A monthly update: see who’s new to the League and what’s new with Leaguers.
DC Reid is organizing an anthology – Hologram for PK Page – which he will produce in support of the League’s PK Page Trust Fund for mentoring. This project is open for submissions until September 30, 2019. For more information and the call for submissions, click here. This project is independent from the League – please contact DC directly with the email provided in the call for any questions. Thanks to DC for organizing this initiative!
Madeline Bassnett is the author of two chapbooks, Pilgrimage (2016) and Elegies (2011), as well as a literary monograph, Women, Food Exchange, and Governance in Early Modern England (2016). She is currently on the board of Poetry London and teaches in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University. She lives in London, Ontario.
Liana Di Marco
Klara Du Plessis is a poet residing in Montreal. Her debut collection, Ekke, was released from Palimpsest Press in 2018; and her chapbook, Wax Lyrical—shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award—was published by Anstruther Press in 2015. Klara is the editor for carte blanche magazine, a PhD English Literature student at Concordia University, and currently expanding her curatorial practice to include experimental Deep Curation poetry reading events. Follow her @ToMakePoesis.
Paola Ferrante‘s poetry and fiction have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Puritan, The Fiddlehead, CV2, Joyland, Room Magazine, Carte Blanche, Canthius, Minola Review, Overland, and elsewhere. Her poetry was a finalist for the Malahat Review‘s 2018 Open Season Awards, nominated for the 2018 Best of The Net award, and long listed for the 2017 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize. Her fiction won first prize in Room Magazine‘s 2018 Fiction Awards, was shortlisted for PRISM International‘s 2018 Grouse Grind, and long listed for SmokeLong Quarterly’s 15 anniversary Flash Fiction Award. Her chapbook, The True Confessions of Buffalo Bill, was published by Anstruther Press. Her first full length poetry collection, What to Wear When Surviving A Lion Attack, is forthcoming from Mansfield Press in Spring 2019. She resides in Toronto, Canada. Her twitter handle is @PaolaOFerrante.
David Miller is a poet living in northern British Columbia. He was born in Toronto in 1952 and came to British Columbia in 1971. He has worked a variety of occupations from logging, commercial fishing, to working with those suffering mental illness and addictions. His poetry reflects a hidden edge of masculinity that bubbles beneath the surface from the dark alleys to the forest and sea.
Member News – A Year in Review!
In celebration of our Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting, taking place in June 2019, here’s a look at what our members celebrated over the past year.
Rebecca Banks presents:
Subterranean Blue Poetry Announces! Coming Soon! . . .
Working on “Dear Oprah” by Michael Ellis. Famous California Poet and Rap Artist’s much celebrated poetry manuscript. A young girl in the ‘hood who is a rape survivor tells her story in first person poetic narrative. A must read. A Subterranean Blue Poetry Imprint.
A Book Review for “Between the Spine” by Adrian Ernesto Cepeda and a series of Book Reviews for Emily Bilman (to include “A Woman By A Well”, “Resilience” and “The Threshold of Broken Waters”) will be published in future Issues of Subterranean Blue Poetry.
Coming Soon! The July 2019 Issue of Subterranean Blue Poetry.
Titled: “birds and blues”
Featuring: Deborah Guzzi, Autumn Cooper, Joseph Campbell, Collin van de Sluijs . . . and more.
“all the poetry, this Summer”
“for those subterranean blues”
Subterranean Blue Poetry
Jeevan Bhagwat co-facilitates the Scarborough Poetry Club – meetings monthly – and is actively involved in promoting poetry in his community. As part of the City of Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot celebration last year, he helped organize a poetry workshop series that allowed participants from the community to read, write, and present their own poetry.
Rita Bouvier’s poetry, previously published and new, was included in two publications dedicated to Indigenous writers, ndncountry (Prairie Fire CV2, 2018) and kisiskâciwan, edited by Jesse Archibald-Barber (University of Regina Press, 2018).
Shannon Bramer has just published Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children with Groundwood Books. Illustrated by Californian visual artist and puppeteer, Cindy Derby, this new collection resulted from Bramer’s work as a kindergarten lunchroom supervisor and explores an evocative range of children’s joys and sorrows, worries and fears, with both sensitivity and humour.
Allan Briesmaster’s poetry was published in Heartwood (League of Canadian Poets) and the Tamaracks anthology. His book, The Long Bond: Selected and New Poems, is coming out from Guernica in the fall.
Ronnie R. Brown’s work appears in Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (Mansfield Press) and Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century.
David Brydges organized Poartry North, an exhibit at the Temiskaming Art Gallery in Haileybury, Ontario – poems with matching artwork.
Barbara Bucknell is working on and submitting manuscripts; one called Autobiography that gives an overview of her life, containing poems she has written from the age of 19 to present, another an English verse translation of a medieval French word the Laise of Marie de France – stories of love affairs.
Fern G. Z. Carr’s debut poetry collection, Shards of Crystal, was released by Silver Bow Publishing. Her book has received much acclaim thanks to positive reviews, interviews, articles and speaking engagements including a guest reading for the Federation of BC Writers. Over the course of the past year, Fern’s poetry has been published in: California; Illinois; Indiana; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Montana; New Westminster; Pennsylvania; Toronto; Vancouver and Zomba, Malawi with more slated for publication in France. While she writes poetry in six languages and has been published in five, her goal is to have her Mandarin poems published.
Louise Carson will be one of the featured performers at a celebration of over 30 years of the existence of Montreal Serai, an online magazine on Friday, June 21 at 7 PM, Espace Knox, 6215 Godfrey Avenue, QC.
Chelsey Coupal’s Sedley (Coteau Books, 2018) was shortlisted for three Sask Book Awards: the Poetry Award, the First Book Award and the Regina Book Award.
Robert Currie’s One-Way Ticket (Coteau Books, 2018) was short-listed for the Poetry Award at the 2019 Sask Book Awards. Two poems were published in the Spring 2019 edition of Grain Magazine.
Anthony Di Nardo‘s newest book is SKYLIGHT (Ronsdale Press, 2018). He is finishing up a manuscript, tentatively titled It All Depends.
Anita Dolman’s poetry has been published in Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, Ottawater, Experiment-O 11, Crush, the Sawdust Reading Series 4th Anniversary Collection chapbook, and on the Chaudiere Books website as part of National Poetry Month. She has written poetry book reviews for Room and Arc Poetry Magazine.
Amanda Earl, managing editor of Bywords.ca, oversaw the publication of 12 online issues featuring approximately 40 poems and 12 reviews. As the fallen angel of AngelHousePress/DevilHouse, she oversaw the publication of 6 chapbooks and two online magazines (NationalPoetryMonth.ca and Experiment-O.com). She received an Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant, was a feature at two Ottawa-based readings, and had poetry published in 6 print and online literary magazines. As a visual poet, she had work exhibited in Toronto, Ottawa, and forthcoming in Windsor and Niagara Falls. She had 5 visual poetry chapbooks published in Ottawa, Burlington, Toronto, Calgary, and Sweden and her visual poems were published in 3 online journals. She was on the 2019 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award jury and was the editor for the first issue of Guest (above/ground press, 2019).
AngelHousePress is creating a collaborative map for women and gender non conforming visual and concrete poets. See the map as more names from around the world are added here: https://tinyurl.com/y6mm7djg.
AngelHousePress is undertaking this initiative because just like with other forms of publishing, men make up the vast majority of publications, even though they are not the only option. there is strength in numbers.
Furthermore, we will ensure that all publishers of visual and concrete poetry can see the map so that they will have no more excuses when they claim the lack of women and gender non conforming visual and concrete poets.
Please share this with all women and gender non conforming visual and concrete poets you know. I think this could really be a force!
yr fallen angel,
Keith Garebian’s poem “Dungeness Documentary” from his collection Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (2008), was set to music for choir and instruments by Gregory Spears. Another poem (“Queer Artist Haiku”) from the same collection was published in Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman (Squares & Rebels, 2019). “The Old Lovers” was selected for 13, the League chapbook, edited by Ali Blythe ahead of the publication of his 8th collection, Against Forgetting, by Frontenac House as part of their Quartet 2019.
Kim Goldberg had 3 poems included in Multiverse: an international anthology of science fiction poetry from Scottish sci-fi publisher Shoreline of Infinity. She also had poems included in two Canadian anthologies released in 2018 — Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug Press), and Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (Mansfield Press).
Brian Henderson’s 12th collection of poetry, Unidentified Poetic Object (Brick Books) is out Spring 2019. Last fall, he read at the Elora Poetry Centre for the 100,000 Poets event with bill bissett.
Debbie Okun Hill had a busy year with 42 poems published in numerous publications and anthologies including Heartwood, In/Words Magazine, Poetry Pause, Tamaracks, and The Windsor Review. Ten of her previously published poems were also translated into Greek for the anthology Hellenic Encounters. She judged contests, posted 23 features on her literary blog Kites Without Strings, and wrote over 15 reviews for Goodreads. Her ash tree inspired poems have been shared at featured readings and open mic events held in southern Ontario and in Winnipeg. This April, she was named a Life Member of the Ontario Poetry Society for her contribution to the poetry community.
Maureen Hynes is delighted that her fifth volume of poetry, Sotto Voce, will be published by Brick Books in the fall.
Keith Inman adjudicated a poetry contest called Fresh Ink for the St. Catherines Public Library last fall. He coordinates the Banister poetry contest for his local Canadian Authors branch. He is working on two manuscripts, one about walking 800k of the Camino-Frances.
Susan Ioannou read her work for recording on Vallum’s Poem of the Week blog. Other poems appeared in the League’s Poetry Pause, The Feathertale Review, Big Pond Rumours, and Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century.
Patricia Keeney’s latest books are Orpheus in Our Time (NeoPoiesis) – a combination of lyric poems based on ancient Greek hymns and contemporary dialogue, and One Man Dancing (Inanna) – a novel based on the life of an African Canadian actor involved in an experimental Ugandan theatre company during the murderous reign of Idi Amin – currently being considered for film.
Penn Kemp launched new poetry books Local Heroes (Insomniac Press) and Fox Haunts (Aeolus House). She participated in festivals including Day of the Poet, The Edmonton Poetry Festival, and Wordsfest.ca. She was featured in the London Public Library Trailblazer Series and Gathering Voices 2019. She was the Kalamlka Writer-in-Residence at Vernon’s Caetani House in Fall 2018.
Daniel Kolos has continued Salons at his home in the village of Durham, Ontario. In February, he hosted the Fifth Annual Erotic Poetry Salon with fiteen local poets reading from all around Grey County. He continues to organize and lead a bi-weekly poetry workshop that has been on-going since 2012. This year, fourteen members of the workshop are collecting poems for their first anthology, Echoes.
Fiona Tinwei Lam’s animated poetry videos were selected for screening at the Zebra poetry film festival in Germany, the International Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece, as well as at festivals in Montreal, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Houston, among others. She co-edited and contributed to Love Me True, an anthology of poetry and creative nonfiction about the ups and downs of long-term relationships, which was launched in spring 2018 with Caitlin Press. She has been putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming book of poems, Odes & Laments (Caitilin Press, fall 2019).
John B. Lee hosted a reading in Port Dover with George Elliot Clarke launching their collaborative book These Are the Words (Hidden Brook Press, 2018). He continues his annual July 7th tradition of hosting a poetry reading dedicated to PEACE & LOVE inspired by Ringo Starr’s birthday when he invites people all over the world to celebrate Peace and Love in the world.
Yukon poet Joanna Lilley toured Alaska in December 2018, organized by 49 Writers which included readings, craft talks, and workshops in Juneau, Cordova, and Anchorage on her “Human Geography” theme of writing about place. She participated in a “poet responder” event at the Anchorage Museum, writing poems on the spot in response to prompts provided by museum visitors.
D.A. Lockhart’s third collection, The Gravel Lot that was Montana (Mansfield Press) was released in October 2018. His forth collection, Devil in the Woods (Brick Books) will be out in Fall 2019. His fifth book, Wenchikàneit Visions (Black Moss Press), a collection of lyric essays is due out around the same time. He received 5 nominations for the Pushcart Award for his poetry. One poem was selected for Best Canadian Poetry in English 2019 (Biblioasis). He hosts the By the River reading series in Waawiiyaatanog and publishes American and Canadian poets through his small press, Urban Farmhouse Press.
Jeanette Lynes’ The Small Things That End The World (Coteau Books, 2018) won the Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award at the 2019 Sask Book Awards.
Randy Lundy’s Blackbird Song (University of Regina Press, 2017) won the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award and the Saskatoon Public Library Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing Award.
Diana Manole has seen her poems in the anthologies Dis(s)ent (In/Words, 2018) and Things That Matter (Ontario Poetry Society, 2018), and in magazines The Loch Raven Review, The Feathertale Review, NationalPoetryMonth.ca, POEM, The Sleep Aquarium, Revista Neuma, and eCreator.ro. He work has also been featured through Poetry Pause. Her translations of Romanian poetry into English appeared in Comparative Critical Studies (Edinburgh UP, 2019),New Humanist, Columbia Journal, Washington Square Review, The Loch Raven Review, Ezra:An Online Journal of Translation, and The Bitter Oleander; Întoarce-te (Come Down) by Fiona Sampson, Diana’s first translation of an entire collection of poems from English to Romanian, was published by Tracus Arte in Bucharest in April 2019. Her literary translations have earned her second prize in the 2017/18 John Dryden Translation Competition and the invitation to present at the National Poetry Day Translation Summit, organized by the University of Roehampton and Newcastle University in London, UK, on 4 Oct. 2018. As an advocate of diversity in Canada and internationally, Diana’s most important accomplishmenthas been designing and teaching at Trent University the fourth-year course “Advanced Studies in Canadian Literature” as a survey of works by over thirty first- and second-generation Canadian poets. Students have explored how displacement, multiculturalism, and multilingualism, as well as racial, gender, and/or sexual discrimination inform poetics.
Dave Margoshes’ A Calendar of Reckoning (Coteau Books, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2019 Sask Book Awards poetry prize.
Susan McCaslin launched her recent book, Superabundantly Alive: Thomas Merton’s Dance with the Feminine (Wood Lake) – a mixed-genre work of creative nonfiction -, in Vancouver in Feb. In early April she toured with her collaborating author J.S. Porter in Ontario.
rob mclennan has two poetry collections out this year, A halt, which is empty (Mansfield Press) and Household items (Salmon Poetry, Ireland). Life sentence, will be published next year by Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. He has chapbooks out this year with Penteract Press, Happy Monk Press, No Press, post ghost press, and above/ground press. above/ground press is 26 years old this year, as is The Factory Reading series.
Michael Mirolla was interviewed on World Poetry Café with Ariadne Sawyer in December 2018. His work was featured in the anthology Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century. Through Guernica Editions, of which he is publisher/editor-in-chief, he launched a diversity-focused poetry mentorship program. He will be the Writer in Residence at the Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver this upcoming winter.
Lynda Monahan along with Saskatchewan poet, Rod Thompson, have co-written a collection, A Beautiful Stone: Poems and Ululations to be released by Radiant Press in the fall of 2019. Lynda facilitates a writing group for the Canadian Mental Health Association – Prince Albert Branch and is compiling an anthology of the group’s work to be released this spring.
Dwayne Morgan illustrated one of his poems and released it as a children’s book. He coordinates a poetry slam league/competitions for students in grades 6-12 with both the Halton District School Board (20 schools) and the York Region District School Board (50 schools). In June, Dwayne will start filming the second season of his TV show, Poetically Speaking, which airs on the AfroGlobal television network. He will headline the opening night of Kalmunity Music Week in Montreal. In December 2018, he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his spoken word showcase, When Brothers Speak. This March saw the 19th edition of When Sisters Speak.
Bruce Meyer published selected poems The First Taste (Black Moss Press) and a new collection of short stories A Feast of Brief Hopes (Guernica Editions). More of Bruce’s work, Pressing Matters: The Story of Black Moss Press, a new collection of poems McLuhan’s Canary (Guernica Editions), and a book of translations from Chinese from Exile Editions will come out this year. He was shortlisted for the National Poetry Competition in the UK, the Fish Flash Fiction Prize (Ireland), the MacEwen Prize (Canada), and won The Woolf Prize (Switzerland). In 2020, Guernica Editions will publish a volume of essays on his work.
kjmunro’s first collection – contractions (Red Moon Press, 2019) – was launched in Whitehorse on International Haiku Poetry Day. Since January 2018, kjmunro has curated a weekly blog feature for The Haiku Foundation, now managed with guest editors. She gave two workshops in June 2018 as Artist in Residence at Jenni House.
Mary Ann Mulhern was named Poet Laureate of Windsor, with Marty Gervais as Poet Laureate Emeritus. She just completed a poetry collection on the tragic Donnelly family of Lucan, ON to be published with Black Moss Press.
Honey Novick’s book Undefeated Relevance, was published by Flowertopia Studio. She was accepted by Poetry In Voice, an educational program of the Griffin Foundation. She sang tributes to Leonard Cohen and Austin Clarke with George Elliott Clarke at the Toronto Public Library.
John Oughton is still enjoying retirement from college teaching. He has two manuscripts out awaiting publishers’ reactions: a new poetry collection, and a primer on how to teach in colleges and universities. He has been taking guitar lessons and started writing songs (six, so far). Recently, he retired from the volunteer committee running the Art Bar series. He has given a number of readings in and around Toronto, including one in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s house west of High Park. She is supposed to haunt it, but didn’t appear during his reading.
Concetta Principe is happy to announce that Frog Hollow Press (Vancouver) is publishing a suite of her poems this spring as part of their Dis/Abilities Series, titled Conversion – Or A Theory.
Claudia Coutu Radmore was a director and presenter at this year’s VersEfest Ottawa which featured 81 poets, including poets from Iceland, Denmark, and Germany. She had about 24 poems accepted in journals, a chapbook manuscript published by above ground press, and a chapbook of Fogo Island poems by The Alfred Gustav Press. A full collection has been accepted for publication in Fall 2020.
Giovanna Riccio has a new book, Plastic’s Republic: Featuring the Barbie Suite published by Guernica Editions.
Bruce Rice was named Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan, effective April 1, 2019. He will serve in this capacity for a two-year term. Utilizing the resources of the Regina Public Library’s Digital Studio, Bruce has started The Poet and The Poem interviews and voice recordings for NPN. A new collection, based on street photographer Vivian Maier, will be released in 2020 by Radiant Press. Bruce serves as Saskatchewan rep on the TWUC National Council.
Rob Rolfe’s work was included in the recent poetry anthology Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press). He did a CIUT radio interview on Patrick Lane and on his own tenure with Larry Jensen as Owen Sound Poets Laureate for 2015-2017.
gillian harding-russell’s poetry collection IN ANOTHER AIR (Radiant Press, 2018) was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award. An excerpt from the sequence “Making Sense” is published in the latest issue of ELQ/Exile vol42, no1. The sequence won first place in Exile’s Gwendolyn MacEwen poetry competition in 2016.
Paul Sanderson’s new chapbook Falling Forward, edited by Allan Briesmaster, is to be published in 2019 with graphic design by Julie McNeil Graphic Arts. Includes a CD insert, Beauty for Ashes, a collection of original instrumental guitar and piano pieces and songs written and performed by and poems read by the author, recorded at Blue Sound Studio in Toronto.
Vanessa Shields owns and operates Gertrude’s Writing Room (GWR), located in Windsor, ON – the only dedicated creative writing office and school in Windsor/Essex County. GWR offers workshops, classes, and editorial/mentorship opportunities for writers of all stages of their career. Since its humble beginnings in July 2018, GWR has offered an average of one (5-6 week) class and 3 workshops per month – teaching, inspiring, and motivating over 125 writers. Vanessa is currently working on a new poetry manuscript slated for publication with Palimpsest Press (2021).
David Silverberg‘s latest book of poetry As Close to the Edge Without Going Over was published in May 2019 from ChiZine’s poetry imprint Kelp Queen Press. This book focuses on spec poetry (sci-fi, horror, magic realism). David also created a solo theatre show Jewnique which he toured across Ontario and Alberta in 2018.
It has been a busy year for Glen Sorestad. His poems appeared in four separate anthologies published during the past year: The League’s Heartwood, edited by Lesley Strutt; Saskatchewan Hockey, selected and edited by Allan Safarik; Beyond Forgetting, celebrating Al Purdy; and, Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century, selected and edited by James Deahl. In 2018, ten poems appeared in English and Italian translations in The Journal of Italian Translation in New York, while another five poems by the same translator appeared in English and Italian translation in Il Foglio Letterario in Italy. Another seventeen poems appeared in both print magazines – Grain and Amarillo Bay, andonline journals or websites in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews’ poetry appears in Another Dysfunctional Cancer Anthology (Mansfield Press, 2018) edited by Priscila Uppal and Meaghan Strimas. This anthology was selected by Chatelaine Magazine as one of the top books of 2018. Josie also co-ordinated a new anthology of Ontario artists, Things That Matter (HAT, 2018). Soon, she will launch a new collection of poetry and photography, Sunrise Over Lake Ontario, with cover art by John Kinsella.
Mary Lou Souter-Hynes’s fourth collection of poetry, Any Waking Morning, will be out from Inanna Publications this May. Her poetry will appear in Vallum and The Maynard for Spring 2019.
Eva Tihanvi collaborated with Toronto musician and composer Carlie Howell on a 14-song cycle called When Lightening Strikes the River, for which they received a Canada Council collaboration grant. One song is her previously published poem “My Heart Hears You Dreaming” set to music; the other 13 are brand new poems/lyrics.
Bernadette Wagner received the 2018 Hyland Volunteer Award for outstanding leadership in the Saskatchewan writing community. She edited a redesigned Spring Volume II: Emerging Saskatchewan Writers. Her my second collection, The Dry Valley (Radiant Press), will be out this fall.
Elana Wolff has edited seven collections of poetry, had work published in three anthologies – including Heartwood – and submitted a sixth collection of poetry for release in 2020.
beholden: a poem as long as the river by Rita Wong and Fred Wah has been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Wong and four others who were arrested for opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion went to court on April 15 in Vancouver, arguing a defence of necessity based on climate change. The Crown has suggested that Wong should spend 28 days in jail for her principled action to defend the land and water, and the date of the judge’s decision will be released on May 1.
Anna Yin participated in the 2019 PoetryNow Battle of the Bards and shared her poem “My Accent.” She has translated work by poets in Canada into Chinese and had them published in USA and China. She is working on a manuscript of translations of Canadian, American, and Chinese poems.
In addition to running Shab-e She’r, Toronto’s most diverse and brave monthly poetry and open mic series, Bänoo Zan has also been published in some magazines, journals, and anthologies (16 pieces in 13 places), read at different events, and also started collaborating with Happening Multicultural Festival for their poetry and spoken word showcase. She was the librettist for the opera The Journey: Notes of Hope – an opera about exile that ran for 2 nights in Toronto.