25th Trillium Award

 

Write Across Ontario: Negatives By June by Rhianyth Warwick

Every Tuesday in January, the Open Book Magazine will feature one of the four winning stories in Open Book: Ontario and IFOA Ontario's Write Across Ontario contest. Ontario elementary and high school students were asked to compose a story of 500 words or less in response to a "story-starter," which was written by a well-known author.

Call for Submissions: The Inspired Heart Anthologies

From the editor of the Inspired Heart anthologies:

The Inspired Heart, Edition 3

Our inner beauty is the first thing we are told matters as women, but the current media messages have somehow skewed our concepts of it. It has made those who do not fit the mold feel less attractive. This submission call is one for writers — male and female — who wish to write about the sensuality, and beauty of women. Each off us is a budding flower, and the third edition of The Inspired Heart will be about all of us in our own beauty and skin.

Poets in Profile, with Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang

Award-winning writer Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang’s most recent book, Status Update (Oolichan Books), is a collection of poems written in response to real Facebook status updates. Author Ian Williams calls Tsiang’s poems “strangely illicit.” He writes, “You wonder about your own conduct. Should you be reading / so closely / the lives of others?”

Write Across Ontario: Madison Smart and the Broad Street Baker by Meghan Butcher

Every Tuesday in January, Open Book will feature one of the four winning stories in Open Book: Ontario and IFOA Ontario's Write Across Ontario contest. Ontario elementary and high school students were asked to compose a story of 500 words or less in response to a "story-starter," which was written by a well-known author.

Does Marital Bliss Equal Creative Harmony?

Shaun and Christina Patterson are artists who have taken on the greatest creative challenge of all: artistic collaboration with your romantic partner. Together they have founded Big Fox Creative, and under this umbrella they write and illustrate children's books, design one-of-a-kind wedding cake toppers, develop video games — and of course, sneak in a smooch whenever time (and patience) permits. Their latest project is the children's book Fairies on My Island (Acorn Press).

As we head into the season when many of us are spending more time than usual with our loved ones, Shaun lets us in on a few secrets about how to make a creative union work.

New Issue of Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine Available!

Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine has released "CHANCE," issue six.2, hot on the heels of their stellar fifth anniversary issue. The latest edition includes Dennis Lee's influential essay "Cadence, Country, Silence: Writing in Colonial Space, as well as work by Bernadette Rule, John Porter and many other excellent writers.

There's never been a better time to become a HA&L Member. With every membership purchase ($25), you'll receive two tickets to the Art Gallery of Hamilton, two admissions to ticketed author events at Bryan Prince Bookseller and a discount on workshops at Centre 3 — not to mention a cool lapel pin and membership card.

Read the new issue of HA&L here.

The WAR Series (Writers as Readers), with Melissa Hardy

The WAR Series (Writers As Readers) gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites.

Melissa Hardy's new novel, Surface Rights, was published last month with Dundurn Press. A darkly humorous novel about loss, family and determination, Surface Rights is the story of a woman who thinks she has lost everything — until she discovers she has something left to fight for.

Melissa's WAR Series interview could actually be a list of essential reading for any book lover or writer, so if you're looking for books to add to your stack of holiday reading (or your wish list), you couldn't find a better selection.

On Writing, with Fred Dawkins

A new year is approaching — and many of us will be planning for new jobs, new writing projects, new approaches to our lives. One book that will help inspire and inform many New Year's resolutions is the just-released Everyday Entrepreneur: Making it Happen (Dundurn Press), by Fred Dawkins. Fred is co-founder of The Olde Hide House and has made many other entrepreneurial leaps in his long and successful career. His latest, of course, is as a writer. In today's On Writing interview, Fred explains how he brought 40 years of experience together into one fascinating book — one that, according to Terry Fallis, has such a great narrative that "you may not realize how much you’re learning until you’ve turned that last page.”

Waiting for the Story: Shane Neilson, on Writing Will

Shane Neilson is best known for his poetry and criticism, but for many years he has had a collection of short stories brewing. Will, published this fall with Enfield & Wizenty, covers expansive territory, drawing from trials in his own personal life, his professional experience as a medical doctor and, of course, wide-ranging reading. Cultural figures from Vladimir Nabokov to Michael Jackson to Alden Nowlan make appearances, as does the iconic World War I poet John McCrae.

Today, Shane tells us about the long road he travelled with this manuscript, and why it was important for him to write — and wait — with patience.

Find out about the book that changed Shane's life in his previous feature, "On Forgiveness: Reading Nowlan's The Wanton Troopers"

Poets in Profile, with Vivian Hansen

Vivian Hansen is a poet and the co-founder of the Calgary Women's Writing Project. She teaches writers' workshops and is a dedicated participant in the vibrant writing community surrounding her. Her new book, A Bitter Mood of Clouds (Frontenac House), is a moving and evocative long poem that follows the life of Anne/Arne, a hermaphrodite born in Denmark who travels to Alberta where a new life may begin.

In today's Poets in Profile interview Vivian reveals the tragic moment that revealed poetry to her, and shares some of the poems that keep her singing.

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