Membership update

A monthly update: see who’s new to the League and what’s new with Leaguers. 

New Members

Chris Bailey is a fisherman and award-winning author from North Lake, Prince Edward Island. He has a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is a past recipient of the Milton Acorn Award for poetry. His writing has appeared in UPEIArts ReviewThe Puritan’s Town Crier and on CBC Radio. He splits his time between Hamilton and North Lake.

After 13 years of owning and managing her own natural soap business Marjorie Bruhmuller took on writing poetry. She is a part of, and now leads, a writing group that has kept its core members for 20 years. Her latest adventures include writing a mystery novel with a friend and learning to write haiku. Her poems have appeared in over fifty reviews and journals in Canada, the US and Britain. She enjoys life in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, even in winter. You’ll find her poetry at Tupelo, Orion online, Carte Blanche, Waterstone Review, The Antigonish Review, Room, Event, One Hundred Gourds and Wordless, Haiku Canada 40 years of Haiku.

Adele Graf grew up outside New York City and immigrated to Canada in 1968. math for couples is her first book of poetry, though more than half these poems have been published in Canadian journals including The Antigonish Review, CV2, The Dalhousie Review, Room and Vallum. She lives in Ottawa.

Anne Sorbie is an author, editor, and creative writing instructor. While studying for her MA in creative writing, she raised five kids and worked as a freelance writer in corporate communications. Her poems have been published in the anthologies, The Calgary Project: A Map In Verse and Visual (2014), and Home and Away(2009). As past editor of Dandelion Magazine and publisher at Skyview Press, she has combined her love of visual and written art to create both periodicals and chapbooks.

Mark Truscott is the author of three books of poetry: Branches (Book*hug, 2018), Nature (Book*hug, 2010), and Said Like Reeds or Things (Coach House, 2004). 

Magpie Ulysses is a dynamic performance poet and storyteller known for charming and slaying her audiences with intense stage presence and thoughtful insight about humanity. Writer, Rabble Rouser, fancy talker; Magpie began performing in Alberta in 1998 at the age of 17. Since then she has performed across North America at hundreds of events, is a veteran member of two national champion Vancouver poetry slam teams and was named a Poet of Honour at the Canadian festival Of Spoken Word In the Fall of 2012. 



Member News

Rebecca Banks presents:

Subterranean Blue Poetry Announces!
The Winners of The Golden Oracle: The Late Great Planet Rock StarContest/Anthology are:
1st Place:  John B. Lee for “Burning My Father”.
2nd Place: Liza Libes for “Amendment Thirty-Six”.
3rd Place: Joel Long for “Laura Marling’s Hands”.
Honourable Mentions: Joseph A. Farina, kerry rawlinson, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Ashley Cooke, Christopher Stolle, Terrence Sykes, Norma Kerby, Adrian Ernesto Cepeda, Don Yorty, Ward Maxwell, Rebecca Anne Banks.
The winning poetry is featured in The November 2018 Issue (Volume VI Issue XI) of Subterranean Blue Poetry.
All prize payouts will be made by Christmas 2018. The Golden Oracle: The Late Great Planet Rock Star Anthology should be published and available at Amazon Stations by Christmas 2018.
$1 of each Anthology purchase goes to Bonne Accueil Food Bank in Montreal. Thank you for making Subterranean Blue Poetry incredible!

“all the poetry, everywhere”
“for those subterranean blues”

Louise Carson will be reading at the League’s Heartwood launch in Ottawa on Tues., Nov. 6, at 7pm.
Thursday, Nov. 8, at The Centre for Social Innovation, Annex, 720 Bathurst St., Toronto, Louise will join many other poets reading at the launch of Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, Mansfield Press. This will also be a celebration of the life of Priscila Uppal, co-editor with Meaghan Strimas of the anthology.
Sun., Nov. 18, she will launch The Cat Vanishes, second in her Maples’ Mysteries series, at Greenwood House, Hudson, QC from 2-4. Tea and goodies.
Sat., Nov. 24 & 25, all day, Louise will participate in a Holiday Pop-up Book Fair at Concordia’s Webster Library, 1400 blvd. Maisonneuve, Montreal.

Claudia Coutu Radmore presents the Ottawa Launch of Heartwood on Tuesday, November 6 at 7PM, poets reading poems for the love of trees.

Marvyne Jenoff‘s books will be available at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto’s Big Classy Small Works Sale. Works on her table will include her new chapbook, The Leg and I: a Memoir, a lighthearted adventure told in the form of email messages, and Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees. Her visual art will also be available. Club artists will have small pieces on the walls; other Club members will have art, books and CDs available at vendor’s tables. Come and enjoy the festive ambience in this remarkable historic building where the Group of Seven used to meet. 14 Elm Street, Toronto, between Collage and Dundas, half a block west of Yonge. Contact the Club at 416-597-0223; or Marvyne at

D.A. Lockhart‘s third full poetry collection, The Gravel Lot that was Montana, is out with Mansfield Press. He has new work featured in NDNCounty.
He presents By the River Reading Series featuring Marty Gervais, John B. Lee, Bruce Meyer, and Mary Ann Mulhern on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 6:30-9 pm – Mackenzie Hall, Windsor, ON.

Susan McCaslin’s new volume of creative non-fiction, dialogue, and poetry, Superabundantly Alive: Thomas Merton’s Dance with the Feminine(Wood Lake Publishing), a collaboration with J.S Porter, was released on Oct. 19, 2018. Susan will be launching and giving readings from the book in the lower mainland of BC from later this Fall and into the Spring, and giving readings with John in Toronto, Hamilton, and Dundas Ontario in early April 2019. The Wood Lake website page contains a review of the book by Ross Labrie.
Susan also reviewed Clea Roberts’ volume of poetry, Auguries, on the League of Canadian Poets reviews page, Oct. 16. See “Signs, Signals, Divinations: Clea Roberts’ Auguries.
“Cariboo Fires, 2017,” a poem/photo collection with Susan’s husband Mark Haddock, appeared in The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, Vol. 17: Issue. 1. 2018

Susan McMaster will be reading on Friday, November 2 at 4pm for Wordstock, Sudbury, with Margaret Christakos and Mark Dunn, at Verse by Verse, moderated by Chloe LaDuchesse. Held at at the Clarion Hotel Sudbury, 117 Elm Street.
Tues., Nov. 6, at 7 pm. Susan McMaster will be reading at the League’s Heartwood launch in Ottawa at Vimy Brewing, 1-145 Loretta. Doors open for beer at 4 pm, and for food at 6 pm.