Yesterday, one of my appreciated and admired ARC (advance reading copy) readers gave a sneak peek of my new novel to the Twitterverse, which shows a slightly earlier version of the (gorgeous!) cover.

So, what better time to share a sneak peek! Soon, I’ll do a full reveal of this totally stunning cover in all its high-def (designed by Calgary’s Natalie Olsen) but right now I’m pretty focused on poetry.

Writing it (am working on fine-tuning a piece for entry into the CBC Poetry Prize – deadline May 31, FYI, all you poets!), reading it (my own and others), traveling with it, teaching it (as well as prose craft aspects), and basically celebrating this oft-misunderstood form that – as Billy Collins says – gives us a history of the human heart.

This weekend, I’ll be in Kenora, Ontario to read tomorrow night and teach two workshops through Saturday on poetry and setting. They are very affordable, and packed with great content (if I do say so myself!), so come on out if you are in the region! More info here.

And then, on Monday, my good friend, Ariel Gordon, is doing the hometown launch of her new book, Treed (essays about Winnipeg’s urban forests which I can’t wait to get my hands on!) at McNally-Robinson, and then I’m off to Ontario for all of these events!

While I love bringing my books out into the world – especially talking about them after so long working through the sentences in solitude – I am already looking forward to, you know, writing and sharing the thoughts that come from that deep space of attention and focus and craft and living the life.

In the meantime, thank you for listening to me babble on about where I’ll be and when and I hope that some of these where/whens work for you! I always love to connect *in person*.