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SOLVEIG ADAIR lives, writes, and teaches in the community of Terrace in Northwestern British Columbia. Her poetry has been published in both literary journals and anthologies (most recently the upcoming Harbour Publishing anthology, “Beyond Forgetting”). She is a member of the poetry collective, Writers North of 54˚, who routinely perform and publish poetry in and about the Skeena region. While she has lived and written elsewhere, the people and lands of the North have always been at the heart of her writing. 

KATHY FISHER originally from Montreal, award-winning poet Kathy Fisher has made her home in Edmonton for just under three decades. A multidisciplinary artist, Fisher is a wordsmith, research lawyer, documentarian, biographer, oral historian and explorer, and always creates with attention to the ear and eye. A performer and host in the local literary and spoken word scenes, Fisher regularly produces evenings of words and music, often with visual arts components.

MARTHA SWINN is a poet, artist and educator currently residing in the Nass Valley, north of Terrace, BC. An English Literature graduate from Laurentian University, Martha has also participated in writing mentorship programs through Humber University and the University of British Columbia. A life-long interest in mythology; her experiences growing up on the shores of Lake Superior; as well as teaching in a Northern Ontario goldmine town have accompanied her into the Lava Beds of North Western BC where Martha continues to define her interdependent relationship with nature and the Nisga’a Nation.

PAUL VERMEERSCH is, in his human form, a poet, professor, artist and editor. The author of five collections of poetry, including The Reinvention of the Human Hand, a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, and Don’t Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something, he teaches in the Creative Writing & Publishing program at Sheridan College and is senior editor of Wolsak and Wynn Publishers where he created the Buckrider Books imprint. His next collection Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy will appear with ECW Press in fall 2018. He lives in Toronto. In his digital form he can be found at www.paulvermeersch.ca. 

 

MEMBER NEWS

Since last summer, LOUISE CARSON has participated at literary festivals in Kingston, ON and Val-David, QC and read in Montreal, its West Island area and Brockville, ON. She’s been published in The Nashwaak Review, The Impressment Gang, The Windsor Review, Montreal Serai, carte blanche, Headlight, Petal Journal, The Dalhousie Review and Soliloquies. Her mystery The Cat Among Us was released in October from Signature Editions. 

TANYA EVANSONs first poetry collection Bothism (Ekstasis Editions 2017) is an experimental, feminist, Sufi text. It explores both sorrow and joy, day and night, content and form, dot and circle, the threshold between worlds. It posits that if one thing is true, then the opposite must also true, and when asked to choose, the poet’s answer is always both. Available in paperback from www.ekstasiseditions.com at $23.95 or directly from the author at www.mothertonguemedia.com 52 pages ISBN 978-1-77171-219-4 

SUSAN MCCASLIN‘s Into the Open: Poems New and Selected was reviewed by Stevie Howell in Quill and Quire (Dec. 11, 2017), and by J.S. Porter in both The Island Catholic News (Victoria, Winter 2017) and Dialogue Magazine (Nanaimo, BC), Winter 2017-2018) Vol. 31, No. 2. Her poem, “Song of the Empathetic Beast (an elegy),” recently appeared in Dialogue Magazine (Nanaimo, BC), Vol. 31, No. 2 (Winter 2017-18), 14-15. Susan is currently working on a collaborative suite of poems about the Cariboo fires of summer 2017 inspired by her husband Mark Haddock’s photographs. 

CHARLES MOUNTFORD was recently recognized as one of 10 authors to be highly commended in this year’s UK Bridport Prize. Mountford was recognized for his poem “I am Pig,” selected from over 4,250 entries.  

JC SULZENKO: Point Petre Publishing launched JC Sulzenko’s free-verse collection, South Shore Suite…Poems at Books and Company, Picton, in November 2017.  The four-part volume of free verse poems and poetry influenced by haiku and tanka forms includes work that celebrates Prince Edward County’s south shore and subjects from ‘cradle to grave.’ The Wellington Times’ take? “The words are dense with meaning and warrant careful consideration to plumb their depths.” Information: www.pointpetrepublishing.ca ; www.jcsulzenko.com. 

NAOMI WAKAN‘s 2014 book Poetry that Heals has been re-issued by Shanti Arts, a publishing house specializing in books that explore and make tangible connections between creativity and healing. In Poetry that Heals, Wakan describes her enlightened healing process through the Japanese poetic and the creative discipline that comes from engaging in poetry as an art form.