Thursday, September 25, 2014

Palimpsest October Readings

For more information, go to the Palimpsest website and click on the author's name. It will bring you to a page with details about each reading.

Anita Lahey
October 25, 2014. Words Worth Books, Waterloo, ON.

Ariel Gordon
October 2, 2014. Salt Spring Island Library. Salt Spring Island, BC.
October 3, 2014. Planet Earth Poetry. Victoria, BC.
October 7, 2014. Russell Books. Victoria, BC.
October 23, 2014. Bookfest Windsor. Windsor, ON.
October 25, 2014. Words Worth Books. Waterloo, ON.
October 28 2014. Art Bar Reading Series. Toronto, ON.
October 29, 2014. Another Story Bookshop. Toronto, ON.
October 30, 2014. Novel Idea Bookstore. Kingston, ON.

Blair Trewartha
October 23, 2014. Livewords Reading Series. Toronto, ON.

Jeffery Donaldson
October 13, 2014. Live Words Reading Series. Toronto, ON.  
October 21, 2014. Brian Prince Booksellers. Hamilton, ON.

Kate Braid
October 1, 2014. Wood and Words Book Tour. Vancouver, BC.

Patricia Young
October 3, 2014. Planet Earth Poetry. Victoria, BC.
October 21-26, 2014. Vancouver Writers Fest. Vancouver, BC.
October 28, 2014. Art Bar Reading Series. Toronto, ON.
October 29, 2014. Another Story Bookshop. Toronto, ON.
October 30, 2014. Novel Idea Bookstore. Kingston, ON.

Yvonne Blomer
October 2, 2014. Salt Spring Island Library. Salt Spring Island, BC.
October 3, 2014. Planet Earth Poetry. Victoria BC.
October 17-19, 2014. Whistler Writers Festival. Whistler, BC.
October 28 , 2014. The Vault Café. Nanaimo, BC.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Biblioasis' 10th Anniversary

Dan Wells has been my friend since before he was a publisher, when he owned that other bookstore by the same name in downtown Windsor amongst the bars and massage parlors. It is quite astonishing to me what Dan has done with his press in such a short time. As someone who has insider knowledge of the publishing world—its many challenges and disappointments—I am in awe of what Dan has accomplished. He has an exceptional ability to select fiction with both literary merit and marketability, and balances a list that fearlessly straddles both these domains. Awards and accolades aside, he is a charming fellow and his press deserves all the praise it has gotten. The life of a publisher is a constant struggle to stay relevant, a battle over shelf space, a competition over authors, and what, at times, seems like a bar brawl over grant money with friends jumping in to defend or counter-attack. So who could blame him for being a bit of an Eeyore at times. I've listened to him when he's cynical or glum, but like all great publishers there is always something that draws him back in—an author, manuscript, idea. Dan Wells is one of those forward thinkers—a clever and innovative dreamer in a perilous industry that demands so much.

I will be there for the 10th anniversary of Biblioasis to toast him. Better get the good scotch out! Friday September 26th, Capitol Theatre, 7pm.

Dan and I many years ago, when G was a baby and he had only two kids! We were probably talking books.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Scattered Ecstasies at the Sho Gallery

What a thrill it was to see the art and listen to the performers at the Sho Gallery. There was a range of work—emotional, thoughtful, political, satiric—and the actors were inspired! I really enjoyed the inclusion of musicians, who created an original score just for the event. It was a unique collaboration between poets, visual artists, actors, and musicians. So much fun! Thank you Barry Brodie for organizing such a wonderful event. The Sho Gallery was a great venue and the community turn out was terrific.

My poem "Tarot Cards" from my collection Muse was chosen by Lupita Amaya to paint, and was  performed by Bob Steele.

Tarot Reading

I stare at the cards: pointed arrows piercing flesh,
a woman hung upside down in a noose, knot drawn tight.
There is talk of a family curse passed down from my mother. 

I have inherited a tragic fate, must walk a dark wooded terrain.
But not all is lost. I can be saved for fifty dollars more.
Her gypsy face obscured by a beaded curtain,

shining crystal balls dangling like so many planets.  
Still dressed in a robe, although two in the afternoon, she asks
if I mind that she smokes. I do, but say nothing.

Jesus presides over the reading, his arms outstretched. 
She pats the head of her ceramic god like a good luck charm,
reaches for me from behind cascading beads,

gruffly takes my hand, tells me to pray. This modern-day gypsy
asks me to trust her, to cut the cards and imagine a future
she has spun. Painted nails click as our planet orbits

the universe, indifferent to Pisces’ constellations. A tiny star
among other points, too vast for us to comprehend. 
We bend our necks in prayer,

invent worlds and stories to sustain us.
We look at a beaded curtain and are asked to see
the universe suspended on a shimmering string of light.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scattered Ecstasies 2014

The Sho Gallery in Windsor is putting on an exhibit of ekphrastic paintings (art that interprets poetry). The poets and artists are all local, as well as the actors who will be performing the poems. My poem "Tarot Cards" from my collection Muse was chosen by Lupita Amaya to paint, and will be performed by Bob Steele. I am very excited to see and hear the results.

Friday Sept 20 and Sat Sept 21
Performances at 8pm. Tickets $20

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Think Local Logo

I am proud of the thinkLOCAL logo I created for Leamington Stands Strong. You can find a comprehensive list of local products at

The mission of this organization is:

—Encouraging the community to buy local products and support local businesses;
—Building an online hub where everyone can discover locally made Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent products;
—Expanding a network for local enterprising ideas and initiatives;
—Promoting the Leamington Stands Strong message.

The group wanted a logo that reflected the original Leamington Stands Strong logo, so I reused the shield and a strong red colour.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Jean Foster Memorial Award

For those writers under the age of 25—write and essay about what books mean to you and you could win $500 and be recognized at Bookfest Windsor. Submit entries by September 9th. See attached for more information.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Patricia Young's poem "Elephant Love"


    In memory of the moeritherium, ancestor for the mammal
    order probosscidea, which includes all elephants.   

Love. Ancient elephant love. Summertime swamp-love
when cool is cool and mud is mud. Semi-aquatic, straddling

the Eocene era. What sort of love? Love that feeds on
sea grasses, river-wading, freshwater, dreaming tusks. 

Water-lumbering love when Egypt was a leafy canopy
to fan the blood. Intelligent love. Thick-skinned. Pig-

sized love unearthed in a desert oasis. Love that bridged
the gap but didn’t last. The future had a mind for

something bigger, weightier, love with a prehensile
upper lip that would stretch over centuries into a much

longer love. What brought us here if not the half-submerged,
amphibian love that stomped when it walked and slept

where it stood. Brought us where? Here. To the graveyard
of modern elephant love where all love comes to die.

Summertime Swamp-Love
(Palimpsest Press 2014)
Patricia Young