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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

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.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Call for Artwork

🎨My co-editors and I are looking for artwork for the cover of an anthology of poetry and essays on Motherhood in Precarious Times, scheduled for publication in 2018.

Do you have visually compelling work that would fit the bill? If so, please email submissions to dolmanideas@gmail.com in a common format (.jpeg, gif, pdf, etc.) as soon as possible.

There is a small honorarium available for selected work. BIPOC artists are particularly encouraged. 📷

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Writing Advice

I had the privilege, years ago, of writing the first On Writing essay for rob mclennan's Ottawa poetry newsletter, and I often still click through when rob sends the latest post around.

They range from hilarious to esoteric to extremely applicable, but all offer insights into what it is to write. The latest essay, ottawa poetry newsletter: On Writing #138 : Lauren B. Davis: 10 HARD TRUTHS ABOUT WRITING, is particularly direct, and particularly helpful. I highly recommend it!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Reviews, the Sweetest Tip

I am so delighted with the first Goodreads reviews to come in for Lost Enough.

Reviews on author sales sites like Amazon, and book review sites like Goodreads, have become so important these days in promoting authors' work. Although I've known this for several years, the release of Lost Enough has, selfishly, brought the need for such reviews home.

Not only do I deeply appreciate readers taking the time to post their thoughts about my own book, but I am trying to do my part to review, or at the very least rate, the books I read.

I've reviewed books, and still do, for Arc Poetry Magazine, where there is more room to delve down into the essence and details of a book's construction, targeted to readers and authors already engaged with the genre, author or book.

Goodreads and bookseller sites, though, offer access to a different, and often much broader, set of potential readers, and the reader-driven reviews there have become increasingly essential for authors.

Leaving a review, even something as brief as "Great book," is a great way to engage with and support the writing community, and to help the writing and the authors you love get noticed by other potential readers. If you love something, say something.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

What Comes Next

All the pivotal moments now behind me, both good and bad, revolving around launching Lost Enough, and losing my mom around the same time, the question keeps coming up: What now?

Some nexts have tumbled or slid into place, like they do, with the general getting-on-with of life: going back to work, hauling our kid off to summer camps, getting all the things done that I had neglected (I'm looking at you, garden), reconnecting with friends, and trying not to panic in the face of the daily morning news.

Plus, of course, life didn't stop while I was ricocheting around inside my bubble, even if my blogging about it stopped more than once.

Books keep being published all around me and somehow showing up on my shelves (often roughly around the same time the cost of a book disappears from my wallet); Arc Poetry Magazine keeps getting submissions; and my own submissions to journals and anthologies keep coming back or, even, thankfully being accepted.

Some of the books to come my way recently include (but, oy, are definitely not limited to) Christine McNair's Charm, Daniel Zomparelli's Everything is Awful and You're a Terrible Person, and Jen Sookfong Lee's Gentlemen of the Shade: My Own Private Idaho, as well as a few by Tanya Huff, whom I have had the enormous pleasure of chatting with at the last couple of Limestone Genre Expos.

Aside from diving through this amazing stack of new books, though, most of my current what-nows feel like a wrapping-up rather than a starting, as I set up readings from Lost Enough for later this summer and in the fall across Canada (more on that once more details are confirmed, but I can already promise I'll be reading in Calgary and Edmonton in October!).

I'm also finishing up edits on an anthology of essays and poetry on motherhood in precarious times, due out next year from Demeter Press. Again, more details to come, but I am delighted with the collection, which I've been fortunate enough to co-edit with two fabulous and insightful U.S. professors, Dannielle Joy Davis and Barbara Schwartz-Bechet.

In addition to letting me read through amazing proposals, essays and poems from a diverse range of authors, the project has also brought me back in touch with MLA style, which, for an editor who has worked mostly in fiction, poetry, journalism and corporate text, is like running into, twenty years later, the narcissistic, fur-wearing exchange student you sat next to in Kinship Studies. Sure, you understand them better than you used to, but you still don't want to date them.

So, what is next after all the what next of finishing up old projects? I'm not actually sure. I have some things started. I have ideas. And, of course, I have a lot of weeds waiting for me in the garden out back.

But, I don't know what I'm going to tackle first. And that, surprising, feels more liberating to me right now than scary.