In the winter of 2021, I was tucked away in a cozy little island villa with my husband, enjoying some time away and working on some writing. A couple of months before, I submitted some poems to Event Magazine, a literary magazine I had been reading for years – and then, as I always do, I forgot about it and moved on to other things.
On a cold snowy day while I was preparing a video read for an online event, I received the wonderful email informing me that one of my poems had been accepted for publication – and I was overjoyed. Not just because my poem would be published in this beautiful magazine, but because the poem was based on the life of my great-grandmother, and as a stage actress myself, it felt like a perfect way to honour her memory and the heritage she passed on.
In the last several months I have returned to writing poetry and have been enjoying experimenting with different methods to create. My favourite method has been to write an essay, paragraph, or even a story about a random topic, or a chosen one, and then go back and highlight the sentences, paragraphs, and words that evoke the images that are the most vibrant and lyrical. I find it fun to do this, to treat it as an exercise without the pressure of trying to produce, and then see what I can discover within my own work – hence my poem The Curtain Rises was born.
I am pleased to say it is now available in Event Magazine’s Issue 51/1 alongside other amazing writers and their words. Event Magazine is produced from one of our local institutions, Douglas College. My poem, The Curtain Rises is about my great-grandmother and her life on the stage in the early 1900’s. I studied theatre at Douglas College after high school, so this poem in this magazine feels like the perfect match.
You might even call it destiny.
The information on this site are stories based on my personal experiences and is not intended for medical advice. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The owner will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information. All content is original and owned by the author and shall not be used or duplicated without express and written permission.
If You Like What You See
Some people have inquired if there’s a place to donate on my blog. This is for those who would like to offer extra support for my work and I thank you for this.
A bigger thank you to all my readers who offer ongoing support simply by stopping by for a visit. I enjoy writing and interacting with you.
J.G. Chayko is a writer, actress, and international arthritis advocate who’s been involved in theatre for more than 30 years and has published poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.