Vince Agro lives in the Westdale neighbourhood of Hamilton with his family. A proud Hamiltonian, he was born and raised in the city’s North End. He taught high school English and served on the Hamilton City Council for many years, some of which were as mayor and deputy mayor. He runs his own life insurance and employee benefit consulting company. His latest book, The Good Doctor, won the 2012 F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Reader’s Choice contest.
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Luanne Armstrong is the author of fourteen books, including poetry collections, novels and children's books. She has been nominated for the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year, the Sheila Egoff BC Book Prize award, the Red Cedar award and the Relit Prize for Fiction. Luanne Armstrong is an adjunct professor of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.
Oana Avasilichioaei is a poet and translator whose work explores history, geography, public space, textual architecture, multilingualism, translation, textual and collaborative performance, and who transformed the landscape of Vancouver’s Hastings Park into an acclaimed book of poems, feria: a poempark (Wolsak & Wynn, 2008). She has translated Nichita Stanescu from Romanian, published as Occupational Sickness (BuschekBooks, 2006), created visual textworks for galleries in Montreal and Vancouver, and has performed her work in Canada, USA, Mexico and Europe. She recently collaborated with Erín Moure on Expeditions of a Chimæra (BookThug, 2009), a dialogic work exploring the boundaries between author/translator and original/copy. The Islands, a translation of Les Îles by Quebecoise poet Louise Cotnoir, is forthcoming from Wolsak and Wynn in 2011 and We, Beasts, Avasilichioaei's newest poetry collection, in 2012.
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"Douglas Barbour, an innovative poet keenly attuned to the spoken word, adapts the ancient verse form of the ghazal in this contemporary collection. You don't 'snuggle' with the poetry of Doug Barbour. You strap yourself in & feel the burn." – rob mclennan
Joan Baxter is a Canadian journalist, award-winning author and anthropologist. In 2002, she was one of the first journalists to gain entry to the rebel-held Côte d'Ivoire to report on the civil war. She reported for many years for the BBC World Service, The Associated Press, and has contributed various features to a variety of CBC programs.
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Maxianne Berger enjoys a lively literary career. She has contributed to fifteen anthologies, notably In Fine Form (2005) and The Paradelle (2005). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Mahalat Review, The North American Review and The Hamilton Stone Review. Her translations of francophone poets have appeared in Maisonneuve, Poetry (Chicago) and in the British anthology Poetry to Heal your Blues (2005). Active in the French and English haiku and tanka communities, she reviews for Gust and writes about poetics for the Revue du tanka francophone. Her literary memberships include The League of Canadian Poets, Quebec Writers' Federation, Haiku Canada and Tanka Canada. And when not involved in writing, she is an audiologist at the McGill University Health Centre in Montréal.
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Gregory Bettsis an award-winning author, editor and professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He has been teaching literature for a dozen years now at four different universities in Canada and Germany. He has published five books of poetry, edited five books of experimental Canadian writing, and recently published Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies and Graduate Program Director of Canadian and American Studies at Brock.
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Katherine Bitney is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry: While You Were Out, Heart and Stone and Singing Bone. Her fourth collection, Firewalk, was published by Turnstone Press in fall 2012. She has worked as editor, mentor, creative writing instructor, arts juror and literary creative director for over thirty years in Manitoba. Most recently she developed the text for Cantus Borealis, a choral piece on the Boreal with composer Sid Robinovitch (premiered April 2011). Katherine Bitney holds a Master’s degree in Religion.
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David James Brock is a playwright, poet and librettist whose plays and operas have been performed in cities across Canada and the UK. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including Event, The Hart House Review, The Malahat Review, Poetry is Dead and The Puritan. He was the winner of the 2011 Herman Voaden Canadian National Playwriting Award, and he is also co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera developed for singers with cystic fibrosis (www.breathcycle.com). He lives in Toronto and can be found on Twitter @davidjamesbrock.
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Jacquie Buncel is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She is active in Holocaust Education Programs across Toronto, and has been studying and writing about the Jewish experience for over ten years. She is also the exceutive director of the Sunshine Centre for Seniors, a community-based organization that works with isolated seniors.
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Domenico Capilongo's writing has appeared in publications abroad and in Canadian literary journals including The New Quarterly, Filling Station, Descant, and Acta Victoriana. In 2005 his work was nominated for the Journey Prize. He received an honourable mention in the Toronto Star Poetry contest in 2004. Capilongo lived in Vancouver and Swift Current before finally settling in Toronto.
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Ron Charach is a practicing psychiatrist and poet. He is the author of seven previous books and his writing has appeared in newspapers and literary magazines across Canada and the United States. He was awarded the Canadian Jewish Award for Poetry in 2003.
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Lesley Choyce lives at Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, where he surfs the North Atlantic year round. He is one of Canada's most versatile man of letters, the author of more than 70 books in genres including autobiography, history, poetry, fiction and young adult novels. He has won the Ann Connor Brimer Award, the Dartmouth Book Award and was named the Best Writer of Halifax by readers of The Coast five years in a row. He has been short-listed for many other awards, including The White Pine Award, The Stephen Leacock Medal and the Alberta Book Award. Two of his novels, The Republic of Nothing and Cold Clear Morning are being developed as feature films.
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Since publishing his first essay in R. Crumb’s Weirdo magazine, David Collier has been known for his thoughtful comic essays, often biographies of endearing eccentrics like himself. With his strong feeling for rustic scenery, Collier has carved a niche drawing homely images of grain elevators and abandoned cabins for publications like The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Saturday Night and Geist.
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Born in 1948 in Sorel, Québec, Louise Cotnoir has published over fifteen books of poetry, fiction and drama. Many of her books have received critical acclaim, including nominations for the Governor General’s Award. She has participated in numerous conferences on writing and women and has served on the editorial boards or collaborated in other ways with many Canadian and international journals, including Sorcières, Estuaire, Arcade, Tessera, Matrix, Moebius, Room of One's Own, Ellipse, Trivia, Silencíada Festada Palabra, El Ciervo and Cahiers internationaux du symbolisme. Some of her works have been translated into English, Spanish, Catalan, Swedish and Chinese. Her next collection of poetry, Les sœurs de, will be published by Éditions du Noroît in 2011.
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Barry Dempster was born in Toronto, Ontario, and educated in child psychology. He is the author of a novel, a children's book, two volumes of short stories and eleven collections of poetry. He has been nominated for the Governor General's Award twice; for his first book, Fables for Isolated Men, and most recently for The Burning Alphabet, which won the Canadian Authors Association Chalmers Award for poetry. From 1990 to 1997, he was Poetry and Reviews Editor for Poetry Canada. Presently, he is Senior Acquisitions Editor with Brick Books. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He has been on the faculty at The Banff Centre as mentor for the Writing Studio, Wired Writing and Writing with Style programs; has conducted master classes all across the country and as far away as Chile; and has been the Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill Public Library twice. His most recent books include Love Outlandish, Ivan’s Birches and Blue Wherever.
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Jamie Dopp is an Associate Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Victoria. He has published a variety of articles on Canadian fiction, poetry, and culture, as well as one novel and two books of poems. In 2004, during a very rare cold spell in Victoria, he stayed up all night to build a backyard ice rink and managed to have three blissful days of outdoor hockey with his family.
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Glen Downie has published half a dozen books of poetry and in 2008 was awarded the Toronto Book Award for his collection, Loyalty Management. His work has appeared in the secondary school textbook Inside Poetry, as well as in many anthologies and journals. Formerly a social worker in cancer care, he served a term as writer-in-residence at Dalhousie University’s Medical Humanities Program before returning to a life of anonymity in Toronto as an at-home father.
Louise Dupré is a poet, novelist and literary critic whose work has appeared extensively in magazines and journals in Canada and abroad, and who has won several prizes. She has published eight collections of poetry including Noir déjà, Tout près and Une écharde sous ton ongle. She has also written two novels, Memoria and The Milky Way, and a collection of short stories, Highwire Summer, all translated in English by Liedewij Hawke. A collection of her poetry, The Blueness of Light, was translated in English by Antonio D’Alfonso. In 2006, Tout comme elle, staged by Brigitte Haentjens, was presented in Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa.
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Lee Easton works in the Department of English at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. He began his lifelong habit of reading superhero comics in Sudbury, Ontario, after receiving an issue of World's Finest Comics. He has taught courses about comics at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, and at Mount Royal University alongside his colleague and collaborator, Richard Harrison. In addition to teaching and writing about superhero comics, Lee also writes about the representation of gender and sexuality in film and science fiction. He is currently the chair of the Department of English at Mount Royal University.
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Griselda García is one of the principal voices of a younger generation of Argentine poets who have grown up in the cultural resurgence and economic uncertainty that have characterized Argentine life since the fall of the military dictatorship in 1983. She has published six collections of poetry and is highly active in the Buenos Aires literary world, both as co-editor of the small press La Carta de Oliver and as a key figure in Internet publication, which is a major component in the diffusion of contemporary Argentine writing. She has also worked with the literary review La Guacha, produced radio programs on culture and literature, worked in theatre and dance, and translated poetry by Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath into Spanish. Alucinaciones en la alfalfa y otros poemas / Hallucinations in the Alfalfa and Other Poems is the first published translation of her work into English.
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Catherine Graham is the author of four previous poetry collections, including the acclaimed trilogy Pupa, The Red Element and Winterkill. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world. A new and selected volume of her poetry is forthcoming in the United Kingdom. She lives in Toronto.
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David Groulx was raised in the Northern Ontario mining community of Elliot Lake. He is proud of his Native roots – his mother is Ojibwe Indian and his father French Canadian. David studied creative writing at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, BC, in 1998–1999, where he won the Simon J. Lucas Jr. Memorial Award for poetry. He has written three previous poetry collections: Night in the Exude (Tyro Publications, 1997); The Long Dance (Kegedonce Press, 2000); and Under god’s pale bones (Kegedonce Press, 2010). David’s poetry has appeared in over 100 periodicals in England, Australia, Germany, Austria and the US. He lives in a log home near Ottawa.
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Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Plynn Gutman left a career in the business world to follow her lifelong passion for writing. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and is the former director of the Young Adult Writing Project sponsored by Arizona State University's English Department. Gutman is a writing coach, freelance editor and teaches writing classes and workshops in Canada, the US and the United Arab Emirates.
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Erina Harris is a Canadian poet. She has devoted the past decade to the writing, study and rewriting of this first collection, The Stag Head Spoke. Her work has been published in North America, England and Slovenia (also in translation). It has received multiple prizes (Norma Epstein Award placement [University of Toronto], This Magazine Great Literary Hunt Award winner, ARC Editor’s Choice Poem, Best Canadian Poetry short-listing); nominations (Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award short-listing, Ralph Gustavson Award short-listing, Air Canada Award nomination); and international writers’ residencies. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Fellowship recipient, she is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Calgary.
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Richard Harrison’s first comic book was a Marvel Tales collection of Spider-Man’s first battle with the Hulk, Thor vs. Sandu, the Human Torch vs. the Sub-Mariner and a scary cautionary tale told by the Wasp to a kid in the hospital, “Somewhere Waits a Wobbo.” Four fantasies for a quarter: it was a steal. He’s been reading ever since. Richard is a nationally recognized poet (Hero of the Play,Big Breath of a Wish), editor and essayist on topics ranging from philosophy to prayer, literary criticism to mathematics, and poetry to hockey – as well as his work on superheroes. A professor at Calgary’s Mount Royal University, he teaches English, Creative Writing, and courses in comics (with Lee Easton) and the graphic novel.
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David Haskins is published in over thirty literary journals, anthologies, and books, and has collected his earlier poems in the book Reclamation. He has won first prizes from the CBC Literary Competition, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Ontario Poetry Society. He lives in Grimsby, Ontario.
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Hugh Hazelton is a writer and translator who specializes in the work of Latin American writers living in Canada, as well as in comparisons between Canadian and Quebec literatures and those of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay). He has published four books of poetry and has translated eleven books from Spanish and French into English. His translation of Vétiver (Signature, 2005), a collection of poems by the Haitian-Canadian writer Joël Des Rosiers, won the Governor General's award for French-English translation in 2006. He teaches Spanish translation and Latin American civilization at Concordia University in Montreal.
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Robert Hillies was born and raised in Kenora, Ontario, and now lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife Rebecca and their two children Breanne and Austin. He teaches computer programming at the DeVry Institute of Technology. His first novel, Raising of Voices, won the Writers' Guild of Alberta Georges Bugnet Award for best novel. He also won the Governer General's Award for Poetry in 1994 for his book Cantos from a Small Room.
Cornelia Hoogland has published five poetry collections, most recently, Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011). Her poetry has been published internationally and has been short-listed for the CBC Literary Awards on multiple occasions. Hoogland is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario , and is the founder and the co-artistic director of Poetry London, an organization that brings prominent writers into lively discussion with local writers and readers. Hoogland divides her time between London, Ontario, and Hornby Island, BC.
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Ken Howe is a dyed-in-the-wool Québécois born in Edmonton, who moved north to the idyllic town of Beaverlodge at age nine. He studied horn (a.k.a. French horn) performance in university and later became a Jesuit novice. Still later he landed a job as principal horn of the Regina Symphony, where he remained for eight years before being fired just as his first poetry collection, Household Hints for the End of Time, was being released. He now lives in Quebec City and has a fun job as a translator. His tenuous hold on sanity is ensured by his wife, E., and their son, Zachary.
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Brian Kennedy’s prior books include Growing Up Hockey (Folklore, 2007) and Living the Hockey Dream (Folklore, 2009), and he has contributed to the hockey anthology, Now is the Winter: Thinking about hockey (Wolsak and Wynn, 2009). He has also appeared in the documentary film Hockey: More Than a Game, which was screened on PBS stations in the United States during 2012. Brian Kennedy is also Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City College.
Joan Krygsman is a visual artist and writer from Dundas, Ontario, where she lives with her daughter, Fritha. Trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Joan works in acrylic, ink, collage and pixels. Along with regular gallery shows, her designs are showcased in children’s books, annual festivals across Ontario, and on her website, www.stripedaardvark.com.
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Zoë Landale's writing has appeared in over thirty anthologies and her fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry has won signficant awards, including first prize for poetry in the CBC Literary Competition. Einstein’s Cat is her seventh book. She also edited, with Luanne Armstrong, Slice Me Some Truth: An anthology of Canadian creative nonfiction, which was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2011. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines including The New Quarterly, CV2, The Antigonish Review, The Malahat Review, Chatelaine, and Canadian Living. She is a member of the Writer's Union of Canada and the Federation of BC Writers. Landale lives in British Columbia where she is a faculty member of the Creative Writing Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
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JonArno Lawson is the award-winning author of numerous books of poetry for children and adults, including Black Stars in a White Night Sky, A Voweller’s Bestiary and Think Again. A two-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry, he lives in Toronto with his wife and children.
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David Neil Lee was born and raised in Mission, BC. Upon receiving his BA in English from UBC, he moved to Toronto where he worked for the jazz magazine Coda and, with his wife, Maureen Cochrane, ran the publishing house Nightwood Editions. He also studied double bass and worked actively in Toronto avant-garde theatre, dance, and multi-media performances, as well as touring internationally and recording with the Bill Smith Ensemble, Leo Smith, and Joe McPhee. He is the author of The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (Mercury Press, 2006) and Commander Zero (Tightrope Books, 2012). David Lee lives in Hamilton with his family.
Richard Lemm is an award-winning author, and a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has published four previous collections of poetry, a book of short fiction, Shape of Things to Come, and a biography of Canada’s “People’s Poet,” Milton Acorn: In Love and Anger. His most recent poetry book before Burning House was Four ways of dealing with bullies (Wolsak and Wynn, 2000). Born in Seattle, he immigrated to Canada in 1967, and moved to Atlantic Canada in 1979.
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Jeanette Lynes is the author of one novel and five collections of poetry. Her novel, The Factory Voice (Coteau, 2009), was longlisted for The Scotiabank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and has won The Bliss Carman Award.
She has been Writer in Residence at Saskatoon Public Library, University of Manitoba, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, among other places. Archive of the Undressed is Jeanette's sixth collection of poetry. She has taught writing at the Banff Centre and The Sage Hill Writing Experience. She is Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan's Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity and a member of the Department of English.
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Douglas Mann is an adjunct professor the University of Western Ontario in media studies and sociology. He is the author of three previous books, including Understanding Society: A Survey of Modern Social Theory, and over a hundred academic and newspaper articles.
Micheline Maylor moved from Windsor, Ontario, to Calgary, Alberta, in 1975 and lives in a little house beside the Bow River with her family. She has been the recipient of the Overseas Research Scholarship, the International Research Scholarship and grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She has published poetry in over 50 journals in five countries. A certified poetry fanatic, she teaches various poetry workshops at the Alexandra Writer’s Centre Society, serves as its Vice President, and is the editor of FreeFall literary magazine.
Kathleen McConnell’s Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth (2002) won the Lampert Award for best first book of poems in Canada, and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. The Hundefräulein Papers (2009) chronicles the years she spent living with, and looking after the dogs of Elisabeth Mann Borgese. After a typically peripatetic writer’s life Kathleen McConnell has settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she teaches Creative Writing and Women Writers in the English Department at St. Thomas University.
Kathleen McConnell also writes poetry under the name Kathy Mac
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Steve McOrmond’s poetry has appeared in Canadian literary magazines including Event, The Fiddlehead, Geist, Grain, Malahat Review, The New Quarterly and Prairie Fire, and online at Maisonneuve, Jacket (Australia) and nthposition (UK). His work also appears in the anthology Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets (Nightwood 2004). His first book of poetry Lean Days was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. In 2006, he received a “Highly Commended” award in the Petra Kenney International Poetry Contest. He lives in Toronto.
Christina McRae lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, with her family. Her poetry appears in many literary journals including Descant, Prairie Fire, Room of One's Own, Pottersfield Portfolio and The Antigonish Review. In 2001, Christina was awarded first place in the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia's Atlantic Writing Competition for poetry. Next to Nothing is her first full-length collection.
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D. D. Miller is originally from Nova Scotia but has lived, worked and studied all across the country. His work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Eleven Eleven: Journal of Literature and Art and Dinosaur Porn. As the Derby Nerd, Miller is known around North America for his writing and commentary on roller derby, one of the world’s fastest growing sports.
A graduate of Mount Allison University, the University of Victoria and the University of Guelph (where he completed his MFA), Miller currently lives in Toronto where he works as a college English instructor.
David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories is his first book.
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Robert Moore was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and now resides in Saint John, New Brunswick. Currently a professor of English at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, his poetry has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Wascana Review, Ink Magazine, The New Quarterly, Canadian Author, Prairie Fire, Maisonneuve, Pottersfield Portfolio, The Gaspereau Review, CV2, and Quadrant. His first book of poetry, So Rarely in Our Skins (finalist for both The Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, and long-listed for the ReLit Award in Poetry), came out in 2002. His second book, Museum Absconditum (2006), also long-listed for the ReLit Award, was published in 2006. He is also the author of a dozen plays.
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Erín Moure is a Montreal poet who writes mainly in English, yet works multilingually and in hybrid forms. Her most recent books are O Resplandor and – in collaboration with Oana Avasilichioaei – Expeditions of a Chimæra. Moure has translated Quebec poets Nicole Brossard (with Robert Majzels) and Louise Dupré, Galician poet Chus Pato, and Chilean Andrés Ajens into English, as well as Fernando Pessoa from Portuguese. She has published 14 books of her own poetry and 7 books of poetry in translation since 1979. Her translations have been finalists for the Griffin Prize and the Governor General’s Award and she has won the Governor General’s Award, the AM Klein Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, and been nominated for the Griffin Prize for her own poetry.
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Erin Noteboom comes from the American prairies. From a childhood steeped in family, science and writing, Erin first choose science when the two options of science or poetry split apart. She collected a physics degree, worked at the CERN accelerator in Geneva, and took the world’s first Polaroid of Cherenkov ring. After a brain tumour rearranged her priorities Erin went back to poetry, and immigrated to Canada in 1997. She has been published widely in literary magazines since then, winning the CBC Literary Award in 2001, the 2004 KW [Kitchener Waterloo] Arts Award, and Acorn/Plantos Award for Peoples poetry in 2004. She is the poetry editor for the New Quarterly, runs writing workshops in Kitchener, Ontario, and is active in the literary community.
Catherine Owenis a Vancouver writer. She’s published nine collections of poetry. Her book Frenzy won the Alberta Literary Award for 2009. Other titles have been nominated for the BC Book Prize, the CBC Award, the ReLit and the George Ryga Prize for Socially Conscious Literature. Catalysts: Confrontations with the muse is her first compilation of essays and memoirs. She also plays bass in the metal project Medea, works as a freelance editor/tutor, and serves as a composer and narrator for the eco-musical Awakening the Green Man.
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Poet and literary translator Edita Page has an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Vilnius University, Lithuania. She has translated poems and stories in three languages. Born in Lithuania, Page immigrated to Canada in 1989. She lives and works in Toronto as an arts consultant and a professional fundraiser with a theatre.
Chris Pannell serves on the board of Hamilton's annual gritLIT literary festival. He has published three poetry books: Under Old Stars, Sorry I Spent Your Poem and Drive. He is also the author of a set of three poetry broadsheets entitled Fractures, Subluxations and Disclocations, which won the Hamilton & Region Arts Council poetry book award in 1997. From 1993 until 2005 he ran the New Writing Workshop at Hamilton Artists Inc. and edited two book-length anthologies for the group. He has been published in literary magazines across Canada and internationally as well.
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As a performer of his own poetry and songs, Robert Priest has been delighting children and their parents for twenty-five years. Robert has also written and performed segments for Sesame Street, and Eric's World. His novel, Knights of the Endless Day, received a special choice award from the Children's Book Centre. Robert lives in Toronto where he is writing his second children’s novel, The Paper Sword.
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Tanis Rideout’s work has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the CBC Literary Awards. She was named the Poet Laureate for Lake Ontario by the environmental advocacy group Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and has toured with Gord Downie and Sarah Harmerto promote environmental justice.
She is also the author of the internationally acclaimed novel Above All Things.
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Born in Vancouver, Stan Rogal has lived in Toronto for the past twelve years. Geometry of the Odd is Stan's fourth book of poetry, his second with Wolsak and Wynn. As well as writing poetry and fiction, Rogal is a playwright/actor/director and co-artistic director of Bald Ego Theatre. He is also into his ninth year as the coordinator of the popular Idler Pub Reading Series. How he actually supports himself financially has puzzled friends and relatives for some time now. As Gwyneth Paltrow states in Shakespeare in Love: it's a mystery.
Bren Simmers lives in Vancouver, where she works as a park interpreter. Winner of the Arc Poem of the Year Award and finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award, her work has been published in journals across Canada. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
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Douglas Burnet Smith writes Sister Prometheus: Discovering Marie Curie as his twelfth book of poetry. His book Voices from a Farther Room (1993) was nominated for a Governor General's Award and The Killed (2000) was nominated for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. He won the The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize for The Knife-Thrower's Partner (1989). Smith has served as the President of the League of Canadian Poets and as Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission of Canada. He divides his time between Argentina and teaching at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Heather Spears, Vancouver-born writer and artist, has lived in Denmark since 1962. Her books include fourteen collections of poetry, four novels, and three books of drawings. She has won the Governor General’s Award, CBC Literary Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award three times. As an artist she specializes in drawing in theatres, concert halls, courtrooms, hospital wards and war zones. She has held many exhibitions in Europe and America. Check out her website.
Susan Stenson lives in Victoria with her family where she co-publishes The Claremont Review, a literary magazine for writers aged thirteen to nineteen. She teaches English and creative writing in Saanich School District and has taught at Waterford Kamhlaba'a United World College in Swaziland. Her students, both young and adult, have won provincial, national and international prizes.
Sheila Stewart grew up in Stratford, Waterloo, and Montreal. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals including The Antigonish Review, Descant, Fireweed, Grain, The Malahat Review, and The Windsor Review. Her work has been anthologised in A Room at the Heart of Things: The Work That Came to Me, edited by Elisabeth Harvor. She won the 2000 Pottersfield Portfolio Short Poem Competition. Sheila lives in Toronto and works on adult literacy issues at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.
Moez Surani is a poet, reviewer and short fiction author. His writing has been included in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including The Literary Review of Canada and The Walrus. He has attended writing residencies in Finland, Latvia and Switzerland, and his writing has won the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Kingston Literary Award and the Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest. He lives in Toronto.
Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize Citation, Antigonish Review: Fall 2010
When a poet speaks of having been “given” a line, often the poem’s first line that sets the form, pace and sounds of the rest of the poem, then he or she may be hearing poetry at its origin, not as an idea, not as a mood.
The judges decided that the first prize winner, “Are the Rivers in Your Poems Real,” by Moez Surani is such a poem. It shows a fearless trust in the lyrical. It never abates its space. One judge commented: “The speaker’s insistent questioning is mirrored by the poem’s form rolling forward with confidence, sustaining its energy throughout, allowing its impulse the room to develop, deepen and reset its course.” There are, however, persistent ambiguities in the poem preventing it from being too rhetorical. There are switches of address and reference from “rivers” to “this river,” from “they” to “it,” from “you” to “I,” from western cultural experience to eastern, from the whole body of human poetic experience to the particular poetic experience of the speaker. Whether the speaker’s river is confluent with all other rivers, or whether those rivers are confluent with the speaker’s river may seem only two different ways of asking the same question. But the poem refuses to say yes to either. By doing so it dramatizes the tension between the world of the collective myth and poetic imagination on the one hand and individual experience and empirical decision on the other.
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Born in 1930, in São Paulo, Brazil, Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares is the author of numerous books, including Termos de comparação (Perspectiva, 1974); O japonês dos olhos redondos (Paz e Terra, 1982); O nome do bispo (Brasiliense, 1985); O mandril (Brasiliense, 1988) and Joias de família (1990). She has received numerous awards including the 1974 Award for Literature by APCA, the Mercedes Benz Award for Literature in 1985 and a Jabuti Award for Fiction in 1991.
John Terpstra is the author of eight books of poetry, including Disarmament, which was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award, and Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems. An earlier work, Captain Kintail, won the CBC Radio Literary Prize for Poetry. He has also written three books of creative non-fiction. The Boys, or Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter was short-listed for both the Charles Taylor Prize and the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He lives in Hamilton.
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Tierney’s poetry has been published in many literary journals in Canada including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Event, The Antigonish Review, Prism International, The New Quarterly and Qwerty, as well as in the Brobdingnagian Times and Southword, in Cork, Ireland. He was born in a small town outside of Waterloo and grew up in Toronto, where he now lives. Several years ago, he spent some time in Japan teaching conversational English, and returned home by way of the Trans-Mongolian Express, an offshoot of the Trans-Siberian Express, one of the last great transcontinental train routes. He continues to take the subway to work every day.
Rhea Tregebov was born in Saskatoon, raised in Winnipeg and currently lives in Vancouver, where she teaches at the University of British Columbia. Her fifth collection of poetry, The Strength of Materials, was issued by Wolsak and Wynn in Fall 2001. A volume of selected and new poems, entitled (alive) was released in September 2004. Tregebov has also published five children's picture books and is the editor of nine anthologies of essays, poetry and fiction, most recently Gifts: Poems for Parents (Sumach Press, 2002). Tregebov received Honorable Mention for the National Magazine Awards (poetry) in 1998. She is a co-winner of the Malahat Review Long Poem Competition in 1994 and also received the Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry from Prairie Schooner in 1993. Her first collection of poetry won the Pat Lowther Award in 1983. For more information on Rhea Tregebov, check out her website.
Naomi Beth Wakan has written over thirty books, including Images of Japan, Segues, Late Bloomer: On Writing Later in Life, Compositions: Notes on the written word and Book Ends: A year between the covers. Her book Haiku – one breath poetry was an American Library Association selection. Her essays, haiku and tanka have appeared in many magazines and anthologies and have been broadcasted on the CBC. Naomi lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, sculptor Elias Wakan.
She was named the first poet laureate of Nanaimo, BC, in 2013.
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Weier has traveled extensively throughout South Africa, India and Europe pursuing his passion for bird watching and logging over 1,200 species of birds. Weier has published books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and for children. Lost Alcyon: Notes from an African Journey is Weier’s eleventh book. His writing has appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies and he has read widely in North America and abroad. Weier lives in Winnipeg where he works as a freelance writer and violin restorer, and owns a small chapbook press.
Ian Williams received his PhD from the University of Toronto and is currently a Professor at Fitchburg State College. He has held multiple fellowships and residencies and his writing has been in many journals across Canada and the US. Williams has a collection of short stories forthcoming from Freehand Books in 2011. He divides his time between Ontario and Massachusetts.
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