Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16

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The Dirty Dozen, with Rachael Simpson

Rachael Simpson

Rachael Simpson has just released a debut chapbook, Eiderdown, with Apt. 9 Press. In Eiderdown, Rachael takes the Willard Asylum and the Willard Suitcase Exhibit as her starting points to ask questions about the responsibility the present holds for objects of the past. If you're in Ottawa, Rachael will be reading on Friday, November 16th at the The Carleton Tavern in Ottawa as part of the Factory Reading Series' pre-small book press reading and on Saturday, November 24th at the Raw Sugar Cafe with Phil Hall and Claudia Coutu Radmore. Visit our Events page for details.

Today Rachael takes on the Open Book Dirty Dozen, which gives authors the chance to share 12 unexpected facts about themselves. Rachael breaks the rules to give us a baker's dozen that includes unconventional yawning, wood smoke and dreams of well-water.

  1. Yes to wildcrafting;
  2. estate sales;
  3. sweet & savoury pie.
  4. When nervous, I yawn.
  5. Sing all the time.
  6. Can't throw but can't stop trying.
  7. I'm a farmer's daughter.
  8. Need to know the weather.
  9. Books, my bedside table.
  10. Wood smoke, my anywhere home.
  11. I dream of well water;
  12. a kitchen sink window;
  13. another poem.

Rachael Simpson's poetry has been published in Canada, the United States and abroad. Her debut chapbook, Eiderdown, appears this fall out of Apt 9 Press. She lives in Ottawa.

For more information about Eiderdown and to purchase your copy, please visit the Apt. 9 Press website.


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