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My Heart’s in San Francisco

This morning, it’s raining for the first time since arriving last Saturday in unseasonably warm weather for San Francisco. The whole state is in a drought but personally, I’ll take the warmth since the weather back home is in the minus double-digits right now, the Internet tells me. Every morning I get up and walk […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Tanis Rideout

Who are you? I’m an author who’s written poetry and fiction and the occasional piece about water and the environment. I’ve written one novel – Above All Things, based on George Mallory’s final expedition to Mt. Everest, and most recently a collection of poetry called Arguments with the Lake, based around Marilyn Bell’s swim across […]

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Shining a Light

A couple days ago, at 12 noon, I looked out the back windows of our house, the ones that face south, showing the silver strip of Grace Lake through the bald diamond poplars, and noticed how low the sun was. I squinted and pinched out a distance of only about 13 centimeters, and realized, like […]

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10,000 Hours

Yesterday, I drove north to the butcher’s to buy marrow bones for Mowat. They keep him busy in the wire cage he’s been living in since June, unable to roam freely around the house, until his right knee has fully healed from his second leg surgery. On the way back into town, past the casino […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Ariel Gordon

Who are you? I’m a forty-one-year-old six-foot-tall smart aleck from Winnipeg. Which is a city that always has a hat in its bag but prefers a bare head and frost-plumped eyelashes. Which is a city that shivers on the threshold between practical and artsy. I write urban/nature poems, mostly, but also creative-non-fiction essays about trees, […]

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Happy Birthday, Swarm!

I’ve been so busy, pushing forward into future work, and mentoring other writers, that I only remembered yesterday that my baby, my first novel, turned one this month! So, happy book birthday, Swarm! There was no party, and I haven’t posted photos on Facebook of the lovely turquoise cover smeared with chocolate cake, but it […]

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And… Blast Off!

Last night we launched the first-ever Writer-in-Residence program in The Pas, with me as the writer, in residence at The Pas Regional Library.  The whole project is being funded by the Manitoba Arts Council (thank you!) and will take us from these unseasonably chilly (sorry, Calgary: no complaints here!) September days right through to Christmas […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Aga Maksimowska

Who are you? I’m Aga Maksimowska. Some people call me Aggie, my mom calls me Agusia, but most of my family and friends call me Aga, which is short for Agnieszka. I was born in the Baltic port city of Gdynia, in Poland, which is part of the tri-city of Gdynia-Sopot-Gdansk, Gdansk being the birthplace […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Marguerite Pigeon

Who are you? I’m a Franco-Ontarian, former catholic, former journalist from Blind River, Ontario. I learned Spanish in my 20s and used it to live in Mexico City and rural Honduras before coming to Vancouver to do a Creative Writing MFA. I planned to flee this city upon graduation because I’ve never felt at home […]

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The Neuroscience of a Paper Bag Day

Yesterday I had what I call a “paper bag day.” This is the experience of entering the world and interacting with other humans while feeling like you’d like to slip a paper bag over your head. Hide; withdraw; return to introversion. Over the years I’ve realized that I have these days more often when I’m […]

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