Our very own Myna Wallin has been shortlisted for the 2010 Descant/Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem!
Myna Wallin is an author and editor born and living in Toronto. She is also an organizer and host of the Art Bar Reading Series. Myna’s first full-length poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published in 2006 by Tightrope Books. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Algonquin Square Table Anthology, Contemporary Verse 2, Existere, Eye Weekly, Kiss Machine, In the Dark: Stories from the Supernatural, the Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, Nod, and Rampike. She recently received an Honourable Mention from Contemporary Verse 2 for their 2009 2-Day Poem Contest. Myna also hosts “In Other Words” on CKLN, where she has been interviewing authors since 2004. After receiving her MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, Myna taught Effective Writing at George Brown College for several years. For Tightrope she has edited Sandra Kasturi’s The Animal Bridegroom, Phoebe Tsang’s Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse, and co-edited I.V. Lounge Nights with Alex Boyd.
Check our Myna’s upcoming novel Confessions of Reluctant Cougar out in Spring 2010 from Tightrope Books. In her new book, Sex is casual, but conversation is a serious matter in the outrageous adventures of this contemporary cougar.
In Myna Wallin’s second book, a reluctant cougar tells all. She feasts on young men of all kinds, in a world where sex isn’t dirty but love is coated in grime. In these raucous short stories, she runs the gauntlet of men, including a Harley-riding bikini salesman, a semiotics professor, a foot fetishist, a jaded brand consultant, a homeless man, and a bisexual mime. Written with Wallin’s signature wit, this semiotics of dating is given a postmodern twist.
And if you just can’t get enough of Myna Wallin, work with her in person on Saturday February 13th as she conducts the fifth installment of our Writing Without a Net Tightrope Workshop 5: Freeing Your Erotic Self in Poetry or Prose.
Sign up for the workshop on the Tightrope Website http://tightropebooks.com/workshop-series/