Manuscript Readers

Members of the League are professional poets who are actively contributing to the development, growth, and public profile of poetry in Canada. We are happy to have members at all stages in their careers, and we are proud of the valuable network of writers this has created. Several of our members, in addition to being professional poets, are also professional editors whose services may be available on a freelance basis. Below, you can find a list of League members who may be a good fit for your current editing needs, from manuscript evaluations to a variety of levels of editing and review. Please note: all posted rates may be subject to change. If you are a member of the League and you would like to add your services to our database, please email





Di Brandt has won national and international acclaim in the genres of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, literary criticism and anthologizing, and has thirty years’ experience teaching professional creative writing at the university level and in the community, as well as extensive expertise in grant writing.


  • Manuscript consultations and editing
  • Literary mentorship and professional consultation
  • Grant advice


  • $100 manuscript reading fee for first 10 pages, $1.50 for every page beyond that.
  • $100 per hour for mentorships and consultations
  • Contact for editing rates

Contact:; 204-726-4767


Daniela Elza’s work has appeared nationally and internationally in over 100 publications. Her poetry collections are: the weight of dew (2012), the book of It (2011) and, most recently, milk tooth bane bone (2013) of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder.” Daniela works as a writer-in-residence, editor, mentor, workshop facilitator, contest judge, performer and host of events etc.. She lives in Vancouver, BC and is currently working on a couple of new manuscripts.

“I have worked with emerging poets, including writers in the Poetic Inquiry field who employ poetry as part of their thesis and research. I have a soft spot for ESL writers. We can meet face-to-face, we can work remotely through email and/or skype, or a combination of any of these. You are the guide, you know best what you are putting into the words, while I give suggestions for rewording, cuts, organization, to help your work shine. I am generous with my time. The goal is not only to improve your poems/manuscript, but for you to still love them at the end.”


  • One-on-one mentoring (may include work on individual poems with line by line edits, groups of poems, and/or publication advice)
  • Full manuscript editing


  • $45 per hour editing/mentoring
  • For manuscript we can work by the hour, or agree on a fixed rate (depending on the nature of the work)
  • Some sliding scale pricing available

Contact: website; please inquire, with a couple of sample poems, to


Jennifer Footman comes from India, spent most of her life in Edinburgh, and came to Canada in 1979 with her three sons. She has had many years experience running creative writing workshops, teaching poetry in schools under the Ontario Poets in Schools programme, and performing her poetry in public. She has been, and continues to be active in many community groups, ranging from the Brampton Writers Guild to the John Howard Society. She has been writing for the last 40 years and has several books of poetry published in the UK and in Canada. Her poetry has been in most Canadian, US and UK literary magazines. Her short fiction has also been widely published. In 1991 she won the Okanagan award for short fiction. Her investigative articles have been published in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, She Magazine, the Toronto Fashion Magazine, Poetry Toronto, Canadian Author, and others.


  • Specialization in poetry and medical material
  • Enjoys balancing and selecting items for a manuscript
  • Consultations available
  • Works with writers of any experience level

Rates: hourly or per page; inquire for estimate

Contact:; 905-838-4262


Kate Marshall Flaherty hase been editing poetry manuscripts for over ten years, as an in-house editor for Quattro Books, and also freelance. She has edited poets such as Penn Kemp, Kate Rogers, Donna Langevin, Janine Pittas, Banoo Zan and many others. She has also been a workshop leader and teacher for decades in the craft of writing and editing poetry at St Michael’s College, U of T.


  • Poetry manuscript evaluations
  • Poetry manuscript editing
  • StillPoint Writing workshops

Rates: inquire for details



During literary studies at York University and the Naropa Institute, John studied  with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, William Burroughs, Irving Layton, Miriam Waddington, Eli Mandel, Frank Davey, and others. He worked at Coach Press and has been active as an editor, literary journalist, and community college teacher. He is a member of the Sixth Floor poetry workshop, an advanced group of published poets,  and runs a micropress, for which he edits and designs. His five books of poetry include Mata Hari’s Lost Words (slated for a new edition in 2017) and Time Slip (Guernica Editions). His first mystery novel, Death by Triangulation, appeared in 2015.


  • A full range of services, from general advice on the quality, technique and organization of a poetry collection, to picky details of grammar, punctuation usage, and other copy-editing necessities.
  • A variety of levels available, from detailed feedback for a group of poems, or a reading-with-criticism of a whole manuscript.
  • Can also work with a manuscript almost ready for publication to help with the proofreading, sequencing and final selection of poems.


  • $100 for reading a feedback on a selection of a dozen poems
  • $250 for reading-with-criticism of a whole manuscript
  • Inquire for rates on other services

Contact:; website


Concetta is a writer of poetry, fiction and academic articles and have some experience writing for television documentaries. She is currently a sessional professor in the Creative Writing Program at YorkUniversity. She has had three books published, the most recent being a collection of poetry, walking: non-a-nun’s diary (2013) with DC Books. Prior this collection, her prose poems Interference (1999) and a novella Stained Glass (1997) came out with Guernica Editions. Her work has appeared in Canadian and American journals such as The Malahat Review, Grain, Descant Magazine, and Exile Quarterly, as well as on-line journals such as Lemon Hound and Rusty Toque. Several of her scholarly articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals. She has a PhD from YorkUniversity (2014).

Services: “I am an editor of creative works of poetry, fiction, cross-genre forms (I write prose-poetry, myself) and experimental writing. I also provide editorial support for project proposals, grant writing and academic or non-fiction projects.  Editorial support can range from providing a one-page review noting strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for the direction to take in revisions of the manuscript, detailed line-by-line revisions of grammar and syntax, or variations thereof. I provide services in a timely fashion by internet and can do face-to-face meetings if that is preferred.”



D.C. Reid has been published in more than 50 literary magazines in Canada, the United States, the U.K., India and Mexico, with his work having been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Hindi. He has published seven books of poetry and one novel, with two having been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay award, BC’s highest prize for poetry in their respective years. On another side of his life, Reid has gone on to write for more than 50 magazines/newspapers/websites across North America on fishing – gear, fly and Spey – in salt- and fresh-water. His fifth fishing book will be released in 2016. You will see this and many other books on his website: His most recent award is the national Roderick Haig-Brown Award for environmental writing, 2016.

Services: “I will offer helpful advice on short or book length manuscripts of poetry, prose fiction and non-fiction. In addition, I can offer useful market advice for all three genres. A copy of one of my books is sent with my comments so that the writer can get a feel for the way I write. I can work with any kind of poetry.”

Rates: Inquire for details



Robin Richardson runs a successful month poetry workshop called The Unsympathetic Poetry Workshops in Toronto. She is the author of two collections of poetry, and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work is forthcoming in POETRY, and has appeared in Tin House, Partisan, The North American Review, and Hazlitt, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been shortlisted for the CBC, Walrus, and Lemon Hound Poetry Prizes. Richardson’s latest collection, Sit How You Want, is forthcoming with Véhicule Press. Poems from the collection have been adapted to song by composer Andrew Staniland for The Brooklyn Art Song Society, and premiered in 2016 in New York.


  • Full manuscript evaluations
  • One-on-one tutoring (may include line by line edits, or overall industry discussion and publication advice)


  • $500 manuscript evaluations
  • $50 per hour tutoring
  • Some sliding scale pricing available
  • Special requests can always be accommodated



Jacob Scheier is a Governor General’s Award winning poet. He is the author of the full-length poetry collections, More to Keep us Warm (ECW Press, 2007) and Letter From Brooklyn (2013). His poems have been aired on CBC radio and been published in literary journals and anthologies across North America and in the U.K. He was nominated for a National Magazine Award for poetry in 2014. Jacob has taught creative writing at Ryerson’s University School of Continuing Education and Brandon University (Manitoba). He has facilitated creative writing workshop as the writer-in-residence for both the Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Pierre Berton House residency in Dawson City, Yukon and for Algoma University at St. Thomas (Ontario). Jacob is the former co-editor-in-chief of existere, York University’s literary journal, and he has provided poetry manuscript consultations to several emerging poets who have gone on to publish full-length collections.


  • Full manuscript evaluations


  • $500 manuscript evaluations (sliding scale based on financial need)