Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Whitehorse Poetry Festival 2013

The Fiddlehead's poetry co-editor Ian LeTourneau was one of the invited guests of the Whitehorse Poetry Festival this past weekend, and he reports that it was a fabulous time reading poetry under the midnight sun. This year's festival had a publishing and editing theme, and in addition to reading his own work, LeTourneau was there to talk about his experiences editing for The Fiddlehead and Goose Lane Editions.

The schedule also included Noelle Allen (publisher Wolsak and Wynn), Stephanie Bolster, Brad Cran, Dina Del Bucchia, Jamella Hagen, Kitty Lewis (general manager of Brick Books), Bren Simmers, Garry Thomas Morse and Jo Shapcott.

The very poetic and swift-moving Yukon River.
British poet Jo Shapcott.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fiddlehead Contributors in the News

Photo courtesy of Malahat Review
This year's winner of The Fiddlehead's Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem Kim Trainor has also won The Malahat Review's 2013 Long Poem Prize! Of her poem and of poetry in general, she says in an interview on The Malahat's website, "I like the idea of a poem as an artifact that goes out into the world like a coat or a bicycle or a lens that helps us to transform the material world and influences our interactions with others." You can read the full interview here.

Trainor certainly has had an excellent spring, which has also seen her place in The Antigonish Review's Great Blue Heron contest as well. Congratulations Kim!


Previous Fiddlehead contributors Linda Besner, Stewart Cole, and David Seymour (who was also most recently one of our contest judges) are embarking on the 4th annual Fish Quill Poetry Boat Tour, a ten day poetry and music tour down the Grand River in southwestern Ontario. This year's tour takes place June 13-23 and will see the poetic paddlers travel from Elora to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, camping along the river and performing in several small communities along the way.

More information can be found on the indiegogo campaign they've set up to help fund their travel, camping, food, and promotion costs.