Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sweet! The December issue of Literary Mama is Here!



"It's the last week of school before the winter break, and I find myself clearing out closets, squishing my kids' outgrown clothing into bins for giveaway. Maybe I toss out the odd toy or game with missing pieces. Ultimately, I'm making room for what's to come. This is a common mindset for many of us this time of year—"Out with the old, in with the new."

But I can't seem to get rid of that pale pink dress (size 5) with the delicate rose and that my daughter never wore. It was a gift from her nonna— my mom. So I push it to the back of the closet, to its rightful place next to the penguin Halloween costume that saw a lot more wear. Then, I close the door.

This month at Literary Mama, many of our contributors are anticipating new experiences, while others hope to dwell a little longer in the moment. As always, we are offering up a diverse range of voices and perspectives." Read the rest of my letter here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November issue of Literary Mama is here!

I'm so happy to introduce the latest issue of Literary Mama. It's hard to believe that I snapped this photo just last week, as many parts of Canada and the U.S. are in full winter mode!

Take a look at my Editor's Letter, and be sure to visit the rest of the site for all the wonderful writing.

Happy raking/shovelling (?)

Friday, October 31, 2014

No #tealpumpkin for us (Bambino wanted to go traditional) but a definite nod to the project.


Stay safe out there tonight, and always read the label!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October issue of Literary Mama is Live!

It's been an exciting time for all of us at Literary Mama. Our October issue just went live! Here's an excerpt from my Editor's Letter: 

I am so pleased to introduce you to the October issue of Literary Mama, which marks our recent switch to a monthly publication. Before I tell you all about it, I’d like to acknowledge the tremendous effort put forth by all the staff who worked on the issue. Every one of these women dedicated their talents and their time to making it the best it could be. All while juggling family, work, and creative commitments! I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank Karna Converse, our Managing Editor, for keeping us all on track and up to speed.

Read more from my letter here. And be sure to visit the rest of site, for all the wonderful writing!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy 80th Birthday, Leonard Cohen!

On this special day, I'd like to honour the man who has given us so many beautiful poems and songs. There's one poem, in particular, that resonates with me. It's deceptively simple, and that's probably why I like it so much.



From Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs by Leonard Cohen (McClelland & Stewart Inc, 1993.)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Come Celebrate Leonard Cohen's 80th Birthday!

On September 21st, the lovely folks of the University of Ottawa, among others, will be hosting a celebration in honour of Leonard Cohen's 80th birthday. I am sorry that I won't be able to make it, but I will light a candle that evening for the great man himself and read a selection of my favourite pieces, including "The Only Poem."



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy Canada Day: Scenes from a Parade

The Bambina, waiting for it all to begin...
Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow.
Marching Band (The Bambino and I loved this!)
The Bambina declared this drum troupe the best.
Thundering along...
Happy Bird Woman

Nice finish!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Happy 4th Birthday, Bambino!



The Bambino and I recently marked another birthday together, and I wrote this for him:

Four Years

To become
this person
who always asks
Did you have a good sleep?
Did you have a good time at work?

To learn how to read STOP
and GO and LOADING
and count to 30.

To carry a 2-litre jug
of apple juice
to the fridge
then clear your plate,
fork, napkin, and glass.

To grab the dustpan
out of my hand
swiff the hardwood (smack smack.)

To tell me every day
that I’m sweeter
than a lollipop
cotton candy
and TV.

To kiss my boo boo
when you spot the scrape
on my finger.

To tell the man
who works in Produce
that you don’t want
to shake his hand
because it’s dirty.


©2014 Maria Scala

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NaPoWriMo 29: Sick Day

20 millimetres 
of rain 
both kids vying 
for computer time. 

I beat the girl back
with HGTV 
steer the boy
towards his trains.

"That's not nice, 
you naughty Spencer,"
while I mine
this mucky brain.

Monday, April 21, 2014

My Response to Cassie Premo Steele's "Birthing the Mother Writer"

It's been an amazing five years working with Cassie Premo Steele on her Birthing the Mother Writer column! Typically, Cassie will write a piece focusing on one aspect of being a mother writer, and then invite readers to respond to a writing prompt.

Cassie is about to take a (much-deserved) five-month break from her column, and this time around her editor (that would be me) has written a response, including a poem called "September." Here's an excerpt:

“September” came about in response to Cassie Premo Steele’s most recent column “Renewal: Beginning a New Season in the Mother Writer Life.” I am anticipating that my own renewal as a mother writer will come in the fall when my son joins his older sister full-time at school. In writing this poetic response, I have internalized what Cassie points out about planning and trying to control: “Life doesn’t work like this. It certainly is never as smooth as we would have it be in our plans. Neither is mothering smooth nor plan-dependent.”
Continue reading over at Literary Mama!
“September” came about in response to Cassie Premo Steele’s most recent column “Renewal: Beginning a New Season in the Mother Writer Life.” I am anticipating that my own renewal as a mother writer will come in the fall when my son joins his older sister full-time at school. In writing this poetic response, I have internalized what Cassie points out about planning and trying to control: “Life doesn’t work like this. It certainly is never as smooth as we would have it be in our plans. Neither is mothering smooth nor plan-dependent.” - See more at: http://www.literarymama.com/columns/birthingthemotherwriter/archives/2014/04/editor-response-to-renewal-beginning-a-new-season-in-the-mother-writer-life.html#sthash.9HmvJD73.dpuf
“September” came about in response to Cassie Premo Steele’s most recent column “Renewal: Beginning a New Season in the Mother Writer Life.” I am anticipating that my own renewal as a mother writer will come in the fall when my son joins his older sister full-time at school. In writing this poetic response, I have internalized what Cassie points out about planning and trying to control: “Life doesn’t work like this. It certainly is never as smooth as we would have it be in our plans. Neither is mothering smooth nor plan-dependent.” - See more at: http://www.literarymama.com/columns/birthingthemotherwriter/archives/2014/04/editor-response-to-renewal-beginning-a-new-season-in-the-mother-writer-life.html#sthash.9HmvJD73.dpu