read a great poem about chairs, so naturally, I had to approach her to do this interview. The result was a fascinating conversation about the intersection of ballet,visual art, and poetry in her life.
When I tell people I am working on a masters degree in creative writing, the inevitable jokes centre on two things: money, and respectability. The perception of my MFA is often that it’s something I do for fun, something to pass the time before I get a real job and actually learn to support myself.
Oana Avasilichioaei is a Montreal-based poet and translator, who is currently in Calgary as the University of Calgary’s Distinguished Writer. Before relocating to Calgary, Avasilichioaei founded and curated the Atwater Poetry Project at the Atwater Library for 5 years.
Back in the day, I knew Lara Szabo Greisman as a Jill of all trades – poet, playwright, director, activist – in the art scene in Kingston, Ontario (where we attended university together and participated in a weekly breakfasting ritual). After completing an MA in French Literature at Queen’s University, she skipped over to Stockholm, Sweden to embark on an MA in International Art Curating. I asked her about how the change of scene is treating her, and how her experiences at the artist collective The Artel in Kingston influenced her outlook on art.
“Women In Art” is a series that could not exist without the internet – I rely heavily on social media and email to find the next interview subject, exchange questions and answers. But this week was a little bit different than normal – I did my first face-to-face interview with someone who works in the same building as me.
May-lee Chai is a writer, and an educator, based in California. I had first encountered her through the Angry Reader of the Week series in Angry Asian Man (a great resource for Asian-Americans and Asian-Canadians), and was impressed by her articulateness as well as her impressive bibliography.