Time (a discussion)

It was delightful to be a part of this discussion.

https://jamesshelley.com/events/on-the-past-in-the-present/?utm_content=bufferc2596&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Audio to follow shortly . . . .

 

 

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I have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry

I was delighted -and shocked- to learn this evening that my poem, “North Providence Deli,” has been nominated by The Wire’s Dream Journal for the Pushcart Prize.

When the poem is available online I will post a link.

https://thewiresdreammagazine.wordpress.com/nominations/

Three more poems appearing

I was pleased -very pleased- to learn this evening that three of my poems will be appearing soon at The Black Lion journal. The pieces are entitled “North Providence Deli,” “Scenes from my father’s Rhode Island” and “Ladies Auxiliary.” The poems are each about what you might call my imagining of my own parents’ pasts. When the poems appear, I will post a link here.

 

The literature of Southeast Michigan & Southwestern Ontario

I would be delighted to put together a Socratic discussion on the fiction, plays and poetry of the Southeast Michigan and Southwestern Ontario region; that belt running from Ann Arbor-Flint-Detroit-Monroe-Port Huron across the Detroit and St. Clair rivers through Windsor, Sarnia, Dresden, Chatham, London and out to Woodstock, Tilsonburg and Brantford.

The region has produced some truly outstanding writers of fiction, poetry and plays including Jeffrey Eugenides, Alice Munro, James Reaney, Joyce Carol Oates, Marge Piercy, Philip Levine, Harriette Arnow, Elmore Leonard, Sara Jeannette Duncan to name only a handful.

 

 

Episode 10 of ‘Talking to Canadians’

I am very pleased to present Episode 10 of ‘Talking to Canadians’ which is my interview with Leslie Pidlubny. This episode is entitled: “I like people.”

Leslie is a person who wears many different hats. She is an employee of the London Public Library; she is involved in animal rescue; she is an entrepreneur; she is also a collector of artwork, a bricoleur and someone who specializes in the rehoming of family heirlooms.

Ryan O’Connor and I opted for the title “I like people” because this statement (which is Leslie’s) captures the enthusiasm, humanity and gusto with which my guest pursues her many personal and professional projects. She is someone who has a passion for life, for the intricacies and textures of our world and, above all, for the stories that people and objects carry with them.

I call Leslie a bricoleur because she has the refined eye of the turn-of-the-century rag picker who could find gems in the most unlikely or overlooked places. She sees the stories and vested emotions that are embedded in people and in the things they part with -both voluntarily and involuntarily. She is also someone who is loathe to see anyone, any animal or any thing as disposable.

It was a vivifying experience to sit down and talk with her. I hope you tune in to our conversation: https://ryanoconnor.ca/talkingtocanadians/2017/8/21/talking-to-canadians-episode-10-i-like-people