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2022 Highlights

Features and Publications

Ongoing:  Monthly readings at online poetry events, participating in writing circles, serving on the board of local and online writing communities, editing, translation, teaching workshops, collaborating with other poets, musicians, and visual artists …

JANUARY

  • WordCity Lit published That Forgotten Place, inspired by TS Elliot

 

  • Video-readings of my The Smell of Sawdust, originally published by WordCity Lit in November, 2021
     

  • The Edmonton Stroll of Poets published Guileless in their Poetry ReMix series

 

  • Feature Poet at Calgary's Single Onion reading series #180

 

  • The Wild Word in Berlin, Germany, published three of my poems in their Wintering Issue: 
    Winter Reverie, Nighttime Deer, and You Are a Winter Garden

 

FEBRUARY

  • Participated in the Loft 112 project Cards for Community with my submission for Deer Run, a photo and short fiction piece

 

  • Participated in writing Spontaneous Poetry for the Valentine project Poetry in Union, an initiative of The League of Canadian Poets

 

  • Featured in the Rucksack project, a Global Poetry Patchwork in the Piccolo Museo della Poesia in Piacenza, Italy:  Garden Tea, Poetry in both English and Italian

 

MARCH

  • Reading at Philadelphia's Moonstone Arts Center, a celebration of International Women's Day.  I shared Mothers' Hands and submitted The Map Life Leaves Upon the Body to the anthology
     

  • Reading in the Cultivating Voices Live Poetry celebration of International Women's Day

 

  • Interviewed by Dr. Michael Anthony Ingrams of Washington DC, for Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio

 

  • The League of Canadian Poets published The Rooftop in their anthology Leap

 

  • Participated in the second Poetic Nowruz, the celebration of Spring in the Persian tradition.  I read Release into Spring, which was translated into Farsi

 

  • Participated in the online release of the (M)othering Anthology, which includes I am Ready to Memorize Mother

 

  • To coincide with the Spring Solstice, musician Jim Jackson released our collaboration Awaiting Spring, the third of four poems put to music to celebrate the seasons 

 

  • Fragments of Light was published in the first Fixed and Free Quarterly Anthology

 

APRIL … International Poetry Month! 

  • I was elated to work with poet Saraswoti Lamichhane, editing A Posy of April Poetry, a month-long celebration by members of the Parkland Poets Society.  My contribution was Release into Spring

 

  • Wordless Cry appeared on the Planet Earth Facebook Page for National Poetry Month

 

  • Tireless Travail, originally published in the 2021 Wine Country Writers' Festival Anthology, was translated into Farsi and featured on the Persian Ottawa radio program, Namashoum
     

  • Feature Poet for the Parkland Poetry Reading Series

 

  • GUSTS published two of my tanka in their Spring edition
     

  • I participated in a reading of haiku and contributed to the anthology put together by the Moonstone Center in Philadelphia
     

  • Mic Host for The Stroll of Poets Haven at Home online reading
     

  • Publication of Imaginary Boulevard, part of the 30 for 30, 30 days of poetry for April, in the US

 

  • Spreading my wings as an editor, along with a fine team of poets from Parkland Poetry, we put together this yearly anthology, Outlying Voices IV.  I contributed a visual poem Full Stop, and participated in the Online Launch

 

MAY

  • online reader at the virtual Haiku Canada yearly conference

 

  • WordCity Lit published my poem we’ve held our breath, inspired by the situation in Ukraine

 

  • Loft112 exhibited Exquisite Corps, a collaboration of three artists.  This year, I invited visual artist Terra Simieritsch and a young composer and pianist to work together with me to create a triptych dedicated to the memory of my nephew in Livorno, Italy

 

  • Reading at Cultivating Voices Open Mic live

 

  • The Indie YYC Inspires featured a video reading of my long poem Not A Single Leaf, written in response to the ongoing tension and tragedy in Ukraine

 

JUNE

  • Feature Poet in the San Francisco reading series, Sacred Grounds

 

  • Co-hosted a Parkland Poetry Reading featuring poets I admire and am inspired by, including Susana Case, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, and Margot Stever

 

  • Podcast Feature of The Tea Set on Jason E. Coombes’ poetry podcast, Eh Poetry

 

  • Participated in Wendy Donowa’s live launch, which featured poets who had written together in the Cowichan Valley

 

JULY

  • ​Publication of Laundry Lines in the collection Thirty Years of Strolling, by the Edmonton Stroll of Poets 

 

  • Sonnet #22, inspired by George Elliot Clark, featured on the Ottawa poetry radio program Namaashoum in English and Farsi

 

  • A Litany of Blooms, the fourth and final poem put to music by Jim Jackson for our collaborative Solstice & Equinox series, released and available on Bandcamp and Spotify

 

AUGUST

  • Read at the international launch of Amit Dahiyabadshah's Tiger Eye, not the poems I had planned but new poems written on losing my father

 

  • Hide Me In Your Arms (inspired by Pablo Neruda), Kintsukuroi, Singing Them Alive, Guileless, and Release into Spring were published in the anthology Consonant Lights

 

  • Homage to the work of poet Lorna Crozier and This Gossamer World accepted in Femmes de Parole in Quebec

 

  • The Indie YYC published a video recording of I am Ready to Memorize Mother, from the (M)othering Anthology, an initiative by Wakefield Brewster, Calgary’s Poet Laureate

 

  • Feature Poet for the Surrey Muse Arts Society. I dedicated my reading to the dear memory of my beloved father

 

  • All The Way Up:  live poetry reading in Calgary

 

SEPTEMBER

  • due to family circumstances, I declined the opportunity to present at Penticton's Wine Country Writers' Festival. I had planned on facilitating a workshop on metaphor, serving as a panelist, and offering Blue Pencil sessions
     

  • Bereft published in WordCity Lit

 

  • Part of the feature poets at Parkland Poets’ season opener

 

  • Live reading at Calgary's ShelfLife Books, part of the Single Onion Poetry Series

 

  • Participated in the Canmore Arts Place Spoken Word Cabaret

 

  • A Litany of Blooms and a poem dedicated to my father, To Sit Quietly, inspired by a passage by Robert Frost were published in the September issue of Fixed and Free Quarterly, in Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

OCTOBER

  • Participated in Haiku Down Under, Australia and New Zealand's Haiku Society conference by presenting Creating a Concertina Haiku Photo Book for the Seasons
     

  • Publication of three tanka in the Fall & Winter issue of GUSTS, the Tanka Journal​

  • Publication of my translation into English of three Ukrainian poems for femmes de parole No. 5:  There had never been and would nevermore be, I am the poet who pens, and The city no longer exists

  • David Steinberg wrote a kind review of my poem, A Litany of Blooms, published in the September in The Albuquerque Journal

 

NOVEMBER

  • Feature Poet for San Francisco's Sacred Grounds

 

  • I learned that Dinosaur Dreams was accepted for publication in Nepal in the World Poetry Movement:  Madness, an Anthology of World Poetry

 

  • Reading at Cultivating Voices Live Open Mic
     

  • Participated in the live celebration of 22 years of Calgary's Single Onion Poetry Series

  • Submitted a poetry video to Indran Amirthanayagam's YouTube Poetry Channel, a poetic tribute to my father

  • Publication of my haiku Christmas morning on Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer's Blog

  • Feature Reader at NOWW, the Northern Ontario Writers' Workshop​

 

  • Publication of it was in FareForward, a Tennessee literary journal ​

 

DECEMBER​

  • Feature Reader for the Parkland Poetry reading series

 

  • Liminalities published by the League of Canadian Poets' series entitled Fresh Voices

 

  • One of the Feature Readers for the Cultivating Voices holiday edition

 

  • Feature Poet in the New York reading series Poetry Near and Afar

  • nine-thirty published in the December issue of the Fixed and Free Quarterly Anthology, along with Billy Brown’s review of The Cowichan Series

 

  • invited to participate in the podcast “Women, Life, Freedom” in recognition of the challenges facing women in Iran.  Created and submitted These Most Delicate of Blooms, which was presented along with an introduction both in English and in Farsi

​UPCOMING:​

  • in January 2023, I will be participating in the zoom reading for the 26th Annual Poetry Ink Anthology, part of Moonstone Poetry from Philadelphia

  • in February, I will again be participating in the online program to create unique, personalized, spontaneous Valentine poems through The League of Canadian Poets

 

  • in March, I will be a feature poet in New Mexico’s Fixed and Free poetry reading series

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