That which is “avant-garde” can be socially progressive or regressive, just as that which extends a tradition can be either as well. So “the new” isn’t necessarily the utopian key it’s often assumed to be, and “the old” is not always that which is best left behind. I’m most curious, in this time, about poetry that disregards this binary, and instead productively questions any lineage of influence.”
Happy to return as mentor for a new cohort of writers enrolled in this year’s SFU Southbank Writer’s Program:
The Southbank Writer’s Program is a part-time, three-month program for writers who are just starting to develop their work. Maybe you’re not showing your work to anyone, but you want to. Perhaps you belong to a creative writing group, but you’re looking for a more structured environment, or you want to develop your style. Whatever the case, if you’re ready to pursue your passion for writing, Southbank is for you.
…Focusing on fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, you’ll learn through creative writing courses, workshops, and an opportunity to read your work in public. You’ll also work closely with an experienced writing mentor, both one-on-one and in a group setting.”
Interested? Deadline for applications have been extended to May 22!
Q. Can you tell us a bit more about the process of inviting the poets to write reflections on their poems, and why you decided to include these reflections?
A. Wayde and I, along with our wonderful managing editor Monica Miller, would meet and reflect on the work of the poets and in our discussions. We were reminded that poets don’t often get an opportunity to talk about “the story behind the poem” and indeed, sometimes, we poets, actively resist doing so! We wanted, I think, to take a look at the process behind the writing and we thought that doing so would offer readers a rare opportunity to “see inside the poet’s mind”: the reflections are intimate and you almost feel as if you are reading a letter the poet’s written, just for two…”