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A review of Line Dance. Apparently I have a sense of humour. Who knew?

Here's the first review I've seen of Line Dance, the collection of poems that resulted from...well, I'll let the reviewer explain, because I'm tired of typing various versions of this: Each weekday during Poetry Month in April, Hill [Poet Laureate Gerald Hill] e-mailed SK Writers’ Guild members a pair of first lines he’d selected from SK poetry books and invited folks to respond with poems of their own. Some, like professionals Brenda Schmidt and Ed Willett, sent poems every day. In the end, almost 500 pieces were submitted, and SK writing veteran-turned publisher, Byrna Barclay, bound what editor Hill deemed the best into a handsome package, featuring Saskatchewanian David ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:51, November 6th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Poetry | Comment now »

Hear me read a Hallowe’eny poem

Looking for something both poetic and Hallowe'eny? (And who isn't?) The Science Fiction Poetry Association has a page of audio files of SFPA members reading their Hallowe'en-related poems--and it includes a file of me reading "He Really Should Have Written," one of the poems I wrote for Poet Laureate Gerald Hill's "First Lines" project back in April. A shorter version of this poem appears in the new First Lines anthology published by Burton House Books, which launches November 24 at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon (I'll remind you, don't worry.) Here's my audio file, although I urge you to over to SFPA and listen to them all! The image above is a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:17, October 20th, 2016 under Blog, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Poetry month poetry: The Tale of Old Bill from the Ship “Cactus Hills”

The final poem of Poetry Month based on first lines provided by Poet Laureate Gerald Hill to members of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild every April weekday, with the challenge to respond to them in some way in new work. I chose to incorporate them into new science fiction/fantasy/horror poems. I've really enjoyed the process, and am already thinking about turning them into an illustrated collection. All the other poems: I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust; Virtuality; This is the Way the World Ends; The Last Thing Your Lips Touched; Facing the Silence; The Telling; Saint Billy; I Remember His Eyes; His Body Knows; Emily Alison Atkinson Finds God; I Will Ride Off the Horizon; There’s Nothing Artificial About Love; He Really ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:20, May 1st, 2016 under Blog, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Poetry month poetry: The Only Child

Today's poem, from first lines provided yesterday by Poet Laureate Gerald Hill to all members of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. He's doing this every weekday for the month of April, and I've been incorporating each pair of lines into a new science fiction/fantasy/horror poem All the other poems: I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust; Virtuality; This is the Way the World Ends; The Last Thing Your Lips Touched; Facing the Silence; The Telling; Saint Billy; I Remember His Eyes; His Body Knows; Emily Alison Atkinson Finds God; I Will Ride Off the Horizon; There’s Nothing Artificial About Love; He Really Should Have Written; Saving My Brother's Life; Dammit, I'm a Doctor, Not an Entree; Slime is Thicker Than BloodThe ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:10, April 28th, 2016 under Blog, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Poetry month poetry: Slime is Thicker than Blood

Today's poem, from Friday's first lines provided by Poet Laureate Gerald Hill to all members of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild every weekday during the month of April. The challenge is to use the lines in a poem or use them as the springboard to a new poem. I've chosen as my personal challenge to use the lines in a poem, but not just any poem: a science fiction/fantasy/horror poem. All the other poems: I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust; Virtuality; This is the Way the World Ends; The Last Thing Your Lips Touched; Facing the Silence; The Telling; Saint Billy; I Remember His Eyes; His Body Knows; Emily Alison Atkinson Finds God; I Will Ride Off the Horizon; There’s Nothing ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:57, April 25th, 2016 under Blog, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Seven-sentence stories from Creating in the Qu’appelle

I had the great pleasure last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to be one of the writer-instructors at Creating in the Qu'appelle, an annual teen writing camp held at Dallas Valley Ranch Camp outside Regina. (The others were Chris Fisher, Gerald Hill, and Steven Galloway.) Over the course of the 2 1/2 days, I conducted four workshops, three for students and three for teachers, and had one-on-one meetings with several promising young writers. There as also a very enjoyable open-mic night where the teens read from their work, I sang "Me" from Beauty and the Beast (because, why not?), and the talented duo AndersonBurko performed. For my workshop, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:38, May 5th, 2015 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »