New Member Readings

Prior to the digital shifting mandated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the LCP would host the annual Joseph Sherman New Member Reading in-person to align with our AGM. Poets proved themselves dedicated and resilient throughout the pandemic, though, and the LCP’s membership has grown and thrived under unusual and impossible circumstances. We are now excited to launch a virtual series of events to celebrate our new members!

Events will not be recorded for distribution after the event. Live Transcription will be enabled for all events.

Upcoming Events



Thursday, May 26, 2022

7pm EST 

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Featuring: Ellie Csepregi, Cassandra Myers, Jaclyn Desforges, Mary Lee Bragg, and Tanya Standish McIntyre

Ellie Csepregi is an internationally published poet whose work appears in literary journals and anthologies including: Rampike, Ash – Oxford University Press, Black Moss Press, Blue Sky, Cranberry Tree Press, Spittoon, Windsor Review, Lancaster Literary Festival, Gathered Voices 3, the Beijinger. She has been a cultural worker and supporter of the arts since the early 1970s. Her longer poems have also been written into theatrical pieces and performed by TheatreSpace in Vancouver. She has mentored and encouraged young voices and international authors to express themselves through creative writing. Tiers: What We Do with all that Cake is her first full length collection of poetry. Published November 2020 by Cranberry Tree Press ISBN13 9781894668804. Ellie has been a member of the League of Canadian Poets since 2021.

Cassandra Myers (they/she) is a queer, trans, crip, mad, South Asian-Italian poet, performer, educator, and social worker from Toronto, Ontario. A National Poetry Slam Champion, Cassandra has performed poetry across the United States and Canada. A recent winner of the ARC Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Award, and longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, Cassandra’s first book of poems is set to be released with Write Bloody Publishing in 2022.

JACLYN DESFORGES is the author of Danger Flower (Palimpsest Press/Anstruther Books), one of CBC’s picks for best Canadian poetry of 2021. She’s also the author of a picture book, Why Are You So Quiet? (Annick Press, 2020), which was nominated for a Chocolate Lily Award. Jaclyn is a Pushcart-nominated writer and the winner of the 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices award, two 2019 Short Works Prizes, and a 2020 Hamilton Emerging Artist Award for Writing. She is an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia’s School of Creative Writing and lives in Hamilton with her partner and daughter.

Mary Lee Bragg grew up in Calgary and now lives in Ottawa. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in literary magazines and ezines in Canada, the United States and Cuba, in the novel Shooting Angels, and in two chapbooks, How Women Work and Winter Music. The Landscape That Isn’t There is her first full-length poetry collection.

Tanya Standish McIntyre is a poet and visual artist, born and still living in the rural Eastern Townships of Quebec. Her first book, The House You Are Born In, to be published in McGill-Queens University Press’s Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series in 2022, draws from her experiences growing up on an ancestral farm. An early review calls it “A stunning debut by a promising new poetic voice, haunting and uplifting in equal measure.” Visit her website at