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travelogue

March 16, 2006

slow to blog lately due to travelmania. shift & switch readings are now complete (events below happened between january 14 to march 10). i have a whackload to say about each, but for now just a teaser…

ottawa: rob read, mark truscott, max middle, and i read at mother tongue books. neat mix of local readers and writers, and a few close high school lovelies of mine. hung out with michelle balch and heddy ulch. michy has a dwarf rabbit and heddy’s preggers; love those femmes!!

montreal: rob, mark, max, and i were joined by jon paul fiorentino and matthew hollett. total hipster crowd packed into cafe esperanza. glorious to see high school friend kandice ardiel, as well as writers dimitri nasrallah, zarmina rafi, and jani krulc.

buffalo: rob, mark and i were joined by gregory betts, trevor speller, and geoffrey hlibchuck for a reading. andrea strudensky organized a panel on canadian poetry followed by readings. neat set-up of events, though i found the panel papers + readings a bizarre portrayal of “what’s shakin’ in canpo.”

philadelphia: rob, mark, gregory, and i met up with janet neigh to read. philly was easily my favourite travel spot; i didn’t know what to expect, and ended up having a fantastic time. i met two totally wicked awesome writers and i wish we all lived in the same city… sarah dowling and karen hannah, COME TO TORONTO!

windsor: mark and i met gus morin and danielle maveal for a reading. rowdiest poetry reading i’ve ever attended (that’s what we get for visiting windsor of superbowl weekend). super to visit with stephen pender and sergio forest.

fredericton: hugh thomas, alice burdick, and i read in the charlotte street arts centre co-op cafe to an audience of mathematicians, writers, and readers. hugh made kick-ass vegetarian treats at his place, and i discovered that the mystery songs on a CD i burned last summer were performed by the be-good tanyas.

halifax: hugh, alice, and i were joined by michael debeyer for a reading at ginger’s tavern. hugh’s humorous work was a crowd-pleaser with the theatre folks. andy cull and another member of the fancy lebanese country band played after the reading; fantastic music.

kentville: i toured gaspereau press (!!), met gary dunville and andrew steeves (lovely!!). i couldn’t get over how *clean* the space was, and how much room they had. i’m used to the lovingly cluttered chb, so it was cool to see a different set-up.

mahone bay: alice, michael, and i enjoyed an intimate reading by candlelight at the cozy biscuit eater. highly recommend this venue for readings; dawn and alden, owners, are a magical team!

brandon: i’m off to manitoba tomorrow for the ecopoetics symposium. tomorrow night, i’m reading with erin moure and mari-lou rowley (tres excited!), and “launching” wide slumber (hot off the press TODAY; WOW!!!). will hopefully get to see chris fickling, who’s doing that churchy-minister-thing in a neighbouring town. saturday, rachel zolf and i will panel discussion on a secret, magical topic.

upcoming wide slumber events in toronto, ottawa, montreal, calgary, and winnipeg. w00t!

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