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Anita Dolman is a writer, editor and poet living in Ottawa, Canada. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies throughout Canada and the U.S. Her debut short fiction collection is Lost Enough (Morning Rain Publishing, 2017). Twitter: @ajdolman

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Poetry Mini Interview

I recently did a five-question mini-interview with the relatively new Poetry Mini Interviews blog. Posted each Monday over the past five weeks, the final installment is now live. Thank you to Thomas Whyte and the blog for interviewing me.

It was a great opportunity to talk about what I've been working on recently, discuss my writing process, share some thoughts on the long game that is poetry and writing and general, and even make some reading recommendations.

If you get a chance, I highly recommend visiting the blog for its growing list of interviews with contemporary poets.

Recently posted or ongoing interviews include ones with Canadian poets Annick MacAskill, Cassidy McFadzean, Manahil Bandukwala, Cameron Anstee, Sennah Yee, Amanda Earl and rob mclennan, among many others. You can also follow the blog @poetryminiQ.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Motherhood in Precarious Times Now Out!

This fantastic anthology is now out and available for order/purchase/reading. It was delighted to co-edit this collection with esteemed U.S. professors Dannielle Joy Davis and Barbara Schwartz-Bechet.

I was also deeply honoured to work with all of the talented and deeply insightful contributors, and to read and edit their poems, essays and creative non-fiction. 

Motherhood in Precarious Times is an engaging and insightful anthology of poetry, creative non-fiction and essays by diverse authors from Canada, the United States and Palestine, all writing about how precarious times (from war, terror and political upheaval to climate change to biphobia, ableism and racism) affect mothering, who mothers, and even the very decision of whether to mother. 

Please order a copy on the Demeter Press website, or ask your library to stock it.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

My Small Press Writing Day: Fear and Faith in Writing Again

Publisher, editor and highly prolific Ottawa poet and author rob mclennan has kindly posted my contribution to his My (Small Press) Writing Day series on his blog of the same name.

I'm hopeful that my editorial may help some writers and other artists who, like me, find themselves, despite their best intentions, taking unanticipated breaks from making art. That time is still valuable, and the future is rarely written in stone.

Good luck out there, everyone, and, when you can, as Neil Gaiman said, "Make good art."

My office during an unintended writing hiatus.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

New Year, New Poems for Redheads and Canadians

Although the holidays, and my family, gave me time to catch up on some reading, I feel I haven't written anything substantial in many (many) months. I must have managed to do a fair bit, though, up to at least a certain point last year, and everything seems to be coming out now at once.

If you are a redhead, or just a connoisseur, check out this at times funny, at times touching, at times surprisingly thought-provoking collection of poetry, drama and short fiction, Canadian Ginger (Oolichan Books, 2017):

Editors Kim Clark and Dawn Kresan, both gingers themselves, kindly included my poem "Calico," even though it's about my angst at being a blonde in a family of blazing redheads.

Hamilton Arts & Letters, meanwhile, published my way more political poem "Canada" in their latest issue, 10.2. I'll also be reading from Lost Enough in Hamilton in May, at LitLive!

Monday, 20 November 2017


I've had an awful lot to be thankful for this fall, both big and small. Good health prognoses for family and friends, the opportunity to read from Lost Enough throughout Alberta, including in my hometown of Pincher Creek, travel, great coworkers, and the chance to spend time with loved ones.

I particularly want to give thanks to the many people who entered the Goodreads Giveaway for Lost Enough. Congratulations to the three winners. For anyone else who would love to get their hands on a free copy of Lost Enough, please ask your library to order it. I cannot express enough how huge a help that is to authors, not to mention that it's a great way to get to read, and share, writing that speaks to you.

My thanks also to the wonderful owners at Montreal's Argo Bookshop for hosting a small but really wonderful event earlier this month. The weather turned suddenly to winter for my train trip back, but it didn't matter, because I'd not only had a great time reading and answering questions in the tiny but perfect bookstore, but picked up a copy of Edin Robinson's Son of a Trickster, and, thanks to Argo co-owner Moti, was led to the wonderfulness that is E.K. Weaver and her gorgeous graphic novel, The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal (note: for mature readers, some portions NSFW).

Up next, I'm reading December 14 at Pivot Reading Series in Toronto.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Enter the Goodreads Giveaway to Win a Copy of Lost Enough

Morning Rain Publishing is holding a giveaway of three copies of my debut short fiction collection, Lost Enough. Enter the Goodreads contest now for a chance to win a copy Lost Enough, with a signed note from me!

The contest closes November 17, 2017. Open to U.S. and Canadian entrants.

Also, a reminder that reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, etc. really do help small press authors like me sell more books and reach a wider audience, so if you like something, please say something.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Have Books, Will Travel

I'm heading to Alberta this month to read from Lost Enough where I can. See my Events page for details of my readings with my partner, James K. Moran, at the Variant Edition comic shop in Edmonton October 10 and at the Flywheel Reading Series in Calgary October 12, and for my hometown reading at the Pincher Creek Library, 2 p.m., Saturday, October 14.

If you're in the neighbourhood for any of these, please join us. My thanks to each of the venues and organizers for having me.

The trip will also mark the first time I head back after losing my mam this spring. She's everywhere, there, and going home this time is as bittersweet as you'd imagine.