Jennifer Still explores the intersections of
language and material forms. Her third
book, Comma (2017), is a hand-assembled
composition using thread, erasure and
pause. She recently projected a poem onto a
planetarium dome, threaded a lightbeam
out of a page, and transposed a scroll over
a prairie field. She is currently at work
composing a book-length tactile poem
using a light source and a sewing needle.
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Victoria British Columbia Poet Laureate 2012-2015
University of Northern British Columbia Writer in Residence 2015/2016
OCAD Indigenous Visual Culture NIGIG Visiting Artist 2016
Northern Comma Writer in Residence Sept.-Oct. 2017
Gushul Artists Residency November 2017
Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Toronto Ontario and is living as a guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, documentary producer, media and sound artist.
Her literary titles include; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010, Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011 “Peace in Duress” Talonbooks 2014 and Totem Poles and Railroads ARP Books 2016 and a forthcoming title Between Spirit and Emotion, Bookland Press fall 2018. She produced and hosted Native Waves Radio on CFUVfm from 2007-2017. Her music column Tribal Clefs was part of CBC Victoria’s programming from 2008-2016. Her radio documentaries “Bring Your Drum: 50 years of Indigenous Protest Music” and “Resonating Reconciliation” won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013.
Steven Heighton’s most recent books are The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep, a novel, and The Waking Comes Late, which won the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His short fiction and poetry have received four gold National Magazine Awards and have appeared in London Review of Books, Best English Stories, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Tin House, TLR, Agni, Best American Mystery Stories, Zoetrope, London Magazine, New England Review, and five editions of Best Canadian Stories. Heighton has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award, and he is a fiction reviewer for the New York Times Book Review.
Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. Her first book of poetry, even this page is white, won a 2017 Publisher Triangle Award and was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads. Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books, and her first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, was featured on the National Post Bestseller List. Vivek has read and performed internationally at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions, including sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached.
A four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction.
Matthew Rohrer was a co-founder of FENCE magazine and is the author of several books, most recently the verse-novel THE OTHERS, published by Wave Books. He lives in Brooklyn.
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Jordan Abel is a Nisga'a writer from BC. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on the intersection between Digital Humanities and Indigenous Literary Studies. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of Injun, Un/inhabited, and The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award).
Ken Mikolowski is the author of six books of poetry, most recently THAT THAT. His poetry has been recorded by the Frank Carlberg Group in three CD's. He taught poetry writing at The University of Michigan for 38 years and along with his wife, Ann, was publisher, editor and printer of The Alternative Press. He lives in Ann Arbor.
Amber Dawn is a writer living on unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir won the 2013 Vancouver Book Award. She is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, and editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire and With A Rough Tongue. Her newest book Where the words end and my body begins is a collection of glosa form poems. She currently teaches creative writing at Douglas College, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio. She is also the director and creative mentor of the Thursdays Writing Collective: a drop-in, community-driven space in the Downtown Eastside, an area challenged by poverty-related issues and beloved for its activism and creativity
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
Cassidy McFadzean is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart 2015), shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in magazines across Canada including The Malahat Review, Grain, and The Fiddlehead, and has been a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize and the Walrus Poetry Prize. Cassidy graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2015 and now teaches as a sessional lecturer in Regina.
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.
Catherine Owen is the author of ten collections of poetry and three of prose, including her compilation of interviews on writing called The Other 23 & a Half Hours: Or Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn’t Teach You (Wolsak & Wynn, 2015) and her short story collection, The Day of the Dead (Caitlin Press, 2016). Her work has been nominated for awards, toured Canada eight times and appeared in anthologies, as well as translations. She has been employed by both the Locations and the Props department in TV land, plays metal bass and has two cats: Solstice and Equinox.
(original photo credit:Paul Saturley
The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered poet. He is a noted artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Now teaching African-Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Clarke’s work is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato. His 16th poetry work is Canticles I (MMXVI) (2016), the first half of the first book of a three-book epic, treating imperialism, slavery, and resistance to both.
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.
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.
photo credit: Stephen Brockwell
Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with two wee girls. The author of nearly thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. In March, 2016, he was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. His most recent titles include notes and dispatches: essays (Insomniac press, 2014), The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014) and the poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, 2014). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, The Garneau Review (ottawater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds), Touch the Donkey(touchthedonkey.blogspot.com) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). In fall 2015, he was named “Interviews Editor” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and recently became a regular contributor to Drunken Boat. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com
Christine McNair is the author of Conflict (BookThug, 2012; finalist for the City of Ottawa Book Award, the Archibald Lampman Award, and the ReLit Award, and shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry) and pleasantries and other misdemeanours (2013; shortlisted for the bpNichol chapbook award). Her second poetry collection, Charm was recently published by BookThug in spring 2017. She designs books as the co-publisher for Chaudiere Books, having previously been the 'editor's devil' at Gaspereau Press. McNair lives in Ottawa, where she works as a book doctor.
LIZ HOWARD. Ink and acrylic on panel. WIP. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
(original photo David Whitton)
Nikki Reimer’s poetry, criticism, art and essays have appeared in anthologies, print and digital journals, and digital billboards. A writer concerned with emotional ecology, Reimer has published two books of poetry — DOWNVERSE (Talonbooks 2014) and [sic] (Frontenac House 2010, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award) — chapbooks, criticism and essays. She is currently at work on a digital project, two poetry manuscripts, and a memoir. She lives in Calgary.
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.
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 atwritingsohard.com. Find her projects online at sachikomurakami.com.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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!
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
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STUART ROSS. Ink on panel. WIP. Melanie Janisse-Barlow. 2016.
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.