April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme, A World of Poetry. A world of poetry. This, I understand. Being witness to stomped-verse haka in Waitangi, the lyrical thrum of Outback didgeridoo, breathy sax in a wet London underpass, red slashed characters on a mud wall in Hebei, tanka blurred through joss smoke in Kyoto, rantings of a street poet in Times Square, the guttural slur of a Greenlandic hymn, and a master’s spoken-word reverberating on old timber, sibilant sea hissing through cracked glass
We wish to introduce Chris Banks as The Miramichi Reader's new Poetry Editor, and his new column, The Abrupt Edge. It will be a regular feature here at TMR and will feature poetry, poetry news and whatever else Chris wants to tell you about.
I was making my way across town. Town being Vancouver, BC. We have to say that as there’s another one, a perfectly pleasant American one, its pleasantness being its proximity to Vancouver, BC. I was to be the guest on World Poetry Café, an unassuming FM radio program with a shockingly large listenership – one-hundred-thirty-three countries, at last count.
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Join Bill Arnott as we explore western Canada’s creative lit scene from the ground up, bedrock-solid yet perpetually in motion. Like our imminent coastal quake, my epicentre is BC’s southwest. For now.
Saying goodbye to 2019 is a little easier when there's much to look forward to regarding the literary scene from my perspective here in Atlantic Canada. In this post, I'm going to highlight a few books, some I am currently reading and others that are near or at the top of my TBR list. There are also some interviews to look forward to, as well as new releases.
Since it is almost the end of 2019 (and another decade slips away), I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the most popular posts here at The Miramichi Reader for 2019.
If you are in the Miramichi area, I encourage you to stop into Mill Cove Coffee and see what they have to offer in the way of coffees, treats and, of course, books!
The Atlantic Book Awards Society announced the shortlist for the thirteen different book prizes that make up the 2019 Atlantic Book Awards.