A Review of The Wigmaker, The Capilano Review


The Wigmaker

My review of The Wigmaker, by Janet Gallant and Sharon Thesen, published over at The Capilano Review. An excerpt:

Janet’s voice, embodied by Sharon’s poetry, tells us what this young black woman, poised and pretty, will endure and what will happen to her. To read the poems as historical documentation of a hidden life, a silenced voice, is to enter a dimension that forces both inquiry—how can this have happened?—and also an understanding of the reality of what many endure, behind the closed doors of a home… “


Feb 7-10: Reading the Valley in Kelowna

Starting today!


Reading the Valley is a gathering of readers and writers from near and far. Celebrating the launch of this annual event, Reading the Valley welcomes a number of great writers and artists including:

Jeannette Armstrong, Corinna Chong, Joan Crate, Dina Del Bucchia, Sean Johnston, Jake Kennedy, John Lent, Evan Munday, Cecily Nicholson, Matt Rader, Harold Rhenisch, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Moheb Soliman, Margo Tamez, Sharon Thesen, Caitlin Voth, and Daniel Zomparelli.

Join us for various events throughout this gathering, meet with writers, attend panels, expand your social network, and more.”

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The Long Poem Symposium with K.Braid, C.Hoogland and S.Thesen

The Long Poem X 3: Kate Braid, Corneila Hoogland, Sharon Thesen in Winnipeg

This Spring, I joined members of The Writers Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets for a symposium by Kate Braid, Cornelia Hoogland, and Sharon Thesen.

Centre Pompidou - Paris Standing Exhibit July 2012
(R.Saklikar, photo of installation at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, July 2012, from their standing exhibit)

Thanks to The Malahat Review each paper presented is now available online:

Read Kate Braid’s “Tending the Garden: The Fruits and Dangers of the Long Poem”

Read Cornelia Hoogland’s “The Long Poem and the Shape of the Working Mind”

Read Sharon Thesen’s “After-Thoughts on the Long Poem”