A monthly dispatch: see who’s new to the League and what’s new with Leaguers.
DAVID C. BRYDGES is a poet/pioneer, cultural entrepreneur, and community builder. Whose visionary mission is to bring the world more poets, poetry, and poetry adventures. While living in the wilds of his imagination, David is a passionate pollinator for poetry and eternal autodidact whose motto is “Doctora Ignorantia.” His favourite poetry quote is by a 17th century German poet named Friedrich Holderlin. “Although we have to make a living we dwell poetically on this earth.” Creator of Canada’s most historic community poetry park the Dr. Pollard Poetry Park. Northern Ontario’s largest annual poetry/arts festival. (www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com). PoeARTry North a pioneering provincial painting /poetry competition in Ontario. Chief Creative Engineer for the PoeTrain adventure tours www.poetrain.com. Administrator of the oldest non-governmental national poetry contest in Canada Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest.
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DAVID MARTIN was born and raised in Calgary, where he lives with his wife and children. His poetry has been awarded the CBC Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the Vallum Award for Poetry and PRISM international’s poetry contest, and published in many journals and magazines across Canada. He is an instructor at The Reading Foundation, one of the organizers for Calgary’s Single Onion poetry reading series, and the frontman for an indie-pop group, The Fragments.
BRADLEY RAMSEY was born and raised in Toronto, and it is a hometown which he has never left, except for a six month period in his early twenties, when he traveled in Europe. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology, which he obtained at University of Toronto, graduating in the Class of 2004.
LOUISE CARSON has published another book! In Which is book one of the trilogy The Chronicles of Deasil Widdy, a handmade book published by Broken Rules Press and set in 17th century Scotland, a work of redemption which riffs off her first book Rope: A Tale Told in Prose and Verse (2011). (All available from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Her second book in The Maples Mysteries series, The Cat Vanishes, from Signature Editions, will drop October 1st, 2018 and, like the first book, The Cat Among Us, is available from Chapters. (A poet lives next door to the sleuth.)
Louise still writes poetry and was recently published in The Maynard and QWERTY.
At the invitation of curator Jolee Smith, and part of an ongoing project we’ve been calling “Dimensional Poetry,” poet/artist Ryan Josey and KARIN COPE are exhibiting some video and sound work at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, NS until 28 July. For more information see http://www.jolee-smith.com/videlicet/; for a sampling of some of my contributions to this ongoing work see https://visiblepoetry.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/you-who-would-see-the-wind-prose-poems/
AMANDA EARL’s latest chapbook is The Book of Mark (above/ground press, 2018). Forthcoming chapbooks from the Vispo Bible series include Romans from Toronto’s where is the river andRevelation from Sweden’s Timglaset Press. Plans are underway for exhibits in Toronto in 2018 and Ottawa in 2019. The Vispo Bible is a life’s work to translate every book, chapter and verse of the Bible into visual poetry. Amanda received funding for the project from the Ontario Arts Council in 2018. Further information about the Vispo Bible is available here:https://angelhousepress.com/essays/Amanda_Earl_The_Vispo_Bible.pdf.
For more information about Amanda’s readings and publishing activities, please visit AmandaEarl.com or connect with Amanda on Twitter @KikiFolle.
MARVYNE JENOFF‘s two collages, “Green Lace Cloud” and “Green Rain,” are now on exhibit in the Arts & Letters Club’s Summer Group Show of club members’ work. These are collages on paper made of pieces cut or torn from Marvyne’s watermedia paintings and photographs. See her other work (with poetic titles) and her writing here. The show runs until August 31st at 14 Elm Street, Toronto (north of Dundas, just west of Yonge). This is a private club, but contact them (email@example.com or 416-597-0223, ext. 3) and they will know to expect you. Or contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and, if I can, I’ll escort you there and tour you through the Club’s heritage building.
COLIN MORTON‘s chapbook The Undead will be published this season with Aeolus House, launching in Ottawa at Pressed on Sunday afternoon, September 9.
Katherine J. Munro, (KJMUNRO), an Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets, will be reading on Gabriola Island, BC, on 26 July 2018, along with several other poets, including Naomi Beth Wakan. Kathy is once again organizing the annual ‘Yukon Books’ event for Culture Days in Whitehorse, YT.
She is also compiling a weekly blog feature – ‘A Sense of Place’ – for The Haiku Foundation: https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/blog/
Windsor writer/poet VANESSA SHIELDS is excited to announce the opening of Gertrude’s Writing Room – A Gathering Place for Writers! Shields is the owner of Gertrude’s Writing Room and will be offering creative writing classes, workshops, mentoring and editing as well as organizing events for writers near and far! Please visit the website: www.gertrudeswritingroom.com for more information! If you’re thinking of doing a book tour or poetry/writing event in Windsor – be sure to contact Vanessa and see if Gertrude’s Writing Room is the space for you! Also, Shields is looking for writers interested in leading workshops. All gigs are paid!