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Myna Wallin Honourable Mention in 2010 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem

By Tightrope Books | February 22nd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | 1 Comment


The judges called Wallin’s work “A poignant incantatory poem that draws together the speaker’s worries, weaving a spell around her fears.” In “Death, Wildlife and Taxes,” Wallin allows poverty and illness to “hover like evil spirits who must be placated by spiritual offerings.”


Wallin’s poetry and prose has appeared in numerous literary journals. Her first book of fiction, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, is set for publication in spring 2010 with Tightrope Books.

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.

Contest! Win a spot in Myna Wallin’s erotic writing workshop!

By Tightrope Books | February 5th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The folks at Oral: Adventures in Erotic Writing invite you to enter their first online Quickie Erotic Writing Contest and win a spot on Writing Without a Net Workshop 5: Freeing Your Erotic Self in Poetry or Prose with Myna Wallin (http://tightropebooks.com/workshop-series/).

Enter the contest here:

http://oralerotica.webs.com/contest.htm

Myna Wallin Tuesday Teaser

By Tightrope Books | February 3rd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | 2 Comments

In celebration of Myna Wallin being shortlisted for the 2010 Descant/Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem, here is a Tuesday Teaser from A Thousand Profane Pieces.

Myna Wallin
is a Toronto-based author and editor. She has her Masters degree in English Literature from U of T. She is the author of three chapbooks: Vulnerable Positions (2002), The Old Abandonment (2003), and Warning Signs (2005), all with believe your own press. Her first full-length poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published by Tightrope Books in Spring 2006.

http://www.mynawallin.com/index.html

The poems in this collection are erotic and wry, a first hand tour through the world of today s woman for whom desire is no longer a dirty word. Wallin’s poems explore where the sensual woman has been and where she s going. If Candice Bushnell was a poet, these are the sort of poems she would write.

“LOVE?”

I dreamed of a spelling bee, I was applauding
and you were up next.

MONOGAMY the judge intoned.
Repeat, you said.

You scraped by with M-O-, sounding it out, N-O-,
finding Latin roots, G-A-, gasping, A-M-Y?

Your opponent spelled DISPOSABLE
so quickly I thought he was showing off.

ETERNITY. Perspiring, you looked stymied,
bewildered even,

and I felt sorry for you.
You weren’t expecting such hard words.

You can purchase A Thousand Profane Pieces from the Tightrope Books Website.

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Myna Wallin shortlisted for 2010 Descant/Winston Collings Prize for Best Candian Poem

By Tightrope Books | February 3rd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

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/

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Myna Wallin’s poem “Transcendence” in Futureale

By Tightrope Books | September 22nd, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Check out Myna Wallin’s poem “Transcendence” in the September 2009 issue of Futureale (p 32-33), and a lovely photo, too!

Here’s the link:

http://www.turnit.ca/?ci_id=40579


Myna’s book of short stories, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, is forthcoming spring 2011.

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.

MYNA WALLIN is an author and editor in Toronto. She is also an organizer and host of the Art Bar Poetry Series. She has her Masters degree in English Literature from U of T. Her first full-length poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published in 2006 by Tightrope Books.



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