New article about Human Rights & Homelessness in THIS Magazine!

An article I wrote about the human right to adequate housing in Canada appears in the Summer Reading issue of THIS Magazine, which also includes great poetry and fiction by the likes of Sina Queyras, Carrie Snyder (check out my review of her latest book here) Tony Burgess and others.

You can find the new issue at your local independent bookstore.

Beautiful Trouble essay featured in The Sun Magazine

The Sun Magazine recently reprinted several essays from Beautiful Trouble, including a short one I authored. You can check out the May 2014 issue, which also includes great fiction , non-fiction, interviews, and a transcript of Pete Seeger’s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee by going here.

Cover: Issue 461

The Sun is an independent, ad-free monthly magazine that for nearly forty years has used words and photographs to invoke the splendor and heartache of being human. The Sun celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in its pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet those challenges.

“Left & Leaving” – New Creative Non-Fiction in Ricepaper Magazine!

Ricepaper Magazine

A short memoir I wrote, longlisted this spring for the CBC Creative Non-Fiction Prize, can be found in the latest issue of Ricepaper Magazine, alongside exciting writing from the likes of Doretta Lau (shortlisted for the 2013 Journey Prize) and Madeleine Thien (author of Dogs At the Perimeter and Certainty).

“When I was young, we lived with my grandparents in Toronto. My parents slept in a windowless room in the basement, hidden behind the washer and dryer. My brother and I shared a bunk-bed, tucked into the bedroom on the second floor. There was a time, living there, when my dreams crept into the waking world.”

You can read the rest by finding a copy at your local independent bookstore, or by ordering one directly from Ricepaper: http://ricepapermagazine.ca/magazine-2/18-3-winter-2013/

#flashfiction: A short noir tale

I tried my hand at crime fiction and Shotgun Honey picked up this flash fiction story.

“Johnny wasn’t a deep thinker. But he burned hot; bright and reckless. He’d slam on the brakes going seventy, slide through a corner and scream my name so loud I could feel his voice ricochet around my ribs. The few nights he didn’t spend with me, he spent at the track, or in one of Callum’s card rooms. He was hooked on that moment before the clock started, or the cards were called.”

To read the rest: http://shotgunhoney.net/fiction/out-of-time-by-yutaka-dirks.html

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Talking prose & politics with Shani Mootoo & Marcello Di Cintio

Recently, I interviewed Shani Mootoo (Giller-prize nominated author of Cereus Blooms at Night, Valmiki’s Daughter, and several other works) and Marcello Di Cintio (Shaughnessy Cohen Prize-winning author of Walls: Travels Along the Barricades and two other non-fiction books) for Briarpatch Magazine.

shani & marcello

“I’m fascinated by people’s stories. Being a writer is like having a backstage pass into the lives of interesting people. Meeting them and hearing those stories is the engine that runs my work,” said Di Cintio.

“I always feel that art in its many forms slices through ideology and approaches truth better than any argument, probably because, in the end, art tries to find the heart of the matter rather than the brain of it,” said Mootoo.

Read the rest of the interview here