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SAMUEL B HALÉVY (BASSAM) is a queer, Jewish-Arab spoken word poet from the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. His list of accolades is impressive and ever-growing. In 2016, he was crowned Grand Slam Champion of the Guelph Poetry Slam, published his first poetry chapbook and spoken album entitled ‘mouth:/’, and earned the title of national champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Winnipeg, Manitoba, alongside the Guelph Poetry Slam team. In Fall 2016, Bassam performed spoken word in 16 different cities across Turtle Island (“North America”) for his “heart:/smiles.away” tour.

BENJAMIN HERTWIG is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, studying post 9/11 war literature, living and writing on the unceded land of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh First Nations. Since leaving the military, he has spent time as a housing worker, an English teacher, a bike courier, a tree planter, and an artist. He won the 2017 National Magazine Award for Personal Journalism, the 2015 Prairie Fire Non-Fiction Contest and the 2015 Glass Buffalo Poetry Prize. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Maisonneuve, THIS, and The Literary Review of Canada, among others. His debut poetry collection, Slow War, is coming out with McGill-Queen’s in August of 2017.




HARRY POSNER (returning): A member of Words Aloud poetry collective, the Headwaters Writers Guild, Writers Ink Alton, and Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets, Harry is the author of six books, including poetry, novels and short stories. He has written and produced five spoken word audio CDs, and will be publishing his third novel THE AUROCH UNBOUND in the summer of 2017. He is Dufferin County’s first Poet Laureate. Harry’s books and CDs are available at He lives in Caledon, Ontario.


SUE SINCLAIR’s most recent collection, Heaven’s Thieves (Brick Books), won the 2017 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She is the author of four previous collections, all of them nominated for regional and/or national awards. She also recently completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Toronto on the subject of beauty and ethics. In 2012 she was Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick, and in 2013 she served as the inaugural Critic-in-Residence for CWILA. Sue was raised in Newfoundland and is now based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she writes, edits and teaches.




SUSAN ALEXANDER recently won the category of “listening” for the Whistler Poet’s Pause Competition. Her poem will be displayed in a sculpture park at Alta Lake for the coming year. This is an annual competition that brings together visual art, poetry and natural beauty.

ANITA DOLMAN’s debut collection of short fiction, Lost Enough, was published by Morning Rain Publishing in April. She will be reading throughout Ontario this spring and summer, and throughout Alberta and B.C. this fall. You can visit her blog for event details.

CATHERINE GRAHAM: The Shaken and the Stirred Poets return to read in the UK this August. Poets include: Ian Burgham, Catherine Graham, Jeanette Lynes, A. F. Moritz, Giovanna Riccio and George Elliott Clarke. Reading venues: University of East London CapLet Series,  International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Linen Hall Library, Open House Festival (Northern Ireland).

ALICE MAJOR: I am receiving the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Distinguished Artist award — one of three artists who receive it in 2017. (The award is given every second year.)  I share this particular stage with visual artist, Alex Janvier, and composer John Estacio.

DIANA MANOLE: The Hunchbacks’ Bus by Nora Iuga (Bitter Oleander 2016) was long-listed for the 2017 National Translation Awards (NTA) in the US! I’m thrilled, grateful, and humbled – this is the first ever book I’ve translated into English and my first collaboration with Adam J Sorkin, an exceptional translator who has dedicated his career to Romanian poetry!

SUSAN MCCASLIN has recently had essays published in two anthologies: “Cariboo Moon” in The Summer Book (ed. Mona Fertig, Salt Spring Island, BC, Mother Tongue Publishing) and “Flying Wounded” in Hidden Lives: True Stories from People who Live with Mental Illness (Foreword, Gabor Mate, ed. Lenore Rowntree & Andrew Boden. 2nd ed., BC, Brindle & Glass). Susan read from “Cariboo Moon,” at the launch of The Summer Book on Salt Spring Island on June 10, 2017; from her memoir, Into the Mystic (Inanna Publications) for Spoken Ink, with Paul Butler and Jude Neale, at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, BC on June 20; and again from “Cariboo Moon,” at the Vancouver launch of The Summer Book at the historic Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver on June 23rd.  A review of her latest volume of poetry, Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cézanne by Annick MacAskill appeared in a recent issue of Room magazine, Vol. 40/2, Summer 2017.  Her essay, “Perfumeries of Words: My Memorization Practice,” appeared in Dialogue Magazine: Canada’s Independent Voices (ummer 2017. Vol. 30, No. 40, 40-42: online version.

GREG SANTOS’s poetry manuscript, Blackbirds, has been selected to be published by Eyewear Publishing ( based out of London, UK through their Lorgnette pamphlet series this October 2017!