Archive for March, 2009

JMM crowned Harbourfront Poetry Idol

I’d like to extend my congratulations to Jacob McArthur Mooney for his big win at the Harbourfront Centre this past Wednesday. A formidable line-up of 20 published poets under the age of 35 were randomly selected to read for 5 minutes each, and were judged by Harbourfront Centre director Geoffrey Taylor and the National Post’s Mark Medley. Along with Jake, 5 of the other participating poets were chosen to read at the 30th anniversary of the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors, including my personal betting-favorite, Dani Couture. Hats off to all!

March 31, 2009 at 12:54 am Leave a comment

Opera to Go!

Tapestry New Opera Works premiered 4 new short operas at Harbourfront’s Enwave Theatre last night. One of them (One Lump or Two?) was written by my partner Sandy Pool, and is a Victorian tea farce that features Keith Klassen and Peter McGillivray in drag. If you’re in Toronto, come join in the festivities – it’s sure to be a lively weekend!

Some press here.

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March 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Desk Space

Evie Christie’s Desk Space offers unique perspectives on the writerly habits of some of Canada’s finest authors. I admired it long before Evie asked me to appear on the site, and I’m stoked that my interview appears this week.

http://desk-space.blogspot.com/2009/03/jim-johnstone.html

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March 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Between the Covers Podcast

A selection from my CBC Literary Award winning Invertebrate Poems aired on CBC’s Between the Covers last week, and is now available as a podcast at http://www.cbc.ca/betweenthecovers/podcast.html. Check it out along with Sue Goyette’s fantastic Outskirts.

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March 12, 2009 at 1:27 am Leave a comment

2008 CBC Literary Awards

On February 26 I was thrilled to learn that my Invertebrate Poems had won a 2008 CBC Literary Award (2nd prize, poetry catagory). The poems will be available as a podcast on March 4 and published in the June 2009 issue of enRoute Magazine. The judges (Tim Lilburn, Roy Miki and Priscila Uppal) made the following comments:

“In Invertebrate Poems a lively, unpredictable consciousness takes us, line by line, through an intellectual archeology. From the little dipper, to the Beijing Olympics, to your pancreas, this is a journey of variety: of voice, subject, place, structure, and language. You will be surprised, at every corner, where you end up!”

The gala experience was wonderful, and I would like to extend big thank-yous to Meredith Dellandrea, Alia Quart Khan, Shelagh Rogers and all the winners. I’ll post related media here as it comes.

For now, here’s a link to the CBC Literary Award site:

http://www.radio-canada.ca/prixlitteraires/english/pwinners2008.shtml

Also, you can watch gala highlights on the media player at:

http://www.cbc.ca/entertainment/

March 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm 1 comment


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