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



JANET BARKHOUSE’s poems and stories have been published across Canada in such journals as CV2, TNQ, Riddle Fence, Room, and the Literary Review of Canada. Her debut collection of poems, Salt Fires, published by Pottersfield Press in the fall of 2018, follows on two chapbooks–Silence, and Sable Island Fieldnotes (with photographs by Zoe Lucas); a docupoem short screened at Lunenburg Doc Fest 2017; and three children’s books. In 2013-14 she was Artist in Residence with her daughter, singer-songwriter Alex Hickey, at Dalhousie’s Medical School, through their Humanities-HEALS program. 



NICHOLAS BRADLEY is a poet, literary critic, and scholarly editor. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia. 





SHAZIA HAFIZ RAMJI received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for Port of Being, forthcoming with Invisible Publishing in fall 2018. Her poetry is forthcoming in Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and her fiction has appeared in The Humber Literary Review. Her essays and criticism have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Chicago Review of Books, Quill & Quire, Canadian Literature, and The Hamilton Review of Books. In April 2018, she founded the Intersections Reading Group, a series dedicated to discussing race, gender, class, and other intersections in writing and in life.

She is an editor for Metatron Press, Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, and continues to work as a developmental editor and consultant for various publishing houses across Canada. She has been the poetry editor for Prism international, book reviews editor for subTerrain magazine, and a guest editor for Poetry is Dead.

Shazia is also an independent scholar who focuses on postcolonial literature and theory. She recently presented a talk on researching her first book of poems at the Canadian Writers Summit / CCWWP, and will be appearing at the 2018 Vancouver Writers Festival and the 2018 Surrey International Writers Conference, as well as the MLA conference and AWP in 2019.

Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia (Anstruther Press, 2017). She is at work on a novel and a second book of poems.

Shazia has a BA in English and History from Simon Fraser University and is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU. 

CASSIDY MCFADZEAN was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 2015, she published Hacker Packer, which won two Saskatchewan Book Awards and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her poems have appeared in magazines across Canada and the U.S., and have been finalists for the CBC Literary Awards, The Walrus Poetry Prize, and the Canadian Authors Association’s Emerging Writer Award. Her work has been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry 2016, The New Wascana Anthology, and In Fine Form 2. Her second collection Drolleries will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2019. She lives in Toronto. 


CYNTHIA SHARP thrives on interdisciplinary collaboration and peace education. She has been published and broadcast internationally. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and literary journals including CV2, untethered, Toasted Cheese, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Haiku Journal & Lantern Magazine, among others, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net Anthology. She’s on the board of directors for the Federation of BC Writers and loves taking part in diverse literary events through Canada and the world.
She trained as a high school language arts teacher and ESL teacher and is available to facilitate poetry and prose writing workshops in classrooms at all levels, from elementary school to college to community centres. 



REBECCA BANKS presents an announcement from Subterranean Blue Poetry:

Subterranean Blue Poetry Announces! We are expanding our repertoire to include Articles of Poetic Interest – Biographies and Stories about Poets (alive and passed), new genres, literary criticism, Poetry Book Reviews and Introductions, Poetry Events Reviews (stories about poetry readings, poetry book signings, art installations with poetry) insightful Montrealais, Canadian, North American and International writings about Poetry and Poetry Events. In Themes and Style of The Paris Review. Minimum 500 words.

We Pay you $20 per Article. Paid in the month of publication by PayPal or EFT.

Last Call!:  The Golden Oracle: The Late Great Planet Rock Star Contest/Anthology.

Deadline: September 30th, 2018.

“all the poetry, everywhere”

“for those subterranean blues”


HEATHER CADSBY will be on tour promoting her new book, Standing in the Flock of Connections (Brick Books, 2018). She will present in Sarnia, Welland, Ottawa, Belleville, Barrie, Kingston, Brockville.


FERN G. Z. CARR’s debut poetry collection, Shards of Crystal, is slated for publication by Silver Bow Publishing for release in Fall 2018.

For more information about Carr’s poetry, please feel free to visit


LOUISE CARSON has 2 poems in the chapbook Our Willful Hearts (d’Iberville Press) and read them in support of refugee relief at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal.

See Louise at the following events:

Sat. Sept. 8 from 10 – 2, at Librairie Clio Bookstore, Pointe-Claire, QC, she’ll be signing copies of her latest book In Which, historical fiction, Broken Rules Press.

Sun. Sept. 30 at 11 am at the 17th International Writers’ and Artists’ Festival, Val-David, QC, Louise will present ‘How to craft a cozy mystery’ and read from the second in the Maples Mysteries’ series The Cat Vanishes.

You are invited to join the first hour of the Poetry As Social Practice class with professor and poet KAREN COPE and guests at NSCAD University this fall on Tuesday evenings at the Art Bar (1873 Granville St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Y1) from September 11-December 4, 2018.

Class begins at 6; the Art Bar opens at 5:30. Poetry As Social Practice is designed as an arts-based approach to poetry and poetic practice.  With the help of both guests and participants, over successive weeks we will explore some of the many links between poetry, textiles, documentary, photography, dance, architecture, sculpture, community organizing, film, sound and music. Confirmed guest presenters include Sue Goyette, Sylvia Hamilton, Lindsay Dobbin, Carrie Allison, Anna Heywood-Jones, Sol Nagler, Ursula Hendleigh, Ben Stone and Emma Allain.

Presentations, films, readings, performances and group challenges and exercises of various sorts begin at 6 and are open to the public.  

Updates, featured guests and announcements will appear on the Art Bar + Projects Facebook page ( and on the Dimensional Poetry Cafe Facebook page (


LINDA CROSFIELD‘s poem Tethered is included in Vancouver’s 2018/19 Poetry in Transit, launching at Word Vancouver on September 30. The poem originally appeared in Refugium—Poems for the Pacific (Caitlin Press, 2017).


SHAZIA HAFIZ RAMJI‘s first book, Port of Being, is available for pre-order. It received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and is forthcoming with Invisible Publishing in October 2018. Sonnet L’Abbé has said, “[p]lug this book directly into your cardiac rhythms.” Meredith Quartermain has said, “[i]ts politics bite back,” and Dani Couture has called it “[d]aring and intimate.”

Shazia will visit Ottawa, Kingston, Picton, and Toronto in November 2018, with readings at Pivot and Knife Fork Book. Look out for her cover story, a profile on the internationally acclaimed writer, Esi Edugyan, in the October issue of Quill & Quire, as well as a review of Flights by Olga Tokarczuk in The Chicago Review of Books.

She will be signing copies of her first book at Surrey Muse on Sept 28, will read at Russell Books in Victoria, BC, on Sept 29, and will launch at Massy Books in Vancouver, BC, on Oct 3.

In October, she will appear at the Vancouver Writers Festival and will give a workshop, Blue Pencil consult, and reading at the Surrey International Writers Conference.


ALICE MAJOR presented at two conferences this summer. First, at Bridges, an annual conference that brings together an interdisciplinary group of mathematicians, scientists and artists in many disciplines. The 2018 conference took place in Stockholm, and Alice presented a paper about using mathematical concepts as the basis for metaphor. Her paper can be read here. She was also a speaker at “Our Place in the Cosmos? Humanity, Spirituality and the Awesome Cosmos”, organized by the Saskatchewan Centre for Science and Religion.

There’s also a recent interview with Alice that was broadcast on Terra Informa — a weekly news program on environmental matters that gets broadcast in more than 50 communities across the country. Alice read her poems and talked about how a poet tries to come to terms with living in the Anthropocene. You can listen to it at


D.C. REID‘s 8th book of poems, These Elegies, was published in August. He has received news that a large UK publisher is interested in him writing a book on the environmental damage of fish farms on a global scale.


AL REMPEL is pleased to announce that his new book of poetry, Undiscovered Country (Mother Tongue Publishing), is now available. Mona Fertig, publisher and founder of Mother Tongue Publishing, says that “Undiscovered Country is filled with soulful accomplished writing.” These poems are a journey through the grieving process, exploring loss, death, and the “dark night of the soul” in a variety of lyrical modes, including a longpoem and a poem sequence. Copies of his book (see attachment for full cover) can be ordered directly from Mother Tongue Publishing at

He’ll be launching my book in Vancouver with four readings: Twisted Poets at Hood 29 (formerly Cottage Bistro) on September 27th, Dominion Reading Series at the Sun Wah Centre on September the 28th, a private kitchen party with Kevin Spenst and Daniela Elza on September the 29th, and at WORD Vancouver on September the 30th. He’ll also be launching in his home town, Prince George, on October 11th at Theatre NorthWest.


BÄNOO ZAN presents:

Mark your calendars for Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXVI on September 25, 2018.

Take this opportunity to listen to the poetry of Jennifer Alicia and John Nyman .  You can also sign up for our open mic available for poetry, spoken word, music, and other three-minute performances in any language or accent.

Shab-e She’r is Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry and open mic series. We strongly encourage participation by minorities of diverse ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), genders, sexual orientations, ages, (dis)abilities, and poetic styles, voices and visions.

Time: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Place: Tranzac Club (main Hall) 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7

Doors open               6:15 p.m.

Open-mic sign-up     6:30 p.m.

Show                           7-10 p.m.

Admission: $5

Much love,

Bänoo Zan

Twitter: @BanooZan & @ShabeSherTO

Instagram: @banoo.zan