Saturday, March 5, 2011

Branching out


This blog isn't really doing much for the Internet.

If you're really that interested, you can find me on Twitter @SachikoMurakami, and I've just started a Tumblr at And yes, there's always Facebook.

See you around, Internet!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This, that, this that thisthat

Me again.

So, Johanna Skibsrud's The Sentimentalists won the Giller. I met Johanna at Concordia, where I did my Master's*. I recall great parties at her apartment, where she'd show up after everyone else and casually throw around a few balloons and bowls of chips and suddenly everything was magical. Very different from my own experiences of party-throwing, which usually involved panic attacks (and heavy preparatory drinking). My neuroses aside, I'm so thrilled the prize went to such a talented and beautiful person and such a beautiful and deserving book. And hooray, hooray for small press! Gaspereau makes absolutely gorgeous books, all tactile and letterpressy. Apparently they can only produce a thousand a week so you might have to wait for your copy, but it is well worth the wait.

Let's continue with the theme of fancy friends doing fancy things. On December 4-5 at the Toronto New School of Writing, a.rawlings will be facilitating a workshop called EAR KNOWS THROAT. rawlings is a particularly cozy one. She's back from Iceland where she spent much of her time recording bubbling mud. Improvisation, vocalization, sounding, poetrying, I think this workshop is going to be so much fun.

As for me, I read in St. Catharines for the Grey Borders Reading Series at the end of the month.

Grey Borders Reading Series presents
lia pas
Sachiko Murakami
Domenico Capilongo
Mat Laporte

November 25, 2010
Pan Cafe
120 St Paul St, St. Catharines, Ontario

*Masters? Master's?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

worst blog ever

O hai.

Not only do I never update this, but when I do, all I do is tell you more about me, me, me. And never any pictures! I'm sorry, Internet. I think the light of the blogstar has left Sachi, maybe forever.

So, here's some more of the usual:

-If you miss me, I am at the Press Club (850 Dundas St West) every other Wednesday, cohosting the Pivot Reading Series.

-There's a review of The Invisibility Exhibit in the latest CNQ. I'm digging CNQ's redesign a whole lot, all Seth-d out. Check it.

-Three new poems from the work-in-progress are in the latest EVENT.

-I'll be reading, briefly, in Toronto at the Red Head Gallery as part of Poetry and Petri Dishes (Facebook event info here), a night of poems about Beauty and Terror.

Now, back to our regular scheduled program of silence.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pivot returns August 11

Pivot returns next Wednesday, and I will be your host. After careful reflection, I realized that the previous host, Carey Toane, was channeling the power of gods unknown to me when she ran the bimonthly series. I invited the lovely and talented Angela Hibbs to be my Pivot partner in crime. Join me in welcoming her and our fab readers next Wednesday! Hooray!

Pivot with Jill Battson, Mat Laporte, and Rebecca Rosenblum
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Sachiko Murakami
PWYC ($5 suggested)

Jill Battson is an internationally published poet and poetry activist who is currently the Poet Laureate of Cobourg, Ontario. She was responsible for creating and running the successful poetry reading series The Poets’ Refuge and has initiated and produced many poetry events and was the poetry editor for Insomniac Press from 1999 to 2001. Her first book, Hard Candy, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. She has written severalplays and solo works, libretti for two short operas. Dark Star Requiem, for which she wrote the libretto, premiered at Toronto’s Luminato Festival in June 2010. Jill’s third book of poems, Dark Star Requiem, was recently published by Folded & Gathered Press. Her blog is

Mat Laporte is part of an elite, one person task force called The Psychedelic Ninjas. Don’t talk about it. He hails from The Soo but has lived in many places including Montreal and Guelph, a monastery in the middle of a forest somewhere and Edmonton where among other things he sang in experimental punk bands Hypertext;theTongues, rotbottyrot and chomskyhash and started the spzw reading series. He is now doing an english undergrad degree at York University and is cofounder and coeditor of ferno house books.

Rebecca Rosenblum‘s fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award, longlisted for the Relit Award, and she was herself a juror for the Journey Prize 21. Her stories are have recently appeared in Maisonneuve, Room Magazine, and Canadian Notes and Queries, among others. Her first short-story collection, Once, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was one of Quill and Quire’s 15 Books That Mattered in 2008. Her second collection, The Big Dream, is forthcoming from Biblioasis and a chapbook, Road Trips, was just released from Frogs Hollow Press. Her blog is

Friday, July 16, 2010

Don't judge me!

They sent me the Proust questionnaire over at Open Book Toronto. I answered them with some anxiety.

I liked my sister and nephew so much I invited them to Toronto! I spent a good three days Cleaning All The Things, and then my nephew proceeded to pull everything out of its tidy place. I write to you, dear Internet, from among the Tinkertoys and bubblewrap and various Sharp Things that were supposed to remain hidden.

Go Sachi Go!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Back to Toronto

Three weeks on the west coast went by in a hurry. Most of my time was spent soaking up as much nephew-love as possible. There were daily adventures. Did you see a little knight ordering a slightly larger pirate around? That would have been us.

Oh! Another highlight was cooking a birthday feast for my darling nernie Marian. She drew a picture of it here. Marian also inspired me to start my own shiny hoard. Photos forthcoming.

It's actually pleasant here in Toronto, and I am prepping for many literary hoppings. Here's what's up.

Wednesday, 30 July: PIVOT with Beverley Daurio, Guy Ewing and Elise Newman. I host.

Wednesday, 7 July:
The Scream! I'm so pleased to be participating in the Scream Pub Crawl on the Wednesday, but check out all the other events, including a book-length dinner with Margaret Christakos. EEEEE! (Me screaming.)

Other news is fairly dull. It mostly involves me purging my home of all unnecessary items, leaving me with a few bits of clothing and a rawther large pile of books. Wish me luck.

Monday, June 14, 2010

West Coast cozy!

Hey Internet, I'm in Vancouver chasing a toddler around. Right now he's piling up every pillow in the house on the couch, along with a loaf of bread, two sticks (one of which is his scepter with which he commands the wild rumpus to start) and a puzzle.

Me: Bootie, can you eat some more frenchie toastie?
Bootie: I'm busy, Such. I'm WORKING.

Other wonderful things about here:
-Clean, fresh, air. I keep taking deep grateful breaths. Between cigarettes.
-Vancouver Specials! I ogle them. A friend told me he saw some in Italy... origin myth poem is growing.
-WILD RUMUPS START! I've been out and about every day with my nephew blowing bubbles and being pirates and generally running amok. And then passing out with him at 6 PM.

Anyhoo, I'm missing out on Pivot this week but you don't have to, Toronto. Angela "Awesome" Hibbs is hosting.

June 16: Sue Sinclair, Nick Thran and Thom Vernon

Sue Sinclair has published four books of poems, the latest of which is Breaker from Brick Books. Her work has been nominated for awards including the Gerald Lampert & Pat Lowther awards and the Atlantic Poetry Prize. Sue is currently studying philosophy at the University of Toronto.

Nick Thran is the author of one collection of poems, Every Inadequate Name (Insomniac, 2006). A second collection, Earworm, will appear in 2011 with Nightwood Editions. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Thom Vernon’s novel The Drifts (Coach House Books/Northwestern UP, 2010) was released in April. He will be the July 2010 Writer in Residence at Open Book Toronto. Become a fan at facebook/thedrifts or follow at Twitter/thomvernon.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
8 p.m. at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
Hosted by Angela Hibbs
PWYC ($5 suggested)

Real-time Bootie (tapping me on head with stick/scepter): Oh no! It's dark. It's DARK! It's not sunshiney. This is garbage! This is not garbage. I need ruin it. I'm ah... Ungh... My thing! My summer stick! This one not good. Sorry Sachi! You say that! Sorry! You say dat. Unghrgh. You not bad guy.