In Review: The Week of April 6th

This week the quarantine didn’t stop us: our National Poetry Month celebration ALU DiscoverVerse continued with five more poets, the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist was announced, celebrity libraries were revealed, and more.


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On the Blog

This National Poetry Month is an action-packed celebration of twenty-four poets who write in all kinds of spaces and explore all kinds of styles and themes that delight, offer reflection, and soothe our spirits. Join us here on the blog throughout the month for our feature poets, including interviews and excerpts from each, and get 20% OFF any of our featured collections until April 30th. 
This week’s poets includedAdrian de Leon Rouge (Mawenzi House)Heather BirrellFloat and Scurry (Anvil Press)Cam ScottROMANS/SNOWMARE (ARP Books)Kyeren RegehrCult Life (Pedlar Press)Thomas LeducSlagflower (Latitude 46 Publishing)

Around the Web

~ The 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist was announced with three Canadian authors on the list, including ALU fave Chantal Gibson (How She Read, Caitlin Press).~ Peek these celebrity libraries — from the Duchess of Cambridge’s canonical classics to Jon Snow’s eclectic collection. ~ Here are illustrated SparkNotes of three classic books for anyone who’s probably not going to read them anyway.

What Else We’re Reading 

ALU staffer Mandy is reading Fawn Parker’s debut Set-Point (ARP Books), a novel about a 20-something aspiring screenwriter in Montreal who takes up digital sex-work to pay her bills. In a story about personal identity and what it is to be human, Parker considers self-image, parental illness, the nothingness of virtual realities and half-hearted hookups. It’s funny, smart, and inventive — an unputdownable book!