The weather feels like summer; the calendar reads like fall. Almost fall. Falling.

A roundup:

  • Algoma, along with a many other amazing books, longlisted for ReLit award
  • Reading at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on September 16th
  • Reading at Word on the Street – Toronto on September 23rd (Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent at 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM)
  • Reading at the Rower’s Pub Reading Series in Toronto on October 1st (Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St @7:30 pm)
  • Reading at the Robson Reading Series in Vancouver on November 22nd
  • On Labour Day weekend, spotted three white-tailed kites, one kingfisher, three hummingbirds, and three freighters (Algocanada, American Integrity, and one unidentified ship). Well, I guess that’s not news, but it was a good weekend for bird and freighter sightings.

Martello Towers, etc.

Caught a ride to the festival with Ken Sparling and his lovely wife. Bright sunshine along the 401. Listened to great readings at the Kingston Public Library. Read. Bought two books. Made the trek home. I haven’t visited Kingston since I lived there in the ’80s. The windmills, they are new, yes?

I took some photos of the day. Here’s what worked out.

Alexander Henry, Kingston Drydock


Beth Follett

Helen Humphreys

Maureen Scott Harris

Joanne Page

Barry Dempster

Phil Hall

Ken Sparling


Upcoming Readings & Book Launch for Sweet

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Draft Reading Series
3:00 p.m., April 18, 2010
The Merchants of Green Coffee, 2 Matilda Street, Toronto, Ontario.
Readings by Michael Bryson, Ian Burgham, Dani Couture, Ellen S. Jaffe, and Mark Sampson. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and The League of Canadian Poets for this National Poetry Month event.

Eggplant Reading Series
7:30 p.m., April 21, 2010
Zoots Cafe,1438 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Episode 5: Girls Night with Erin Brandenburg, Dani Couture, Damian Rogers, and Melanie Janisse

Toronto Poetry Vendor Launch: Spearmint
3:00 p.m., April 24, 2010
This Ain’t The Rosedale Library, 86 Nassau Street (near Bellevue in Kensington Market), Toronto, Ontario
“Toronto Poetry Vendors invites you and your toonies to This Ain’t The Rosedale Library in Kensington Market this Sunday, April 25 for a bit of mechanical poetry vending. Come listen to the glorious clink of change as Dani Couture, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Andrew Faulkner, Jenny Sampirisi, Meaghan Strimas, and Carey Toane drop a coin and read their poems. Join us!”

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Pivot Readings at the Press Club
8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario.
Hosted by Carey Toane.
Readers: Marianne Apostolides, Dani Couture, Paul Vermeersch

Kingston’s Second Annual Mini Festival of Poetry and Fiction
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., May 16, 2010

Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Wilson Room
Readers: Sue Chennette, Barry Dempster, Dani Couture, Eric Folsom, Phil Hall, Maureen Scott Harris, Helen Humphreys, Suzanne Steele, Joanne Page, Ken Sparling.

Prince Edward County Authors Festival
7:00 p.m., May 28, 2010

Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton, Ontario
Readings by Dani Couture, Carolyn Smart, and Paul Vermeersch.
“Established in 1996, PECAF is a two-day celebration of Canadian literture featuring readings by established and emerging writers on the Canadian literary scene. Takes place in Picton the last week end in May. Recently described as being, ‘the best small-scale literary festival in Ontario.'”

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Book Launch for Sweet (Pedlar Press)
June 11, 2010

Jet Fuel Cafe, 519 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario
Who said a book and a magazine couldn’t make a go of it? June 11th will mark the launch of my new book, Sweet, and Taddle Creek‘s Out-of-Towner issue. Additional details TBA.

IFOA Day 1: The Swag Bag Diaries

Today is the first day of the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) in Toronto. As a local (and a reader!), I was able to hop on the streetcar on my lunch to go sign in at the Festival, which is my very first. In honour of The Peep Show event I’m a part of on Friday, October 23, 2009, I fired up ye old digital recorder to share the contents of my most awesome swag bag with y’all.

Thanks to IFOA and all of their sponsors for the fun (and generous) loot.

PS: Thanks for the tips…and the idea Book Madam. And hitting the button!

Nuit TTC

When I’m on a subway platform in Toronto, I always navigate past the bodies, bags, and buggies until I’m close enough to read the news on the flat screen monitors. If I wore my glasses, I could stand further away. Instead, I’m posted below the screen, head cocked up, staring.

4:37 pm. 18°. Dump truck crashes into condo. Ad for House of Lords. Conservatives heading for a majority: Poll. 4:38 pm.

On October 4, 2008, from 6:52 pm to sunrise, poetry will be all the information I need.

Commuter artist enabler, Sharon Switzer of Art4Commuters, arranged for the work of four poets to be interpreted into animation videos, which will be shown for the duration of Nuit Blanche.

Poets: Dani Couture, Karen Solie, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Sherwin Tija.
Artists: Kat Burns, Nick Fox-Gieg, Joe Pascale, Felipe Siem.

I had the pleasure of working with animator Joe Pascale. Joe turned two of my poems–Lessons Learned in the County and Atonement–into strange and lovely animations.

So, October 4: look up.