Manuscript Readers & Editorial Services

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 [email protected].

Di Brandt | Daniela Elza  | Jennifer Footman | Chelene Knight  | Kate Marshall Flaherty | John Oughton | Concetta Principe | D.C. Reid | Robin Richardson | Sandra Ridley | Jacob Scheier

Di Brandt

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: [email protected]; 204-726-4767

Daniela Elza

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

Contactwebsite; please inquire, with a couple of sample poems, to [email protected].

Jennifer Footman

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: [email protected]; 905-838-4262

Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Her work is anthologized in Making RoomLove Me TrueSustenanceThe Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter.

The Toronto Star called Knight, “one of the storytellers we need most right now.” Knight was the previous managing editor at Room (2016- June 2019), and programming director for the Growing Room Festival (2018, 2019), and now CEO of #LearnWritingEssentials and Breathing Space Creative. She often gives talks about home, belonging and belief, inclusivity, and community building through authentic storytelling. Chelene specializes in substantive and line edits (poetry and CNF). She’s worked on projects with Between the Lines Publishing, Open Book, Greystone Books, and more.


  • Manuscript consults (substantive edits)
  • Mentorships
  • E-courses
  • Workshops
  • Copywriting

Rates: Rates vary depending on the scope of work. For all consults, please fill out Chelene’s manuscript consult questionnaire.


Kate Marshall Flaherty

Kate Marshall Flaherty has 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

Contact:; [email protected]

John Oughton

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: [email protected]website

Concetta Principe

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 ReviewGrain, 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.”

Contact: [email protected].

D.C. Reid

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

Contact: [email protected].

Robin Richardson

Robin Richardson runs regular poetry workshops and seminars, mentoring dozens of students a year, with a focus on helping ambitious writers find their voice, hone their craft, and get published with reputable presses.

If you are humble, ambitious, and dedicated to excelling as a writer, both in skill and in capacity of thought, you have come to the right place.

Robin Richardson is the author of three collections of poetry, including Sit How You Want (Finalist for the Trillium Book Award / named one of the best books of the year by CBC), and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work has appeared in Salon, POETRY, The American Poetry Review, The Walrus, Hazlitt, Best Canadian Poetry, and Tin House, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, has won the Fortnight Poetry Prize in the U.K., The John B. Santorini Award, The Joan T. Baldwin Award, and has been shortlisted for the CBC, Walrus, and ARC Poetry Prizes, among others. Richardson’s work has been adapted to song by Andrew Staniland through The Brooklyn Art Song Society.


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


  • $1,000 manuscript evaluations
  • $1,200 mentorship
  • Some sliding scale pricing available
  • Special requests can be accommodated

Contact:,  [email protected]

Jacob Scheier

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)

Contact: [email protected]

Editorial Support

Many LCP members are happy to offer editorial support for new and established poets who are seeking support in publishing, editing, and review services. Explore our members who offer these services below.

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