Greg's 2017 Roundup

Hello, friends! It's that time of the year again where I emerge from the darkness and return to post on this trusty blog.

Now I know I don't regularly post here anymore. That does make me a little bit sad, so I'm hoping to change that in 2018! It might not be every week, but here's to making a return to the blogosphere!

In the meantime, you can still follow me on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook (here and here), and on Instagram

So, in this spirit, I would like to continue the tradition of writing up a roundup of what I've been up to in 2017 and my End of the Year Reading List. I can sometimes forget to count my blessings, so writing a list like this is a good way to remember all the things I am grateful for.

I'm still hard at work on my manuscript-in-progress devoted to the life and work of Beaver Hall Group member, Anne Savage, but I'm happy to say that I'm in the piecing the manuscript together stage and starting to send pieces from it out to journals and contests.

I continued to lead various workshops around Montreal, partnering with Blue Metropolis' Quebec Roots project for the first time, as well as continuing to work with VSEAL, Vallum Magazine's Outreach Program. I also became a mentor through the Montreal-based arts mentorship startup, Mentorly. If you or someone you know who could benefit from a writing mentor through one-on-one online sessions, check out my profile here.

I taught Imaginative Poetry Writing at the Thomas More Institute this past fall, inspired by my experiences learning under the late Paul Violi in New York at Columbia University and at The New School. It's been my dream to develop this course and it was probably one of the most fun experiences I've ever had as a teacher!

Looking forward to 2018, I'm teaching Basic Essay Writing at the Thomas More Institute again this winter, and I have several projects lined up, including a very special one in partnership with Container (stay tuned for more details on that soon)!

I am particularly thrilled that my forthcoming poetry collection, Blackbirds, is being published as a pamphlet in Spring 2018 through London-based, Eyewear Publishing! I'm planning on making my way to England for the launch, so stay tuned for more event details soon!

Oh, of course, I can't forget that my dear daughter, Rosemary, is also a published poet now, too! Her poem "Candy Bandits", written when she was six, appears in the 2018 Rattle Young Poets Anthology! We're so so proud of her!

I am, indeed, grateful and thankful for so many things this year:

Selected Publications, Readings, Podcasts, and Miscellaneous from 2017

Inventions: Lullaby of Wordland, Le Cagibi, Montreal, January 26, 2017

"The Protest", Fallujah, February 6, 2017

Featured on "A Recommended Reading List For Trump's America", The Rumpus, February 8, 2017

"Our Blood Spans Continents", Low Word, February 17, 2017

Profile on Greg Santos by Mikayla Castello, a publishing student at Centennial College in Toronto, March 6, 2017

A featured reader, Visual Arts Centre Reading Series, Montreal, May 16, 2017

A featured reader, Joseph Sherman Memorial Reading for new League of Canadian Poets Members, Toronto, June 11, 2017

A featured reader, The Words and Music Show, Case del Popolo, Montreal, June 25, 2017

Anita Anand & Greg Santos, Episode 8, Inside the Frozen Mammoth Podcast, September 12, 2017

A featured reader, Slackline Creative Arts Series, Burdock, Toronto, September 24, 2017

Four poems, including "The Bridge" and "November 10, 2016" featured in the AmeriCanadian issue Matrix Magazine, September, 2017

Host for carte blanche issue 31 launch, Resonance Cafe, Montreal, October 25, 2017

AELAQ Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair, Le Monument National, Montreal, November 26, 2017

"Parents, Finish These Sentences", The Feathertale Review, Issue 20, December, 2017

Books I read in 2017 that I thoroughly enjoyed, and would recommend you read, too!

Why Poetry, Matthew Zapruder
The Hatred of Poetry, Ben Lerner
Behold Things Beautiful, Cora Siré
How Do I Look?, Sennah Yee
even this page is white, Vivek Shraya
First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung
Lady Crawford, Julie Cameron Gray
Flightpaths: The Amelia Earhart Poems, Heidi Greco
The Mechanics of a Gaze, Branka Petrovic
Panicle, Gillian Sze
Shenzheners, Xue Yiwei

Books on my to-read list for 2018!

Bicycle Thieves, Mary di Michele
The Original Face, Guillaume Morissette
Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie, Jay Ritchie
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O'Neill
Lincoln in the Bardo, George Sanders
Swing Time, Zadie Smith
Sour Heart, Jenny Zhang

What did you enjoy reading this year? What's on your to-read list for next year?

Thanks for reading and best wishes for 2018, friends!

-- GS


Greg's 2016 Roundup

Hello, dear friends. Has another year really gone by?

I really haven't kept up to date on this blog, although if you want know what's going on with me, please be sure to follow me on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook (here and here), and now Instagram.

That being said, I'd like to keep up my End of the Year Reading List and add a roundup of some of my happenings in 2016. It was a year filled with health-related lows and the losses of my dear grandparents. But it was also a year of wild highs, with me being awarded a CALQ Research & Creation Grant for a new book project I'm excited to dive into the new year and getting a new teaching position that will be starting in January, 2017.

So here's to a a happy, healthy, and productive 2017 to you all. Here we go:

Some journals and anthologies I was published in 2016

Poem "Siem Reap, Cambodia" featured and discussed in World Literature Today
Two poems in The Feathertale Review, issue 18
Queen's Quarterly, Winter 2016 issue
# Nous Sommes Paris anthology, commemorating the victims of November 13, 2015

Selected Readings, Presentations, and Miscellaneous from 2016

Poetry Night 061 at Kafein, Montreal, March 1, 2016

Épiques Voices reading, Festival Dans ta tête, La Vitriola, Montreal, March 9, 2016

Yellow Door Reading Series, March 22, 2016

DC Books Spring Launch, April 14, 2016

Featured in "11 do's and don'ts for writing great poetry", CBC Books, April 15, 2016

Impromptu #27, writing prompts, The Found Poetry Review, April 27, 2016

The Green Mic Open Mic, Coop la Maison Verte, Montreal, July 28, 2016

Vallum Poetry Pop-Up Shop, Chez Boris, Montreal, September 10, 2016

Blackout Poetry Workshop, The Learning Tent, Word on the Street Festival, Toronto, September 25, 2016

Lit Pop Reading Series, Comedy Works, Montreal, October 30, 2016

Vallum Magazine and Chapbook Launch, Montreal, November 7, 2016

Marianopolis College Reading, Montreal, November 8, 2016

Scrivener Creative Review Bilingual Poetry Reading, Kafein,Montreal, November 15, 2016

The Lawn Chair Soirée, Chez Boris, Montreal, November 17, 2016

Books I read in 2016 that I thoroughly enjoyed, and would recommend you read, too!

Nox, Anne Carson
The Other Oscar, Cora Siré
XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century, Campbell McGrath
The Hatred of Poetry, Ben Lerner
Model Disciple, Michael Prior

Books on my to-read list for 2017!

Shenzheners, Xue Yiwei
Swallows and Waves, Paula Bohince
A Beckoning War, Matthew Murphy
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien
We Are All Just Animals & Plants, Alex Manley
Small Fires, Kelly Norah Drukker
Behold Things Beautiful, Cora Siré
Miranda's Book, Alfred Corn

What did your read? What are you looking forward to reading in the New Year?

-- GS


Greg's 2015 End of the Year Reading List

Hello, everyone. Moondoggy here. I know, know, it's been ages since I've posted on this blog.

I'm sorry to say this trusty old site has been neglected this year, although I have been doing my best to keep pretty up to date on tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, if you haven't already been following me on those venues. It's been tough finding time to blog. That being said, I'd like to continue the tradition of my End of the Year Reading List, with the added New Year's resolution of making sure I don't completely forget about Moondoggy's Pad in 2016. Okay, enough with the preamble, here we go:

Books I read in 2015 that I thoroughly enjoyed, and would recommend you read, too!

Proof, Larissa Andrusyshyn
A Hamburger in a Gallery, Stuart Ross
Signs of Subversive Innocents, Cora Sire
Chloes, Dean Garlick
The Uncertainty Principle, Roxanna Bennett
Rue, Melissa Bull
Daydreams of Angels, Heather O'Neill
Asbestos Heights, David McGimpsey
Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine

Books on my to-read list for 2016!

The Hundred-Year Flood by Matthew Salesses
Man by Kim Thuy
Shimmer Report by Brian Campbell
Northern Compass by Isobel Cunningham

What did your read? What are you looking forward to reading in the new year?



Review of Rabbit Punch! & Interview in Poetry Matters

"Greg Santos' second book Rabbit Punch! is filled with lithe poems, quick on their feet, poems that are witty, whimsical, serious, sarcastic, celebratory, bittersweet. Some are entertaining, while others are deceptively so—poems layered with meaning that reward upon repeated readings." 
- Nancy Chen Long, Poetry Matters

Rabbit Punch! is reviewed in Poetry Matters. Please check out the entire review HERE.

I was also interviewed for Poetry Matters, where I discuss pop culture, found poetry, revision, books I'm reading, and more!

Please check out the entire interview HERE.

Many thanks to Nancy Chen Long for taking the time to interview me and for such a generous and detailed look at my book.



Poem for Charlie Hebdo

Je Suis Charlie
by Greg Santos

At home
We hid under a desk

Brutally threatened

Darkest day


Let us unite

Tell the media
Defend art
We will win

Waving pens and papers
Armed and dangerous
Final coup de grâce

Author's note: This poem was written using text remixed from the following article on the Charlie Hebdo shooting from CBC News (http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/world/charlie-hebdo-paris-shooting-12-dead-after-gunmen-storm-newspaper-s-hq-1.289215).


Greg's 2014 End of the Year Reading List

Punchy Holidays!

Books I read in 2014 and would recommend that you do, too!

Blind Spot, Laurence Miall
New Tab, Guillaume Morissette
Peeling Rambutan, Gillian Sze
10:04, Ben Lerner
I Am Here, Ashley Opheim
How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside, Jay Winston Ritchie
Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer, Stuart Ross

Books on my to-read list for 2015!

Us Conductors, Sean Michaels
Signs of Subversive Innocents, Cora Sire
The Uncertainty Principle, Roxanna Bennett
Sun Bear, Matthew Zapruder
Chloes, Dean Garlick

What did you read? What are you looking forward to reading in the new year? Leave your suggestions in the comments section.

Thanks and Happy New Year, my friends!