1) Late notice alert: If you find yourself in Hamilton tonight, be sure to swing by McMaster University to catch the panel discussion What We Talk About When We Talk About Poetry. Moving on from last night’s showdown at Ben McNally Books in Toronto, this continuation will find poets/critics Zachariah Wells, Anita Lahey, Jason Guriel and moderator Amanda Jernigan discussing “the work and legacies of Canadian poets both celebrated and not, the role of the skeptical review in critical culture, and recent online controversies about gender equity and literary taste-making”. All of the pertinent information is here; Bryan Prince Bookseller is co-hosting and the Hamilton Spectator was kind enough to preview it here.
2) Toronto-based writer and editor Sarah Varnam recently established a Kickstarter, with the goal to fund issue three of The Quilliad. Good news, they’ve already surpassed their target! Still, I invite you to check out and support this young literary journal that publishes Canadian poetry and fiction. As you can see from their Kickstarter video, or via my review of their second issue launch party, The Quilliad’s in it for the long haul. They’re also accepting submissions right now, so.
3) The latest edition of Recent Reads is posted on Ottawa Poetry Newsletter and covers Hugh Thomas' Albanian Suite and N.W. Lea's Present!, both available from above/ground press.
4) The full gritLit schedule has been announced and it’s massive. Tickets are now on sale for an assortment of workshops and readings featuring Julie Bruck, Adam Dickinson, Michael Winter, Catherine Bush and so many others. Alternately a number of events and parties are pay-what-you-can or free, especially a gritLit edition of LitLive Reading Series that will welcome Chris Pannell, Marilyn Gear Pilling, John Terpstra, Amanda Jernigan, Jeffrey Donaldson, Amanda Leduc and David Haskins on Sunday, April 6th. Details are here. The last LitLive event was awesome, in case you missed it.