The gifts of 2022

It has been a wonderful year and I’m grateful to all of you for your ongoing support and encouragement.

On January 23rd I hosted an online book launch for Field Guide to the Lost Flower of Crete plus I had a wide-ranging conversation about creativity with Greek composer Michalis Paraskakis. This event was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

On February 16th I received a grant from the Writers’ Union of Canada which enabled me to work with Sadiqa de Meijer as my love essay mentor. I spent many months completing this work.

In September I read at the European Literature Festival in Cologne, Germany.

A few weeks later in Rotterdam, Netherlands I performed my first public piano concert where I played three quatre mains pieces with composer and pianist Panos Gklistis.

In October I returned to Crete for a wonderful month of research, writing, mountain hiking and sea swimming.

Sky,” Kintsukuroi,” and “Shrinking” were published in Poetry Pause by the League of Canadian Poets. Also “Garden” was presented for National Poetry Month’s intimacy theme.

Field Guide to the Lost Flower of Crete was reviewed in Arc Poetry Magazine, Canadian Literature, and was featured in the Queen’s Alumni Review along with Wellenlängen deines Liedes.

Should you wish to give one of my four poetry collections as a gift, my publisher McGill-Queen’s University Press is offering a 30% discount valid until December 31st. Use code MQSP at checkout from this link.

Currently I’m writing three new poems for a song cycle.

I wish all of you a great start to 2023!

Enjoy the slide show.