Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Town Crier covers the Buckrider launch

Well, we launched my new imprint, Buckrider Books, with Wolsak & Wynn last week at the Gladstone Ballroom. The Town Crier's Kris Bone was there to cover the event. Here are some highlights:

On Erina Harris and The Stag Head Spoke

"Harris’s poetry was haunting and highly refined. Drawing on the traditions of a wide variety of forms (such as the sonnet and the fairy tale) to explore rhyme in new ways, Harris has created an atmospheric set of poems, delivered in an even yet ethereal tone."

On David James Brock and Everyone Is CO2:

"An expert combination of smart, snappy phrasing and interesting, offbeat subject matter made his poems exciting to listen to. Brock’s work continues to mutate and evolve, comfortable spanning multiple genres and conceptual divides as he moves into his first full-length publication, with his poetry stronger, stranger, and more fearless than anything we’ve seen from him yet."

On D. D. Miller and David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories

"Funny and well-paced, it marks a welcome addition to Toronto’s wealth of short fiction collections."

You can read the entire piece here.

Monday, 14 April 2014


Are you coming the Wolsak & Wynn / Buckrider Books launch at the Gladstone Ballroom on Wednesday evening? Wear your goat gear and you could win a prize! 

That's right. We're launching our new imprint Buckrider Books, and we want you to get into the spirit. Wearing a goat could win you a prize. Once the doors open at 7pm, the first ten people to check in at the book table wearing an item of clothing featuring a goat will win their choice of book from our backlist (anything but this season's titles), and we've been publishing for over 30 years, so there's plenty of great titles to choose from.

I think I'll be wearing the tie pictured here. What will you have on?

For information about the launch, click here.
RSVP on Facebook.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The first Buckrider Books title is here!

D. D. Miller's new short story collection, David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide & Other Stories, is hot of the press and ready to launch next month. Here's what some have already said about the book:

"D. D. Miller's David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories pulls back the curtain on the tense and darkly funny world of post-millenial men. Tasked with negotiating a universe of amateur porn stars, chat room suiciders, and distracted derby girls, Miller's men are brazen, yet oddly disengaged -- and above all, sharply observed."
-- Elisabeth de Mariaffi, author of How to Get Along with Women

"A striking debut. With unwavering eye and mordant humour, these stories gently scrape the civil fa├žade to reveal what’s awkward, raw and, sometimes, brutal in us. D. D. Miller is a writer to watch."
-- Bill Gaston, author of The World and Gargoyles

Saturday, 22 March 2014

I'm teaching a poetry workshop for the QWF in Montreal on April 26

Hey Montreal, I'll be teaching a poetry workshop called Wreckage & Recycling in your beautiful city on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The workshop will concentrate on several forms, ancient and modern, that scavenge old texts in order to construct new poems from the fragments of the past. These forms include centos, erasures, glosas, text collages, and more. We will investigate the history of these practices, and examine their contemporary resurgence. Time will also be devoted to writing and work-shopping new poems using these techniques. To register, or for more information, please visit the QWF website.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Wolsak & Wynn / Buckrider Books Launch is April 16th at the Gladstone Ballroom!

I'm very excited about launching these three books next month. This is the inaugural season of my new imprint with Wolsak & Wynn Publishers: Buckrider Books. To celebrate the idea of new beginnings, all three books are debut collections.

The books we're launching are David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories, a short story collection by D. D. Miller; The Stag Head Spoke, poetry by Erina Harris; and Everyone is CO2, poetry by David James Brock.

And here are the details of the launch:

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16th at 7pm.

WHERE: The Gladstone Ballroom
at the Gladstone Hotel 
1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6
See map

RSVP via our event page on Facebook.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Watching UFC with poets.

Recently, I got together with some of my friends to watch a UFC event on pay-per-view. Jeff Latosik and Jacob McArthur Mooney have been doing this since we were roommates, and other friends often join us. In this instance, it was Natalie Zina Walschots and David James Brock. Normally, a group of friends watching sports on TV wouldn't be out of the ordinary, but the fact that we're all poets -- not stereotypical MMA fans, I suppose -- caught the attention of writer Nathan Whitlock, and he recorded the event for the Toronto Star. The Star included a new poem of mine, "The Palace of Eternal Youth", with the article. You can read it all here.

Me, Jake, Dave, Zed, Jeff.
Photo by Aaron Harris for the Toronto Star. 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Want to learn more about writing poetry?

I'll be teaching an eight-week introductory level poetry writing course at the University of Toronto this spring. It's one night a week from April 15 until June 3rd. Do you know anyone with an interest in writing poetry? Perhaps this is the class for them. Click here for details.