April 18, 2019
Brenda Leifso on the "Wonderful Odd Ordinariness" of Poetry & an Act of Kindness that Led Her to Writing
Brenda Leifso's lush new poetry collection Wild Madder (Brick Books) delves into the strange, long process of finding one's way. Leifso is unafraid to let the rawness of disorientation, loss of identity, ...
April 17, 2019
Read Three Powerful Poems from Treaty# by Armand Garnet Ruffo
What does the word treaty mean? Deceptively simple, it's a word with great weight and Armand Garnet Ruffo spreads the word and its meaning open in his powerful new poetry collection Treaty# (Wolsak ...
April 15, 2019
"When I Write Poetry, I Feel Limitless and Free" Hasan Namir, author of War / Torn, on Process & Poetry
Hasan Namir's debut collection, War / Torn (Book*hug), is one of the most anticipated books of poetry being released this season for good reason; Namir's lucid, visceral examination of masculinity and ...
April 09, 2019
Griffin Prize 2019 Shortlists Announced!
This morning, the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry announced the 2019 shortlists for the Griffin Prize in Poetry, both Canadian and International. Judges Ulrikka Gernes (Denmark), Srikanth Reddy ...
April 02, 2019
Poetry Au Naturel: Poets Tell us About Their Nature-Themed Favourites for National Poetry Month
The theme for National Poetry Month 2019 is "celebrate nature with poetry". While nature poetry might have a reputation as sleepy and traditional, great writers have often mined the natural world for ...
April 01, 2019
Kicking Off National Poetry Month with the League of Canadian Poets Book Awards Longlists!
It's officially National Poetry Month and we're getting into the groove of all things poetic for the next month, from our terrific new WIR, the E.J. Pratt Medal-winning poet Edward Carson, to diving into ...
March 29, 2019
Edward Carson, Our Poetry Month 2019 writer-in-residence, Talks about the Power of Titles
April is National Poetry Month and we are so excited to celebrate all things poetry here at Open Book. And of course part of that celebration means finding a fantastic poet to come on board as our April ...
March 06, 2019
Poem-phobia? Read an Excerpt from Adam Sol's How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry
More than any other genre, poetry seems to inspire anxiety in readers about exactly how we should be reading. But maybe it's not as scary as it feels - maybe all it takes to read and love poetry is ...
February 25, 2019
Contest! Win a Full Set of Brick Books' Gorgeous 40th Anniversary Classics
In 2015, venerable independent poetry press Brick Books turned 40 years old. To celebrate, they selected six of their most iconic collections from throughout the press' history and created beautiful new ...
February 24, 2019
Poetry School: Getting specific with Amiri Baraka
Writing is reading, teaching is learning. As I said in my invitation for readers to join me this month-long online Poetry School, I expected to benefit the most from these researches into the craft and ...