The National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer

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.”

National Magazine Awards

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

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!


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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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!




Amanda Leduc

Magical Realism Reading (in Vancouver) with Amanda Leduc!

Hello Peeps,

I am so excited to announce a super cool and FREE reading coming soon to Vancouver!

Amanda Leduc

I have been honoured to help organize a reading in celebration of Amanda Leduc’s new novel, The Miracles of Ordinary Men, and I want YOU to join us!

On Wednesday, August 28th (7 pm), Amanda and four other amazing authors—Jen Neale, Jay Hosking, Andrea Hoff, and Taylor Basso—will present a magical realism reading at The Cottage Bistro at 4470 Main Street. This reading is GOING TO BLOW YOUR MIND. It is also open to the public and FREE, so how can you say no to that? You can’t.

If you’d like to RSVP (not required), please head over to the public Facebook event here:

The Paper Hound—Vancouver’s newest used bookstore—will be there with a selection of literary books for sale. Amanda’s book will also be for sale and she’ll be available for signing. (Cash only.)

So come on down! And when you do, don’t forget to introduce yourself to me (I’m the one with the bright red hair). I love to meet new people!

We’re going to have a great night!


Praise for Amanda Leduc’s The Miracles of Ordinary Men:

“Amanda Leduc’s The Miracles of Ordinary Men is fantastic realism, if there is such a thing – well, there is now. Like a waking dream, it has the capacity to seduce and surprise, and it exercises its option on both.”
— Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist

“The novel is a beautiful read, and Leduc’s observations and well placed descriptions lend the magical realism a lyrical quality, hinting at the language and imagery of religious texts without actually turning Biblical.”
— The National Post

“The Miracles of Ordinary Men is darkly ambitious yet accessible, and mutable, for each reader will come to different conclusions.”
— The Globe and Mail