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ROSE DESPRES (returning)

STANLEY FEFFERMAN is an eclectic poet mentored by Louis Dudek in Montreal, Barry Callaghan in Toronto, and Allen Ginsberg in Boulder. He trained in meditation under Chogyam Trungpa, studied photography with Michael Wood and Jack Dale, completed graduate studies in homeopathy with Jeremy Sherr, and certified as a Regression Therapist with Roger Woolger. These trainings inform his poetry. Forty of his broadcasts aired on CBC National Radio. Hundreds of his essays on music, his performance photographs, and two academic textbooks were published in electronic media. Fefferman taught writing at Naropa University’s Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and founded the Atkinson Creative Writing Program at York University where he is Professor Emeritus. Home Was Elsewhere is his first collection of poetry.

LUANN E. HIEBERT  is an adjunct professor at Providence University College and is currently pursuing her PhD in English Literature at the University of Manitoba. Her work has previously appeared in Rhubarb magazine and the Society. What Lies Behind is her first collection of poetry. She lives in Steinbach, Manitoba.

SADIQA DE MEIJER’s first book of poems is Leaving Howe Island (Oolichan Books, 2013). A portion of the manuscript won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. She lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario.

BETH KOPE has been published in a handful of chapbooks, literary magazines and the Mocambo Nights anthology. She has contributed non-fiction and book reviews for BC magazines. Her first book, Falling Season, was published by Leaf Press in fall 2010. Her second book, Average Height of Flight, was published by Caitlin Press in 2015.

CHRISTOPHER McCARTHY  is an Ontario-based poet & essayist. McCarthy runs and works at a quiet clerical job. He lives in Toronto.

LISA RICHTER is poet, writer, and teacher, the author of Closer to Where We Began, published by Tightrope Books in spring 2017. Her poetry and non-fiction have been featured in both journals and anthologies, including Minola Review, The Puritan, The Malahat Review, Literary Review of Canada, and The Toronto Quarterly. Her chapbook, Intertextual, was published by Pooka Press in 2010. In 2015, her suite of poems, “Where the Old Road Begins,” was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize.

SUE SORENSEN lives in Winnipeg, where she teaches English at Canadian Mennonite University. Her latest book (2014) is The Collar: Reading Christian Ministry in Fiction, Television, and Film. She is the author of a novel, A Large Harmonium (2011), and the editor of West of Eden: Essays on Canadian Prairie Literature (2008). She is a published poet and has done academic work on topics ranging from A. S. Byatt, Henry James, Ian McEwan, and Guy Vanderhaeghe to detective fiction, children’s books, rock lyricists, and the filmmaking of Neil Young.

CAROL STEEL is a New Brunswick poet living in Riverview. She writes about seeing and showing the world. She blogs at Carol Steel.

PHOEBE WANG was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies (2013) and Hanging Exhibits (2016), and was the 2015 winner of Prism international‘s Poetry Contest. Admission Requirements is her debut collection of poetry.



HEATHER CADSBY will be reading with A.F.Moritz and Christopher Levenson in Toronto at the Lillian H. Smith Library on Wednesday 24 May from 6-8 pm.

LOUISE CARSON is thrilled to announce Signature Editions will publish her mystery ‘The Cat Among Us’ in the fall of 2017. Set in a village on the Lake of Two Mountains, the novel features a centuries old house, a surprise inheritance and twenty cats.

TERRY ANN CARTER will host the spring meeting of Haiku Arbutus on Saturday, April 1st, at the Monterey Community Centre, 1442 Monterey Avenue, Victoria. On April 6th she will participate in the “Pavilion of Blossoms” reading at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria with poet laureate Yvonne Blomer, Patrick Lane, Sidney Bending, Jeff Tanaka, and Alana Sayers. Poems are inspired by the gallery’s Asian Collection illustrating the cherry blossom collection. On April  8th she will participate in the first Sakura Cherry Blossom festival in Victoria, sponsored by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the City of Victoria. Events run from 1:00 – 4:00 at the gallery. On Tuesday April 11th, a collaboration with London poet Penn Kemp at the Oak Bay Public Library, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

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.

AMANDA EARL: AngelHousePress presents 2017: A Celebration of Women  From April 1 to April 30, 2017, will feature poems, video poems, visual poems, book art and collages from poets in Canada, USA, Ireland and Japan. These poems, by women-identifying poets, celebrate and acknowledge women’s creativity, courage, friendship, love, triumph over adversity, persistence, resilience and strength. Visit daily in April for a new poem. Further information:

PATRICIA KEENEY’s eleventh volume of poetry is a new and rare rendering into English of the early Orphic Hymns written at a time when nature itself was just beginning to be anthropomorphized into what became the pantheon of Greek gods. In Orpheus in Our World (NeoPoiesis) they still appear in their natural guises, as forces of nature — wind and sun, desire and fate.  Bringing together slickly polished versions of the ancient hymns with a sly and ironic theatrical commentary by two characters identified simply as “He” and “She,” Orpheus shapes new ways of seeing from timeless forces.  One Man Dancing (Inanna Publications), Keeney’s second novel, is rooted in a violent reality connected to theatre and politics during the reign of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. The story of a young actor/dancer performing with one of Africa’s most famous theatre companies, the novel follows his artistic triumphs in Africa, Europe and Latin America and his life and death escape involving the Ford Foundation, the Vatican and his arrival as a refugee in what should have been a safe and peaceful Canada. Encompassing assassinations, assignations and encounters with the CIA, One Man Dancing traces the extraordinary and true story of one man’s faith and fortitude against a breathless backdrop of politics and violence.

PENN KEMP: My poem ‘The Stand of Oak” will be read at Vimy on the Centenary, April 9, 2017. A line from my poem has been carved on the Vimy Flute: read its amazing story here. The flute will be played at Vimy Ridge April 9 and on the battlefields of France throughout April.  What an honour. Meanwhile, I’ll be reading the poem for Poetry New West on April 9. A reading tour for new poetry and my play takes me to BC to read with dear poet friends Susan McCaslin, Terry Ann Carter, Mona Fertig and Sharon Thesen: what a hoot! See you there and/or en espirit!