2019 in review

... going backwards from December 

  • publication of three poems in the Prairie Journal #72:  "Moon out my Window", "Mary of the Terrace" and "A Pine Tree"

  • publication of two haiku in the Haiku Canada Review

  • feature at Expressions Cafe Koi

  • "the tea set" shortlisted for the Room Poetry Prize

  • short story Cornflower published by Loft 112

  • "Letters", a poem included in the Alexandra Writers' Center Society War Memory Project and read at the launch

  • "Into Panic" published in the League of Canadian Poets' series Fresh Voices

  • my first tanka published in GUSTS journal

  • feature reader at Shelf Life Books

  • featured on CKXU 88.3 fm radio programme entitled Not Your Mother's Poetry (little did they know!)

  • one of the feature readers at a living tribute to Calgary poet Josh Forbes at Theatre Junction Grand

  • presented and read at The Passport to the Arts Garden Show 

  • interview online for Go Indie Now

  • publication of haiku in Japan to honour fallen soldiers and veterans

  • publication and release of The Cowichan Series, a collection of poetry and photography by Kouros Press

  • The Cowichan Series was #1 on the Calgary Herald Bestsellers' List

  • release of the corresponding cd by the same title

  • "The Art of Writing" ... publication of an article in the anthology "Writing Better Fiction", released at When Words Collide, a conference for writers

  • Canada Day poet in the prow at the Central Library

  • attended a weekend writing retreat in Cochrane, Alberta

  • co-mentored a team of youth poets in the Calgary Can You Hear Me Now annual competition

  • co-featured at the launch of Juan Ramirez' chapbook These Are Not My Words

  • feature poet at The New Beat YYC ... my words put to beat music, unrehearsed at Lolita's in Inglewood

  • readings at the Single Onion downtown and at the Good Earth Cafe in Glenmore Landing

  • attended the annual Haiku Canada Conference in Vancouver

  • Women Echoing Women haiku presentation in Vancouver

  • walking and poetic tribute to honour Mary Oliver

  • "The Recipe" short short fiction accepted into the Short Edition Dispensary at the Central Library

  • made my first apple pie ever, with streusel crumble

  • featured at the Flywheel Reading Series in Kensington

  • haiku and photo received Honourable Mention in Japan's Setouchi-Matsuyama competition

  • publication of "Bicycle Time" in the University of Toronto's UC Review

  • publication in Haiku Canada's yearly anthology

  • attended the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity on a ten-day writing retreat put on by the Writers' Guild of Alberta

  • Words and Music:  I was one of the featured readers for the album release party of Jim Jackson's Flypaper Motel

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