Wednesday, June 27, 2007

From Russia with Gloves


I am smoking Peter the Great cigarettes with my new friend Sam Pitchel, who is an editor for Post Road -- a really cool US magazine.

I have been writing like a bastard and drinking like, well, like a bastard.

My lecture on bpNichol, Robert Kroetsch, Nicole Brossard, the experimental tradition in Canada and the problematic imperatives of Canadian publishing went surprisingly well. Very well attended and a lively discussion ensued. Thanks to Steven Heighton and George Elliott Clarke for attending and contributing to a wonderful discussion.

I also did a panel on literary periodicals with Radhika Jones (Paris Review), Jeremy Keehn (Walrus) and Bill Pierce (Agni). This was a great opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow editors. And the crowd was lovely and equipped with thoughtful questions.

Now, back to the vodka....