Poetry (Adult)

Dian Day

Dian Day is the author of the award-winning novel The Clock of Heaven and the recently-published The Madrigal. She lives in rural Pictou County in a 150-year-old farmhouse, surrounded by apple orchard, vegetable garden, hayfield, and quiet. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, and works part-time doing research, writing and editing contracts.

Dian is also working on her third novel, Tintamarre.

Linda H.Y. Hegland

Linda H.Y. Hegland is an award-winning lyric essay, short story and poetry writer, and photographer who lives in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her writing and photos most often reflect the influence of place, and one’s relationship with it. She has published in several literary and art journals, and has had work nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She says this of her writing:


My writing practice is an inquiry into the the landscape of the body, geographical landscape, place, memory, narrative, and meaning. I intend that my writing will unearth truths and help me to taste, in retrospection, the essence of what it was to live that moment – that small story. I write to give voice to unspoken memories, to unspoken experience.


These memories, physical and emotional, the communal history, the memories marked on our bodies – they tell stories. Some stark, some catastrophic, some just detours, footnotes. Some are our runes.


I am deeply moved by the ways in which longing, and being lost, and the attempt to find a definition of one’s self inspire the art. My writing originates from a place of expressing authentic voice.

 

 

Annick MacAskill

Annick MacAskill is a writer and translator based in Halifax. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies across Canada and abroad, including Best Canadian Poetry, The Stinging Fly, Canadian Notes & Queries, the Literary Review of Canada, Grain MagazinePrism International, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine, Plenitude, Arc Poetry Magazine, Lemon Hound, and Versal. Her first full-length poetry collection, No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the J. M. Abraham Poetry Award. Her second collection will be published by Gaspereau in the spring of 2020.

MacAskill’s poetry has also been longlisted for the CBC’s Canada Writes Poetry Prize, longlisted for The Fiddlehead‘s Ralph Gustafson Prize, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a member of Room Magazine‘s editorial collective.

Margo Wheaton

Margo Wheaton was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and currently makes her home in Halifax where she completed a Master’s degree in English at Dalhousie University. She works as a freelance writer and editor for government and non-profit organizations and has also worked as a university instructor, researcher, workshop facilitator, literacy worker, and book reviewer. 

Margo’s essays and reviews have appeared in a number of publications, including The Fiddlehead, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the Guernica Series on Writers, Pottersfield Portfolio, The Antigonish Review and The Coast. 

Her poetry has appeared in publications including The Antigonish Review, CV2, Event, The Fiddlehead, The Literary Review of Canada, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, and Prism International. Her poems have also appeared in the anthologies Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, Poet to Poet: Poems Written to Poets and the Stories that Inspired Them, Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land, and Vintage 2000.     

Her first poetry collection The Unlit Path Behind the House was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2016. Comments about this collection:

“Wheaton’s work is suffused with a remarkable compassion: subtle, hard-won and mature. It refuses to compete with literary fashion: it simply transcends it. This is a stunning debut — a work of technical sophistication and great emotional integrity.” – Jan Zwicky

“This is simply a brilliant collection of poems. Margo Wheaton is one of the finest poets to come out of the Maritimes in a generation.” – David Adams Richards

 

 

Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson lives in Halifax, NS with his family.

His newest collection of poems, Tangled & Cleft, will be published by Gaspereau Press in Fall 2021.

His previous publications include Against (Gaspereau Press, 2018); The Telephone Game (Baseline Press, 2017); Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work (Gaspereau Press, 2016); a fist made and then un-made (Gaspereau Press, 2013), which was short-listed for the bpNichol Chapbook Award; Against the Hard Angle (ECW Press, 2010); no cage contains a stare that well (ECW Press, 2005); how we play at it: a list (ECW Press, 2002); A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking (Insomniac Press, 2000), which was short-listed for both the Gerald Lampert Award and the ReLit Award for Poetry; and additional chapbooks from Frog Hollow Press (tracery & interplay, 2004) and Greenboathouse Press (against the hard angle, 2009). Robinson has won the Grain Prose Poetry Prize, the Petra Kenney Award, and The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, among others.

His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, including The New Canon, Breathing Fire 2, Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada, Exact Fare Only 2, Mess: The Hospital Anthology, and Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land; been adapted into cinepoems and short films that have screened at festivals including HIFF and the Atlantic Film Festival; and featured in programs such as Halifax Regional Municipality’s Art in Public Places and Poetry in Motion initiatives.

He works at Saint Mary’s University.

Shelley Thompson

Shelley Thompson is a writer, director and award winning performer, alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (UK) and recent (2015) alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre in the screenwriter lab. In 2015/16 her first short film DAWG played at film festivals across North America winning Audience Choice and Best International Short at two (of several.) Her new short, Bats, will premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival, Sept 2016, before starting its festival travels. Her stage play Leaving Wonderland premiered in Halifax Sept 2015. and is now a screenplay, recently added to the slate of Wreck House Films for development. Her poems and stories have been included in anthologies and broadcast nationally, her children’s plays performed by amateurs and professionals. In November 2015, Arts Nova Scotia presented Thompson with an Established Artist Recognition Award. Favourite work both sides of the Atlantic include: Labyrinth with David Bowie, directed by Jim Henson; seasons at the Royal National Theatre and in the West End; working with acclaimed Canadian director Michael Langham on Twelfth Night (Viola) and the Tempest (Ariel); working as Barb Lahey in one of Canada’s best loved Trailer Parks, and working with Mike Melski and three other aspiring screenwriters as one of the Atlantic Film Festival’s Script Unit and Pitch event, 2016.  Thompson works in Halifax and Toronto, is the proud parent to singer/songwriter T. Thomason, and a champion of LGBTQ issues.

Patrick Woodcock

Patrick Woodcock is the author of 9 books of poetry and countless reviews.  His work has been translated and published in 14 languages.  Since travel is so essential to his work, Mr. Woodcock has lived and worked in such diverse countries as Iceland, Poland, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, The Kurdish North of Iraq and Azerbaijan.  Within Canada he has travelled from the West to East coasts, as well as working as a volunteer for almost a year with the elders of Fort Good Hope, NT – 20km south of the Arctic Circle.  His seventh book Always Die Before Your Mother was shortlisted for Canada’s ReLit award in 2010 and reached the number one spot on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list.  His 8th book Echo Gods and Silent Mountains was extremely well reviewed all over the world and was called “…the most beautiful, deep and touching collection of poetry written on Kurds by a non-Kurd.” by the Kurdish media network, Rudaw.   He has read at International poetry festival’s in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, the Kurdish North of Iraq, Azerbaijan, England, The Republic of Georgia, Tanzania, Kenya and Canada’s Winnipeg International Writers Festival.  While living in Colombia he read at the Ibague Poetry Festival, The XVIII Medellin International Poetry Festival and was the first poet from outside of Latin America to ever read at the Bogota Poetry Festival.  Patrick’s ninth book of poetry You can’t bury them all which is set in the Kurdish North of Iraq, Fort Good Hope, NT Canada and Azerbaijan was published by ECW Press in 2016.  You can’t bury them all won the Alcuin Society Book Design Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the JM Abraham Poetry Award in 2017.  After living for two years in Tanzania as a volunteer at Baraa Primary School, Arusha, Patrick moved to the hamlet of Paulatuk in the Inuvik region of the Northwest Territories to work while completing his new manuscript Farhang Volume 1. Because his work can never escape the politics of where he resides, he is also a member of PEN Canada.

Sarah Mian

<!–more–>Sarah Mian is from Dartmouth, NS. Her debut novel When the Saints won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. She lives in Queensland, Nova Scotia.

Joanne Light

Joanne Light holds degrees in psychology, education and fine art (painting) from Acadia and NSCAD universities (influences ranged from Blake, Jung, Teilhard de Chardin, Vanier, Frye, Plath, Elizabeth Bishop and Roethke to Rothko, Borduas, Riopelle and Beuys).  She taught in six provinces in Deschambault and Big Trout Lakes and Davis Inlet, Whapmagoostui and Kuuguarapik, Kimosoompotnak, Kitchee Nuhmay Koosib and Natuashish and five countries in Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong and in Abu Dhabi.

She has three juried acceptances at the Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Studio and Advanced Seminar in poetry with mentors Irving Layton, Barbara Klar, Sid Marty, Fred Stenson and Alison Pick; also, Yvonne Trainor at the Maritime Writers’ Workshop; Daphne Marlatt at Sage Hill Writing Experience’s Poetry Colloquium; Mick Burrs at the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild and Thomson Highway and Allen Ginsburg at the WFNS. Her most recent journal publication was two poems in Toronto’s Arc Magazine

Light has published two trade books with Nimbus Publishing and three titles under her own press–Tapwema. She is presently finishing up a memoir: On, On, On, On: Stories of Teaching and Travelling.

Having travelled to twenty-five countries, she has lived for the past six years in her birthplace–Halifax. 

She has given writing workshops in poetry nd travel writing at Dalhousie University and the Saint John Arts Centre and is a seasoned teacher and facilitator.   

 

M Francene Gillis

Welcome to my profile. I am who I am, or am I… a paradoxical enquiry worth pondering. “What is most personal is most universal,” –Alistair MacLeod, yet another truth. And the mosaic—picking up pieces and putting them back together again into people who are stronger and better than before—those are the fulcrums, the wheels, and philosophies that drive my writing. I hope you will find information of interest that leads to a partnership or invitation. In brief…I am looking for publishers, freelance writing projects, possible editing depending on genre, and educational and human-interest writing for a fee of course as I still teach. I love writing and have been doing so since the tender age of 14. My first poem written at 16 was dedicated to my nine-year-old brother who drowned below our house. I am a professional writer living in Cape Breton, and I am working on several writing projects with the hope of being published in a much bigger circle. Following are highlights of my career thus far: Columnist: 25 plus years with a weekly newspaper: The Inverness Oran; Author: A Rose In November, collection of human interest stories, (1994); English teacher and Educator: 30 plus years, high school for the last 17 and as a substitute prior, while working in adult education and literacy; Masters in Education: Multicultural Diversity, Administration & Leadership, St. Francis Xavier University, 2013; Tribes Trained & Now Piloting…(2013–2015) Program created by Dr. Jeanne Gibbs, 2006 to help educational institutions and businesses become more successful; Winner of several national, regional writing and educational awards; Reviewer Pearson Canada of educational materials designed for grade nine students; Freelance Editor of several weekly and monthly rural magazines; Worked on several Nova Scotia Department of Education committees…Literacy Success 11 & 12, Advanced English 12 Pilot, Provincial Advisory Board, Grade 12 Provincial Exam; Presenter: Numerous conferences through Literacy, Adult Education, and Public School System such as ATENS Conference 2013, Strait Regional Inservices, Provincial Literacy Conferences; Consultant: (1994–1997) through my own business prior to coming back into the public education system, specializing in education, literacy, editing, and writing; Worked with CCLOW (Canadian Congress Learning Opportunities for Women) writing a chapter in a collective resource for female adult learners across Canada on issues such as self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and upgrading; Mentored by author Alistair MacLeod; I am presently working on collections of short stories, educational materials for high school students and teachers, a collection of poems, and several book length manuscripts. I would very much like to work with other professional writers or editors, and to fine a reputable agent for my writing. I would like to branch out as a columnist for human-interest or educational magazines.

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