…featuring music by Sjean MacLeod (please check out his YouTube Channel of the same name!)
I woke to find this phrase in my Twitter newsfeed. Not retweeted once, or twice, like I’m used to, but filling the entire newsfeed. People have been retweeting an interview I did for the wonderful site Celebrating Authors, with wonderful interviewer & author Carolyn Arnold (@Carolyn_Arnold) since it came out yesterday, and haven’t stopped yet. It’s pretty much all I see in my @ twitter feed every few minutes. It makes me chuckle and smile. I told my almost-8-year-old daughter and she said, “People want to know about the POET. That’s why. They want to know funny things about you!” I laughed. Well, now, certainly, all of Twitter does! :)
Here’s the interview http://celebratingauthors.blogspot.ca/2013/04/i-can-shake-my-eyeballs-back-and-forth.html and thanks again to Carolyn for inviting me to Celebrating Authors!
I wanted to remind you all that I’m a featured author this month on Authorgraph.com and very happy to sign your digital books (you’ll get a PDF for your ipad and other signatures go directly to your Kindle and other e-devices! It’s really simple and very cool. )
Heather performs “On Days Like This” from Carry On Dancing, accompanied by musician Sjean MacLeod
10 Sold lots of books!
9 Met lots of new readers!
8 Met someone who definitely wants to come to Herb’s Café for my reading Sat. April 20th. So much so, in fact, he took the 8×10 poster with him. Oops!
7 Two tweens bought Three Spaces. Poetry lives on in the younger generations!
6 Several children listened to me read for 15 minutes and I never saw them squirming or playing with the housewares stuff once!
5 Someone came up to me to ask if I worked there!, and when I said I was a visiting poet she said “Oh, wow, I love poetry!” (you don’t hear that too often)
4 Several dear friends, neighbours, and a dear old friend from my Harrowsmith magazine days (I hadn’t seen her in years!) visited and hung out with me a long time as I signed books etc.
3 One of my readers bought me a latte!
2 My daughter wore a very similar lace top, purple vest, and black leggings, because
she “Wanted to be just like” me.
and the #1 Moment…
Chapters put out decorations on the table and a beautiful pillow and wicker
chair for me. My 7-year-old daughter took one look and said,
“Hey, last year you just got the empty desk. Maybe you’re a little bit more
important than last year!” (Me: ha! But I certainly was comfortable!)
Thanks to the League of Canadian Poets and Chapters Pointe Claire for your wonderful support, and to everyone who came out for making the launch of Three Spaces such a success!
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Full disclosure: Heather Grace Stewart is my friend. She also happens to be one of my favorite poets. And her poetry collections only get better over time. Her latest, Three Spaces, is proof.
Stewart introduces the collection by informing us: “We are living in an age of three spaces: public space, personal space, and cyberspace. This book is my attempt to connect, take apart, and examine those three spaces that co-exist in our society.” That she does, and more. As always, Heather Grace Stewart integrates verbal and visual by using photographs that splash simplicity and delicate beauty and partnering them with words that evoke the same. Every poem, every picture, every part of this book tells a story.
She also intersperses poems with short prose chock full of depth and introspection. “Everyday Heroes” is an intimate portrait of an early male figure in her life. “To Infinity, and the Bus” is a slice of childhood; and although the child is hers, we can’t help but re-live a moment from our own. Additionally, Stewart uses dialogue and lyrics to tell her stories, and we’re more than happy to join the conversation.
“Cyberspace” offers the most humor, I think. “A Twittertine” is a 25-word love letter that would’ve melted me on the spot, had I been the recipient. Stewart also examines the silent personal connections authors make with readers, one that can’t be measured or detected by analytics or metadata. As an author, I could relate, and it reminded me of just how important those face-to-face interactions still are.
Above all, this collection is a reflection of Heather Grace Stewart’s radiant spirit. She is both a witness and a participant of life. She embraces her inner child as much as she does her daughter. She appreciates and celebrates the little things. She loves and lives out loud.
Buy this book. Get hooked. Add it to your space. You won’t be disappointed.
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Elisa Lorello is the author of the Amazon best-selling books Faking It, Ordinary World, Why I Love Singlehood and Adulation. Find her books here
Three Spaces is available in Kindle stores worldwide and coming soon to Kobo, iBooks, Nook, & Sony Reader.
“Risk something new every day” ~ did I actually write that? Because now that I have to do it, yikes! :) Tomorrow, Feb. 7, 2013, I will appear on my first live podcast, thanks to the Creative Nexus crew and their wonderful Nexus Café radio show.
You can tune in live starting at 6 EST Feb. 7, but you can also find the show in the archives later. I’ll be interviewed around 7 EST about my poetry, and will be reading from Carry On Dancing and my upcoming collection, Three Spaces. Here’s a blog post about the show:
Hope you’ll tune in!
UPDATE: Thanks so much to all who tuned in – you helped make it their most popular broadcast yet! Here is a link to the recorded show – you can listen to the whole fantastic broadcast, and find me at 57:05, being interviewed and reading several poems for about 50 minutes. Thanks again for listening and for Creative Nexus for inviting me on the show! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/creativenexus/2013/02/07/nexus-caf-070213
Hey! Here’s a 2-minute clip from my speech at Queen’s University’s Ban Righ Centre, which supports Continuing Education for Women. The topic of my speech was Leap! Living with Passion, Persistence & Poetry. It was a real treat to be invited to Queen’s to speak, and I’m looking forward to returning there early March 2013 to speak and be a panelist for their special conference on Media & Journalism.
Keep on trekking!
Hello faithful readers! How have you been? I’ve been away, speaking & giving poetry readings in Kingston, Ontario. It’s been a fantastic tour. You can find photos from the events on my Facebook Author Page. I’ll soon be posting 2-minute clips of the speech I gave at Queen’s University (LEAP! LIVING WITH PASSION, PERSISTENCE & POETRY) , but for now, here’s the 54-second publicity clip that’s up on Vimeo and YouTube. Please share!
I’ve begun my very first book tour, and guess what I like most so far?
Is it the signing books with a fancy silver pen? No. That’s cool, but no.
Is it the applause after my readings? No. I always feel a little silly about that.
Is it getting to try out new heels? Well, yeah! Of course! But that’s besides the point…
You can stop guessing now ~ I’ll tell you.
In this hyper-networked world, where we Tweet and Like and Google one another, but, at times, don’t actually engage with one another, it’s comforting to be able to greet people the way I was first taught to say hello.
Looking someone in the eyes. Shaking their hand. (My daughter’s first hello to another human being was sticking her fingers in their ear at 4 months old, but let’s ignore this fact for now).
Friday night, I was listening to the talented jazz singer Kimberely Beyea perform at Herbs Cafe in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, and she and the cafe owners kindly asked me to read a few poems from Carry On Dancing. The audience was attentive and kind ~ I even got a few laughs. A couple of ladies asked where I’d be reading next. I didn’t really expect to see them the next afternoon, but sure enough, Marnie and Ann showed up to see me at my first official Carry On Dancing reading at Librarie Boyer in Pincourt Saturday afternoon.
Ladies, this meant the world to me! I’ll never forget it. It was wonderful to look you in the eyes and thank you for coming, Marnie and Ann, and it was also wonderful doing so with old friends and new friends who came by to hear me read. Thank you so much for coming by to say hello.
Please come say hello at one of my upcoming events. I may poke, Tweet or LIKE you later. But let’s try the old fashioned way first, shall we?
Here’s my upcoming events schedule!
CARRY ON DANCING: THE BOOK TOUR
Meet the Author (book signing) Chapters Pointe Claire, Quebec: Saturday April 28th, noon- 4 p.m.
Meet the Author (book signing & reading) Chapters Kanata Centrum, Kanata, Ontario: Sunday, April 29th, 1-3 p.m.
Carry On Dancing Launch Party! (party party party) Casa Del Poplo, 4873 St. Laurent Street: Tuesday, May 8th, 8:30 p.m. Featuring Music by Kimberley Beyea & Barry Turner
PWAC (Professional Writers Asssociation of Canada) Literary Night Reading, NOW Lounge, Toronto, Ont., Wed., May 23rd, 7 pm..
Wine & Cheese & Reading & Book Signing, Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario: Friday, May 25th, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
* I wish to acknowledge the kind support of the League of Canadian Poets and The Canada Council*