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Friday, October 06, 2017

A Cover Letter Template for Submissions

This may apply to other publications as well.
Place the cover letter in the body of your e-mail

Mailing Address
Telephone Number

Dear Editors,

Please consider the five unpublished poems attached in"lastname_firstname.docx."
[ preference is one file per submission; other publications have other preferences.]

My biography is as follows:

[Version 1 for those with publishing credits]

FirstName LastName has had poetry published in X Journal of Poetry, Y Journal of Poetry. She won the XYZ Award in 2015.

[Version 2 for those with no publishing credits]
FirstName LastName is influenced by the poetry of X, Y, Z. She is a member of the ABC Poets Association and has an Honours Bachelor of Whatzit in Whathaveyou.

Please note that I am a former resident of Ottawa. [if you don't have a current Ottawa mailing address.]

Thank you for considering my work. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


FirstName LastName

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Kiki at the International Festival of Authors - October 21, 2017

I will read from Kiki for the final times at the upcoming International Festival of Authors in Toronto on October 18. I have the pleasure of participating at two events, both of which are taking place at the Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West: 

1. In Conversation: Chantel Acevedo & Amanda Earl 2pm -  Reading/ Interview; Participants: Chantel Acevedo, Susan G. Cole, Amanda Earl, Alexandra Grigorescu
What does it take to change one’s life? What price is one willing to pay? Chantel Acevedo and Amanda Earl discuss the stories of resilient and free-spirited women with Susan G. Cole. Hosted by Alexandra Grigorescu.

2. Poetic New Worlds 4pm
Spend an afternoon with poetry and discover new worlds. Enjoy readings by Roo Borson, Mireia Calafell, Amanda Earl, David Goldstein, Jennifer LoveGrove, John Nyman, Nicholas Power, Stuart Ross and Dane Swan. This event will feature 2016 CBC Poetry Prize winner Michael Fraser. Hosted by Phoebe Wang.

Copies of Kiki will be available at the University of Toronto Bookstore's table at the Festival. I will be available to sign the book after each event.

For tickets and to see the entire schedule where you'll find other extraordinary literary events, please visit

Photos of Amanda Earl in the style of Man Ray's photos of Kiki by Charles Earl. 
Other books shown are some of the source books and influences for Kiki.
I am grateful to rob mclennan and Christine McNair of Chaudiere Books for publishing Kiki in 2014.