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Smooches from Malaysia

Hi from Malaysia; Johor Bahru is my new home and place of work for the next two months, and I’ve had the privilege of checking out KL and Melaka, too. Living in an Islamic state is a huge mind shift; the sounds of prayer wafting from the mosques that sandwich our condo never fails to blow my mind. What a beautiful way to gauge time and structure your day.

I am heading to Bali after my contract ends to try and learn how to surf (emphasis on try): I am thinking of cancelling my flight home on March 28th as it flies through Shanghai. Any suggestions of where I should fly/drop through? My home job seems to still be in the strike-zone, and I’m still itching for a UK Dirty Kids tour. Hit me up with any ideas.

In other news I finished recording my audiobook of Dirty Kids with the most dank of producers, Christian Jensen of Ketamine Girls. I am trying to figure out how to release it though: Patreon? Bandcamp? Serialized podcast? I’d like something that I can control completely so selling to Audible is of less interest to me.

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Sisters in the struggle

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Baby me & Ki, back in Ann Arbour hanging in our portrait booth while doing work for Dirty Kids. We are so cute!!!


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I, mi, My

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Tomorrow is my workshop at the Historic Joy Kogawa House, so please come if you are in town. I will be reading from Dirty Kids, leading exercises on acknowledging our own backgrounds and biases and looking at Ted Conover’s new work on immersion journalism. Workshop is free with membership (25$); contact me with questions or accessibility info.

Image result for nauman neonArtwork by Bruce Nauman.



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Dirty Kids Reading @ Le Cagibi, 2017

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New reviews from the Toronto Star and Daily Herald Tribune


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New Review in Publisher’s Weekly


Great review from Publisher’s Weekly; check out the full page here.

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Hometown Book Launch Tonight in TO

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Kiki Smith, Her Bouquet, 2007-2008.

Tonight is the night (Oct 4th)! Come to No One Writes to the Coloniel (460 College Street) from 7PM-10PM for a free reading and Q/A. I will be reading from Dirty Kids and Anna Maxymiw will also be reading from her book, The Lodge, forthcoming with McClelland & Stewart.

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Anna Maxymiw, Canlit star extraordinaire.

After attending a particularly inspiring talk from CrippledScholar this week, I have realized how drastically inaccessible my current website is for those who use screen readers. I will be updating/rebuilding this site within the next few months to address this, and will be adding more regular content. Please be patient with my minimal coding + html skills.

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Shelf Awareness Review

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October 3, 2017 · 12:10 pm

Mini tour with maximum benefits

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1. TORONTO: Oct 4, No One Writes to the Colonel (with Anna Maxymiw)
2. NYC: Oct 8, BIZARRE Bushwick (Sex Witch Talent Show Brooklyn)
3. EDMONTON: Oct 13, Theatre Lab, Allard Hall (part of LitFest Alberta)
4. MONTREAL: Nov 3, Le Cagibi
Most excellent mini tour poster by the delicious Aaron Manczyk!



Also, thanks for the tour shout-out Maisy! They have also posted a teaser of my old piece.

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CBC Books


“Rainbow set a nice scene for interviewing because you’re already feeling open and loved and safe. People were able to talk about some of the darker aspects of their lives. It was super heavy and I didn’t have the best coping strategies at 22, so it was really overwhelming emotionally for me. You have to sit there with the person and feel what they’re feeling to get a good interview.”

“A lot of the people that I interviewed were women and queer folks. Many of them opened up completely to me and that’s not something I take lightly. I wanted to get it right and I wanted to honour the fact that their experiences were oftentimes very difficult and complicated. They required time to listen and re-listen and contemplate upon.”

Nice article on CBC books, interview by Jane van Koeverden.

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