The Bones of the World Begin to Show

Every writer has some kind of material that holds mana for him or her. For me, it’s people.  Family and friends. My parents grew up on farms in the 1930’s on the same concession in Huron county. They took their three children back there every summer.  I was related to everybody in that area. They... Read more »

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Marilyn Gear Pilling

=“She has a poet’s gift for unlocking the strangeness beneath the familiar.” – Toronto StarMarilyn Gear Pilling lives in Hamilton and grew up in Waterloo, Ontario, but her roots are in Huron County.  Pilling’s short fiction and poetry have won and been shortlisted for national awards and her poetry has been broadcast on CBC radio.... Read more »

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Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer is author of thirty books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, scholarship, and pedagogy including the national bestseller, The Golden Thread (2000), and Heroes (2007). His most recent books of poetry are Mesopotamia (2007) and Dog Days: A Comedy of Terriers (2007). His memoir, Alphabet Tableappeared in 2010 from Black Moss Press. He... Read more »

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Mary Ann Mulhern

Mary Ann Mulhern is a Windsor teacher and poet. Her first collection The Red Dress received national attention in a CBC interview on Tapestry. Touch the Dead was short-listed for the Acorn-Plantos award in 2007. When Angels Weep, published in 2008, was launched at the University of Windsor and short-listed for the Acorn-Plantos award in... Read more »

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Betsy Struthers

Betsy Struthers’ most recent book of poetry, All That Desire: New and Selected Poems, includes work from her eight previous collections, including Still (Black Moss Press), winner of the 2004 Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman, and three novels as well as co-editing an anthology of essays... Read more »

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Leila Pepper

Author of The Hidden World.

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Robert Sward

Author of Heavenly Sex

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Hugh MacDonald

Hugh MacDonald is an award-winning poet and children’s author whose book Chung Lee Loves Lobsters won the L.M. Montgomery Children’s Literature Award. He was also awarded the Bennett Car Award for We’re All In This Together. He teaches high school English and history near Charlottetown, PEI.  

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Eva Tihanyi

Author of Wresting the Grace of the World.

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Mona Fertig

Mona Fertig was born in Vancouver, attended Vancouver School of Art, founded Canada’s first literary nerve centre called The Literary Storefront. She also founded the B.C. Writers Union. She has also owned and operated her own press since 1990.

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The Hidden World

Leila Pepper is a defiant and honest writer who rails against old age with the poems in this newest collection, The Hidden World. She tackles the subject of death, a preoccupation that plagues some elderly people. She writes how she wonders “if death comes easily/like rolling over or/turning out the light.” She writes about watching... Read more »

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Heavenly Sex

Heavenly Sex is a book of poems about varieties of love, sacred and profane. It is, at the same time, as noted by Robert Bly, a celebration of one of the more unusual father-son relationships. A self-taught Russian immigrant, drawing on a variety of ancient mystical teachings, the father emerges as the book’s central figure.... Read more »

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The Field Next to Love

To award-winning Canadian poet Marilyn Gear Pillling, the field of the familiar is next to the field of love, so close that she can’t at times tell them apart. In her exploration of these spaces and their relationship to one another, the poet touches on themes of childhood, family, mortality, bonds undiminished by time and... Read more »

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Untying the Tongue

Cook’s voice is gentle, reverent, astonished by love’s fragility and enraptured by its persistence.  George Elliot Clarke, Governor General’s Award-winning poet, reviewing Untying the Tongue for Sunday Herald (Halifax). What Cook delivers constantly is a muted, open-eyed respect for both the living as they carry on and the dead as they lived. …Tony Cosier, poet, playwright and... Read more »

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Cold Against the Heart

Hugh MacDonald’s poems sing of the Maritimes, and what it was like to grow up by the sea. He talks about the memories of a grandfather, walking in the woods with him, feeling safe, and carrying the axes and buck saws and hardboiled eggs. He writes about farming on Prince Edward Island where he grew... Read more »

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There will be blood and I will tell you put your hand down there

There will be blood and I will tell you put your hand down there begins with the pregnancy of a first child and details the mother’s thoughts. This collection of poems glides through memories of childhood, dreams of births and conceptions, and confrontations with the possible impossibilities of mothering. Your tongue splits me, she says after conception, in response to the sexual act and the growing... Read more »

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The Red Dress

In these revealing poems, Mary Ann Mulhern tackles the realities of a woman becoming aware of her intensifying sexuality. She speaks both about the decision to become a nun, the first days in the convent; wearing bloomers and the shame of one’s own burgeoning sexuality. With candor and grace she recounts the moment she decided... Read more »

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Until The Light Bends

by Susan McMaster “The autobiography of this piece draws on my experiences with a friend’s mother’s death from old age, a friend’s death on the operating table and another’s from cancer, the almost-death of one of my children (who recovered), the serious, long-term illness of a sister, and of another friend. It also comes from a kind... Read more »

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