Art, “personal necessity,” and radical particularity–some thoughts on response

I’ve been thinking these days a lot about how to make something that matters. I’ve been working on a novel for six (!) years now, trying to apprentice myself to that genre, that craft–and increasingly I think the work is figuring out how to get the work to happen along the grain of my actual […]

On winning and losing

Congratulations to all the winners of the Alberta Literary Awards! Find a list of all the winners here.

Last time I was at the Alberta Literary Awards, in 2009, I had been nominated for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, for my first collection, One crow sorrow. My first baby was a year old […]

National Magazine Awards 2012

I woke up this morning to find an email from Kim Jernigan, the editor of The New Quarterly, with news from last night’s National Magazine Awards gala. My essay, “A Container of Light,” published in TNQ issue 120, has been awarded the silver medal in Personal Journalism at the 2012 National Magazine Awards! I am […]