What a year, my friends. 2020 was a cyclone that picked me up and plopped me back down on the prairies again—I'm now living in Calgary, thrilled to be closer to my family during the pandemic and under all the winter sunshine. After nearly ten years on the west coast, I miss everyone terribly, but am hopeful for a future of unlimited visits, hugs, and long drives (or quick flights!) through the mountains. In the midst of everything, 'Moldovan Hotel' has received advanced praise from Carmen Maria Machado and Juliane Okot Bitek, and this incredible cover designed by Natalie Olsen. Pre-order your copy now through Brick Books, or order through your favourite local indie! (Here in my new city I love Shelf Life and The Next Page.) Wishing you all a peaceful 2021; may the coming months bring us nothing but safety and recovery.
I'm thrilled to announce that my manuscript "Moldovan Hotel," which explores the impact of the Holocaust in Romania, has been acquired by Brick Books and will be forthcoming in spring of 2021. I'm grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for fully funding my research trip for this project, to my family for their support & blessing to delve into this difficult material, and to my dear friend Amy Huziak for being the greatest travel companion I could have hoped for. Follow more updates about the editing & polishing process on Instagram @leahhorlick.
I was lucky to have two poems make the Arc Poem of the Year shortlist, and even luckier to learn that my piece "You Are My Hiding Place" has won! You can read the beautiful notes from the jury here, and the entire gorgeous shortlist online. Thanks, Arc team, and congratulations on your 40th anniversary!
If you're in Winnipeg tonight, please help me celebrate from afar! So excited to have a poem translated into Slovenian for this issue of IDIOT - wish I could make it!
I am just thrilled to announce that For Your Own Good has been named a 2016 Stonewall Honour Book in the Barbara Gittings Literature Award category. Huge thanks to the American Library Association and their GLBT Round Table for this incredible gift. Look for the sticker on copies of FYOG soon, and hope to see some of you in Orlando this summer for the award ceremony!