OMNIBUS: Five Years of Poetry in Motion


Printed by Gaspereau Press

Cover and title illustrations by Sarah Jones

Foreword by Marilyn Smulders (Executive Director, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 2017 – 2023)

64 pages / 2023 / Poetry / ISBN 978-0-920636-51-0

Intimate microcosms, incidental gatherings of diverse denizens, paradoxes that define and transcend the spaces between communities: apt descriptions both of poems and of buses.

Over five years of Poetry in Motion (2019 through 2023), 50 poems by Nova Scotians have ridden Halifax Transit alongside commuters—beckoning, enticing, and cajoling them to put down their phones and enjoy, for a moment, the power of words. Now these poems are gathered, more portable than ever, and just for you!

Contributors include Rose Adams, Thekla Altmann, Tammy Armstrong, Deborah Banks, Brian Bartlett. Joanne Bealy, Afua Cooper, Tim Covell, Dian Day, Susan Drain, Anna Elmira, Jaime Forsythe, Ben Gallagher, Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Michael Goodfellow, Sue Goyette, Shauntay Grant, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Asha Jeffers, Nayani Jensen, shalan joudry, Carole Glasser Langille, Cory Lavender, Logan Lawrence, Nanci Lee, James Lee, Vanessa Lent, Annick MacAskill, Christina McRae, Briony Merritt, Robin Metcalfe, Tiffany Morris, Martha Mutale, Nolan Natasha, Anna Quon, Matt Robinson, Jamie Samson, Eleonore Schönmaier, Anne Simpson, Douglas Burnet Smith, Samantha Sternberg, Shannon Webb-Campbell, Margo Wheaton, Darryl Whetter, and Evelyn C. White.

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

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