Membership update

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


New Members

Paloma Alaminos

Jenna Lyn Albert

Adèle Barclay’s writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Heavy Feather Review, The Pinch, Fog Machine, The Puritan, PRISM international, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award for Poetry and the 2016 Walrus Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, (Nightwood, 2016) was nominated for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her second collection of poetry, Renaissance Normcore, is forthcoming from Nightwood Editions in fall 2019. She was the Interviews Editor at The Rusty Toque, a poetry ambassador for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Rachel Rose, and the 2017 Critic-in-Residence for Canadian Women In Literary Arts. She is Arc Magazine‘s Poet in Residence and an editor at Rahila’s Ghost Press. She lives on unceded Coast Salish territory/Vancouver, BC.

Melanie Janisse-Barlow

Roxanna Bennett is a disabled poet living in Whitby, Ontario. She is the author of unseen garden (chapbook, knife | fork | book, 2018), The Uncertainty Principle (Tightrope Books, 2014) and Unmeaningable, forthcoming from Gordon Hill Press in fall 2019. 

Carolyn Boll

Lucy Brennan

Neall Calvert has twenty-five years’ experience as a journalist, book editor and writer. His essays on the German-speaking spiritual poets Friedrich Hölderlin and Rainer Maria Rilke can be found at, at (see and in his Kindle book Hölderlin & Rilke: What I Learned from Two Great German Poets (see Neall has been published in The Men’s Journal, Borrowed Solace, a Douglas & McIntyre anthology and online and in print at Recovering The Self.

Éric Charlebois 

Emily Davidson‘s poetry has appeared in publications including Arc, CV2, Descant, The Fiddlehead, Room, subTerrain, and The Best Canadian Poetry 2015. Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, Emily currently resides on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she works as an editor. Her debut collection, Lift, is new this spring from Thistledown Press.
Adrienne Drobnies is a graduate of the SFU Writer’s Studio. Her origins are in Texas and California, and she has also lived in Toronto, Boston, Grenoble, and Luxembourg. She has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and has worked at SFU and the Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver. For more detailed biographical information, see

Laurie Fuhr

Kayla Geitzler

Chantal Gibson

Matthew Gwathmey was born in Richmond, Virginia and studied creative writing at the University of Virginia. His poems have appeared in Grain Magazine, Crazyhorse, Prairie Fire, The Iowa Review, and other literary magazines. He became a Canadian citizen in 2013 and lives with his wife and children in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he is a PhD student at UNB. He also works at The Learning Bar on the Confident Learners Program, a literacy program created with First Nations schools across Canada.
Troy Harkin was born in Nova Scotia and grew up in and around Toronto. He first began writing and publishing poetry through University of Toronto literary journals in the 1990s and gave regular readings at various venues throughout the GTA . Along with poetry Troy has also written songs, plays, screenplays, short stories and novels. His first collection of poetry, Casting Shadows, was published in the spring of 2019 through Kelp Queen Press / ChiZine Publications. Two of his novels, The Dark Stars of Morning, and Red Rover will be published by ChiZIne Publications in the following year.

Michelle Hillyard (She/Her) is an award winning spoken word/page poet from Mississauga, Ontario. She’s the poetry editor of the new literary magazine Alt-Minds (which focuses on the topics of mental health), workshop coordinator for the Mississauga Writers group, and board member of Spoken Word Canada. In 2018 she competed internationally as a part of the Burlington Slam Project Team. Proudly neurodivergent, her work focuses on autism acceptance, body positivity and mental health. 

Chris Hutchinson

Juliette Blake Jacob

Danny Jacobs

Chloe Lewis

Josephine LoRe started her sharing her poetry in the Calgary scene in 2009 and has since been invited to perform and feature in numerous venues. She has participated in opportunities where her poetry has been rendered into visual art, accompanied by music, and interpreted through dance. She has workshopped with and been mentored by some of Western Canada’s foremost poets and immerses herself in the pages of poets present and past. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Alexandra Writers’ Center Society, and Haiku Canada. She completed a Maîtrise en Arts (MA) in Comparative Literature from l’Université de Rouen in France and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Toronto. She also has a Bachelor of Education from l’Université Laurentienne and is a French Immersion teacher, Language Arts and Humanities. She has facilitated peer editing workshops and taught a class in Metaphor at the Alexandra.

Stuart Ian McKay is a Calgary poet. He began writing poetry when he was eight, publishing his work in his early twenties, and has been performing his work in public for thirty years. Central to his work are themes of place, language and memory. Visual art and sound poetry are essential to his aesthetic, and are often critical parts of his work. The long poem is his favoured means of expression. Stuart has a particular interest in poetry about disabled persons and issues of disability. “a cognate of prayer”, his second book of poetry, is a series of four long poems celebrating the lives of persons living with a disability. He welcomes any opportunity for collaborative work with artists in other disciplines. For years, he and fellow Calgary poet and sound/noise artist Matt Smith have been creating soundscapes to accompany the public performances of Stuart’s poetry. Stuart serves on the poetry editorial collective of filling station.

Peter Midgley

Hasan Namir was born in Iraq in 1987. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and received the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award. He is the author of God in Pink (2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail. His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Shaw TV, Airbnb, and in the film God in Pink: A Documentary. He lives with his husband in Vancouver.

Geoffrey Nilson is a writer, editor, visual artist, and the founder of pagefiftyone, a BC-based poetry micropress. A regular contributor to Coast Mountain Culture, he is the author of four poetry chapbooks: In my ear continuously like a stream (above/ground, 2017), O (Swimmer’s Group, 2017), We Have to Watch (Quilliad, 2016), and Alchemy Machine (2015). Nilson’s poems, essays, and journalism have appeared widely in magazines and periodicals such as PRISM international, Event, Poetry is Dead, subTerrain, The Capilano Review, CV2, The Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, Qwerty, and the Glasgow Review of Books. Nilson holds a BA in Creative Writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is an alumnus of the Banff Centre Wired Writing Studio, and has been shortlisted for The Malahat Review Far Horizons Award for Poetry and the Alfred G. Bailey Poetry Prize. As a visual artist, Nilson is preoccupied with the use of analog technologies in a digital world and what bpNichol called the “borderblur” between writing and visual art. His artistic practice includes photography, video, collage, printmaking, and visual poetry. In a past life, Nilson was musician, songwriter, and recording engineer for various solo and collaborative projects. He lives with his daughter in New Westminster on the unceded territory of the Qayqayt First Nation. 

Nisha Patel is an award-winning Indo-Canadian poet and artist. She is the Festival Producer of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, and a member of the Breath in Poetry Collective. In 2018, she was selected as a recipient of the 2018 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund. She is the 2016 Edmonton Indie Slam Champion, a finalist of the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and a finalist of the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her work has been published in a collection of poems called Water and a solo chapbook Limited Success through Glass Buffalo Publishing. She has performed across Canada and the world, sharing her work on multiple tours and international features. Her poetry speaks to themes of race, feminism, and identity, focusing strongly on her struggles and triumphs as a woman of colour. She has worked with youth poets, adults, and students through storytelling and poetry workshops as the Artist in Residence in The Nook Cafe, Artist in Residence at The Sewing Machine Factory, and in 2016 gave a TEDxUAlberta talk discussing the intersections between poetry and politics. She is also a graduate of the Alberta School of Business with a bachelors in Business Economics and Law, a minor in Political Science, and a Certificate in Leadership. Currently, she is working on a full-length manuscript as well as an album of spoken word poetry. 

Branka Petrovic

Tom Prime

Natasha Ramoutar is an Indo-Guyanese writer by way of Scarborough (Ganatsekwyagon) at the east side of Toronto. She is a graduate of the Master of Professional Communication program at Ryerson University and the English/Creative Writing Undergraduate program at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her work has been included in projects by Diaspora Dialogues, Scarborough Arts, and Nuit Blanche Toronto and has been published in The Unpublished City II, PRISM Magazine, Room Magazine, Living Hyphen and more. 

Trish Salah

Conrad Scott

Suzanne Zelazo

Eleni (Helen) Zisimatos is  the Co-Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of the poetry magazine, Vallum. She holds two MA degrees and has been published in Canadian and international journals. She was also a finalist for a National Magazine Award in poetry, the Robert Kroetsch Award, The Santa Fe Writers Award, and two Irving Layton Awards. Previous chapbooks include, Summations: Travels Through Italy and Searching for a Species (above/ground press). She lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.



Member News

Rebecca Banks presents:

Subterranean Blue Poetry Announces!

Working on French Translations of “The Colour of Pomegranates” A New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry book by Rebecca Anne Banks.

Coming Soon! A Subterranean Blue Poetry Imprint. Everblue Soul by Gregg Dotoli.

Coming Soon!  The Second Marula Anthology by Michael Ellis.

Coming Soon! Volume VII Issue VI (The June 2019 Issue) @

Titled: “Am I Calling You?”

Featuring: Raquel Reyes-Lopez, Denny Marshall, Mary Shelley, Ojo Taiye . . . and more.

“all the poetry, everywhere”

“for those subterranean blues”

Fern G. Z. Carr is honoured that her book, Shards of Crystal, is being spotlighted by Poetry Super Highway – a prominent American website originating in Los Angeles – as their “PSH Bookstore Featured Selection”. 

Additionally, she is the subject of a series of six online weekly interviews (Apr. 4 – May 9) entitled poetry mini interviews, curated by Thomas Whyte. 

Fern was pleased to do a guest poetry reading in Winnipeg with an audience of fifty in attendance. 

She is also delighted to now have a full Wikipedia article written about her and is looking forward to an upcoming speaking engagement about her life and writing career

Louise Carson has poems in the current issues of Grain and Queen’s Quarterly with upcoming in Event.

The third  in her Maples Mysteries series – The Cat Between – will be out from Signature Editions October 2019.

The second book in her Chronicles of Deasil Widdy trilogy – Measured – will be published by Broken Rules Press in 2019. Queries about the first book – In Which – to

Vancouver writer Emily Davidson launches her debut collection, Lift, this month with Thistledown Press. Lift is an examination of how to be alive without being adrift. Loosely narrative, the collection spans two Canadian coasts, its speaker a transplant from Atlantic to Pacific. Through careful observation, wry humour, and inquisitive uncertainty, Davidson charts her course through solitude and disconnection back to her roots and into the unknown. 

There will be a launch on Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30pm at The Beaumont Gallery in Vancouver. Books can be purchased online or via your local bookstore.

Marvyne Jenoff: Come join me at the opening of my solo art exhibition “Moon, Paper, Scissors: Collage” and see the images that go with my poetic titles. The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm Street, north of Dundas  just west of Yonge; Sunday, May 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Free admission, light refreshments, cash bar, tours of this heritage building, party ambience.

The exhibition is up now and continues to May 17. It can also be seen by appointment: 416-597-0223, extension 3. Details and images at