Upcoming Event: “The Sculptor” featured in Poetry & Art V Exhibit

Happy to say that for National Poetry Month, my poem, “The Sculptor” has been chosen as part of the Poetry & Art V Exhibition in Rockland, Maine. I’m looking forward to reading and seeing all the wonderful work and events that will be happening for NPM.


“The Sculptor” (poem on exhibit)
Poetry & Art V, Mail Art Exhibition – (Curator, Lois Anne)
April 1–30th, 2016
The Good Tern Coop Gallery and Café
750 Main Street, Rockland, Maine


A Raw Journey Through Glück’s Collection of Poems

glucklousie_poemsIt’s amazing to have the opportunity to read a poet’s collection of work. In reading through Louise Glück’s “Poems 1962-2012” (Ecco and Farrar, Straus & Giroux), starting in 1962, I found that I loved many. But it wasn’t until I begin reading her book “Ararat” (1990) that I felt that I was reading gold, and that I was reading the current level of writing we all know and love Glück’s work for. While some poems were doggy eared from her earlier years, I found that every poem in “Ararat” was doggy eared and reread at least twice. You can tell the work of mastery and years of hard work.

Indeed, in Dan Chiasson’s post in The New Yorker (November 12, 2012), he writes:

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On Making the Poetry Manuscript

Worth Revisiting: Levine’s On Making the Poetry Manuscript

Jeffrey Levine

The Poetry Manuscript: Arts and Crafts

Here, adapted from my article in the 2007 issue of the AWP Job List (there titled Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Poetry Manuscript:Some Ideas on Creation and Order) is a revised and updated advice on making a book out of your individual poems, given as one who reads three-to-four thousand manuscripts a year.

Admittedly, some of this advice remains concrete, generic, and “merely” stylistic, although I suppose even nuts and bolts have some intrinsic value when collected in one place. As style is a matter of taste, you must take into account that what I say reflects my own prejudices and preferences.

Many of these thoughts concern more artistic matters: What is the artistic process as applied to making a poetry manuscript cohere? What are some useful approaches to the art of transforming individual poems into a transcendent whole?

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Member of the Arts and Letters Club

I can happily say that I’m one of the newest members of the Arts and Letters Club! After submitting my application, the board has accepted me.

arts20and20lettersI’m extremely honored and proud to be part of this heritage institution and to have a place to belong. As an artist or creative of any kind, it’s marvelous to be a part of such a vibrant, friendly and intelligent community of people. This city continues to be good to me, and good to its artists and writers. It’s no wonder that Toronto has been named the seventh-best city to visit by the New York Times.

Alongside @MargaretAtwood in Anthology by @ChizinePub – The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction

I’m truly grateful to have my work published alongside Margaret Atwood, Cory Doctorow, Helen Marshall, and many more of the biggest authors in Canada and around the world in this upcoming anthology. (A true con11754479_614831701953901_1899462789627718748_ofidence boost, for sure.)

Thanks to ChiZine Publications​, and co-editors Sandra Kasturi and Jerome Stueart for taking the time to read my submission. It’s truly an honor to be selected for Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction! And thanks to Jason Sizemore​ and Bianca Spriggs at Apex Magazine​ for first giving this poem about zombies a home.

I can’t wait to pick up my copy, and read the works listed on this stellar Table of Contents, representing the best work published by Canadian writers in 2014. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy, too, and ‘Embrace the Odd’.

Co-chairing Panel Session at NEMLA 2016

If anyone is interested in submitting their work, please visit http://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/15861 .

Abstract submissions for the session will open on June 25th.

The Canadian Postmodern Creative: Constructing Home and Identity in the City

Primary Area / Secondary Area

Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing / Canadian
Kristen Smith (University of York)
Puneet Dutt (Ryerson University)

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