This is Evan Mersereau again. I'm happy to be back for my third appointment as managing editor of the ACPA. I've got big plans for this website coming this summer, and I thought I would share some of them with you. Of course I'll still be updating our existing entries and processing some new ones, but there's more than maintenance planned.
You may have noticed a new addition to the header of this website: Poetic Places Fredericton. A couple years ago we started an app of the same name. The app is shutting down at the end of this month, but we've preserved its contents on a new website. You can find out more about the old project and the new site through that header link.
Back in March of this year, St. Thomas University hosted this year's Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference. I was volunteering at the conference and lucked out with a couple of my assignments; timekeeping for the Original Poetry and Original Writing sessions. I caught up with the poets at these panels and asked them to sit down with me for a series of interviews this summer. We're still sorting out the scheduling for these, but you'll get to hear from some of Atlantic Canada's best up-and-coming student-poets.
And, perhaps this is a little early to mention, but we're exploring the idea of an ACPA book. We're not sure what form it would take, who would publish it, who would write it, or if it even needs to be written - but it's definitely my primary research focus for the summer.
As a project based out of St. Thomas University, we're also considering new ways to showcase our own student-writers. The podcast episodes I produced last summer were a neat experiment, but I'm wondering if there are other ways we can accomplish the goal I set out to do with that series. I think a multi-genre chapbook would be cool.
Anyway, I'd better get back to research. I'm in the middle of reading Anna Sewell's Black Beauty and Jenny Xie's Eye Level as interview prep. Plus I'm going through several anthologies like Anne Compton's Meetings with Maritime Poets for ACPA book ideas. It's a lot.
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