- toronto has amnesia
- “Other Men,” a web series
- Amendments, etc.
- Black Friday Reading
- “Gran Vals” by Ben Ladouceur wins the Earle Birney Poetry Prize
- Ferno Reading Tomorrow!
- Autumn is when everything happens.
- Three Articles About Writing You Should Really, Really Read
- PK Page Anthology + Underdog Poets Academy
- “nostalgia to me:” Reading In/Words Chapbook Series 8
So I wrote a web series, called Other Men, and the trailer was released today, for your viewing. Give ‘er a look, and if you like it, please take a moment to share it with others. For more information about Other Men, follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
How I wound up writing a web series:
The characters of Other Men originate from a short film I wrote a while ago. I showed the script to filmmaker friends Illya Klymkiw and Stephanie Coffey, both of whom generously (and patiently) showed me the ropes of writing for the screen. Many, many drafts later, the three of us realized that this project would work best as a web series. Stephanie would direct, and Klymlove Incorporated (Illya & Adam Klymkiw) would produce. This would be the production company’s second web series, after the hilarious Dick Sibblies, PI.
I got to work writing. Lots of revisions took place with feedback from the director and the producer. The result was seven really promising episodes of internet-distributed television that the three of us were eager to set to film.
Casting took forever. (Did you know that casting takes forever? I did not know that and now I do.) But we snagged incredibly talented actors for the primary roles, all three of whom seemed born for their respective parts: Nathan Carroll, G Kyle Shields, and Jonathan Nathaniel. The characters I made up while sitting at my desk suddenly had actual bodies and faces now, and that was cool. We assembled an equally-talented (and enormous) crew, and we made a plan for procuring funding. Launching this trailer is a big part of that plan — so I hope you like it enough to share it. And then we got down to filming. So that’s how this happened.
The first episode will be released in the coming months! Cast and crew interviews will be coming forth sporadically until then.
The more you view/share this trailer, the more likely it is that we’ll get the support we need to see the whole project through. Rather than cramming my confidence in the project any further down your throat, though, I’ll let the trailer speak for itself. Thanks!
Here are a few things by other people that you should look at today.
First there’s a new song from Ben Vaughn. Ben has been setting older poems of mine to music for years now, and I plan to write a more in-depth post about his and my creative relationship in the near future. Consider this a preview. This is a song called “Amendments” and maybe you’ll like it as much as I do, so press play.
Then there’s the newest issue of Ottawater, which is now a ten-year-old. Lots of amazing poems from Ottawa souls of past and present. From Matthew Walsh’s “A Joni Mitchell In Pieces:”
If you burned through
the good book, slow
and smooth, could you
forget snakes can’t stand
or that a brilliance in a heart,
can relax in the dark, in the blue
what it was, it will be, to marvel
in smooth rooms, and listen
to see a sun turn
away from a throat
That’s all for now. Have a great week!
The Puritan is throwing a party tomorrow (Friday the 29th), 7.30 at The Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St). I’ll be reading, and so will many other people, like Bardia Sinaee, Laura Clarke, Rob Benvie, Liz Howard, R. Kolewe, Camille Martin, Jim Smith, Kilby Smith-McGregor, and Aaron Tucker. $5 cover.
The other thing you have to do this weekend is visit Steven Temple Books (489 Queen St West) during their clearance sale. It’s an incredible place, with lots of tall shelves and necessary ladders. The clearance has been taking place all week, but the Canadian lit section, at least, still had loads of gems today. And the markdowns are terrific. It’s very sad for a bookstore to close, especially one that speaks so clearly and characteristically of a time before Amazon.com. I figure the best way to celebrate is to support while you still can. It all shuts down on Saturday. I scored three great finds — poems by Atwood, prose by PK Page, and a Marian Engel novel (unfortunately I didn’t have the funds for the gorgeous Preview Copy of Engel’s “Bear” pictured below).
Originally posted on PRISM international:
PRISM international is proud to announce that the winner of the coveted 2012 Earle Birney Poetry Prize is none other than Ben Ladouceur for his lovely, idiosyncratic, iridescent missed connection of a poem “Gran Vals,” which originally appeared in PRISM 51:1 and which is reprinted below with permission.
Earle Birney established UBC’s MFA program in Creative Writing in 1965–the first university program in Canada. The Earle Birney prize, awarded annually and worth $500, is PRISM‘s only in-house prize. A very special thanks to Mme. Justice Wailan Low for her generous ongoing support!!
First thing’s first: the world is talking about Alice Munro today, and I want to acknowledge that that’s a very cool thing to be happening.
Since that’s out of the way, let’s talk real quick about what we’re up to Friday evening. I, for one, will be reading at a bar from a new chapbook that’s coming out through Ferno House. “Impossibly Handsome” will be launching alongside works by poets Fenn Stewart and Jimmy McInnes. Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St). Friday at 7.30pm. No cover. I really hope to see you there! And then after that, I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving.
Dragnet is launching their first anthology on Thursday, 8pm at The Garrison (Dundas/Ossington). I’ll be reading, and so will talented people like Gary Barwin, Jeremy Woodcock, Shari Kasman, and Catherine Graham. There will be a beautiful anthology for sale, and dancing for free.
The next Ruckus Reading event is Sunday, September 29, 7pm at The Only Cafe (972 Danforth Ave). This is a new reading series that encourages interactivity with the audience, and seems cool. I don’t know who else will be reading but you have to come.
And then, like a month from now, there’s the Ferno House Fall 2013 Launch on Friday, October 11, 7.30pm, at The Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St). My chapbook “Impossibly Handsome” will be launching alongside works by Jimmy McInnes and Fenn Stewart. (And yes, my chapbook is about you.) Ferno House books are some of the most gorgeous chapbooks I’ve ever seen, so this is exciting.
Also, the other day I googled my own name (as you do) when I came across the fact that I was an honourable mention for the John Lent Poetry Prize this year. I had no idea. The lesson here is, google your own name, all the time.