JonArno Lawson
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JonArno Lawson is the award-winning author of numerous books of poetry for children and adults, including Black Stars in a White Night SkyA Voweller’s Bestiary and Think Again. A two-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry, he lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

Titles by JonArno Lawson

But It's So silly: A Cross-cultural Collage of Nonsense, Play and Poetry (2017)

Enjoy It While It Hurts (2013)

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Canisia Lubrin
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Photo credit: Anna Keenan

Canisia Lubrin was born in St. Lucia. She has had work published in literary journals including Room, the PuritanThis MagazineArcCV2 and The City Series #3: Toronto Anthology. She has been an arts administrator and community advocate for close to two decades. Lubrin has contributed to the podcast On The Line, hosted by Kate Sutherland for The Rusty Toque. She studied at York University where she won the President's Prize in poetry and the Sylvia Ellen Hirsch Memorial Award in creative writing. Lubrin holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and teaches at Humber College. She lives in Whitby, Ontario.

Titles by Canisia Lubrin

Voodoo Hypothesis (2017)

Michelle Berry
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Photo credit: Fred Thornhill

Michelle Berry is the author of three books of short stories and five previous novels. Her short story collection I Still Don’t Even Know You won the 2011 Mary Scorer Award for Best Book Published by a Manitoba Publisher and was shortlisted for a 2011 ReLit Award, and her novel This Book Will Not Save Your Life won the 2010 Colophon Award and was longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award. Her writing has been optioned for film and published in the UK.

Berry was a reviewer for the Globe and Mail for many years, and teaches online for the University of Toronto and is often a mentor at Humber College. Berry now lives in Peterborough, ON, where she operates an independent bookstore, Hunter Street Books.

Titles by Michelle Berry

The Prisoner and the Chaplain (2017)

Catherine Graham
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Author photo: Portrait Boutique

Catherine Graham is the author of five acclaimed poetry collections, including Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, which was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and the CAA Award for Poetry. Winner of the International Festival of Authors' Poetry NOW competition, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and at Humber College's Creative Book Publishing Program. Published internationally, she lives in Toronto. Visit her website at www.catherinegraham.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @catgrahampoet.

Titles by Catherine Graham

The Celery Forest (2017)

Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (2013)

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Robert Priest
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Author photo: Allen Booth

As a performer of his own poetry and songs, Robert Priest has been delighting children and their parents for thirty-five years. Robert has also written and performed segments for Sesame Street. His previous book of children’s poetry with Wolsak and Wynn, Rosa Rose, won a silver medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and an honourable mention in the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Robert lives in Toronto.

Titles by Robert Priest

The Wolf is Back (2017)

Rosa Rose and Other Poems (2013)

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Hugh Hazelton
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Author photo: Edith Boucher-Hazelton

 

Hugh Hazelton is a writer and translator who specializes in the work of Latin American writers living in Canada, as well as in comparisons between Canadian and Quebec literatures and those of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay). He has published four books of poetry and has translated eleven books from Spanish and French into English. His translation of Vétiver (Signature, 2005), a collection of poems by the Haitian-Canadian writer Joël Des Rosiers, won the Governor General's award for French-English translation in 2006. He teaches Spanish translation and Latin American civilization at Concordia University in Montreal.

Titles by Hugh Hazelton

The Complete Works of Oliverio Girondo, Volume I (2017)

Vesuvius (2015)

Hallucinations in the Alfalfa and Other Poems (2010)

 

 

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Tim Bowling
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Photo credit: Jacqueline Baker

Tim Bowling’s nineteen books have been shortlisted for major national prizes in fiction (the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for The Tinsmith in 2012), non-fiction (the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize) and poetry (the Governor General’s Award and Canadian Authors Association Award), and in 2008 the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Bowling a fellowship recognizing his entire body of work. His writing has also been nominated twelve times for the Alberta Literary Awards and nine times for the City of Edmonton Book Prize. He currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Titles by Tim Bowling

The Dark Set: New Tenderman Poems (2019)

The Heavy Bear (2017)

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Daniel Coleman
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Photo credit: Wendy Coleman

Daniel Coleman has long been fascinated by the poetic power of narrative arts to generate a sense of place and community, critical social engagement and mindfulness, and especially wonder. As a reader, writer and teacher, he is compelled by the long, slow project of unlearning naturalized injustices and sanctioned ignorance and is witness to the fact that fresh ways to learn still occur and have transformative power. Although he has committed considerable effort to learning in and from the natural world, he is still a bookish person who loves the learning that is essential to writing. He has written scholarly books about literature, masculinity, migration and whiteness in Canada, and he has written literary non-fiction books about his upbringing among missionaries in Ethiopia, about the spiritual and cultural politics of reading and about eco-human relations in Hamilton, Ontario, the post-industrial city where he lives. He has edited books on early Canadian literary cultures, post-colonial masculinities, race, Caribbean-Canadian literature, the state of the humanities in Canadian universities, the creativity and resilience of refugeed and Indigenous peoples, and international scholarship on Canadian literatures. Some of these books have won awards.

Titles by Daniel Coleman

Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place (2017)

Catherine Owen
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Author photo: Patrik Jandak

Catherine Owen is the author of ten collections of poetry and three of prose, including her compilation of interviews on writing called The Other 23 & a Half Hours: Or Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn’t Teach You (Wolsak & Wynn, 2015) and her short story collection, The Day of the Dead (Caitlin Press, 2016). Her work has been nominated for awards, she has toured Canada eight times and appeared in anthologies, as well as translations. She has been employed by both the Locations and the Props department in TV land, plays metal bass and has two cats: Solstice and Equinox.

Titles by Catherine Owen

Dear Ghost, (2017)

The Other 23 & a Half Hours: Or Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn't Teach You (2015)

Catalysts: Confrontations with the muse (2012)

Seeing Lessons (2010)

Shall: ghazals (2006)

Wrecks of Eden (2001)

 

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Jowita Bydlowska
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Author photo: Russell Smith

Jowita Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to Canada as a teen. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Drunk Mom. A journalist and fiction writer, she lives in Toronto, Canada.

Titles by Jowita Bydlowska

Guy (2016)

Johanna Skibsrud
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Photo credit: Dan Davis

Johanna Skibsrud is the author of two previous collections of poetry, I Do Not Think that I Could Love a Human Being and Late Nights With Wild Cowboys; two novels, Quartet for the End of Time and the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning novel The Sentimentalists; and the short fiction collection This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories. An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona, Skibsrud and her family divide their time between Tucson and Cape Breton.

Titles from Johanna Skibsrud

The Description of the World (2016)

 

Shawn Selway
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Photo credit: Khantavy Sayavong

Shawn Selway's writing has appeared in literary journals and on a local civic affairs blog in Hamilton, Ontario, where he lives. He is a millwright by trade and operates a consultancy in the conservation of historic machinery. He is interested in the relation between technical and political solutions.

Titles by Shawn Selway

Nobody Here Will Harm You: Mass Medical Evacuation from the Eastern Arctic 1950–1965 (2016)

Julie Salverson
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Photo credit: Bernard Clark

Julie Salverson is a playwright, librettist, scholar and non-fiction writer who teaches drama at Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada. She has published essays about the artist as witness, atomic culture, ethics and the imagination. Salverson has created projects in community engaged arts practice for many years, and works with groups to practice resiliency through the exchange and development of stories.  She is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and her plays have been produced in Canada, the US and Thailand. Visit her website at https://jsalverson.wordpress.com/.

Titles by Julie Salverson

Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir (2016)

Chris Pannell
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Author photo: Janice Jackson

Chris Pannell’s A Nervous City (2013) won the Kerry Schooley Book Award from the Hamilton Arts Council. In 2010, his book Drive (2009) won the Acorn-Plantos Award for Peoples Poetry and the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry. From 1993 to 2005 he ran the new writing workshop and published two anthologies of work by that group. He is a former board member of the gritLIT Literary Festival and a former DARTS bus driver. He hosts and helps organize the monthly Hamilton reading series Lit Live. His latest book of poetry – Love, Despite the Ache (2016) – won the 2017 Literary Award for Poetry from the Hamilton Arts Council.

Titles by Chris Pannell

Love, Despite the Ache (2016)

A Nervous City (2013)

Drive (2009)

 

 

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Andrew Baulcomb
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Photo credit: Jon Fairclough

Andrew Baulcomb is a freelance writer and former reporter based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His interviews and music features have appeared in VICE, the Hamilton Spectator, I Heart Hamilton, Zink Magazine, Niagara This Week, VIEW Magazine and several other publications. In 2008, he graduated from McMaster University with a combined honours degree in Cultural Studies & Critical Theory and Art History. For more than a decade, his fascination with Hamilton’s thriving arts scene and shifting cultural identity has informed much of his work.

Titles by Andrew Baulcomb

Evenings & Weekends: Five Years in Hamilton Music, 2006–2011 (2016)

Susan Perly
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Photo credit: Dennis Lee

Susan Perly has worked as a journalist, war correspondent and radio producer for the CBC. In the early ’80s her Letters from Latin America for Peter Gzowski’s Morningside reported from locales such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Chiapas. During the Iran–Iraq war she broadcast Letters from Baghdad, and she produced many documentaries for the weekly program Sunday Morning. Perly is the author of the jazz novel Love Street, and her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She lives in Toronto with her husband, the poet Dennis Lee.

Titles by Susan Perly

Death Valley (2016)

Stella Atlantis (2020)

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D. D. Miller
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Photo credit: Neil Gunner

D. D. Miller is originally from Nova Scotia but has lived, worked and studied all across the country. His work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including the Malahat Review, the Fiddlehead, Eleven Eleven: Journal of Literature and Art and Dinosaur Porn. As the Derby Nerd, Miller is known around North America for his writing and commentary on roller derby, one of the world’s fastest growing sports.

A graduate of Mount Allison University, the University of Victoria and the University of Guelph (where he completed his MFA), Miller currently lives in Toronto where he works as a college English instructor. He also announced at both the 2011 and 2014 Roller Derby World Cups and was part of the ESPN's broadcast crew for the 2015 WFTDA Championships.

Titles by D.D. Miller

Eight-wheeled Freedom: The Derby Nerd's Short History of Flat Track Roller Derby (2016)

David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories (2014)

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Stuart Ross
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Photo credit: Jennifer Rowsom Photography

Stuart Ross published his first literary pamphlet on the photocopier in his dad’s office one night in 1979. Through the 1980s, he stood on Toronto’s Yonge Street wearing signs like “Writer Going to Hell,” selling over seven thousand chapbooks. He is the author or co-author of twenty books of fiction, poetry and essays, as well as scores of chapbooks, leaflets and broadsides. Stuart was a member of the short-lived improvisational noise trio Donkey Lopez, whose CDs include Juan Lonely Night and the someday-to-be-released Working Class Burro. Stuart’s awards include the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction (Buying Cigarettes for the Dog), the 2012 Mona Elaine Adilman Award for Fiction on a Jewish theme (Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew) and the 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry (A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent). He is a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective and has his own imprint, a feed dog book, at Anvil Press. Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario, and blogs at bloggamooga.blogspot.ca.

Titles by Stuart Ross

A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (2016)