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Michael Boughn is the author of numerous books, including three volumes of poetry published by Book Thug: 22 Skidoo / SubTractions -- Opus minus one; Cosmographia--a post-Lucretian faux micro-epic (short listed for the GG Award for poetry in 2011); and Great Canadian Poems for the Aged Vol. 1 Illus. Ed.. City -- Book One, Singular Assumptions is forthcoming from Book Thug in 201?. With Victor Coleman, he edited Robert Duncan's The H.D. Book which was published by the University of California Press. He was immortalized in the Globe and Mail as "an obscure, veteran poet with a history of being overlooked . . .."
With over 100 performances under her belt, Sheniz Janmohamed has performed at a variety of events including the TedXYouth Conference, Toronto (2010), Indian Summer Festival, Vancouver (2012) and the Jaipur Literature Festival, India (2013). Her book of ghazals in English, Bleeding Light, has received international praise and has been taught in York University and the University of Toronto. Sheniz's experience in the art of spoken word spans over 8 years and she teaches spoken word in schools across Toronto. Her initiative, Ignite Poets, has traveled as far as Kenya to develop the international spoken word scene and to give a voice to new young talent. She is currently the Creative Director of the Sufi Poets Series, an offshoot of Ignite Poets.
Though she has had a pen stuck to her hand from an early age, Karen enjoys calling herself a "baby poet", as she is still quite fresh and new at the art of spoken word poetry. She does, however, tend to keep busy "performing" for an audience of students as an elementary school teacher by day, and by night, she often works within the community theatre world as a performer and production team member. Karen is a strong supporter of our youth and the arts, and is currently involved with a number of organizations, such as UNITY Charity and YorkSlam, in order to promote the well-being of both.
Nicolas Power has recently published No Poems from Battered Press, Swing Rhythms with Gesture Press and has a collection of poems, a modest device, forthcoming from Tekst Editions. Poems have appeared lately in Rampike, Descant, bywords.ca, leafpress.ca and ottawater.com. He is a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective which promotes independent literary production. He was a storyteller with The Wordweavers and Jabberwock and Sons Full Theatre and has performed with the sound poetry ensemble Alexander's Dark Band. His poetry, along with the drawings from The Steady Pull of a Curious Dog, was installed at the Side Space Gallery on St. Clair. He played the part of a melancholy poet who learns to dance in the lindy hop musical Get Happy based on his poetry. Nicholas also works as a psychotherapist in Toronto.
Dawn Marie Kresan is a poet, editor, and graphic designer. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature and cultural studies from the University of Windsor. Her books include a limited edition chapbook Framed (2009), and a full-length poetry collection, Muse, published by Tightrope Books (2013). She also co-edited, with Susan Holbrook, Detours: An Anthology of Poets from Windsor & Essex County.
Shannon Maguire grew up on the mouth of Lake Superior and now lives in Guelph Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in CV2, Ditch, Gultch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose (2009), as well as other places. She is the author of three chapbooks: Vowel Wolves & Other Knots (2011), Fruit Machine (2012), and A Web of Holes (2012). A selection of poems from Fur(l) Parachute was a finalist for the Manitoba Magazine Awards in the category of Best Poem or Suite of Poems (2012) and it was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (2011).
Dr. Norman Bethune Allan graduated as a doctor of chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1986, since when he has been involved in practicing, teaching and studying various aspects of complimentary medicine. As a poet Norman Allan is a regular reader on the Art Bar open stage. He runs the Renaissance Revival workshop, also at Q Space.
Andrew Faulkner co-curates The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press. He is the author of the chapbooks Mean Matt and Other Shitty People and Useful Knots and How to Tie Them, which was shortlisted for the 2009 bpNichol Chapbook Award. His first full-length collection, Need Machine, was published by Coach House Books in spring 2013.
David Dowker was born in Kingston, Ontario but has lived most of his life in Toronto. He was editor of The Alterran Poetry Assemblage, and his first book, Machine Language, was published by BookThug in 2010. His new book is co-written by Christine Stewart and is called Virtualis: Topologies of the Unreal, (BookThug 2013).
Babar Khan is a Toronto poet, writer and translator who grew up in Paris. He has been published in Contemporary Verse 2, Rampike,The Spice Monitor and Dada Vol-au-Vent. In 2006, he won the Prix de poésie de la Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris for a poem that he wrote in English and translated into French. In 2011, he co-organized a historic feminist/Dionysian poetry reading at the House of Lancaster, as part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Biscuit Galaxy, his first short collection of poems, was published in 2012 by Lyrical Myrical Press. He has finally succeeded in finding the ontological links between biscuits and the Andromeda Galaxy.
Sunset sit down cannon blast Citadel Hill. Signal Hill for three straight days and Richmond Hill as a birthplace. High school in sleeplessness until seventeen, College with boys, box factory, Arkansas and Denver, ladder maker, Lincoln Monument, police car suicide, dishwashing, book fiend, Chetumal pick up Struck, midnight lacquer madness, Satori at Ayers Rock, Yucatan and Belize rejection 2012, West Coast Tijuana down from Frisco. Earlier cross Canada train trip, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Devil's Tower, Churchill, read at Melbourne Seattle Montreal New York, quit, wrote Defamation 2007, made music plus Radiator Conversations to leave behind & Still At Reins will be revived.
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Susan Gillis has lived on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Canada, and now lives most of the year in Montreal, where she teaches English. Her books include Volta (Signature Editions, 2002), which won the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and Swimming Among the Ruins (Signature Editions, 2000), and a chapbook, Twenty Views of the Lachine Rapids (Gaspereau Press, 2012). The Rapids is her third poetry collection. Whisk, with Yoko's Dogs, is forthcoming in 2013 from Pedlar Press. Please visit http://yokosdogs.com/ The Rapids is her third poetry collection.
Kevin Halligan worked at the C.N.E. in 1978, when he was fourteen; he fell asleep going home on the Bathurst streetcar: when the driver woke him up, he decided it was tough being a hard-working Canadian. That was when he resolved to join the Liberal elites, but they said they had never heard of him. He decamped to London, England and worked in a jam factory, a bingo hall and a fashion warehouse near Kew Gardens. He grew tired of shouting "Two fat ladies, eighty-eight!" and turned to writing blurbs for history books instead and, now and again, a few poems.
Stella's first book, Keeping the Earth Alive, was illustrated by nature artist Robert Bateman. She recently published a second book, Amnesia, which was launched by Luciano Iacobelli and a third manuscript about the painter Tom Thomson is currently with Quattro Books. She's been published in Canadian poetry journals such as ARC, Prairie Fire and Fiddlehead, and have been chosen as a finalist in the CBC Literary Competition.
Patrick Connors chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by LYRICALMYRICAL Press on June 13. He is literary curator of Big Art Book 2013, a digital project of Scarborough Arts. In celebration of National Poetry Month, he was featured on the blogs of The Toronto Quarterly and the League of Canadian Poets. He recently performed at Sufi Poets Series, with the Wind In The Leaves Collective, and at the Big on Bloor Festival. He is a manager for the Toronto chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change.
Brenda Clews is an African-Canadian poet, painter and video poet born in a small mining town in Zimbabwe who lives in Toronto, Canada. She has edited textbooks, taught yoga, done temporary office work, and dog sitting, while maintaining a reclusive lifestyle of writing and painting. She has degrees in Fine Arts and English Lit. Her artwork has appeared in several books and as journal covers. Her poetry has been published in Tessera, ARM and Labour of Love, and in on-line e-zines, like Qartsiluni. LyricalMyrical just published her chapbook, 'the luminist poems.' She cites her early years spent barefoot, living in a compound of mud huts, with many wild animals and the wonderful Ndembu people, in the jungle of Kafue National Park in Zambia, for her deep resonance with the beauty, strangeness and brilliance of the tribal mind and the natural world.
Raised on a farm in BC's Fraser Valley, Ann Shin now lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters. An award-winning filmmaker, new media producer, and former radio producer, Ann recently directed and produced the documentary Defector: Escape from North Korea. The Family China is her second poetry collection.
Born to an Armenian father and an Anglo-Indian mother in 1943 in Bombay, India, KEITH GAREBIAN holds a doctorate in Canadian and Commonwealth Literature from Queen's University, and is a widely published, award-winning author, with 19 books and more than 1200 reviews, interviews, features, and poems in over 80 newspapers, journals, magazines, and anthologies. His second and fourth books of poetry, Frida: Paint Me As A Volcano (Buschek) and Children of Ararat (Frontenac), were long listed for the ReLit Award, and his third poetry collection, Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (Signature), was long listed for the Lambda Award. His new book of poetry is Moon on Wild Grasses (Guernica), for which he also did the cover and interior art. He is the first three-time winner of the Mississauga Arts Award in the Established Literary category.
Julie Cameron Gray
Julie Cameron Gray's first full length book, Tangle, has recently been published by Tightrope Books. She has two previous chapbooks, Coordinating Geometry (The Emergency Response Unit) and The Distance Between Two Bodies (Cactus Press). She's previously published in The Best Canadian Poetry 2011, The Fiddlehead, Event, PRISM International, and Prairie Fire. She's originally from Sudbury, Ontario; but now lives in Toronto.