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CAROL CASEY has been writing poetry since age 13 and never completely stopped, even though work, family responsibilities and general life calamities often and persistently took precedence over poetry promotion. She has given numerous readings and her poetry has appeared in two chapbooks by the Huron Poetry Collective, “No Corners to Hide in” and “The Language of Dew and Sunsets; and in periodicals such as “The Leaf”, “Toward the Light” and “Tickled by Thunder”. She has also contributed to two anthologies about women and health care, “Women Who Care: Women’s Stories of Health Care and Caring” and “Much Madness, Divinest Sense: Women’s Stories of Mental Health and Health Care”.
PUNEET DUTT holds a MA in English from Ryerson University. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), which was a Finalist for the 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her poetry has been published in a number of journals and in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She is an editorial board member at Canthius and a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective. Her debut collection of poetry is forthcoming with Mansfield Press in Fall 2017. She lives in Toronto with her husband.
MELANIE FLORES: After 20 years in business publishing, a company re-structuring, ended Melanie’s corporate life and allowed her to focus on her passion, creative writing. Since 2012 she has been devoted to writing children’s stories, adult short fiction and her first love, poetry. Poetry entered Melanie’s life when she was 5-years old. At 5, a teacher selected her to recite poems, which was common practice in the Canadian-Ukrainian community, and she apparently was very good at it because she remained the school’s main reciter of poetry at festivals and concerts throughout her years in elementary school. Melanie has returned to poetry with a vengeance and an ever-growing body of work.
CARL HARE, now writer and poet, had an earlier career both in professional theatre as actor, director and Artistic Director of Company One Theatre; and as a teacher, founding the Theatre Department at the University of Victoria, teaching at the National Theatre School, and becoming the Chair at the University of Alberta Drama Department. As a poet, six of his rhymes for younger children were set to music by Malcolm Forsyth; he received a commission from the National Arts Centre to write a poem for Forsyth’s Ballad of Canada; and a collection of poetry, A Weathering of Years, has just been published.
LISA MAKARCHUK developed her love of poetry at Bear’s Head School, a rural school in northern Saskatchewan. Toys were scarce so, for entertainment, she memorized poems like “The Stamp Collector” and “Abou ben Adhem”. Nazim Hikmet and Pablo Neruda were her favorites poets in high school. She arrived in Cuba in June, 1961, catching one of the last Pan Am flights from Miami to Havana. It was the Year of Literacy and Lisa reported on it working at a long-wave English language radio station, CMCA, in Havana. Later, she also worked at Radio Havana Cuba as a newscaster and translator. During the First Tri-continental Conference held in Havana, she was part of the team that translated its documents into English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Quechua and served as a forerunner for the international edition of Granma.
EMILY NILSEN was born and raised in Vancouver. She has published poems in PRISM International, Lake, and the Goose, and in a chapbook entitled Place, No Manual. Nilsen was a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2015, after have been longlisted for the prize on three separate occasions. Her work has also been longlisted for the UK National Poetry Prize. She lives in Nelson, British Columbia.
MOLLY PEACOCK is a poet, biographer, essayist, and short fiction writer whose multi-genre literary life has taken her from New York City to Toronto, from poetry to prose, from words to words-and-pictures, and from lyric self-examination to curiosity about the lives of others. Her newest book is The Analyst: poems.
DAWN PROMISLOW was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived in Toronto since 1987. She was mentored at the Humber School for Writers by Olive Senior for her short story collection, which was published in 2010 (Jewels and Other Stories, Mawenzi House.) The collection was named one of the 8 best fiction debuts of 2011 by The Globe and Mail, and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, 2011. Dawn’s poem “lemon” was short-listed for the Berfrois New Poetry Prize 2015, and she has had poems published in Munyori Literary Journal, Canopic Jar and Cosmonauts Avenue, among others. She was the 2015-2016 writer-in-residence at the Toronto Heliconian Club. More information about her work can be found on her website, at www.dawnpromislow.com
TAKATSU is a poet, novelist, multimedia designer, event coordinator, pioneer of cell phone novels, and the founder of Inspiritus Press. His serialized literary novels have surpassed a readership of 1 million online. He is the author of Secondhand Memories (2008), Espresso Love (2014), Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams (2016) and editor of the 2017 poetry anthology, Apparatus. Forthcoming in Fall 2017 is Kawatare, a poetry chapbook through Anstruther Press. He coordinates Bring the Noise Street Poetry Tour, Crossroads Literary Festival, the Literary Fiction Network, the Cell Phone Novel movement and other community initiatives.
SUSAN ALEXANDER recently won the category of “listening” for the Whistler Poet’s Pause Competition. Her poem will be displayed in a sculpture park at Alta Lake for the coming year. This is an annual competition that brings together visual art, poetry and natural beauty.
REBECCA BANKS: Subterranean Blue Poetry Presents! Two new Subterranean Blue Poetry imprints! Freedom Writes Anthology (Subterranean Blue Poetry, 2017) from Kimberlynne Darby Newton and friends. Available through Amazon. Letters from Winter (Subterranean Blue Poetry, 2017) by Rebecca Anne Banks. Available through Amazon. www.subterraneanbluepoetry.com
DAVID BRYDGES: Canada’s oldest non-governmental national poetry contest honoured the memory and legacy of its first national poet Dr. Drummond with a very successful poetry contest. Under the administration of Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, we received 199 poems from 91 poets from across Canada. League of Canadian Poets member Keith Inman was our new judge this year and chose 20 winning poems. An honourable mention went to League member Blaine Marchand for his poem “You would have Laughed.” In the Judge’s Choice category Ronnie Brown won for her poem “Love in the 21st Century”, Melanie Flores for “Ode to an Unknown Neighbour”, and Kate Marshall Flaherty for the poem “Feel.” Congratulations to these League members for their newly rewarded outstanding writing excellence.
As well, the Spring Poetry Pulse throbbed heartily as it Festival celebrated its 10th year of being Northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event. League poets Honey Novick and Sonia Cotten lead workshops in 7 local Anglophone and Francophone schools. Kate Marshall Flaherty taught a Still Point writing workshop that was well attended. One retired gentleman became a poet after never writing poetry before. National Poetry Month vibrantly blossomed despite the flowers not.
LOUISE CARSON has a cento, Small circles, in Headlight Anthology 20/20, a publication out of Concordia University. Digital and print versions. She is also proud to have contributed two poems to Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction, Inanna Publications, available May 1, 2017.
CAROL CASEY has a poem included in the book Much Madness, Divinest Sense: Women’s Stories of Mental Health and Health Care, which has recently been published. The book is raw, honest and includes multiple perspectives. It may interest those concerned with mental health and/or women’s issues.
ROSEMARY CLEWES’ new chapbook Islands North and South, her first with Aeolus House, launched on April 5.
SHARON GOODIER: Saturday June 17. Hard Rain. We need to get a visible poetry movement for justice – social, ecological, gender, human, economic, mental/emotional, etc. – a poetic response to Neo-liberalism, a departure from being “nice”. We need a vision expressed in traditional and radical poetic forms, images, metaphors and language. If you write and/or read socially engaged poetry, please meet with me at 2PM at the Jeckyl and Hyde pub directly across from the Dundas West subway station on the north-east corner of Bloor and Dundas West in the Crossways building # 2340. Bring poems, ideas, strategies and support. Perhaps we can get an anthology together or readings. Perhaps we can plan an O Canada reading for July 1. We can use what’s beautiful in Canada as well as what needs a do-over. I have been collecting mags and books from the U.S. resistance poetry movement for you to look at. The pub is on the ground floor beside Dollarama. If someone wants to join us by Skype or Face time, someone will have to bring a larger laptop that mine and one that has Skype on it. Sharon Goodier 416-916-6991
SUSAN MCCASLIN’s upcoming volume, Into the Open: New and Selected Poems, will be launched by Inanna Publications on Sept. 27 in Toronto at the Glad Day Bookstore. She will be touring with the book both from Sept. 23 into the spring of 2018. Her recent volume, Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cezanne (Quattro Books, 2016) has been reviewed in Island Catholic News by J.S. Porter. Susan read from Painter, Poet, Mountain with Penn Kemp at The Fort Gallery in Fort Langley on April 6, and then on April 20 at an event sponsored by Pandora’s Collective at the historic Joy Kogawa House celebrating poets turning seventy this year, along with Heidi Greco, Kate Braid, and John Pass. Her “Gluten Free Poem,” was published as a “Friday’s Poem,” in Ascent Aspirations Magazine, April 29, 2017. She has also recently blogged short essays for Inanna Publications and Wood Lake Books.
ADAM SOL: The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards are currently accepting submissions for books with Jewish themes and subjects by Canadian authors. The deadline is May 31, and further details are available here: http://www.cjlawards.ca