Program

Meet your 2022 Mentorship Program participants

Congratulations to the four apprentice writers selected for this year’s Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, and thank you to each of the authors who will mentor them!

Fiction

Mary Feehan will be mentored by Chris Benjamin

Susan LeBlanc will be mentored by Becca Babcock

Memoir

Claudette Bouman will be mentored by Cooper Lee Bombardier

YA Fiction

Nayani Jensen will be mentored by Jo Treggiari

Poetry in Motion Celebration

Join us (virtually) on Tuesday, Nov 16, at 7:30pm as we celebrate the third edition of Poetry in Motion.

Poetry in Motion is a public poetry program which puts poems by 10 Nova Scotian writers on more than 120 Metro Transit buses. This year, the selected poems—on the theme of “connection”—have also been printed on postcards and will be delivered weekly to more than 400 recipients of Meals on Wheels programs in Halifax, Dartmouth, Sackville, and Bedford.

“Spring 202” by Brian Bartlett
“Spring Arrival” by Deborah Banks
“Roots” by Joanne Bealy
“Light & Darkness” by Martha Mutale
“Open” by Anna Elmira
“Used Envelopes” by Leanne Schneider
“Blaze” by Carole Glasser Langille
“And Yet” by Christina McRae
“Clematis” by Susan Drain
“One Bite” by Robin Metcalfe

Each of the 10 poets of Poetry in Motion 2021 will read their selected poem along with one or two additional short poems.

Investors and Partners

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to Arts Nova Scotia for their investment in Poetry in Motion. We are also grateful to Halifax Public Libraries, the Halifax Regional Municipality, Halifax Meals on Wheels, Dartmouth Meals on Wheels, and Sackville-Bedford Meals on Wheels for their partnership in realizing the 2021 Poetry in Motion program.

Meet your 2021 Mentorship Program participants

Congratulations to the six apprentice writers selected for this year’s Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program! And thank you to each of the authors who will mentor them!

Fiction

Robert de la Chevotiere will be mentored by Evelyn C. White

Danica Roache will be mentored by Stephanie Domet

Poetry

Justyne Leslie will be mentored by Rebecca Thomas

Martha Mutale will be mentored by El Jones

YA Fiction

Lori McKay will be mentored by Tom Ryan

Nicolas Paquette will be mentored by Sylvia Gunnery

Celebrating the 2020 graduates of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program

In 2020, with pandemic conditions prohibiting the annual Celebration of Emerging Writers, we’re celebrating the graduates of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program by sharing their work with you in video form, illustrated and animated by Nova Scotia visual artists. View all their videos here.

Bev Shaw reading “Undertow,” with animation by Anna Quon

Brad Donaldson reading “Away,” with illustration by Patrick McWade

Joanne Gallant reading an excerpt from her memoir, with videography by Catherine Bussiere

Angela Bowden reading “Black Boy Guilty” and “The Belly of the Beast,” with artwork by Doretta Groenendyk

Sandra Murdock reading “No is a Complete Sentence,” with illustration by Marijke Simons

Katie Cameron reading “Anticipatory Grief” and “Fences,” with animation by Paton Francis

Sue Murtagh reading “Lost Purse,” with illustration by Belle DeMont

Virtual Poetry in Motion Celebration

We’re proud to present our virtual Poetry in Motion Celebration for 2020 — on the theme “journeys” — featuring video readings of all ten selected poems by, of course, the poets themselves: Sue GoyetteAsha JeffersNanci LeeVanessa LentTiffany MorrisNolan NatashaLorri Neilsen GlennAnna QuonSamantha Sternberg, and Evelyn C. White.

You can also purchase all ten poems as a postcard set ($10 plus shipping). All proceeds from postcard sales will support the endowment for our new Nova Scotia Poetry Award.

2020 Poetry in Motion: Featured Poets

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is thrilled to announce the names of the ten poets who will have their writing featured as part of this year’s Poetry in Motion. This year, we received over 120 submissions from emerging and established writers across the province. The theme for this year’s Poetry in Motion is journeys.

The ten poets selected for this year’s project are

  • Lorri Neilsen Glenn
  • Sue Goyette
  • Asha Jeffers
  • Nanci Lee
  • Vanessa Lent
  • Tiffany Morris
  • Nolan Natasha
  • Anna Quon
  • Samantha Sternberg
  • Evelyn C. White

The final selection of poems was made by a jury consisting of two Nova Scotian poets, Jaime Forsythe and Sylvia D. Hamilton, and Karen Dahl from Halifax Public Libraries.

The WFNS thanks the jury for contributing their time and expertise to this selection. We would also like to thank all the writers who took the time to submit their work to this year’s project.

A public poetry art project, Poetry in Motion displays short poems (and excerpts from longer poems) on transit ads in buses throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to Arts Nova Scotia for their funding of Poetry in Motion and to the Halifax Regional Muncipality and Halifax Public Libraries for their partnership in realizing this project.

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