SHAWNA LEMAY ON BEAUTY, CONCISION, ACCESSIBILITY, AND HOW SHE MADE $1000 IN ONE YEAR FROM POETRY (MF GALAXY 101)

 
POETRY AS A DAILY PRACTICE IN SEARCH OF BEAUTY, WHY CREATIVE CLASSES FAIL, BAD EDITORS, BEING AN INTROVERT WHO PERFORMS
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“Shawna Lemay is the author of the recently released novel, Rumi and the Red Handbag  which made Harper’s Bazaar’s #THELIST (must-reads for Fall 2015), the  “Most Anticipated” list on the popular Canadian book website, 49th  Shelf, and was selected for Maria Shriver's fall reading club. Nathalie Atkinson chose Rumi and the Red Handbag for Fall's Must-Read Fashion Books in the Globe and Mail.

“She has also written six books of poetry, a book of essays, and an experimental novel titled, Hive, which is about the possibility of the existence of a woman art forger. All the God-Sized Fruit, her first book, won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Calm Things: Essays was shortlisted for the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction. She  has an M.A. in English from the University of Alberta. She writes a  weekly blog titled, Calm Things. 

“Rumi and the Red Handbag follows  the lives of Shaya and Ingrid-Simone, working together one winter at a  second- hand clothing shop. Theodora’s Fine Consignment Clothing shop  becomes a small world where Shaya, an academic who abandoned studying  the secrets of women writers, finds in Ingrid-Simone a reason to begin  writing again, on scraps of paper and post-its. Fresh, unique and  intelligent, Rumi and The Red Handbag is a journey to the  Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam, a journey to find Rumi, the  soul, and the secret hidden in a red handbag.”

Lemay  joined me live onstage at Authorpalooza 2 at Cha Island Tea Company in  Edmonton’s Old Strathcona district on December 2, 2014. She talked  about:
  • How to make poetry accessible
  • Where creative writing classes go wrong
  • The critical importance of condensing
  • Editors—when they hurt, and when they help
  • And how she made up to $1000 per year at poetry
But  we began by discussing poetry as a daily practice and why she is  compelled to create verse.

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transactionswithbeauty.com
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