Monthly Archives: January 2012

MY CHAT WITH ROMEO SAGANASH, THE FIRST ABORIGINAL PERSON TO RUN FOR LEADERSHIP OF A MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY IN THE LAND NOW KNOWN AS CANADA

Romeo Saganash is one of eight candidates running to replace Jack Layton as leader of the federal NDP.  Saganash is Cree from northern Quebec and is the first Aboriginal person to run for a major political party in the land … Continue reading

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QUEER POET JIM NASON READS HIS POETRY

Meeting Jim Nason to tape him for this post was a great time. Jim and I talked writing over coffee.  We shared what we were working on, our favorite writers, craft, and future plans. I took Jim to the laneway … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH QUEER POET JIM NASON

Jim Nason is a Toronto poet. His award-winning poems, essays, and stories have been published in literary journals across the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 & 2010.  He has recently published his third … Continue reading

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NARCISSUS UNFOLDING

Narcissus Unfolding By Jim Nason Reviewed by Jorge Antonio Vallejos Toronto poet Maureen Hynes told me about Jim Nason last year.  She spoke of him with kindness and reverence.  I remember her saying, “good poet,” after his name as she … Continue reading

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OJIBWE POET DAVID GROULX READS HIS POETRY

Meeting David Groulx at the International Festival of the Authors 2011 was one of the best moments of my writing career.  I was inspired.  I saw someone who looked like me, had a Brown face, who wrote and read well, … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH OJIBWE POET DAVID GROULX

David Groulx was raised in the Northern Ontario mining community of Elliot Lake. He is Ojibwe Indian and French Canadian. David studied creative writing at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, BC, in 1998–1999, where he won the Simon J. Lucas … Continue reading

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A DIFFICULT BEAUTY

A Difficult Beauty By David Groulx Reviewed by Jorge Antonio Vallejos I met David Groulx last year at the International Festival of the Authors in Toronto.  We chatted about poetry and writing programs and politics.  Two days later I heard … Continue reading

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DOYALI FARAH ISLAM READS HER POETRY

Every encounter I have with Doyali Farah Islam is a positive one.   Doyali and I chat, laugh, and share ideas and info on poetry. The positivity in Doyali’s poems are a reflection of her ways of interacting with people. … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH DOYALI FARAH ISLAM

Doyali Farah Islam offers Yusuf and the Lotus Flower as her first collection of poetry.  She is the first-place winner of Contemporary Verse 2‘s 35th Anniversary Contest, and her poems appear in Grain Magazine (38.2), amongst other places.  Born to Bangladeshi parents, Islam grew up … Continue reading

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YUSUF AND THE LOTUS FLOWER

Yusuf and the Lotus Flower   By Doyali Farah Islam Reviewed by Jorge Antonio Vallejos The cover of Doyali Farah Islam’s debut poetry collection sees a man kneeling on a prayer mat.  He is relaxed, in contemplation, and at peace.  … Continue reading

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