poetry pause II

Posted by Daniela Elza on Dec 04 2018 | Comment now »

Another poem of mine went up today on Poetry Pause. This one is the opening act of the weight of dew (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2102). Mother Tongue will publish my next full collection of poetry in 2020.
You can subscribe to receive a poem a day from Poetry Pause here.

pushcart essay nomination

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 30 2018 | Comment now »

The Black Earth Institute and About Place Journal have announced their nominations for the Pushcart Prize contest. My essay Bringing the Roots Home is one of six pieces nominated.

What a lovely surprise.

Thank you to the Black Earth Institute and the editors Melissa Tuckey and Lauren Camp for this selection. First essay nomination ever.
You can read the essay here.

pushcart poetry nomination

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 15 2018 | Comment now »

my poem :grief: is getting some love. The editors of the Inflectionist Review have nominated it for the 2019 Pushcart Prize.
Here is the annoucement.

The Inflectionist Review is honored to nominate these fine poems for the 2019 The Pushcart Prize Contest. Please join us in celebrating these brilliant poets!

“:grief:” by Daniela Elza
“Dead” by Christine A. MacKenzie
“Ring Buoy” by Jon D. Lee
“The Silverfish” by Laton Carter
“It was after the slaughter” by Lisa Bren
“Marrow” by Shenan Hahn Shenan Hahn

You can read the poem on page 34 & 35 in issue #7 here.

suddenly leaves

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 14 2018 | Comment now »

My poem suddenly leaves was on Poetry Pause on November 12. Poetry Pause is the poem-a-day project by the League of Canadian Poets. You can subscribe to receive each day a poem in your email box. I currently receive three poems a day and that is nice since it makes me read some poems each day and I can make little discoveries.
I wrote suddenly leaves a long time ago, it would be a teenager now if years mattered for poems.
So it’s nice to see it go out on more adventures. It will also likely be in my upcoming book which is slated for publication in the Spring of 2020.

for the love of trees

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 26 2018 | Comment now »

One of my poems, cypress falls, is in this anthology, which is entirely dedicated to trees. All the poems in it are tree poems.

We are going to do a launch/fundraiser at Twisted Poets Literary Salon in Vancouver on December 5th. So come support the reading and the fundraiser. Here is the information to put on your calendar.

Time: Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 2018, 7-9:30pm
Location: Hood 29 (previously known as Cottage Bistro)
4470 Main St, Vancouver, BC, V5V 3R2

The Heartwood Anthology was created with two purposes in mind – to raise awareness of our invaluable trees, and to help raise funds for the League of Canadian Poets. 250 pages of poems can make a lovely Christmas gift for someone who loves trees. Click here to read about it, and see the list of contributors.
We hope to have some copies for sale at the launch too.


Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 22 2018 | Comment now »

Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century (Edited by James Deahl) is now out. It is published by Lummox Press,
San Pedro, California.
My poem autobiography of grief 1 is inside its pages. The poem was first published by Prism international magazine.

This might be the first time my name shows up on the back cover of an anthology. Not counting the times when all the names of the contributors are enumerated on the back.

roots & resistance

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 03 2018 | Comment now »

My essay Bringing the Roots Home is out now in the Roots & Resistance issue of About Place Journal.

I hope you enjoy it. If you get a chance to read it, would love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you to the editors Lauren Camp and Melissa Tuckey for including it in this issue. And to all the staff that pours time into putting this journal out.

Poetry Pause

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 27 2018 | 2 Comments »

Fall is well under way, and a string of sunny days has brought lots of smiles to our faces. I have read about trees having a heartbeat (as if we could not intuit that), but scientists now are making it their business to document. I have read about plants emitting sounds, and communicating with each other and perhaps with us, if we care to listen. All things we kind of know on a low hum level, but now that the scientist are documenting it with sensitive enough technologies we can believe it too. I knew this before scientists discovered it. But how cool that they have. I hope nature is patient enough for us to discover how to be better with her.

Photo Credit: Amy Logan (used with permission of the artist)

I also heard that two of my poems have been selected to participate in Poetry Pause (an initiative of the League of Canadian Poets), which is akin to the A-Poem-a-Day that some are familiar with. My poems suddenly leaves (forthcoming in my next book), and the weight of dew (from the weight of dew, Mother Tongue Publishing, 2012) will be take part in 2019 Poetry Prose. If you subscribe and receive Poetry Pause, do let me know when you run into them sauntering through your mail box and your day.

Word, Vancouver

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 17 2018 | Comment now »

September is here and the rains are back. Some mornings are so dark and gloomy, they remind me of the fall and winter days that lie ahead. It doesn’t feel like summer had a chance to run its course. It feels like we lost a lot of days to smoke from the fires in the interior. But rain is sweet. It is meditative, and the air is more breathable, and my garden is happier. I get so busy sometimes that even if I think about the garden I might not be able to get to it in a day or two. So, welcome rain, we need you. If something had not eaten the beets I planted about a month ago, we would be picking beats soon. But as soon as they put out their first tiny green leaves on little red stems, something snipped the leaves off. I suspect it was those pesky slugs. After that the beets did not stand a chance.

It has been a while since I was at Word, Vancouver festival (previously known as Word on the Street) which happens at the end of September. Mostly because I have been working on Sundays for a few years. This year I will do a number of things at the festival. I took the day off work, so I can enjoy it better. Below is the program for the big day, Sunday.

Click here to see the Sunday Sept. 30th schedule.
Hope you get a chance to attend some or most of what this festival offers. It is free and has a wide range of readings and workshops and books and activities. Not to mention you can connect to groups that are active all year, and find community.

I am also hosting the Twisted Poets Literary Salon on Thursday, September 27th, at Hood 29 (previously known as Cottage Bistro.Here are some of the other events running in conjunction with Word on the days leading to the Sunday festival.

#WORD18 begins on September 26th and culminating in its day-long celebration of the literary arts at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch on September 30th. See details here.

long busy summer

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 31 2018 | Comment now »

It almost feels like summer disappeared in six weeks of work and the smoke from the fires. I did not get enough patio time, I got more rejections than I cared for, and had too many things on the to-do list.

But, finally, the sky cleared in the last week, and my essay bringing the roots home (which I wrote only in a few days to meet the deadline) got accepted in About Place Journal.

Now savouring the last few days before we are back to work in September. I hope your summer was long and luxurious. I hope the next few days will be that way here to charge up for those dark winter days.