To the Library and Archives of Canada!

Sister Writes is excited about a new step in the evolution of our literary magazine: we are now part of the permanent collections at the Library and Archives of Canada! Earlier this year, we applied for and got an ISSN number, which recognizes us as a professional magazine publication in Canada.… Read more

Poetry as Bestseller

“my heart woke me crying last night how can i help i begged my heart said write the book.” This is a quotation from the flyleaf of Canadian poet and artist Rupi Kaur’s collection, milk and honey. Kaur’s writing is raw, stripped bare, sounding as if her heart is beating out the rhythm… Read more

Belgian Waffles

I’ve been struggling with focus these last few weeks. The images that march through my mind are like a series of blurry photographs. People’s faces are indistinct; colours bleed into each other. Fuzzy image writing is unclear. The sentences read like those in a travel brochure- sanitized for as large… Read more

Channeling Jack Kerouac

I have been rescued from my writing funk by Jack Kerouac and the Beats who wrote howled and sang lashing out against the established order, who reached for the sky thought outside the box, were arrested and wrote from jail, who, in their defiance, still had hope and published books… Read more


The book fell off my shelf and into my hands last month. It was a novel my sister read and passed to me in 2002. That was a tough year. I was newly separated from my partner, had lost my beloved Bluey whom I’d raised from a kitten, and I… Read more


“There are a lot of ways for a novelist to create suspense, but also really only two: one a trick, one an art. The trick is to keep a secret. Or many secrets, even. The art meanwhile, the thing that makes Pride and Prejudice so superbly suspenseful…is to write stories… Read more


My inner critic, the mean girl who loves to disparage and undermine, was pushing me to get a haircut. “Your hair is a curly mess,” she shouted one hot, humid morning as I stood in front of the bathroom mirror. Maybe so, but I had a good excuse. Aldo, my… Read more

Connecting the Dots

Writing is like solving a puzzle. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. I was one of those kids who loved jumbo puzzle books; the ones that looked like colouring books but were filled with crosswords, mazes, word searches and connect the dots. I’ve always liked jigsaw… Read more

New website!

A new and updated website for Sister Writes launched today, with improved navigation, a virtual exhibition gallery, extensive program information,  and gorgeous illustrations by Meredith Sadler.

A Kind of Grief

A sadness plays at the edges of my heart. It is a kind of grief. I am watching my Dad struggle with the frustrating effects of Lewy Body Dementia. He is always on my mind. Last week he landed in hospital up north. A recent bout of pneumonia, coupled with… Read more