Words To Live By

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


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? It sure as fuck does.
Read it here.

September 9, 2019

As 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 us! 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. #mysmallpresswritingday

© 2019, my (small press) writing day, all rights reserved

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: 

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! 

© 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, 2019