Stevie Howell is an Irish-Canadian writer and worker. A first collection of poetry, Sharps, was released fall 2014, and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award. Stevie's poetry has appeared (or is forthcoming) in The Best Canadian Poetry (2014 and 2015 anthologies), Geist, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve,The Walrus, Boaat (U.S.) and Prelude (U.S.). Critical writing has appeared in The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and The Rumpus. When not writing, Stevie studies psychology and works as a psychometrist.
Sheniz Janmohamed is an author, artist educator and spoken word artist. She has performed nationally and internationally for over 10 years and has been featured at various venues including the Jaipur Literature Festival, TedxYouth@Toronto, and the Aga Khan Museum. She is also the author of two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010) and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014). Sheniz facilitates creative writing workshops for writers of all ages and is a Mentor- Artist at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Christian Bök is the author not only of Crystallography (1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Bök teaches English at the University of Calgary.
Phil Hall has been publishing poetry in Canada since 1973. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in English for his book of essay-poems, Killdeer (BookThug, 2011). He also won the 2012 Trillium Book Award for Killdeer. His most recent books are: Guthrie Clothing: The Poetry of Phil Hall—A Selected Collage (Sir Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015), and Conjugation (BookThug, 2016). He has taught widely, and been writer-in-residence at Queen’s University, the University of Ottawa, Sage Hill Writing, the Pierre Burton House, and elsewhere. He plays clawhammer banjo, and lives near Perth, Ontario.
Karen Correia da Silva is a Portuguese-Canadian book artist and publisher currently based in the United Kingdom. Her multidisciplinary practice straddles the boundaries between poetics and new media, manifesting in artist books, films, performances, and zine-making. She is the Founder and Director of the Steel Bananas Artist Collective and an award-winning PhD Candidate in media and poetics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
DANI COUTURE is the author of three collections of poetry and the novel ALGOMA (Invisible Publishing, 2011). SWEET (Pedlar Press, 2010) was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Couture received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers. Her most recent book is YAW (Mansfield Press, 2014)
Sachiko Murakami is the author of the poetry collections The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks 2008), Rebuild (Talonbooks 2011), and Get Me Out Of Here (Talonbooks 2014). She has made the online collaborative poetry projects Project Rebuild, HENKŌ, WIHTBOAM, and FIGURE (with a rawlings). Her latest project is The Hardest Thing About Being a Writer at writingsohard.com. Find her projects online at sachikomurakami.com.
Jacob McArthur Mooney’s books are The New Layman’s Almanac, Folk, and Don’t be
Interesting (2008, 2011, and 2016, respectively, all from McClelland & Stewart). He is the host
and curator of Toronto’s Pivot Reading Series and was the editor of the 2015 edition of Best
Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books). His work has been shortlisted for the Dylan
Thomas Prize, the Trillum Book Award in Poetry, and won the Arc Poem of the Year and
Prairie Fire Bliss Carman prizes.
LIZ HOWARD. Ink and acrylic on panel. WIP. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
(original photo David Whitton)
Kerry Lee Powell was born in Montreal and has lived in Antigua, Australia and the United Kingdom, where she studied Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cardiff University. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout North America and the United Kingdom. In 2013, she won the Boston Review's Aura Estrada fiction award and the Malahat Review's Far Horizons award for short fiction. Her debut book of poetry, Inheritance, was published by Biblioasis Press in 2014 and was nominated for the Gerald Lampert award. Her book of short fiction, Willem de Kooning's Paintbrush, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.
Hoa Nguyen is the author of As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice, and the forthcoming Violet Energy Ingots (all from Wave Books). She teaches poetics at Ryerson University’s Chang School, in Miami University’s MFA program, at the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private workshop. Hoa can be found on the web at http://www.hoa-nguyen.com. Here is a link to Haunted Sonnet on Poets.org: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/haunted-sonnet
Susan Holbrook’s poetry books are the recently published Throaty Wipes (Coach House 2016), Trillium-nominated Joy Is So Exhausting (Coach House 2009) and misled (Red Deer 1999), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award. She teaches North American literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. She recently published a textbook entitled How to Read (and Write About) Poetry (Broadview 2015) and is the co-editor of The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (Oxford 2010). She lives at Point Pelee, Ontario.
Dr. Derek Beaulieu is the author of the collections of poetry with wax, fractal economies, chains, silence, kern,
frogments from the frag pool (co-written with Gary Barwin) and Please no more poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu (Ed. Kit
Dobson). He has also written 3 collections of conceptual fiction: flatland, Local Colour and How To Write
(Nominated for the W.O. Mitchell Award). He is the author of two collections of essays: Seen of the Crime and
The Unbearable Contact with Poets. Beaulieu co-edited bill bissett’s RUSH: what fuckan theory (with Gregory Betts),
Writing Surfaces: fiction of John Riddell (with Lori Emerson) and Shift & Switch (with angela rawlings and Jason
Christie). He is the publisher of the acclaimed no press and is the visual poetry editor at UBUWeb. Beaulieu
has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States and Europe and is an award-winning instructor at the
Alberta College of Art + Design. Derek Beaulieu was the 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary, Canada.
Helen Guri is the author of Match (which was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry) as well as two recent chapbooks: Here Come the Waterworks and Microphone Lessons for Poets. In 2015, she was a writer-in-residence at Al Purdy house. She is currently working on a book of lyric essays.
Queue the Sequin Sequence is from Helen's chapbook "Here Come the Waterworks," Book Thug, 2015.
Leigh Kotsilidis is a poet and visual artist based in Montreal. She is the co-founder of Littlefishcart Press, Fish Quill Poetry Boat, and Scientists for Love. Her first full-length poetry collection, Hypotheticals, was published in 2011 by Coach House Books; and her most recent art exhibition, Lady Into Fox, was on display at the Redpath Museum, Montreal. She currently works as Managing Editor for Vallum magazine.
Suzannah Showler’s first book of poetry, Failure to Thrive (ECW 2014) was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award and named among the National Post’s best books of the year. Her poetry and journalism have appeared places like Slate, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, and Hazlitt.She was a finalist for the 2013 Canadian National Magazine Award for Best New Writer in feature journalism and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award in poetry. Her second collection, Thing Is, is forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart in 2017.
Robert Earl Stewart’s first collection of poetry, Something Burned Along the Southern Border (Mansfield Press, 2009) was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. A second collection with Mansfield Press, Campfire Radio Rhapsody, followed in 2011. He holds degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Windsor and McGill University.
Lately, after 15 years as a reporter, photographer and editor, Bob left the newspaper industry to work on a non-fiction book about distance running, and eventually became the bookseller and bookstore manager at Biblioasis. He lives in Windsor’s historic Walkerville neighbourhood with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children. He’s been working on a novel about newspapers, rock bands, curry houses and bare-knuckled boxing since 2001.
Paul Vermeersch is a poet, artist, editor, and the founder of the Holy Order of the Sasquatch. He is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium–award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010) and Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something (ECW, 2014).
Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General's Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He has taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and Sheridan College, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. He was, from 2001 to 2012, the Poetry Editor for Insomniac Press, and he is now Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto.
Brecken Hancock's poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews have been published or are forthcoming in Best Canadian Poetry in English, Best American Experimental Writing, Papirmass, Lemon Hound, The Globe & Mail,Hazlitt, and on the site Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Her first book of poems, Broom Broom (Coach House, 2014), won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, was named by The Globe & Mail's Jared Bland as a debut of the year, and appeared on a number of year-end best-book lists, including the National Post, All Lit Up, and BookThug's Best Reads. She lives in Ottawa.
Lynn Crosbie is a PhD/professor who teaches at OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
She is a Toronto-based writer whose new collection of poems, _The Corpses of the Future_ appears next spring with House of Anansi Press.
Damian Rogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit and now lives in Toronto, Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. She is the author of Dear Leader (Coach House Books, 2015) and Paper Radio (ECW Press, 2009). She is the poetry editor at House of Anansi Press, the creative director of Poetry in Voice/Les voix de la poésie, the poetry editor at The Walrus and co-host with Jason Collett of the music and literary performance series the Basement Revue.
Catherine Black is a Toronto-born writer and graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s M.F.A. Writing program. She currently teaches critical and creative writing at OCAD University. Catherine has developed creative writing programming for street-involved youth, has assisted in the development of OCAD University’s creative writing minor, and is presently at work on a BFA creative writing proposal. Her poetry has appeared in numerous Canadian and American literary journals including The Fiddlehead, The Harpweaver, Scrivener Creative Review, and Rhino and Palimpsest. Her first book, Lessons of Chaos and Disaster, was published as part of Guernica Editions’ “First Poet Series” in 2007. Her second book, an experimental memoir entitled A Hard Gold Thread, was longlisted for the ReLit Award, and was published in fall of 2011 as the first book in Guernica Editions “First Fiction Series.” Catherine lives in Oakville with her husband, their two sons, and a devilish Chihuahua.
Visit her website at www.writercatherineblack.com
Review of Lessons of Chaos and Disaster:
“Her work in this debut collection is intense, imagistic and often inward looking. Black vividly evokes the sensation of being "trapped / alive in skin," as she puts it. [...] Black tends to write in direct, declarative sentences, but she achieves an incantatory urgency through repetition and a build-up of expressive images.”—Barbara Carey, Toronto Star
Jenny Sampirisi is the author of the novel is/was and the poetry collection Croak. She works at Ryerson University where she teaches English literature and creative writing. She is the recipient of the KM Hunter Artist Award for Literature.
David is the poet of two book of poetry, Inter Alia (Brick Books), and For Display Purposes Only(Coach House Books), and is currently at work on his third book, tentatively titled Lens Flare, which if I were to venture a guess is influenced by David's work in the film industry.
Another hat that David wears, is that he is a poetry editor on the board at icehouse poetry, an imprint of Goose Lane Editions, which houses books by two other Poets Series poets, Ali Blythe and Stevie Howell to name a couple!
Catherine Graham teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she was honoured to receive an Excellence in Teaching Award. She, along with fellow instructors Ibi Kaslik and Ken Murray, help run The Platform, a reading series for instructors and students at U of T SCS. The next reading happens on Dec 14th. Here is a link to that event: https://www.facebook.com/events/205442786455062/ Catherine’s most recent collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak & Wynn) was nominated for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. She won the IFOA’s Battle of the Bards reciting poems from that collection.
This past October Catherine and fellow poets Ian Burgham, Steven Heighton, Jeanette Lynes and Manchester poet, Mike Garry formed a poetry tour group called The Shaken and the Stirred. They read all over the UK, including Chorlton Library in Manchester, University of Westminster where Pink Floyd first played, Shakespeare’s school in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh where the event combined poetry with whisky tasting. Catherine also had a fabulous time leading a workshop on the short poem for the Glasgow poetry group, St. Mungo’s Mirrorball at the Mitchell Library. The leader of the group had this to say about the experience:
“Catherine Graham's workshops challenge and inspire. She is a warm and enthusiastic guide to both appreciating the intricacies of poetic craft and opening up a writer's individual voice. Be warned; you will come away with a notebook full of quotations, jottings, and scribbles, each the delicate beginning of a poem, and each demanding your immediate attention. After one of Catherine's workshops you are going to be busy."
Her work has appeared widely including such publications as The Malahat Review, The Ulster Tatler, The Fiddlehead, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Rusty Toque, The New Quarterly, The Puritan, Prairie Fire, Taddle Creek, The Humber Literary Review, Room Magazine and most recently The White Wall Review. She’s also anthologized in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol. IV & V and The White Page: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets. You can find her on the web at www.catherinegraham.com and follow her on Twitter here: @catgrahampoet.
Jeramy Dodds lives in Montreal. His first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won the Trillium Book Award for poetry. He is a poetry editor at Coach House Books. His most recent title is the Poetic Edda, an English translation of Old Icelandic verse.
Kate Hargreaves is a writer, book designer and roller derby skater in Windsor. Her writing has appeared in the anthologies Detours and Whisky Sour City, as well as in journals across Canada and the USA. She won a Governor General’s Academic Medal for her graduate work in creative writing and in 2015 was voted Windsor’s best writer by readers of The Windsor Independent. Leak, her collection of poetry published by Book Thug explores the relationship between language and the body to understand the borders and leaks of our everyday existence. Here is a link to her book: http://bookthug.ca/shop/books/leak-by-kate-hargreaves/
Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa ON where he runs Apt. 9 Press and is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa. He has published chapbooks with Baseline Press (London ON), The Emergency Response Unit (Marmora ON), and above/ground press (Ottawa ON). He is the editor of The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (Chaudiere Books, 2015).
Jeff Latosik lives in Toronto. His work has appeared in various Canadian magazines and journals. Work from his second collection, Safely Home Pacific Western, was nominated for a national magazine award and included in the Best Canadian Poetry Series for 2015 and 2016. He is also the author of the poetry collection Tiny, Frantic, Stronger (2010).
Ali Blythe is the author of Twoism, a first book from icehouse poetry with Goose Lane. A finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, poems from Twoism have been published in literary journals and anthologies throughout Canada and in Germany. Blythe completed a residency at the Banff Centre and a writing degree at the University of Victoria, where he received a scholarship from the Lambda Foundation for excellence in writing and support of the queer community.
Poet-painter Joe Rosenblatt was born in Toronto in l933. He started writing seriously in the early sixties, and in l966 his first book, The L.S.D. Leacock, was published by Coach House Press. Since then he has published more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction and non fiction complete with his own illustrations. His selected poems (1962-1975), Top Soil, won the Governor-General's Award for poetry. Another volume of selected poems, (l963-l985), Poetry Hotel, won The B.C. Book Prize, l986 for poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals in North America. Rosenblatt has held several writer-in-residence positions in Canadian universities and libraries, as well as short term writer in residence positions at the University of Rome and University of Bologna. Between l987 and l993 he toured Europe giving readings and lectures in Italy, Sweden and Finland. Illustrated by the poet a bilingual edition of his sea sonnets Madre Tentacolare (A Tentacled Mother) was translated into Italian by the late Prof. Alfredo Rizzardi of the University of Bologna and published in Italy. In 1996 Toronto's Exile Editions Press released A Tentacled Mother in the original along with his selected prose and poems, The Rosenblatt Reader. A collection of his selected drawings and new poems, The Voluptuous Gardener, was published in 1996 by Beach Holme Press. Since 1980 Rosenblatt has been living in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island with his wife Faye, a piano teacher with their generational felines. They are depicted in his paintings and drawings which are in public and private collections in Canada.
LINDA BESNER. Acrylic on panel. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
(original photo Alex Licker)
Linda Besner’s first book of poetry, The Id Kid, was published in 2011 by Véhicule Press and named as one of the National Post’s Best Poetry Books of the Year. Her poetry and journalism have appeared in magazines across Canada, including The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Hazlitt, andThe National Post, and been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry 2012. In 2015 she was selected as one of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s 5x5 Emerging Artists. Her second collection, Feel Happier in Nine Seconds, is forthcoming in 2017 from Coach House Books. She lives in Montreal.
MEAGHAN STRIMAS. Acrylic and ink on panel. WIP. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
NELSON BALL. Ink and acrylic on panel. WIP. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
(original photo Catherine Stevenson)
Nelson Ball is a poet and bookseller in Paris, Ontario. He was married to the late Barbara Caruso, a visual artist and writer. His most recent book of poetry is Some Mornings (Mansfield Press, 2014). Scheduled for publication in 2016 are a book of rhymes for children titled A Vole On A Roll and another full-length book of poems from Mansfield titled Chewing Water. Also in the works is an as yet untitled selected poems.
STUART ROSS. Ink on panel. WIP. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
BRUCE MEYER. Acrylic on canvas. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
Bruce Meyer is the author of 47 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and literary journalism. His most recent books are the multi award-winning The Seasons (Porcupine's Quill) which is a collection of 100 Neruda-esque sonnets for his wife written over a ten year period; The Arrow of Time (Ronsdale Press), a collection of poems about time entropy and how to change all that; The Madness of Planets (Black Moss Press), a book of poems to poets I have known, many of whom are no longer with us; and the short story collection A Chronicle of Magpies (Tightrope Books). Meyer is professor of Creative Writing and Communications at Georgian College in Barrie, and Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. His most recent accolades include the Barrie Arts Award Excellence in the Arts Lifetime Achievement award; the Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize for Poetry; the IP Medal for Poetry from the American Association of Independent Publishers; runner-up status for the best book of poems published in North America from the Indie Fab Foreword Prize given by the Independent Booksellers Association of America; and short-list finalist standing in the Montreal International Poetry Prize and the Freefall magazine poetry prize.
His forthcoming books include a book of portrait photographs and short thumbnail essays of Canadian writers (Porcupine's Quill), a restored edition of the lost World War One Canadian novel Cry Havoc by W. Redevers Dent, and a collection of short stories from Guernica Editions, A Feast of Brief Hopes. He lives in Barrie, Ontario.
LINDA ROGERS. Acrylic on panel. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
(original photo Darshan Stevens)
Linda Rogers, A Canadian Peoples's Poet, Victoria Poet Laureate and President of the League of Canadian Poets and Writer's Federation is blessed with a garden full of singing birds, a mandolin playing husband, and children and grandchildren who have so far survived an eccentric mother, grandmother, poet, songwriter, journalist, novelist, teacher and shit disturber.
JOHN B LEE. Acrylic on canvas. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
In 2005 John B. Lee was inducted as Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity. The same year he received the distinction of being named Honourary Life Member of The Canadian Poetry Association and The Ontario Poetry Society. In 2007 he was made a member of the Chancellor’s Circle of the President’s Club of McMaster University and named first recipient of the Souwesto Award for his contribution to literature in his home region of southwestern Ontario and he was named winner of the inaugural Black Moss Press Souwesto Award for his contribution to the ethos of writing in Southwestern Ontario. In 2011 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Norfolk County (2011-14) and in 2015 Honourary Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life. A recipient of over eighty prestigious international awards for his writing he is winner of the $10,000 CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the only two time recipient of the People’s Poetry Award, and 2006 winner of the inaugural Souwesto Orison Writing Award (University of Windsor). In 2007 he was named winner of the Winston Collins Award for Best Canadian Poem, an award he won again in 2012. He has well-over seventy books published to date and is the editor of seven anthologies including two best-selling works: That Sign of Perfection: poems and stories on the game of hockey; and Smaller Than God: words of spiritual longing. He co-edited a special issue of Windsor Review—Alice Munro: A Souwesto Celebration published in the fall of 2014. His work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications, and has been translated into French, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. He has read his work in nations all over the world including South Africa, France, Korea, Cuba, Canada and the United States. He has received letters of praise from Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Australian Poet, Les Murray, and Senator Romeo Dallaire. Called “the greatest living poet in English,” by poet George Whipple, he lives in Port Dover, Ontario where he works as a full time author.
IAN BURGHAM. Acrylic on canvas. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
(original photo: Linda Kooluris Dobbs)
Ian Burgham is the author of four collections of poetry and two
chapbooks. He has read in venues in both Canada and the UK,
including the University of Toronto, University of Westminster, the
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the University of Glasgow, Manchester
Libraries and Canada House in London. His work appears in
literary and poetry journals in Canada, the UK and Australia
including Queen’s Quarterly, New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, the
Antigonish Review, Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2), The Dalhousie
Review, Five Bells (Australia), and others. He is a past winner of
the Queen’s Well-Versed Award and has been nominated for
Canada’s Relit Award. He teaches poetry and poetic process at
the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. His
poetry books include A Confession of Birds, The Stone-Skippers,
The Grammar of Distance, The Unquiet, Midnight and The Sophia