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Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Both her collections of poetry, HUMP and STOWAWAYS, won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. She recently co-edited GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times with Rosanna Deerchild and Tanis MacDonald. Her latest book is TREED: Walking in Canada's Urban Forests, published by Wolsak & Wynn.

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Ariel Gordon Hey Kelly. Sorry I missed your question, but here's my attempt at an answer. I generally stop writing when I run out of images or ideas. I find I…moreHey Kelly. Sorry I missed your question, but here's my attempt at an answer. I generally stop writing when I run out of images or ideas. I find I write in bursts, especially when I'm inspired, and I don't keep going after that burst of energy or attention has been spent. That doesn't mean that I won't add to that first draft when I have another thought to work through or when my thinking evolves. I might also chop that first draft in half at some point if the piece demands it. But then, I'm of the opinion that first drafts are play and that real writing is re-writing.(less)
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Hamilton launch of Treed


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Hamilton is such a great city for a book like Treed. It's surrounded by forests and waterfalls, it has a great urban forest, and, between the trees: bookstores. Like Epic Books, where I spent an epic afternoon handselling books as part of Authors for Indies Day a few years ago and King Street Books, which will be hosting Daniel Coleman and I for a signing in a few weeks.

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“Two things consistently bring me pleasure: hot sweet tea and writing. Which is not to say that either are particularly good for me…I use entirely too much sugar and so far don’t find sucralose to be a good alternative. Also, writing is not a practice that engenders confidence. Quite the opposite. It’s about making yourself deliberately insecure so that you can write the next thing and have it be worth reading.

And that’s not even taking into consideration the business end of things, which can make you bitter if you’re not careful…

But I’ve spent my the bulk of my life to date figuring out the right mix of fat and sugar in my tea and also, how to get incrementally better (I hope…) at the writing, so I’m not giving it/them up!”
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“Most everything influences my work. Working in a used bookstore. Going for walks in the woods and peering at mushrooms. Writing reviews. Coming from frumpy, grumpy, faded-at-the-knees Winnipeg.”
Ariel Gordon

“Two things consistently bring me pleasure: hot sweet tea and writing. Which is not to say that either are particularly good for me…I use entirely too much sugar and so far don’t find sucralose to be a good alternative. Also, writing is not a practice that engenders confidence. Quite the opposite. It’s about making yourself deliberately insecure so that you can write the next thing and have it be worth reading.

And that’s not even taking into consideration the business end of things, which can make you bitter if you’re not careful…

But I’ve spent my the bulk of my life to date figuring out the right mix of fat and sugar in my tea and also, how to get incrementally better (I hope…) at the writing, so I’m not giving it/them up!”
Ariel Gordon

“Most everything influences my work. Working in a used bookstore. Going for walks in the woods and peering at mushrooms. Writing reviews. Coming from frumpy, grumpy, faded-at-the-knees Winnipeg.”
Ariel Gordon

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

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