“Remember, art is a long game.”

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Learn what you need and more importantly, what you don’t. – Ariel Gordon

There was much to be gleaned from last night’s illuminating, powerfully intimate, moving conversation between poets TANIS MACDONALD and JACOB MCARTHUR MOONEY at the Toronto launch of OUT OF LINE: Daring To Be An Artist Outside the Big City (Wolsak & Wynn) MacDonald’s essential essays on being a creative. What does an artist actually need, let alone need to be, to practice and live? For many of us from smaller, rural areas, concerns regarding class, education, social abilities, often go unspoken and all pervasive. What can be painful obstacles/terrain for many can also become a process to “deepen your practice (life will thank you)” honing in on what’s essential and essentially yours wherever you create.

I wasn’t kidding when I said I wanted to invite them both back for more. Read this book.

Gloriously Out of Line



What if we practised creative community not in some unseeable future with imaginary circumstances, but right here, gloriously out of line?

TANIS MACDONALD Out of Line: Daring to Be an Artist Outside the Big City (Wolsak & Wynn) w/ Special Guest JACOB MCARTHUR MOONEY


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at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.
Poet, TANIS MACDONALD is the author of Out of Line: Daring to Be an Artist Outside the Big City (Wolsak & Wynn, 2018) and three books of poetry. She was the recipient of the Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award in 2017 and the Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award at WLU in 2018. She is also a co-editor, with Rosanna Deerchild and Ariel Gordon, of GUSH: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times (2018).
JACOB McARTHUR MOONEY is the highly acclaimed author of three collections of poetry, Don’t Be InterestingThe New Layman’s Almanac and Folk, “an elaborately composed inquiry into the human need for frames, edges, borders” which was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. His work has also received the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award. He’s the editor of the 2015 edition of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. A Nova Scotian now living in Toronto, he is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing programme at the University of Guelph-Humber.