Monthly Archives: August 2010

August 31

The Hobo at Willingdon Junction

Last month I traveled to the West Kootenays to write about a hobo named Ron Murdock. In 1979, Ron Murdock abandoned the obligations and expectations of regular society for a life on the highway. In the last three decades he has hitchhiked all over Western Canada. He has slept in men’s hostels, emergency shelters, and […]

Hello. Goodbye.

In September, I will be reading together with Montreal poet Oana Avasilichioaei. The event celebrates the beginning of Oana’s residency at the University of Calgary, and the ending of mine. The event will be bittersweet for me. My 10-month Markin-Flanagan residency was the most productive period in my writing career so far, and I am […]

Poetic Interlude #2: C.P. Cavafy’s “Ithaka”

Right now I am working on a feature for a new magazine called Eighteen Bridges. The story is a profile on Ron Murdock, a career hobo who spent most of his like hitching around Western Canada and living in men’s shelters and dive hotels. I had the great pleasure of spending a few days with […]

The Ritual Tourist

An essay I wrote appears in the current issue (September/October 2010) of Afar. The magazine is relatively new – this issue marks its first anniversary – and dedicates itself to telling stories of unexpected and ‘genuine’ travel. It is a great magazine to read and I am happy for the opportunity to write for them. […]