Jonathan Ball teaches English, film and writing at universities in Winnipeg. He is the author of Ex Machina and Clockfire, which was shortlisted for a Manitoba Book Award. Ex Machina considers the relationship between humans, books and machines, and Clockfire contains 77 plays that would be impossible to produces. Both books were published under Creative Commons licenses, so you can remix their contents. Ball's latest collection, The Politics of Knives, won the 2013 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry (Manitoba Book Awards)."
We're not going to let the current state of 2020 dampen our spooky spirits during the BEST holiday of the year. Sure, our Halloween costumes might only get play on ZOOM, and there may not be any of the usual hellish reveling in the streets or howling at the moon—but nothing ... Read more
With the chaos of the presidential debates in full swing, we turned our sights to things that soothe us: books! Scroll on to find out what we were up to this week.
Welcome to Off/Kilter, a brand new blog column on All Lit Up devoted to books of a magical and surreal nature, featuring alternate realities, dystopian worlds, strange beasties and more. From the dark and fantastical to the joyfully absurd, we’ll explore how books within ... Read more
This week! Escape the holiday season with poetry readings from Carolyn Smart and Pearl Pirie, a Banff Centre appearance from Giller winner Andre Alexis, and the BC Publishers' HOLIDAY HOOTENANNY (goodness we do love that word!).
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Holy Ontario! Our events got weirdly skewed to mostly Ontario this week. Ontarians, rejoice! And if you aren't from the O-N, why not share some cool lit happenings of your own in the comments?
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Recently while waiting at the train station for my weekly commute from Toronto to London, I was engaged in a friendly chit-chat with a woman who might best be described as a “talker”... She told me all the train times from London to Toronto. She listed every snack they sold ... Read more
If you're a regular reader of the ALU blog, you know we've already got our own NPM celebrations happening with our Poetry Primer series, but we thought we'd take a minute to support the League of Canadian Poets and their NPM efforts.
Today, we're putting a spotlight on the form of erasure poetry: a means of loosening or reassigning the grip of authorship on a text by erasing some combination of words, sentences, or even entire paragraphs; refining or subverting its original meaning. Both of today’s Read ... Read more
I once heard that everyone’s eyes and ears are shaped differently. It is very possible that we don’t hear and see things the same way. What’s blue to me might be green to someone else. How can we decipher specific scenarios or emotions if we all see things in our way? ... Read more
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