I’ve been writing poetry since I was 10 years old, so I’ve been working to become recognized as a real poet for a very long time. When my poem “Lakeshore” was accepted to Vallum this year I was over the moon because it’s the highest profile literary journal I’ve been published in yet. I’m also getting paid for this one, so it also marks the first time in my wordsmithing career that I have ever sold a poem.
It’s a big leap forward in building my profile as a serious writer because a lot of the time when you want to apply for arts grants you need to provide a list of places where you’ve been published, and sometimes you also have to indicate how much you were compensated for the work; the fact that someone actually thought your work was good enough to pay for gives you serious cred.
It’s an even bigger leap forward in my writing career because I was offered the chance to do a reading at the issue launch event this Friday at The Supermarket in Kensington Market. I’ll be on stage for 7 minutes, longer than I’ve ever been on stage before, so I’ll have the chance to read more than one poem. It’s the first time I’ve ever been featured, so yeah, pretty big deal!
I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, and it’s going to be on my mind every minute of every day until this Friday evening when I finally step in front of that mic with the bright house lights in my face. I’ll read a choice selection of my finest work in a smooth, deep voice. I haven’t decided on my set list yet, but I’m going to select a cross section of my best stuff, taking pieces from my Maritime collection, Mexico collection, and my general collection. I should be able to do at least 4-5 of them as my poems usually don’t take about a minute to read.
So I hereby invite you sir or madam to come and see me this Friday evening at the launch of Vallum issue 14.1 at The Supermarket in Kensington Market. Tell your friends! Tell your mom! Tell your grandma! All are welcome and encouraged to make an appearance. I hope to see you there.