Introducing Sierra Skye Gemma as Swoon’s new co-curator and lover of literature!

Sierra Skye Gemma:

Exciting news!

Originally posted on Swoon:

Swoon Lovers Ruth & Sierra

Sierra Skye Gemma joins Ruth Daniell to create the new core team for Swoon: A Reading Series on Love & Desire!

The amazing and talented two-time novelist Jeffrey Ricker, co-host for Swoon: Spring 2014, has had to return to his life and love in St. Louis, Missouri, and Vancouver will miss him. Especially Swoon. Especially me. But I am thrilled to let you know that while Jeffrey can’t host Swoon in person anymore, he’s agreed to continue doing some long-distance work for Swoon in the form of his wonderful graphic design. Thank you, Jeffrey, for all that you have done and continue to do for Swoon. It’s clearly a labour of love.

Taking up the co-host reins is the wonderful Sierra Skye Gemma! For those of you who were at Swoon: Spring 2014,  you’ll remember Sierra for her hilarious and moving nonfiction essay about teaching sex…

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Make me Swoon!

I’m excited to announce that I will be reading at an upcoming event called Swoon: A Reading Series on Love & Desire. The event will be held on April 4th at Cocoa Nymph, 3739 West 10th Avenue in Vancouver, and hosted by the dashing novelist Jeffrey Ricker and the lovely poet Ruth Daniell!

If that wasn’t enough to make you swoon, check out the rest of the line-up: Joelle Barron, Taylor Basso, Nicole Boyce, Sugar le Fae, Garth Martens, Rachel Sawatzky, and Jennifer Zilm!

Can you feel the love? I can!




How to Annoy a Writer, Part II

Sierra Skye Gemma:

In which I explain how to annoy elderly women writers…

Originally posted on PRISM international:

In recent e-phemera offerings, I shared Ruth Daniell‘s 10 Ways to Annoy a Poet and a story by Nicole Boyce, both of which were inspired by Rebecca Makkai‘s  hilarious post 14 Ways to Tick Off a Writer. Continuing with Makkai’s theme—“Writers are fun and easy to annoy”—I share with you a little story in which I annoyed a whole room full of lovely older women writers.


This summer, thanks to a generous grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, I spent three months performing research for a novel set in California. One of the first things I needed to know was the history of the area where the novel takes place: a little town called Morgan Hill. I figured that I should learn about the indigenous plants that grew there before humans and their concrete covered the land and, lucky for…

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10 Ways to Annoy a Poet (and other writers of “less marketable” literature)

Sierra Skye Gemma:

Hilarious. That is all.

Originally posted on PRISM international:

Last month, Rebecca Makkai wrote a gut-busting post over on the Ploughshares blog, entitled 14 Ways to Tick Off a Writer. (Go read that post right now because it is hilarious.) It got a lot of us over at PRISM laughing. And thinking. It seemed like we all could relate to one or more of the 14 points.

Over the next few e-phemera posts, I am going to share some of the stories and thoughts inspired by Rebecca’s words: “Writers are fun and easy to annoy. Minimum effort, maximum rage.”

Our first piece is from PRISM Contest Reader Ruth Daniell, who has devised her own list of annoyances. Enjoy.

10 Ways to Annoy a Poet 
(and other writers of “less marketable” literature)

by Ruth Daniell

Have you ever done any of these annoying things to the poets in your life? Don’t worry. Most poets are big softies. They probably…

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