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LAURA FURSTER is a poet, fiction writer, and fine artist residing in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds a BA in English from the University of Toronto. Laura is a multi-tasker, with several visual and literary projects ongoing at all times. Her poems “Faults,” and “Insomnia,” can be found in Issue 36 of CAROUSEL Magazine.

NORMA J KERBY is a Terrace-based writer and environmental consultant. Her passions include amphibians, natural ecosystems, sustainable living and adaptations of wildlife and people to northern British Columbia. She occasionally writes poetry about the North’s uncertain future.

BRENDA LEIFSO has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and was the executive editor of PRISM international. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, and has received the Bliss Carman Banff Centre Award for Poetry, as well as awards in the Vancouver International Writers’ Festival Writing Contest. She currently lives in Ottawa.

BERTRAND NAYET was born in France and came to Manitoba when he was young. He has written, directed, and acted for the theatre, and has also published stories, journalism, and poetry. His publications include Contes de fils et d’eaux and La lune en mille gouttes (shortlisted for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry), as well as les lieux de l’amour / l’amour des lieux (Éditions du blé), a collaboration with Charles Leblanc. He is the founder and perpetual secretary of the Collectif post-néo-rieliste, as well as founder and leader of the Kukai Rouge. He lives in St. Norbert, and is currently writer in residence at the Maison Gabrielle-Roy.

DAVID YEREX WILLIAMSON is an educator, poet and public speaker living in Norway House, Manitoba, on the bank of the historic Nelson River. David has dabbled in theatre and poetry since the 1980s. His creative work has appeared in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Contemporary Verse 2, Aesthetica, Quint and, most recently, in the Winnipeg Free Press’ National Poetry Month feature in April, 2016. David is co-founder of the Boreal Writers Group, a collective of poets and lovers of poetry seeking to create a community across the boreal landscape. David can be reached at


LOUISE CARSON has five poems in the latest issue of The Nashwaak Review, Volume 36-37.

JANICE COLBERT has a new chapbook that was recently published by Frog Hollow Press in Victoria. Rose and Brine is a robust poetry collection of forty-eight pages. In addition, Janice is delighted that they chose one of her paintings for the cover. For copies of her book here is the link:

In 2016, KEITH INMAN’s work was shared through The Windsor Review, Crossing Borders/Cuba, Open Heart, Memory and Loss, Fire and Sky, Picture Perfect, and the blog sunrisewithseamonsters. Keith became the new Chair for CAA-Niagara’s The Banister Poetry Contest, and, for the fourth year in a row, he adjudicated the FreshInk poetry contest for teens through the local library system. Keith will be this year’s judge for the Henry Drummond Poetry Contest.

BERNICE LEVER will read 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.  April news from Bernice: Saturday, April 8,   10 am to 4 pm at North Vancouver Library grounds, Lonsdale & 13th,  I have  1 of 10 tables of authors with a new book ( Small Acts)  for sale during the North Shore Writers annual “Spring Literary Festival”.

JENNIFER LOVEGROVE: BookThug invites you to celebrate the launch of Jennifer LoveGrove’s eagerly-anticipated new poetry collection Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes. She will be joined by special guests Canisia Lubrin and Shannon Bramer, who will preview their fall 2017 poetry books. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7pm at Supermarket Restaurant and Bar (268 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON).

MICHELINE MAYLOR, poet laureate of Calgary, launches Little Wildheart on April 5th at Memorial Park Library in Calgary. 7:00 pm.

SUSAN McCASLIN hosted (as moderator) “A Reading and a Conversation on the Presence of the Divine in Poetry: Being Here,” with Ted Blodgett & Tim Lilburn, Visual Space Gallery, 3352 Dunbar St., Vancouver, Fri. Feb. 10, 2017, 7:30-9:30 pm. Audio Recording: Being Here – recordings  She also offered a public talk and power point presentation to the Langley Heritage Society on Feb. 28 on the Han Shan Poetry Project, a successful union of poetry and activism she initiated in 2012 to help save an old, ecologically diverse forest in Glen Valley, Langley. Also a poem from her volume The Disarmed Heart (The St. Thomas Poetry Series), was posted and audio-recorded on Vallum Magazine’s blog page, Mon. Feb. 20: Her upcoming volume, Into the Open: New and Selected Poems, will be published by Inanna Publications in October of 2017 when Susan will be touring with the book. Additionally, a collaborative volume of creative non-fiction done with fellow poet J.S. Porter on the contemplative writer Thomas’ Merton’s treatment of the divine and human feminine, titled Thomas Merton Superabundantly Alive, has recently been accepted for publication through Wood Lake Books (Kelowna, BC) for publication in the Fall of 2018.

NAOMI BETH WAKAN: While The Way of Tanka was written as a homage to English-language haiku/tanka masters, and contains many examples of their writing, it is actually being welcomed as a very necessary basic introduction to the subject of tanka writing. It is PB, 144 pages, ISBN 978-1-941830-60-4. The Publisher is Shanti Arts, Brunswick, Maine. The book and e-book can be purchased at The price is US$15.95. It can be purchased in Canada (Cdn$25) from  More details. The author, Naomi Beth Wakan, is the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo and the Inaugural Honorary Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers. She has written over fifty books. For twelve years she held a haiku/tanka poets gathering at her home on Gabriola Island, when the leading writers in those forms from North America and Australia visited to give seminars.  She is a member of Haiku Canada and Tanka Canada.