I will soon be finishing my term as Poet Laureate of the City of Vancouver. It’s been an incredible privilege, and seeing our anthology, Sustenance, moving out in the world has been a great joy. I’m pleased to be sharing the invitation for applications for the next Poet Laureate of our beloved city by the sea, who will be a member of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh or Squamish Nation: http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/vancouver-poet-laureate-nominations-first-nations-1.4417069
Last night’s celebration at Massy books was the most joyful book launch I’ve ever had. A room full of kind, smart, engaged people, gracious and thoughtful dialogue with poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and our sweet Dandy dog there to steal the show and bark at latecomers who couldn’t find seats. Thanks to Massy Books, 100% Indigenous owned and operated and a member of the Stó:lō Business Association, for making us so welcome, and thanks to all who came--writers, dear friends, police officers--to create community and engage in conversation. What a gift of a night!
Tonight's the big night!
Also, many thanks to Brett Josef Grubisic for this thoughtful review in The Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2017/11/17/poets-rachel-rose-eileen-myles-write-about-dogs-and-our-bond-with-them.html
Happy to see this for all those who are vision-impaired or have long commutes, or simply prefer to have their books read to them by a professional voice actor.
I recently had the incredible opportunity to talk to Marcie Davis and her super-dog Whistle about my book, The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World’s K9 Cops. We had a lot to talk about! I so appreciate the thoughtful, compassionate tone and the voice of experience that Marcie brought to our conversation. Listen to us here:
Proud to be hosting this event tomorrow at the Writers' Festival: http://writersfest.bc.ca/festival-events/sustenance-a-feast-of-voices/
The Dog Lover Unit is officially launched! I celebrated it being out in the world at my first launch to include both preschoolers and puppies—at Dog Wash’N Go. Many thanks to Rodgrigo and Gabriella Leithe for their support, to Melissa for hosting, and to Nancy Mauro for making it happen.
I dedicated my first book to a puppy! What can I say? I hope he appreciates the way I describe his K9 compatriots, though he frankly seemed a bit bored by the whole event and more interested in the dancing preschoolers.
I also got to meet my amazing editors and PR team at Thomas Dunne—on the 17th floor of the Flatiron building! To be working with such professionals is a privilege I appreciate tremendously. And the view! Reader, I wanted to move into the offices!
Photo Credit: Benjamin Fieschi-Rose