Welmmann’s work is a direct descendent of Meret Oppenheim's and Elsa Schiaparelli’s. And just as Oppenheim and Schiaparelli, Wellmann is on the “right side” of representation of the female form. On a platform ridden with casual and blatant misogyny, there is repose in Wellmann’s posts.Read More
I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard statements like, “I don’t read poetry. I just don’t get it.” While poetry can seem inaccessible and impossible to understand, it is important for and relevant to everyone!Read More
Literary journals are unique, playful spaces that foster dialogue between readers and writers and transform the meanings of texts. When read publicly, these texts expand even more as listeners generate their own interpretations.Read More
The struggle of women, and for women in the arts particularly, remains very real. A friend’s mother told me recently, “it’s hard to do things as a woman.” It’s a basic observation, I know, but it is very true. I asked a few of my inspirational women in the arts about their experiences and how each of them find being a woman, an artist, and being both at the same time. This is what they said.Read More
On Denise Levertov and Adrienne Rich discussing poetry at the kitchen table: the kitchen table is transformed from a symbol of domesticity to a site of community and intellectual reciprocity. These exchanges not only bring one’s private world into dialogue with another’s, they invite the public, collective realm of “poetry” into the private space of “women.” This is a new kitchen table. These are new women.Read More
Kristen Smith discusses the 2015 Trillium Awards and talks to publishers and writers present at the awards about genre-bias and gender gap in the realms of awards, writing and publishing and the future of women writers.
I was in the BMV on Bloor late last August, scanning the tables near the front entrance for a copy of William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, when The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides, caught my eye. Having read and enjoyed Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides by the same author, I figured I would like this third novel as well. But the title of this particular work threw me off. It took me back to all the nineteenth-century lit. classes I took in undergrad, the ones that droned on and on as my professors perused giant tomes, exploring the nineteenth-century novel’s favourite themes—love and marriage. (barf!)Read More
As writers, we thrive when we engage with works that inspire our own projects. As a community of writers, we empower ourselves and others when we encourage women to advance their perceptions and convictions in a public forum through publication. Canthius Journal began with the desire to build such a community and to respond to the inequity in contemporary literary publishing by initiating a new space in which women's voices can be shared.Read More