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Jeanette Lynes
Author photo: Deb Stagg

Author photo: Deb Stagg

Jeanette Lynes' poems have been shortlisted for The Pat Lowther Memorial Award, The Matrix Lit POP Award and Room Magazine’s poetry contest, among others. They have received The Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award and The New Quarterly’s Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Award. Jeanette’s novel, The Factory Voice, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award, and Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems, Jeanette's seventh book of poetry, won the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. Jeanette lives in Saskatoon where she directs the M.F.A. in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.


Titles by Jeanette Lynes

Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems (2015)

Archive of the Undressed (2012)

The New Blue Distance (2009)

Left Fields (2003)

A Woman Alone on the Atikokan Highway (1999)


Books by this author

Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares

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.

Titles by Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares

Vesuvius (2015)

Jesse Patrick Ferguson
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Photo credit: Jesse Patrick Ferguson


Jesse Patrick Ferguson is a Canadian poet, educator and musician. His full-length poetry collections are Harmonics (Freehand Books, 2009) and Dirty Semiotics (visual poems, Broken Jaw Press, 2011). He is also the editor of the anthology A Crystal through which Love Passes: Glosas for P. K. Page.

Titles by Jesse Patrick Ferguson

Mr. Sapiens (2014)


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Brian Kennedy

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.

Titles by Brian Kennedy

Coming Down the Mountain (2014)


David Haskins
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Photo credit: Jason Haskins


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.

Titles by David Haskins

This House is Condemned (2013)


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Gregory Betts
Editor photo: Ralph Kolewe

Editor photo: Ralph Kolewe

Gregory Betts is 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.

Titles by Gregory Betts

This is Importance: A Students' Guide to Literature (2013)

Katherine Bitney
Photo Credit: Mandy Malazdrewich

Photo Credit: Mandy Malazdrewich

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.

Titles by Katherine Bitney

The Boreal Dragon (2013)

Tanis Rideout
Photo Credit: Simon Racioppa

Photo Credit: Simon Racioppa

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 Harmer to promote environmental justice.

She is also the author of the internationally acclaimed novel Above All Things.

Titles by Tanis Rideout

Arguments with the Lake (2013)


Ken Howe
Photo Credit: Zachary Howe

Photo Credit: Zachary Howe

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.

Titles by Ken Howe

The Civic-mindedness of Trees (2013)


Kathleen McConnell
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Photo Credit: Kathleen McConnell

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.

Titles by Kathleen McConnell

Pain, Porn and Complicity: Women Heroes from Pygmalion to Twilight (2012)

Zoë Landale
Author photo: Cathryn Lawrence

Author photo: Cathryn Lawrence

Zoë Landale's writing has appeared in over thirty anthologies and her fiction, creative non-fiction 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.

Titles by Zoë Landale

Einstein's Cat (2012)

Slice me some truth: An anthology of Canadian creative nonfiction (2011)

Once a Murderer (2008)


Books by this author

Oana Avasilichioaei
Author photo: Anthony Burnham

Author photo: Anthony Burnham

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.

Titles by Oana Avasilichioaei

We, Beasts (2012)

feria: a poempark (2008)

Abandon (2005)

The Islands (2011) (translated by)


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Moez Surani
Author photo: Robin Heron

Author photo: Robin Heron

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.

Titles by Moez Surani

Floating Life (2012)


Naomi Beth Wakan
Author photo: Eli Wakan

Author photo: Eli Wakan

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, Book Ends: A year between the covers and A Roller-coaster Ride: Thoughts on aging. 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.

Titles by Naomi Beth Wakan

A Roller-coaster Ride: Thoughts on aging (2012)

Book Ends: A year between the covers (2010)

Compositions: Notes on the written word (2008)

Late Bloomer: On Writing Later in Life (2006)

Segues (2005)


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David Groulx
Author photo: Janis Hoff   

Author photo: Janis Hoff


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.

Titles by David Groulx

A Difficult Beauty (2011)


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Barry Dempster
Author photo: DMN Photo Art

Author photo: DMN Photo Art

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.

Titles by Barry Dempster

Dying a Little (2011)


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Luanne Armstrong

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.

Titles by Luanne Armstrong

Slice Me Some truth: An anthology of Canadian creative nonfiction (2011)

Erín Moure
Author photo: Rotterdam

Author photo: Rotterdam

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.

Titles by Erín Moure

Just Like Her (2011)