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Dear Readers,

Happy National Poetry Month from Open Book: Toronto!

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we're running a series of interviews with some of your favourite contemporary Canadian poets. Browse through Open Book's Poets in Profile series to find out about unlikely sources of inspiration, poetry books that'll knock your socks off and the best and worst things about being a poet.

Want to win a stack of fabulous books of poetry? We're giving away prize pack of Spring 2011 books generously donated by Ontario's poetry publishers. To enter the contest, send an email to with the subject heading "Poetry Prize Pack" and tell us the name of your favourite Canadian poet. The contest closes on April 30th.

Our April Writer in Residence, Angela Hibbs (Wanton, Insomniac Press), is talking with some seriously interesting writers this month. Check out her conversations with Angela Szczepaniak, Evie Christie, Catherine Owen, Jocko Benoit, Katrina Best, Arjun Basu, Carolyn Smart, Sarah Selecky and Matt Rader. You'll also want to visit her WIR page for her interview with Open Book and her reading and website recommendations. You can send your questions and comments for Angela to or post them directly to her blog.

Click here to find out how you can win a copy of Angela Hibbs's book, Wanton.

What represents you, waiting upon the desire to find
you here, the image of spring, wishing for what might be
before seeing, the sensing prolonged into ripple effect
of you who might be havened or helled in such whetted light.

What's the next stanza in the sonnet? That's up to you. Edward Carson's Virtual Sonnets project is "a call to discover what emerges when many hearts and minds come together." Sign in and add your stanza in the comments section of Edward's posting.

Congratulations to March Flash Fiction winner Catherine Graham! Read Catherine's winning poem, "The Queen is Not Welcome Here."

Want to try your hand at flash fiction. Renee Miller's April challenge asks you to "ask yourself 'What if?'.... What if television/Internet were never invented? What if artistic expression were outlawed? What if there were no books? What if the world had one religion?" Click here for submission guidelines.

Dalton Higgins on seeking a "Literary Agent to Capture The Zeitgeist (And To Appreciate Kanye West)."

Melanie Janisse explores book design, literature and past haunts in "Old Places, Hemingway's Feet."."

Nathaniel G. Moore continues to explore the "State of Short Fiction in Canada." In Part Five of his series, he talks to short-fiction authors Julie Booker (Up Up Up, House of Anansi Press) and Jessica Westhead (And Also Sharks, Cormorant Books). The launch for Jessica's book is on Wednesday, April 20th.

In the latest of his popular Questionless Books Interviews, George Murray talks to poet and editor Paul Vermeersch.

Three cheers for The Griffin Trust and their latest initiative, Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie! Read Tanis Rideout's article on the April 12th Poetry In Voice recitation finals and browse through Anna Ross's photos of the evening's competition and festivities

In "Ring Around the Renga," Karen Shenfeld tells us about her participation in James Pickersgill's renga project. Read Part One and Part Two.

A restaurant with books for walls, children's book illustrators, a Leonard Cohen timeline and more in Shaun Smith's latest Sunday Sundries.

Becky Toyne checks out what's in the oven in the Book Bakery in her latest column, "A library in the palm of your hand. An artwork in the pages of your library."

The Events Page is always busy but this month is extra full! So much happening in the lit scene right now, be sure to check it all out. Open Book's comprehensive Events Page is the place to go when you're planning your spring literary outings. If you have a literary listing you'd like us to add, please send it to Rebecca Lohse at

We'd love to hear from you! Please send your comments, questions and suggestions to

All the best,
Open Book

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