Nancy Drew Anthology | Lee Parpart

   "Whenever things got slow around River Heights, or when there were personnel changes over at the Stratemeyer Syndicate that upset her or made her feel less invested in her own developments as a character, Nancy coped by drawing.

   Her most fertile period as an artist came in the gap between books 7 and 11. Mildred A. Wirt, aka the first Carolyn Keene, was on strike to protest the lowering of freelance rates at the syndicate during the Depression, and had been replaced by a male journalist, who wrote books 8, 9 and 10."

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"I’m skimming the foam from the broth when I realize there’s a good chance Kostis and Nikoletta won’t even accept this gift. When I came up with the idea of an edible peace offering late last night, it seemed inspired. Now I’m wondering if it was loco to think a pot of soup, even one with as potent a history as Avgolemono, could do anything to repair the damage or prevent us having to move again before we’ve even had a chance to settle in."  

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"With no spoken

world of my own I

borrow yours and
glide gently down it.

Drawing a secondhand
breeze from your

cheeks. Toying with
laughter borrowed

from your open



"You lean in with your comb drawn like a switchblade.

“If you can’t take care of your hair, we’ll have to cut it off.”


The look of frazzled discontent as you work your slender, ringless fingers through a frizzy brown clump the size of an apricot.


“Look at these rats’ nests.” 



January 22, 2020

"Lee Parpart — A Writer Has Emerged," Profile by Ed Seaward

Ed Seaward wrote this terrific profile of me for his blog series, "Profiles From the Bright Side of the Road," and I could not be more pleased. This is is just one of a half-dozen perceptive and beautifully written pieces Ed has posted on his site in the run-up to the April 30 release of his novel, FAIR (Porcupine's Quill Press). FAIR is a powerful book, and one of the stronger CanLit debuts I've seen. 

January 08, 2020

"The Women Who Revitalized Authors–Toronto"

Check out this new blog post from the inimitable Eddy Seaward, a retired energy guy who is about to make his brilliant CanLit debut. In this latest entry into "Profiles from the Bright Side of the Road," Ed explains how five women (me included) brought the gasping fish that was Canadian Authors Association's Toronto branch (now officially known as Canadian Authors–Toronto) back to life. While you're visiting Ed's website, make sure to check out the links to his novel FAIR, due out with Porcupine's Quill this April. Ed is coming out of the gate strong with this spare, poetic novel about a young homeless man who "finds solace in friendship, falls prey to the machinations of a malevolent gang of thugs, and ultimately is swallowed up by the inevitability of consequences on the dangerous and deceptively sunny streets of L.A." 

December 28, 2019

Peter F. Yacht Club reading

Ottawa poet and publisher rob mclennan hosts a fun gathering of poets at the Carleton Tavern every year, and after watching this event for a few years, I was finally able to attend. I had a great time meeting Ottawa poets and presenting new work alongside rob, my poetry circle partner David Epstein (who came up from Connecticut), and my old poetry professor from Carleton U, former Tish school poet Robert (Bob) Hogg. Bob and David provided helpful edits on my poem "Deadheading in Late August" in the days before the reading, and I was delighted to unveil a new poem that revisits one of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus by way of Shiva, the Indian goddess of death and creation. Here is rob's write-up of the event. And here is an audio recording of the event by Craig Carpenter

July 09, 2019

Lee Parpart & David Epstein at the Woods Hole Public Library

David Epstein and I have been corresponding about poems and swapping drafts on a near-daily basis since 2016. The fact that we've been friends since we were teenagers helps to make this a deeply satisfying poetry circle for two. David lives in Connecticut with his family and I live in Toronto with mine, but we share a common space online, where we can be found gushing over Franz Wright or politely disagreeing over lineation in Robert Creeley or responding line by line to each other's poems. This was the second of two public readings we've held in the Woods Hole Public Library, down the street from the pinball room where we're pretty sure we first met in 1977. 

March 11, 2017

Book launch and reading - Nancy Drew Anthology

What: Nancy Drew Anthology launch and reading, Toronto & area contributors

Where: The Supermarket Restaurant & Bar, 268 Augusta Ave., Toronto

When: March 11, 3-5:30 p.m.

Details: Readings & discussion of Nancy Drew and her legacies by: Toronto writer Lee Parpart, Ottawa poet A. Garnett Weiss, Pennsylvania novelist Nancy McCabe, and special guest Angela Misri, award-winning author of the Portia Adams detective series. Drama students from two Toronto performing arts schools will greet audience members in costume as Nancy Drew from different eras, and we'll hold a raffle to give away one or two copies of the collection. The Nancy Drew Anthology offers a wide range of different poetry, fiction, essays, and visual art by 97 contributors from around the world. Some of the contributors are major fans, while others grapple with how they fell in and out of love with the iconic female sleuth during their formative years as readers and writers. My own contribution imagines what a personified Nancy Drew might have gotten up to during a (real) writer's strike that affected the series during the Great Depression, causing Mildred Benson to walk off the job and leave a male writer to pen three of the books published in the 1930s.

January 02, 2017

Around the World With Nancy Drew (new author profile bumpf from Silver Birch Press!)

Silver Birch Press is promoting The Nancy Drew Anthology by profiling one author at a time. Here's my contribution to Nancy Drew Around the World.

Lee reads from her award-winning story Piano Player's Reach at a literary event organized by Open Book Toronto. Oct. 1, 2016, S. Walter Stewart Library, East York. The event also includes new poetry and fiction from established Toronto writers Diana Fitzgerald Bryan, Michael Januska and Kate Flaherty. 

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