Kuala Lampur, Monoceros, Poetry Is Dead

A few things:

On Wednesday Feb 29th I’ll be participating in the 24 Hour International Book project, writing on the Vancouver team. From the project organizer, Ben Payne: “Spread the Word is bringing together four teams of writers and editors in London, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Vancouver, to create a unique novel. The project is an experiment in collaborative writing, using digital technology. The book, which will be written by multiple authors, operating in different time zones and countries, will be launched at noon on World Book Day, Thursday 1 March 2012.” The novel produced will be sold to raise funds for charity. The Vancouver organizer is Sean Cranbury of Books On The Radio and the W2 Real Vancouver Writers series. We’ll be writing from 7 AM – 2 PM at W2 (near Hastings and Abbott) and you’re welcome to drop in. The novel will be composed online, improvisationally, across multiple time zones.

My review of Suzette Mayr’s excellent novel Monoceros is in the new issue of subTerrain, just out. I loved the novel for its unsentimental portrayal of the fallout from a gay teenager’s suicide.

You can get your writing in for the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead, which I’m guest editing, until June 1st. The submissions page is here. We’re looking for poetry and experimental prose by Queer writers. All are welcome, regardless of publication history. That means you!

ALSO the listing for my book of short stories People Who Disappear is up on the Freehand Books site here. I’ll be posting my April reading dates for Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Regina soon.

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