New Razorcake Column

I've been writing a new column for the Razorcake website, all about punk parenthood. Column one can be read by clicking here. Column two should be posted next week. J.


Live Slow, Die Old

My beloved Razorcake Magazine has started putting out some of their longer, previously published articles as downloadable e-books for those of you who are living in the future. One of the articles they've decided to e-publish is one that I wrote about people who are heavily into both punk rock and physical fitness, called "Live Slow, Die Old". It's one of my favourites. If you'd like to download it or just read it online (it was previously only available in the now-sold-out 40th issue of the magazine) you can click here. As far as my writing goes, this will have to tide you over for a while, given that I am currently eight months pregnant and feeling a little too overwhelmed to get much else done!


Reading at Venus Envy Ottawa on October 1st

I'm very excited about this reading I'm doing here in Ottawa on October 1st. I've been a fan of Cindy Crabb's Doris zine for many years but have never met her in person. And, as I've said before, I have a lot of admiration for my friend Jeff Miller who is also on the bill. I haven't done a reading for a while and I will be reading brand new, non-fiction pieces at this reading. I haven't read non-fiction in years! The event is free, so come one, come all.

Facebook Event is here.



Coming Out of Hibernation

I'll be doing my first reading in a long time with the excellent and revered Toronto writer Jessica Westhead at Octopus Books on June 23rd. We read together in 2008 and both enjoyed it, so I think we're both pretty excited to do it all again! And this time we have the added bonus of Kingston author Iain Reid. I'll be reading a new-ish short story and there will be wine and snacks! What more could you want? Here are the details from the Octopus Books website:

On Wednesday 19 March 2008 Octopus Books hosted Jessica Westhead and Jennifer Whiteford for an astonishing night of readings. Noone in the audience walked away unchanged.

This month, three years, three months and four days later, we believe that Ottawa has had sufficient recovery time to be able to host these two powerhouses again, with Iain Reid along to raise the stakes.

Thursday 23 June 2011 7:30pm
Octopus Books
116 Third Avenue Ottawa ON

A free event with wine and snacks.
The store is wheelchair accessible, the bathroom is not.


Jessica Westhead is a Toronto writer and freelance editor. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as Joyland, Matrix, Geist, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, and Indiana Review. She also stapled together poetry winner, a zine exposé of the nefarious National Library of Poetry (AKA www.poetry.com). Her short story chapbook, Those Girls, was published by Greenboathouse Books in 2006, and her first novel, Pulpy & Midge, was published by Coach House Books in 2007. She was shortlisted for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards. Her short story collection, And Also Sharks, was published by Cormorant Books in spring 2011.

Jennifer Whiteford lives in Ottawa, Ontario with three dogs, two cats, and one husband. In 2006, her first novel, Grrrl, was published by Gorsky Press (Los Angeles). That same year she was voted best local author in the Ottawa XPress readers' poll. She writes regularly for Razorcake Magazine, interviewing bands and reviewing records and zines. She's toured extensively as a reader and has read locally in many venues, including as a featured reader at Ottawa's Westfest in 2008. She is currently working on a second novel.

Iain Reid has written for several CBC Radio shows, including Definitely Not the Opera, Metro Morning, Here and Now, and GO. His work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, Iceland Review Online, and Atlantica. A graduate of Queen's University, Iain Reid was born in Ottawa in 1981, and now lives in Kingston. One Bird's Choice is his first book.

Facebook event is here.

See you Ottawa types there!



Launch Party! Launch Party!

Hello Friends!

Just wanted to let you know that the Launch Party for this collection of screenplays, These Are Not Movies, (featuring a script by yours truly) is happening this coming Saturday, here in Ottawa.

The launch will be at the always lovely Raw Sugar Cafe on January 8, 2011 starting at 8 PM. I will be reading from my script and so will Adam Thomlison, Colin White, and Sean Zio. We'll also be helping each other out a bit by playing characters in each other's scripts. (Not everyone was crafty like me who wrote a script with only one character!)

Raw Sugar is located at 692 Somerset Street West right by the big, beautiful Chinatown arch. Hard to miss! If you haven't been, you're in for a treat. It's a cosy space with lots of seating and you can get yourself booze or tea or coffee and something delicious to eat as well if you're so inclined.

We'll all be signing copies of the book after the reading if you're looking to get your hands on a copy and have it promptly autographed.

See you there!