In Review: The Week of April 27th

May 2, 2020

We wrapped up National Poetry Month with five author interviews and excerpts, and a thoughtful piece on writing poetry through times of crisis from Natasha Ramoutar.

See more details below
Tagged: in review


week of







On the Blog 

npm banner

Gwen Benaway  day/break (Book*hug Press)

Betsy Warland  Lost Lagoon/lost in thought (Caitlin Press)

M.A. Mahadeo  Never a Child (Now or Never Publishing)

Simina Banu  POP (Coach House Books)

Yusuf Saadi  Pluviophile (Nightwood Editions)






Around the Web

leacock medal for humour shortlist

~ The shortlist for the Leacock Medal for Humour included three ALU favourites: Amy Spurway's CROW (Goose Lane Editions), Heidi L.M. Jacobs' Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear (NeWest Press), and Drew Hayden Taylor's Cottagers and Indians (Talonbooks).

~ The 2020 Publishing Triangle Awards for LGBTQ literature included rad Arsenal Pulp Press authors Kai Cheng Thom (I Hope We Choose Love) and Téa Mutonji (Shut Up You're Pretty)

~ Hankering for some library time? The New York Public Library created a compilation of noises from inside the library, including the sound of the library itself.








How Do Poets Write Through Times of Crisis? Two approaches to writing poetry during uncertain times


NatashaRamoutar-Bright (1)

"Writing in response has an established history intertwined with activism. Poetry has long been integrated in protests, and can rally a crowd, provide morale, and expose and question ongoing injustices. A key feature of many of these works is that they are timely and because of this, it’s crucial to get them out as quickly as possible. [...] When I consider reasons why one might be compelled to write during this pandemic, I return to this idea of protest and uprising—that we might write in response to the systems which allowed the pandemic to occur and the inequalities that are being exacerbated in its wake."




comments powered by Disqus