The National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer

Sierra Skye Gemma:

Are you an emerging writer in Canada? Check out this opportunity from the National Magazine Awards!
“The 2012 winner, Sierra Skye Gemma, published a personal essay about grief in the literary journal The New Quarterly. Read our interview with Sierra about her approach to creative writing and how she came to enter her story for a National Magazine Award.”

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Are you an emerging Canadian magazine journalist or creative non-fiction writer? Did you publish one of your first major stories in 2014 in a Canadian consumer magazine, university magazine or literary journal? Chances are you’re eligible to be named Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer from the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

The National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer goes to the writer whose early work in Canadian magazines (print, online or tablet) shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

Last year’s winner, Catherine McIntrye, published an investigative story in THIS Magazine about cancer rates in New Brunswick and correlations to heavy industry. Read our interview with Catherine about her story and ambition to become a magazine journalist.

The 2012 winner, Sierra Skye Gemma, published a personal essay about grief in the literary journal The New Quarterly. Read our interview with Sierra about her approach to creative…

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Swoon Fall 2014 – Author Announcement

Sierra Skye Gemma:

Can’t wait to Swoon? Check out who will be reading on November 15th!

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Swoon is now proud to announce our official author line-up for our upcoming event on November 15 at Trees Organic Coffee at 450 Granville St in Vancouver, BC.

Swoon Fall 2014 will feature performances by:

andrea bennett

Lucas Crawford

Shannon Rayne

Andrea Routley 

Ellie Sawatzky

Mallory Tater

Janine Alyson Young

Each writer will be reading from original work, and there will be a fantastic variety of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry! We are so, so, so excited to introduce you to these stunning writers and their good hearts.

Please find out more about these awesome authors by checking out their bios on our Readers page!

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Save the Date for November 15 – Swoon Fall 2014!

Sierra Skye Gemma:

Yay! It’s finally happening! I’ll be hosting the next Swoon event with Ruth Daniell on November 15th at Trees Organic (downtown). Hope to see you there!

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The Swoon team is excited to announce that we have found a new venue (hellloooo cheesecake!) for Swoon’s next event, and we’ve finalized a date! We’re making you wait for the author announcement (anticipation is so sweet) but you can still mark your calendars, confident that Saturday, November 15 will be a swoon-worthy evening.

Poster designed by the handsome & talented Jeffrey Ricker

Poster designed by the handsome & talented Jeffrey Ricker

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For Your Safety Please Hold On: swooning for Kayla Czaga’s new book

Sierra Skye Gemma:

Check out my interview with poet Kayla Czaga over on the Swoon blog. Then come out to celebrate the launch of her first book, For Your Safety Please Hold On, this Sunday at the Grand Luxe Hall (303 East 8th Ave) at 7 pm!

Originally posted on Swoon:

Kayla CzagaFormer Swoon co-host Kayla Czaga is about to publish her first book of poetry! I caught up with Kayla, over some tasting flights of beer at Vancouver’s Craft Beer Market, to ask her about For Your Safety Please Hold On and her plans for the future. Maybe it was the beer, but we ended up talking about a much wider variety of topics, like writing workshops and processes, illness and death, and sex and pornography, with frequent non sequitur asides.

When I asked Kayla how she chose her title, she said, “I wanted to call the book For Play—.”

“Foreplay?! I love it!”

“No, For Play. But the publisher said no.”

“What about Foreskin?” I asked, laughing and thinking of our earlier conversational forays into sex and porn. “Did you ask about Foreskin?”

She ignored my ridiculous suggestion and instead said, “I thought For Play would be clever. You know…

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