A round-up of recent literary activities:
In early 2012 I was fortunate enough to receive grants from the Canada Council and BC Arts Council to work on a novel which examines, among other issues, the impact of the Falklands War on both a British and an Argentinian combatant. I also recently spent a fabulous if too-short week on a self-directed literary residency at the Banff Centre working on it.
The talented musician and poet Rodney deCroo recently featured one of my poems on his new website, which is worth investigating for the range of poetic and musical gems it contains. Two poems will also be featured in an upcoming anthology of 75 BC Women Poets by Mother Tongue Press, due out in 2013, entitled Force Field. An essay will also be published in an intriguing creative nonfiction anthology, focused on experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, entitled How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, edited by Jessica Hiemstra and Lisa Martin-deMoor, due out in the fall of 2013. I also continue to review fiction, including a review of Carmen Rodrigues’s novel Retribution in a recent issue of the Literary Review of Canada.
Finally, I was excited that Grace Shiver was long listed for the ReLit Poetry Award, an award I admire for its independence and integrity. Congratulations to the winners in all genres.