Updated: Sep 6
Greer Roberts was born and raised in Toronto. He attended a Canadian Junior College in Switzerland for one year before doing his BA in English and Philosophy at U of T. He has two poetry chapbooks: Tell It (2014) and The Slaughters (2018). On November 11, 2018 he participated in The War Poetry of Parkwood readings in Oshawa. He now lives in Ajax.
Rita Bouvier is a Metis writer from Saskatchewan. Her third book of poetry, nakamowin’sa forthe seasons (Thistledown Press, 2015) was the 2016 Sask Book Awards winner of the Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award. Rita’s poetry has appeared in literary anthologies, musicals and television productions, and has been translated into Spanish, German and Cree-Michif of her home community of sakitawak - Île-à-la-Crosse situated on the historic trading and meeting grounds of Cree and Dene people.
Host: Brenda Clews
Alice Major's poetry and essays reflect her lifelong interest in science and math. Her 11th collection of poetry, Welcome to the Anthropocene, has been called “expansive, coherent and provocative” and “poetry with a brain as well as a heart.” Her collection of essays, Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science, was praised in American Scientist: "Major is an original thinker about poetics, curious and widely read, highly skilled in focusing her readers on one interesting idea after another, full of wonder and humor, and down-to-earth in her weaving of story and example."
Her many awards include the Pat Lowther Award and a National Magazine Award Gold Medal. As well as reading her work across Canada and in the U.S. and Britain, she has been an invited speaker at science and math gatherings. Alice founded the Edmonton Poetry Festival while serving as Edmonton’s first poet laureate. She received the 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award, as wells as an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta in 2019. Most recently, she was interviewed on Ben Folds' podcast series about creativity, Lightning Bugs. Her website is: http://www.alicemajor.com/
My name is Aurore Gatwenzi. I was born and raised in Northern Ontario, Sudbury and I am a Poet. I studied languages at Laurentian University double majoring in Francais and Espanol and am currently working as a language and cultural instructor. I love language and poetry is another way of exploring my love of language. My first poetry collection is called Gold Pours and will be coming out on October 16th 2021. I muse on about my experience growing up in Sudbury, God, heartbreak and love. It is called Gold Pours in relations to the traditional Japanese art form of repairing ceramics, called Kintsugi. Which poetically translates to “golden joinery”. This technique employs a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold to rejoin the ceramic pieces. These poems were at a certain time in my life the parts of me that were most broken and needing repairing. Gold Pours from the cracks these cracks represent vulnerability which allows us to be loved where we are most broken. I personally believe that when we don't allow God to repair the damage that was made we tend to make the same mistakes. And so Gold also represents the process of repenting and removing sin from our lives. Like gold being refined and purified.
Host: Philip Cairns
Richard-Yves Sitoski (he/him) is a songwriter, performance poet, and the 2019-2022 Poet Laureate of Owen Sound, on the territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. He is also Acting Artistic Director of the Words Aloud Festival and curator of the monthly Oh!Sound Reading Series and Open Mic. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in many journals, including The Fiddlehead, The Maynard, Barren Magazine, Bywords.ca, in the League of Canadian Poets' Poetry Pause, and as part of Brick Books' Brickyard video series. His latest book is No Sleep ‘til Eden, an augmented reality multimedia collection of poems on the environment. He has given performances in industrial ruins, read poems to earth worms, written verse on snow with biodegradable food dye, and is in the process of composing a garbage opera -- a series of songs, poems and noise collages on the topic of trash and pollution. When not chasing his impossible cat, he uses guitars to make sounds not heard since the Cretaceous as part of an indie folk duo with his wife Mary.
John Oughton is the author of five books of poetry (most recently, Time Slip), the mystery novel Death by Triangulation, and the nonfiction book HIgher Teaching: A Handbook for New Postsecondary Faculty. He often hosts for the Art Bar. John lives in Toronto, and retired a few years ago as Professor of Teaching and Learning at Centennial College. For entertainment he likes to perambulate the boardwalk in the Beaches, take out his kayak, play guitar and take strange photographs.
My new book Higher Teaching is now available from bookstores and online sellers. My online course "Organizational Writing" can be taken through udemy.com. Visit my website: writing/editing at joughton.wixsite.com/author.
Host: Kate Rogers
Irene Marques is a bilingual writer (English and Portuguese) and Lecturer at Ryerson University where she teaches literature and creative writing. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature, Masters in French Literature and Comparative Literature and a BA in French Literature from the University of Toronto—as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. Her literary publications include the poetry collections Wearing Glasses of Water, The Perfect Unravelling of the Spirit and The Circular Incantation: An Exercise in Loss and Findings (2013), the Portuguese language short-story collection Habitando na Metáfora do Tempo, and the novel My House is a Mansion. Her Portuguese language novel won the Imprensa Nacional/Ferreira de Castro Prize in 2019 and was recently published in Portugal. Daria, her second novel in English, came out this past June in Canada by Inanna Publications. She also authored Transnational Discourses on Class, Gender and Cultural Identity (Purdue University Press, 2011) and numerous articles in scholarly international journals.
Chris Pannell has published six books of poetry. His collection A Nervous City (released in 2013) won the Kerry Schooley Book Award the following year. His latest book of poetry, Love, Despite the Ache, won Poetry Book of the Year from the Hamilton Arts Council. He is a former treasurer and board member for the gritLIT Writers Festival and a former DARTS bus driver. He has hosted and helped the Lit Live reading series in Hamilton for more than ten years. His three most recent collections of poetry are available at https://www.wolsakandwynn.ca/authors-all/chris-pannell
Host: Donna Langevin