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SONIA COTTEN a publié quatre recueils de poésie aux éditions Poètes de brousse, et est connue pour ses lectures publiques chargées de rock et d’urgence. Elle voyage ainsi dans la francophonie, de Paris à Moncton, dans des festivals de littérature et de poésie. En 2009, elle fait paraître un premier recueil de poésie jeunesse, illustré par Karine Hébert. De plus, elle a créé un spectacle de poésie jeunesse, avec support musical et vidéo. Ce sont les textes et illustrations de ce  spectacle qui dessinent les contours de l’exposition «Marcher dans le ciel», du même nom que le nouveau recueil disponible depuis mai 2015 et publié chez Bouton d’Or Acadie…toujours avec le support de l’immense talent d’Annie aux illustrations!! Elle a remporté en mars 2015 le premier prix du concours de poésie Genevieve-Amyot du Printemps des poètes.

LEANNE DUNIC is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. Her work has won several honours, including the 2015 Alice Munro Short Story Contest, and has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Canada and abroad. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Leanne is the Artistic Director of the Powell Street Festival Society and is the singer/guitarist of The Deep Cove. To Love the Coming End (BookThug 2017) is her first book.

SUSAN KSIEZOPOLSKI  is a project management and change specialist. She is currently taking a break from 30 years of working in the public service and recently self-published My Words, a collection of her life’s poetry. In 1976 she was the recipient of the Bloor Collegiate Institute’s Writer’s Circle Writer of the Year honour, awarded to her by Marshall McLuhun. Susan was born in Italy and now lives and writes in the Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. Her website, where you can purchase her book, is: You can find Susan on Facebook.

GREG SANTOS is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, The Emperor’s Sofa (DC Books, 2010), and most recently, Rabbit Punch! (DC Books, 2014). His writing has appeared in The Walrus, Geist, Vallum, The Feathertale Review, Ricepaper, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, McSweeney’s, The Best American Poetry, and World Literature Today. Santos is the poetry editor for the online literary journal, carte blanche. He teaches creative writing through organizations including QWF’s Writers in the Community, Vallum Society for Education in Arts & Letters, New Haven Reads, and LOVE: Leave Out Violence. Santos lives in Montreal with his family.

MICHAEL V SMITH (returning) is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist and occasional clown teaching creative writing in the interdisciplinary program of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus in BC’s Interior. His first book of poetry is What You Can’t Have (Signature Editions, 2006), short-listed for the ReLit Prize. In 2008, he published a hybrid book of concrete poems/photographs, Body of Text (BookThug), created with David Ellingsen.

MARGO WHEATON is a New Brunswick–born poet currently living in Halifax. Her poems have appeared in publications including Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, Poet to Poet and Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land, and in periodicals including The Fiddlehead,PRISM, CV2, Event, Prairie Fire and The New Quarterly. Her essays and reviews have been found in The Globe and Mail, The Antigonish Review, The Coast and the Guernica Series on Writers. The Unlit Path Behind the House, her first poetry collection, was published with McGill-Queen’s University Press in spring 2016.


DAVID BRYDGES is calling for submissions to the Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. Entry fee: $10 per poem. Cash Prizes: $1600: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $75, 8 judge’s choice of $50 complimentary anthology, trophy, and award ceremony during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Final received submissions deadline: Friday March 31, 2017. Visit for further info and rules. Enquires: Send to David Brydges

LOUISE CARSON has a poem in the latest issue of Montreal Serai. In the same issue, Brian Campbell reviews her book A Clearing, Signature Editions.

KEITH INMAN: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 32nd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. For more information go to Details. Deadline: May 31, 2017. Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem. Prize: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize $100. Details here. 

BERNICE LEVER will share poems at a Canadian Authors Vancouver branch “Members” annual reading of all genres //  Feb. ,  Wed. 8th, 7 to 9 pm, 938 Howe Street, Alliance for Arts Bldg., Vancouver, BC. March news from Bernice: Sunday, March 5, “Reach New Ears and Eyes” , workshop on expanding your fan numbers in new ways,  12 noon to 2pm , at  Mount Baker Theatre, side room, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, WA, USA. This is during a World Poetry Peace and Justice Festival. Reading with Russell Thornton, co-features at ” Poetic Justice”,  Sunday, March 23, 11:30 am  to 1:30 pm, Boston Pizza, Columbia Square, 1045 Columbia Ave., New Westminster, BC. Reading on Saturday, March 25, “Spring Festival” of Writers International Network, at Moberly Centre, 61 St., Vancouver, BC.

SUSAN McCASLIN’s Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cézanne was reviewed by J.S. Porter in Dialogue magazine (Nanaimo, BC), Winter 2016-17, Vol. 30, No. 2, 18-19. A poem, “Dank Tureen,” appeared in Dark Mountain, The Dark Mountain Project, Issue 10 (Autumn 2016), 202. Susan will be hosting a reading & a conversation on “The Presence of the Divine in Poetry: Being Here,” with award winning poets Ted Blodgett & Tim Lilburn, Friday Feb. 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Visual Space Gallery, 3352 Dunbar St., Vancouver, Ticket price $15.00, seating limited, book in advance at (604)559-0576. Her upcoming volume of poetry, Into the Open: New and Selected Poems, will be published by Inanna Publications in the Fall of 2017.

RICHARD OSLER is hosting a retreat in Umbria, Italy this June, open to writers of all levels of experience this retreat will take care to maintain a constructive balance between facilitated writing sessions, lots of quiet times for writing and our out trips to some of the remarkable places near and far-near from La Romita including, Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto and some of the many towns that dot the hilltops of Umbria, each with their own special features and histories. For more information visit La Romita website.