Updated: May 31
Elana Wolff is the author of six collections of poetry and a collection of essays on poems. She has also co-translated with Menachem Wolff poems from the Hebrew by Georg Mordechai Langer. Elana’s poems and creative nonfiction pieces have appeared widely in Canada and internationally and have garnered awards. She has taught English for Academic Purpose at York University in Toronto and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating social art courses. Her collection, Swoon (Guernica Editions), is the 2020 winner of the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry
Leanne Dunic is a biracial, bisexual woman who has spent her life navigating liminal spaces, inspiring her to produce trans-media projects such as To Love the Coming End (Book*hug/Chin Music Press 2017) and The Gift (Book*hug 2019). She is the fiction editor at Tahoma Literary Review and the leader of the band The Deep Cove. Her newest book is a lyric memoir entitled One and Half of You (Talonbooks 2021). She lives on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh people. www.leannedunic.com
Host: Rosa Arlotto
Carol Malyon is an ex-bookseller living in Toronto.
Her publications include three poetry collections, three short story collections, four novels and a children's picture book.
She edited an anthology of forty-four persons who were creative in more than one field; and she and bill bissett co-authored a year's worth of conversations about `love, life, and anything else you want.'
She has been writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, and has conducted short story workshops in Fredericton and North Bay.
In the U.S. anthology, `Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World,' from Abrams Books, Canada is represented by Alex Colville's painting, `To Prince Edward Island' and Malyon's poem of the same name.
Rayanne Haines’s writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from, Fiddlehead, Impact: The Lives of Women After Concussion Anthology, Voicing Suicide Anthology, The Selkie Resiliency Anthology, Freefall, Wax Poetry and Arts, Funicular, Lida Lit Mag, and Indefinite Space among others. She is the host of the literary podcast, An Eloquent Bitch and is the Alberta NWT rep for the League of Canadian Poets. Rayanne is a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient. Past Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, Rayanne is a current Masters student focusing on Arts Management and Cultural Research at Queen Margaret University in Scotland. Her poetry and prose have been shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award and the John Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. Her current work focuses on mental health and intergenerational trauma. Tell the Birds your Body is Not a Gun is her second full-length poetry collection.
Host: Mike Lipsius
Arleen Paré is a Victoria writer with seven collections of poetry and a new chapbook being released in June this year. She has been short-listed for the BC Dorothy Livesay BC Award for Poetry, and has won the U.S. Golden Crown Award for Poetry, the Victoria Butler Book Prize, a CBC Bookie Award, and the Governor Generals’ Award for Poetry.
K.S.Y. Varnam is a queer, neurodivergent, and disabled Toronto-based writer, artist, and editor, as well as the founder of The Quilliad. They share a bedroom with their parrots. Their work has been published in several journals, including Hamilton Arts & Letters, Breath and Shadow, CRUSH, and Transition Magazine. They are currently working on a queer poetry collection with support from the OAC and TAC.
Host: John Oughton
Allan Edwards, born and raised in British Columbia, came to Ontario in 1986 to
attend Carleton University in Ottawa. After graduation, Allan ran as a candidate in the 1990 Ontario provincial election clearly enjoying public speaking from an early age. After working as a parliamentary assistant to an MP for three years, Allan returned to British Columbia to start his own communications consulting business. The Department of Foreign Affairs caught up with Allan in 1994 when he joined as a Canadian Trade Commissioner.
In the 27 years since, Allan spent sixteen years serving Canadians abroad in Japan,
the United States and Taiwan. Returning from Taiwan in 2015, he became Industry Liaison for Medical Technologies in Toronto where he has worked with medical device manufacturers from Medtech Canada. Allan and his family will relocate in August to South Africa where he will head up the trade program in Johannesburg.
Allan’s interests include fly-fishing, rugby, cooking and hockey. His love of poetry began at an early age after reading Wilfred Owen’s classic, Dulce et Decorum Est. This is the first time he has read his poetry in a formal setting.
shalan joudry is a Mi'kmaw mother, poet, playwright, oral storyteller and ecologist. Her first book of poetry, Generations Re-merging, was published by Gaspereau Press (2014) and her second book, Elapultiek, was published by Pottersfield Press (2019). Her second collection of poetry, Waking Ground, was published by Gaspereau Press (October 2020) and was recently shortlisted for the J.M. Abrahms Atlantic Poetry Award, the Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award, the 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Poetry in English.
shalan lives in her home territory of Kespukwitk (southwest Nova Scotia) with her family in their community of L’sətkuk (Bear River First Nation), where she is currently writing and working on reclaiming her Mi’kmaw language.
Host: Brett Campbell
Canadian poet Kathleen McCracken is the author of eight collections of poetry including Blue Light, Bay and College (Penumbra Press, 1991), which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1992, and a bilingual English/Portuguese edition entitled Double Self Portrait with Mirror: New and Selected Poems (Editora Ex Machina, 2014). She is the recipient of the University of Toronto Review’s Editor's Choice Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Editor's Prize, the Glebe House Harmony Community Trust Poetry Award and the 2017 Poetry Ireland/Tyrone Guthrie Residency Bursary. She was a finalist for the WB Yeats Society of New York Poetry Competition, the Montreal International Prize for Poetry, The Walrus Poetry Prize, the 2018 Grist Pro Forma Poetry Prize and the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize. In 2019 she won the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing. She has held several Ontario Arts Council awards and an Individual Artist Award from the Northern Ireland Arts Council. Her poems have appeared in The Malahat Review, Poetry Canada Review, Exile Quarterly, Poetry Ireland, The Shop, Revival, Abridged, New Orleans Review and Grain, and she has given readings in Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States. Kathleen is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature at Ulster University in Northern Ireland.
Brandon Wint is an Ontario-born poet and spoken word artist who uses poetry to attend to the joy and devastation and inequity associated with this era of human and ecological history. Increasingly, his work on the page and in performance casts a tender but robust attention toward the movements and impacts of colonial, capitalist logic, and how they might be undone.
For more than a decade, Brandon has been a sought-after, touring performer, and has presented his work in the United States, Australia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Jamaica. His poems and essays have been published in national anthologies, including The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House, 2013) and Black Writers Matter (University of Regina Press, 2019). Divine Animal is his debut book of poetry.
link to my book, Divine Animal: https://writebloodynorth.ca/products/divine-animal
social media handles: @brandonwintpoet (twitter and instagram)
Host: Kate Rogers