Words To Live By

All words, unless quoted, are original and my own.


April 30, 2020

It’s POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY – from the League of Canadian Poets, this one is:


March 13, 2020

It’s my debut chapbook!


January 22, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Upcoming bashes for Unlucky Fours:
TORONTO – Friday, March 13 @ 7PM – knife|fork|book Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw St., near Queen)
OTTAWA – cancelled due to COVID19 – Thursday, March 19 @ 7PM – Arlington Five (5 Arlington Ave., near Bank)

Some truly awesome readers (and our books) will be at each location – for your listening and purchasing pleasure. See you there!


December 11, 2019

The year is quickly drawing to a close and with it, the decade as well. I’ll leave it to social media and Spotify to compile the official “looking back” lists, but it would be wise to share a few lines of what I feel blessed for this season:

1. Paul James Richardson. Although he may never read this blog, I couldn’t have made it through the last few months without him. He’s been my rock for eight years and now my pillar of strength as I push through a major career transition!

2. Barbara Edwards Contemporary. It’s an era of change for everybody and I would not be where I am today without them. An incredible group of people, doing incredible things. Making me believe in myself and in the power of dreams. Showing me the power of a bit of passion, a whole lot of gumption, some diligence and some strength.

3. Courage and Trauma. Without which I would not be where I am today.

4. The wonderful people I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know in the Canadian literary industry. You are inspirations, each and every one, and I cannot wait to see where we all go in 2020+!

5. This kick ass reading list:

OK bye.


October 23, 2019

So yesterday happened. October 22, 2019. Just as I was beginning to feel the onset of those damned autumn/winter-time blues (it was an all-day rainpocalypse in Ottawa), I found out that my poem “Grotto” won the 2019 Vallum Award for Poetry. Won. The 2019. Vallum Award for Poetry. Does this make me a bonafide emerging Canadian poet?

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I think it does! Read it here.


September 9, 2019

Autumn arrives! It’s nice to pause and take in the good things in life. Like this new workplace:



and this new mandate:
“Tips for Combatting Writer’s Block”
(1) Pick up The DADA Reader A Critical Anthology, edited by Dawn Ades. Published by the University of Chicago Press (2006);
(2) read it right side up, up side down;
(3) act out one or two simultaneous poems;
(4) ponder existence, ponder humanity, ponder the odd parallels between two centuries;
(5) free write.
© ECR2019


September 1, 2019

Wow, how August has flown right past me! A lot has happened since my last post, guys. I moved to #Ottawa and have spent the last four weeks of high summer exploring my new city, decorating the apartment, and setting up the next chapter of #LittleBirdsPoetry. Oh ya, attempting to land a job too. In the meantime, to keep my sanity, I’ve been re-reading J.R.R. Tolkein’s ageless epic, The Lord of the Rings. It’s official, the Fellowship is my favourite part. My husband might be getting tired of the endless movie re-runs though…

and, scene. //


July 28, 2019

It’s been a rough couple of days. PSA Reminder to all allergic individuals out there – always 👏 be 👏diligent 👏. What happened, you might ask? I ate a cross-contaminated lime wedge. Turns out my slight allergy to cantaloupe has developed into a fully fledged one since 2011. Cue the usual bodily functions + constricted airways = a short hospital visit + epipen prescription + a lot of lost weight. I’m good though! Glad to be back at it, and looking forward to my last week in Toronto. So in the meantime, if I may flash backwards, I want to shine a light on Friday July 26th, when four writers gathered together and did an awesome thing. 👇 #LittleBirdsPoetry #TorontoWritersCommunity

Photograph © Little Birds Poetry, 2019
Featuring (clockwise) – Jessica Miller (emerging writer and poet), yours truly,
Joshua P’ng (founder of the awesome DRAFT Reading Series & LIT NET TO list service),
Terry Trowbridge (co-organizer of Art Bar Poetry Series)


July 14, 2019

Happy Sunday, everyone! It’s bright and sunny in Toronto & I hope it’s bright and sunny where you are too. So, what do we do? Why, go outside! Enjoy the sun! Grab a pint! Then click on the link below and read a fun little piece I wrote! Yay. It was published today. http://mysmallpresswritingday.blogspot.com/2019/07/ellen-chang-richardson-regarding.html
#mysmallpresswritingday #Ottawapoets #above/groundpress


July 9, 2019

Guys! I’m super stoked to share that the next Little Birds Poetry (Sitting #2) takes place this Friday July 12, 2019 from 6-8pm.

Where: Mallo Coffee & Bar, 785 Bathurst St., Toronto ON, M5S 1Z5
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/littlebirdspoetry/
#littlebirdspoetry #editingworkshops #Torontowriters


July 4, 2019

It’s an exciting day for me. The seminal Vancouver-based #RicepaperMagazine has chosen “Meltwater Basin” for publication. Please venture forth and give it a read! https://ricepapermagazine.ca/2019/07/meltwater-basin-by-ellen-chang-richardson/

© 2019, Ricepaper Magazine. All Rights Reserved



“Every page should explode, either because of its profound gravity, or its vortex, vertigo, newness, eternity, or because of its staggering absurdity, the enthusiasm of its principles, or its typography.”

~ Tristan Tzara, Dada Manifesto (1918)

© Ellen Chang-Richardson, 2020