All posts by Debra Martens

author, editor

Mythologizing Magdalena

Nick Coghlan reviews Magdalena — River of Dreams by Wade Davis

To Magdalena

“To the north [of the mouth of the Río Magdalena], beyond a sea of golden clouds, the Caribbean sky fades to lapis blue in the falling light. To the west, […]

photo credit: Diana Martens

Forest Green

Book review by Louise Ells

For Forest Green

“Art loved being a high rigger . . . . He loved being up in the trees, high above everyone and everything. Once he reached the top he’d settle back […]

Work

September, the season of beginnings, new notebooks, renewed energy for work, and for some, the new year. If you are still Covid working from home, the satirical poems below might […]

Finding the Perfect Home

What makes a house a home? Review of Open House by Jane Christmas.

credit: Combat Camera

Moral Hazards

Book review by Roberta Walker

Crowning the Virus: New Skills for the Pandemic

Jane Christmas made the switch from journalism to books while still in Canada, and has continued to write from her home abroad, which has been in the suburbs of Bristol […]

The Glass Hotel

Book review by Mark Sampson

photo: Air Canada

Back Again

Last week Canadian Writers Abroad reported on writers who opted to stay put. This week we hear from those whose plans were interrupted by COVID-19. D. W. Wilson had plans […]

Where Are They Now?

Back in March when Canadian travellers were urged to come home, I thought of the small community of Canadian writers living abroad. Would they stay or go? As Antony Millen […]

Cremona Square; Frutkin photo

Gathering Places

Photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo and author Mark Frutkin have collaborated on a book that is a reminder of what Italians must miss during the Coronavirus shut-down of public places: Where Angels […]

Palestinian Literature

The drones placed an explosive device on the roof of the house, hovered upwards, to about four metres above, and paused with their robot arms dangling like wet, dead spider […]

Raining Books

Dawn Doig (nee Young), author of children’s books, currently lives in Cameroon. Hailing from Victoria, BC, her life abroad began in 1997, when she went as an audiologist to Vietnam […]

Allan Jones Ascends his Cliff

Sonia Tilson reviews Beyond Vision by Allan Jones (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018, 311 pages, hardcover). In this extraordinary autobiography, Beyond Vision (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2018), Allan Jones describes how he […]

From Fredericton to Berlin

Her Heart Still Beats in New Brunswick: Interview with Carolyn Gammon by Gabriella Goliger Carolyn Gammon’s writing career and life journey defy categorization. Her author portfolio includes steamy lesbian poetry […]

Travel and Loss

Fault Line Once in Iceland I stretched my arms between the continental divide Bumpy black igneous rock tangible crevice Going home Coming home always in between My heart a fault-line […]

photo: D. Martens

Homecoming

It’s been one month since the “abroad” part of my life was left behind when we returned to Canada from Jerusalem. A busy month, a discombobulating month. “Are you happy […]

photo: Eleanor Proudfoot

Sutherland’s Beasts

Since its beginning eight years ago, Canadian Writers Abroad has stepped away from the “abroad” to publish Canadian poetry, to mark the solstice or the equinox. This June, CWA presents […]