Updated: Oct 22
Your host: John Oughton
Born in Montreal and raised in Hudson, Quebec, Louise Carson studied music in Montreal and Toronto, played jazz piano and sang in the chorus of the Canadian Opera Company. Carson has published eleven books: Rope, a blend of poetry and prose; Mermaid Road, a lyrical novella; A Clearing, a collection of poetry; Executor, a mystery set in China and Toronto; In Which: Book One of The Chronicles of Deasil Widdy, historical fiction set in 18th century Scotland; book two, Measured; (book three – Third Circle – is scheduled for publication in 2021); and her Maples Mysteries series: The Cat Among Us, The Cat Vanishes, The Cat Between and The Cat Possessed. Her second collection of poetry – Dog Poems – has just been published in 2020.
Her poems appear in literary magazines, chapbooks and anthologies from coast to coast, including The Best Canadian Poetry 2013. She’s been short-listed in FreeFall Magazine’s annual contest three times, and one poem won a Manitoba Magazine Award. Her novel In Which was shortlisted for a Quebec Writers’ Federation award in 2019. She has presented her work in many public forums, including Hudson’s Storyfest 2015, as well as in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Saskatoon and New York City.
She lives in St-Lazare, Québec, where she writes, teaches music and gardens
Michael Stacey has been writing poetry for more than 15 years. He has published poems in numerous
anthologies in the past 6 years and is currently compiling the first manuscript of his own poetry.
Originally from Australia, he has lived in Hamilton in Canada for the last 6 years and is active in poetry
societies in both Hamilton and Toronto. His poems cover many themes, some of which relate to his
background as a physician and surgeon.
He is also a visual artist and within the manuscript that he is currently compiling, he has poems that
were written specifically for some of his paintings, and paintings that were inspired by some of his
Your host: Shayona Partth
Your host:Shayona Panth Bios: Francine P. Lewis is a former team member with Toronto’s Art Bar Poetry Series. Her poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies including Eye to the Telescope, The 2020 Rhysling Anthology, Rampike, and Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales. Her recent poem, “Totemic Ants”, published in the Fall 2019 issue of Amazing Stories Magazine, was nominated for an Aurora Award in 2020. She has published two chapbooks, Eurydice Dreams (2009) and Interstellar Iconography (2018), finished one poetry collection and is working on a second. She has written a science fiction novel and is also working on a novella.Myna Wallin is a Toronto author and editor. She has had three books published: a collection of poetry, A Thousand Profane Pieces (Tightrope Books, 2006) and a novel, Confessions of A Reluctant Cougar (Tightrope Books, 2010) followed by her second poetry book, Anatomy of An Injury (Inanna Publications, 2018). “Confessions” was longlisted for the ReLit Award in 2010. Myna’s poetry has won two honorable mentions: in 2009 she received an Honorable Mention in the CV2 2-Day Best Poem Prize, and in 2010 she also received an Honorable Mention in the Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. Wallin’s poem was chosen for the League of Canadian Poets’ Poem-in-Your Pocket-Day, 2018. A poem of hers hung at the Art Gallery of Ontario, along with two paintings of Wallin, in a 2014 exhibit entitled, “Why (Not) Paintings of Poets?” Myna was included in the anthology 50+ Poems for Gordon Lightfoot; her love letter appears among such luminaries as Leonard Cohen and the late Irving Layton, in the collection, Where the Nights Are Twice as Long: Love Letters by Canadian Poets; and her short story about a male sexbot is in Exile Editions’ Canadian comedy anthology, That Dammed Beaver. Recent poem publications appeared in Carousel Magazine in January 2020 (“The Bliss Point” and “The Terrarium”), and Juniper Poetry Journal, Fall 2019 (“3 a.m. Tango” and “The Last Act”). Myna has a Masters Degree in English from the University of Toront
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Your host: Rosa Arlotto