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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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Firelight Interview Series: Matt Lennox

Who are you? I’m Matt Lennox. I grew up in Orillia, Ontario, home of Stephen Leacock and Gordon Lightfoot. I’ve written a couple of books and a collection of short stories. I’ve served with the military in Afghanistan. I like boxing and sometimes I do carpentry work on the side. In September of this year […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Ayelet Tsabari

Who are you?  I am the author of The Best Place On Earth (HarperCollins 2013) and I’m currently working on a memoir and a novel. I was born and raised in Israel to a family of Yemeni descent. I am fifth of six siblings; they are all awesome and creative people; we are very close […]

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