Monthly Archives: February 2019

Grant Support

Yesterday I received some incredible news and I well and truly cried. I’m the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council $12,000 Literary Creation Projects (Works for Publication) Grant.

For context, between disability and freelancing my income last year was under 14k. And now, this year, I’m getting almost that amount in a single grant. This is in addition to other support I’m getting this year from the OAC.

The impact of this type of support can’t be emphasized enough. This will allow me to live, and to further dedicate myself to my career without worrying constantly about being able to eat, to pay my rent, or to pay my medication.

The grant is to support my project “The Body Poetic”, a poetry collection that explores intersections of disability, memory, language, queerness, and ageing. My poetry chapbook, “We, Old Young Ones”, published last month by Frog Hollow Press and which has been doing really well, features some of the work that will appear in the collection.

One wonderful thing is that part of the research for a project like this is the acquisition of small press books on disability, pain, etc. A grant of this level enables me to get hard-to-find and small press books which directly allows me to further support my community.

This is life-changing, and it will allow me to take more creative risks. I’m so thankful to the OAC and the jurors for their support.

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Chapbook Launch: We, Old Young Ones

Well, here we are.

My poetry chapbook We, Old Young Ones is now out in the world, and we’ll be doing a launch at b current, located at Wychwood Barns here in Toronto, on February 9th, 2-5pm. The overall details can be found here, on the Facebook event.

I’m lucky enough to have some wonderful folks joining me for the launch: Mugabi Byenkya and Roxanna Bennett will be reading with me, and our host for the evening will be Terese Pierre.

The event is sponsored offsite by knife | fork | book, Toronto’s beautiful poetry only bookstore. KFB will be open before and during the event (their hours Saturday are 1-5:30) so you can still shop poetry!

b current is located at Wychwood Barns, in the basement. It is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access and accessible gender neutral washrooms.

Doors will open at 3:00pm, and readings will start around 3:30. We have the space until 5:00. Kicking us off will be Mugabi, then Roxanna, and then we’ll have a short break. I’ll finish off the readings, and afterwards people can mingle and chat.

All the readers will have their books for sale (please note it’ll be cash—no credit or debit cards).

I’m thrilled to finally be sharing this chapbook with the world, and to have such lovely people with me when I do. Maybe I’ll see some of you there!

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The new anthology: The Mythic Dream

The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog has just announced my latest editorial project with Navah Wolfe, The Mythic Dream.

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I am unbelievably lucky to have worked on this with Navah, my fearless, talented, and kind co-editor. The Mythic Dream will be our last collaboration due to our increasingly busy schedules, so it feels a bit bittersweet announcing it. We got to work on three amazing anthologies together, and the response to each one has been nothing short of humbling. But there will be other times for retrospectives on all of that. For now, I am SO excited to share these incredible stories with all of you!

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The spiritual sequel to our The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, this features original retellings of myths from around the world. Like Starlit, it is very near and dear to both our hearts. Navah and I love old stories, and we love making them new for new generations.  Here’s the cover copy:

These are dreams of classic myths, bold reimaginings of the stories we tell about gods and kings, heroes who shaped nations, the why and how of the world.

Journey with us to the fields of Elysium and the Midwest, through labyrinths and the space between stars. Witness the birth of computerized deities and beasts that own the night. Experience eternal life through curses and biochemistry.

Bringing together stories from the world over, eighteen critically acclaimed and award-winning authors reimagine myths of the past for the world of today, and tomorrow.

The book will feature these incredible authors:

John Chu
Leah Cypess
Indrapramit Das
Amal El-Mohtar
Jeffrey Ford
Sarah Gailey
Carlos Hernandez
Kat Howard
Stephen Graham Jones
T. Kingfisher
Ann Leckie
Carmen Maria Machado
Arkady Martine
Seanan McGuire
Naomi Novik
Rebecca Roanhorse
JY Yang
Alyssa Wong

Look for it August 27th, 2019.

The FOLD Program

Exciting news–I have joined the FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity) team as the 2019 Associate Program Editor. I’ll be working with some fabulous people to bring stellar Canadian non-fiction and poetry through the FOLD’s program.

Submissions will be open February 1st to until March 1st 2019.

Previously published pieces are welcome, as are unpublished pieces. You can submit your work to us by filling out the FOLD 2019 Program Call for Submissions Jotform.

Questions? Take a look at the FAQs for more details!

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