I'm really happy with the way the jacket and spine turned out for Ten-Headed Alien (a great complement to the front cover). Ingrid Paulson did a a gnarly job (not to mention what she's done with the inside of the book, which I can't wait to share).
New book! New cover! Thank you to Wolsak & Wynn and the incredible design of Ingrid Paulson for this dream cover of my new collection Ten-Headed Alien. The book comes out in March 2018. For more information, visit the Wolsak & Wynn website.
I've also got a blurb!
“Brock’s book is a sophisticated monster. This is war poetry that white-knuckles the horror story of normal life, where the most human thing about a robot is its lack of function. Here, language is a junkyard drum set of evil sounds, let loose in pursuit of an enemy half-machinic, half-mythic. Success is mutually assured destruction.”
– Linda Besner, author of Feel Happier in Nine Seconds
My Introduction to Creative Writing class begins September 20th. I was interviewed explaining a little bit about what it'll entailRead More
As usual, I'm not updating this blog enough, but I'd be remiss not to give some props over the next few week to people that have made my life fun and productive lately. The first is Dawn Kresan at Pelee Island Book House, who has started an incredible Writer's Retreat on Pelee Island (a place I'd never been to, and now, a place I'm eager to return).
I spent a week at this retreat in early May working on a number of projects (though I workshopped a section from my novel about the 1912 Detroit Tigers). I met some wonderful writers, learned a few things about bird identification, went to a birding banquet (a surreal, almost David Lynchian experience that I expect Grant Munroe will encapsulate with eloquence), drank some wine, and wrote a hell of a lot.
Thanks to the wonderful Deb Dundas for using my not-staged-at all photo for her write-up "Why writers are retreating to Windsor region" in the June 3 Toronto Star.
And please if you get the chance, attend the Pelee Island Book House. This place has the potential to be an iconic spot for writers, and Dawn has created something special here.
Paul Vermeersch created an awesome image for my new show, Shitehawk Vinyl, part of February's Long Winter event in Toronto.Read More
My 2017 reading list, updated, possibly for only my own edification...Read More
I wrote a poem with a long title called Study the universe and reveal the reason optimists stopped searching, or S.T.U.A.R.T.R.O.S.S. You can read it after you read this blog about it, maybe.Read More
The countdown on the way to the Toronto Guns n' Roses concert, a celebration with friends, concludes with the #1 greatest Guns n' Roses song ever.Read More
It's the number 2 greatest Guns n' Roses song ever. It's all about me and Axl..and the me-Axl character, but it's also a lot about me. And I post an old poem.Read More
The third greatest Guns n' Roses song actually makes me as nervous now as it did then. And no, it's not One in a Million.Read More
Continuing the countdown to Guns n' Roses live in Toronto, I pick the fourth greatest Guns n' Roses song ever, though only after a wee story about Glass Tiger Brett, who taught me about possessions.Read More
This week, I'm counting down my five favourite Guns n' Roses songs in preparation for seeing them live in Toronto.Read More
I write about a book I like, Andrew Forbes' The Utility of Boredom, and possibly lament my own inability to write about baseball in a meaningful way despite it taking up about 80% of my mental/cell phone battery energy.Read More
The full filmed performance of Sewing the Earthworm (Harman/Brock) with Carla Huhtanen and Jennifer Nichols is now online. And it's real good.Read More
A new poem, Sunrise with Sea Monsters, inspired by the J.M.W. Turner painting for Paul Vermeersch's poetry project Sunrise with Sea Monsters.Read More
Well, I'm moving to Victoria for a bit....Read More
Check out the libretto (the words!) for Tap Ex: Metallurgy before you come and see the show.Read More
Is Tap: Ex Metallurgy, opening on November 19 in Toronto a metal opera? No. It's way cooler.Read More