Leap: The Lesley Strutt Memorial Chapbook for emerging poets over 40

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Leap: The Lesley Strutt Memorial Chapbook for emerging poets over 40

Edited by  Claudia Radmore and Joan Conway  

Featuring poetry by: Anne Archer, Sonja Arntzen, Barbara Black, Carol Casey, H.E. Casson, Marlene Grand Maître, Carla Harris, Louisa Howerow, Norma Kerby, Sharon Lax, Josephine LoRe, Jane Macdonald, Dharmpal Mahendra Jain, Tanya McIntyre, Anita Ngai, Susan Publicover, Carol A. Stephen and Susan Wismer.


‘It’s never too late!”

I can almost hear Lesley Strutt whispering those words in our ears. Cheering us on. That was the kind of poet she was. That was how she lived, fully, with enthusiasm and light. And always with encouragement.  

This chapbook is a part of Lesley’s legacy, dedicated to supporting emerging poets later in life.  It wants poets, not just to show up, but to do so with heart, intention and clarity. Her own words mirror this. 

 Spring astonishes me _ half gone before I notice… red robins plump bellies and arpeggios in the throat. I have a throat that was once throttled. Now inky with its voice I get away with things I never dared before. In the stillness that follows I burn so ruthless until silence no man’s land breaks where the light seems through and explodes my aloneness. You there there again there singing to me at the top of your lungs. Leap! Lesley Strutt

With Lesley’s vibrant callout, let the conversations begin.  


This chapbook was created in memory of Lesley Strutt, a poet, friend and supporter of poets across Canada.

Honouring Lesley Strutt: Lesley Strutt was an incredible poet, friend and supporter of emerging poets across Canada. Her recent passing has left a void for many people, and we feel it is important to do a few things to honour her writing, legacy, and all the incredible work she did for poets in Canada. Learn more about the ways we honour and remember Lesley.