Updated: Jun 24
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Jane Munro’s new poetry collection is Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). Her sixth collection, Blue Sonoma (Brick Books), won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press), Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart) and Grief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books).
Munro is a member of the collaborative poetry group Yoko’s Dogs (Jan Conn, Mary di Michele, Susan Gillis, Jane Munro).
She has taught Creative Writing at several universities in BC, given many informal writing workshops, and read her poetry to audiences across Canada and in Ireland, the USA, Italy, India, and Egypt. She lives in Vancouver.
Stephen Bett is one of the coolest contemporary poets, and a legend internationally. He has a very interesting linguistic technique with a penchant for jazz and words, and if you ask me, jazz-styled writing is where the best of the best is happening right now. Karl Jirgens (Editor, Rampike)
"I am constantly struck by how strong and pliant Stephen Bett’s line is, the image understated, the music so subtle it dances almost unnoticed." Ken Cathers (poet)
Stephen Bett has had twenty-two books of poetry published: Shall We Dance That One Around Again (Finishing Line Press, 2018); Back Principles: a book of spiritual fatigue (BlazeVOX Books, 2018); though we are incredibly small (Phafours Press, 2017); Our Own Stunned Heads (Nose in Book Publishing, 2017); Un/Wired (BlazeVOX Books, 2016); The Gross & Fine Geography: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2015); Those Godawful Streets of man: a book of raw wire in the city (BlazeVOX Books, Buffalo, N.Y., 2014); Breathing Arizona: a journal (Ekstasis Editions, Spring, 2014); Penny-Ante Poems (Ekstasis Editions, 2013); Sound Off: a book of jazz (Thistledown Press, 2013); Re-Positioning (Ekstasis Editions, 2011); Track This: a book of relationship (BlazeVOX Books, Buffalo, N.Y., 2010); S PLIT (Ekstasis Editions, 2009); Extreme Positions: the soft-porn industry Exposed (Spuyten Duyvil Books, NYC, 2009); Sass ’n Pass (Ekstasis Editions, 2008); Three Women (Ekstasis Editions, 2006); Nota Bene Poems: A Journey (Ekstasis Editions, 2005); Trader Poets (Frog Hollow Press, 2003); High-Maintenance (Ekstasis Editions, 2003); High Design Refit (Greenboathouse Books, 2002); Cruise Control (Ekstasis Editions, 1996); Lucy Kent and other poems (Longspoon Press, 1983).
A chapbook from the work “in progress,” Broken Glosa: an alphabet book of post avant glosa, will be published by Chax Press later in 2020.
Lift Off: a journey of future tense will be published by Salmon Poetry, in Spring, 2021.
A recent nonfiction book (three prose memoirs) is also available: So Got Schooled: in the tower, on the field (Ekstasis Editions, 2017).
His work has also appeared in well over 100 literary journals in Canada, the U.S., England, Australia, New Zealand, and Finland, as well as in five anthologies, and on radio.
Bett’s “personal papers” have been purchased by the Simon Fraser University Library, and are, on an ongoing basis, being archived in their “Contemporary Literature Collection” for current and future scholarly interest.
Host: Margaret Code
Joanna Lilley is the author of three poetry collections: Endlings (Turnstone Press), If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press) and The Fleece Era (Brick Books) which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. She’s also the author of a novel, Worry Stones (Ronsdale Press), which was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award, and a short story collection, The Birthday Books (Hagios Press). Joanna has given readings all across Canada and in the US and UK and has delivered workshops as far afield as Alaska and Iceland. She’s from Britain and moved to Canada in 2006, 15 years after cycling alone across the country from Nova Scotia to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. She lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she co-founded the Yukon Writers’ Collective Ink, and is grateful to reside on the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council. Find Joanna online at www.joannalilley.com.
Host: John Oughton
Stanley Fefferman is Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in English Literature at York University in Toronto. Until his retirement, he was a meditation instructor and teacher in the traditions of Kagyu Buddhism and Shambhala. His published works include: a biography--My Andrea, an online Creative Writing virtual course environment entitled Writing Space. two books of poems--Home Was Elsewhere, and The Heart of All Music; and a collaborative translation of the poetry of Hermann Hesse entitled The Seasons of Life.
Zach Da Costa
Zach Da Costa writes stories and poems and hates every minute of it. His work has been described as "writing to feel sad and horny to". His second book of poems will be released Spring 2020. He paints houses for money and lives in Toronto with his cat, Gin.
Host: Rosa Arlotto
Susan McCaslin has published fifteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna, 2017). She has collaborated with J.S. Porter on a volume of creative non-fiction, Superabundantly Alive: Thomas Merton’s Dance with the
Feminine (Wood Lake, 2018). Her Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2012)
was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize for Poetry (Dorothy Livesay Award) and the first-place
winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award) in 2012.
Susan can often be found walking along the Fraser River or among local forests outside
historic Fort Langley, BC. She has been a reader for the Art Bar series during her various book tours since 2003.
Host: David Clink
David Day -DAVID DAY has published over 50 books of poetry, ecology, history, fantasy, mythology and fiction. He has also been a magazine and book editor, a columnist for Britain's Daily Mail, Sunday Times and Punch, a scriptwriter for television, a playwright for theatre, and a dramaturge for the Royal Birmingham Ballet. Although best known internationally for his dozen best-selling books on the works of JRR Tolkien, he is also noted for six major books of natural history and environmental activism. His 1981 landmark book on extinction of species, The Doomsday Book of Animals was selected as a "Book of the Year" by Time magazine, New Scientist, Los Angeles Times, and The Observer - and was the basis for 100 part documentary series Lost Animals of the Twentieth Century. Scripted by Day for the US Discovery Channel, the series was broadcast in 18 languages.
David Day has also written six illustrated books of animal stories and three illustrated books of animal poems for children. His children’s novel, The Emperor’s Panda was nominated for both the Governor General’s Award and the National Library Award. His six books of poetry for adults - including CBC and National Magazine award-winning poems - have been praised by Al Purdy, Earle Birney, Margaret Atwood and the British poet laureate, Ted Hughes.
Day's books have sold over 3 million copies and have been translated into twenty languages.
Lorna Crozier -An Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of five honourary doctorates, Lorna Crozier has published 18 books of poetry, the last two being God of Shadows and The House the Spirit Built. She’s won numerous awards for her writing, including the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and three Pat Lowther Awards. She’s read her work on every continent except Antarctica, and now lives on Vancouver Island. This fall McClelland & Stewart will publish Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats), a memoir about her life with the writer Patrick Lane.
Host: Jeff Cottrill