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That Not Forgotten


Poetry and Prose

Part of the Hidden Brook Press, North Shore Series. Canadian literature at its best!


Bruce Kauffman





Poetry and Prose by North Shore Hidden Brook Press authorss


That Not Forgotten

is part of the Hidden Brook Press,

North Shore Series.

It will easily be one of the most important Ontario anthologies of its time.




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The Last Picture in the World

A hunched grey shape
framed by leaves
with lake water behind
standing on our
little point of land
like a small monk
in a green monastery

almost sculpture
except that it's alive
brooding immobile permanent
for half an hour
a blue heron
and it occurs to me
that if I were to die at this moment
that picture would accompany me
wherever I am going
for part of the way

 Al Purdy,

 from Beyond Remembering

- The collected poems of Al Purdy. 2000


Back Cover Blurb


The poetic voices in That Not Forgotten have rallied together to paint a deeply personal portrait hand-tipped with nostalgia. The pulse of Lake Ontario’s north shore is felt on every page. Mimicking the historic and contemporary landscape, the pendulum swings from seasoned bards to freshly scratched voices worthy of an undivided eye.   


Ashliegh Gehl

Open Book: Ontario




That Not Forgotten 

List of Authors:

Editor’s Bio

Bruce Kauffman lives in Kingston, ON and is a poet, editor and writer. He was research editor/volunteer coordinator for a poetry reference manual, the Poiesis Poetry Guide (1998). His work was shortlisted in the 1995 Poiesis Poetry Competition. His publication credits include a poetry chapbook, seed (The Plowman 2005), a stand-alone poem, streets (Thee Hellbox Press 2009) and a book review in The Antigonish Review (fall 2010) for John Pigeau’s The Nothing Waltz (Hidden Brook Press). His poetry has also appeared in a number of compilations, periodicals and two plays, The Garbage and the Flowers (2008) and A Moveable Feast (2009).
He was editor of and coordinator for this anthology, That Not Forgotten (Hidden Brook Press/North Shore Series 2012), and his first full collection of poetry, The Texture of Days, In Ash and Leaf (Hidden Brook Press), will launch in 2012.
He has just begun facilitating a series of “stream of consciousness” writing workshops with a spin-off writing group. He hosts a monthly poetry open mic reading series, poetry @ the artel, and a weekly spoken word radio show, finding a voice, on CFRC 101.9fm and hosts a blog page around that show at:

Author Bios:
Listed alphabetically by first name

A. Gregory Frankson, OCT, B.Ed. Greg Frankson a.k.a. Ritallin is a Toronto-based writer, performer, arts educator and consultant. He is a graduate of Queen’s University and represented Kingston at the 2011 Canadian team poetry slam championships. He has produced three chapbooks, three spoken word recordings and the poetry collection Cerebral Stimulation. Greg is a past National Director of Spoken Word Canada and a respected poetry event organizer.

Amber Potter is a former Canadian gypsy that has taken root in Kingston, Ontario. She has always enjoyed writing, using it as a catalyst for growth and self-reflection. Recently, she has developed the courage to share her inner secrets with others. If you enjoy her writing, you can check out more of her musings at

Andrew Scott is a Canadian Native. He is a reviewer for literature and music on and hosts ReVerse, an international on-line classic poetry radio program. Andy’s eclectic poetry style has been featured in numerous publications worldwide. His chapbook, Snake With A Flower, is available now on

Anne Graham says that “I consider myself a traveler, an observer and a writer. Making my own original writings, in my own way. I feel I have lived many lives, and cannot settle into one perspective; I love to explore and examine many changing possibilities, as I live.
I am a singer and a poet / I am “different” and I know it. / AND I am: / 65% oxygen, 90% water + hydrogen, / nitrogen, calcium, and Phosphorous. / Yes, indeed I am. / Anne Graham.

Anne Nielsen has been writing poems, articles and short stories for over thirty years. Her whimsical style makes her writing amusing to the reader. She and her husband live in a small community in the Rice Lake area.

Ashley-Elizabeth Best is from Cobourg, ON, Canada. She has been published in Stuart Ross’s anthology 529, by Carolyn Smart in Lake Effect Five, The Changing Image, and The Antigonish Review’s Poet Grow-Op. Recently she received an honourable mention at the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards in Kitchener, and was on the poetry shortlist for the 2011 Matrix Litpop Awards. She blogged for Kingston’s Writerfest and during the fall of 2011 interned with Mansfield Press. Currently she is completing her BaH in History and English at Queen’s University. Lake Ontario is her ocean and she doesn’t think she could live anywhere more enchanting than Kingston ON.

Barbara Erochina is a writer, a believer and a lover. Working for social justice and reconciliation, Barbara serves progressive faith communities in Toronto sharing her gifts of passion, faith, mentorship and the written and spoken word. Her history with the North Shore area is comprised of ten glorious and life changing months as a military partner, a Queen’s Theological College student and a Kingston cycling enthusiast.

Bethmarie Michalska, born in the Canadian Maritimes, is a ‘re-emerging’ writer who works as a psychotherapist, and educator in Kingston, Ontario. Her poetry has been published in the Queen’s Undergraduate Review, and in Quarry Magazine, where she was an assistant editor in the 1980’s. She feels privileged to have experienced motherhood in a peaceful country where woman may own property, and have a fair chance at fulfilling life goals. She may frequently be found staring into space with wonder, and sometimes takes pleasure in creating or voicing text.

Bob MacKenzie’s poetry has appeared in many publications, including The Dalhousie Review, University of Windsor Review, and Ball State University Forum, and in numerous anthologies. He has seven published books of poetry and prose, poems represented by visual artists and sculptors, an entire visual arts exhibition dedicated to his poetry, various awards for his writing including an Ontario Arts Council grant for literature. Bob performs his poetry live with original music and has released six albums.

Brandon Crilly – Originally from Burlington, ON, Brandon has been living primarily in Kingston since 2007 while he attends Queen’s University. He has become very attached to the life and history of Kingston, finding a unique feeling in the city that can’t quite be found anywhere else. He also owes a great debt to the friends he has made in the local writing community, for their ongoing guidance and support. Departing Kingston someday will be bittersweet at best. For more on Brandon’s work, visit

Brent Raycroft lives with his partner and their two children in Sydenham, north of Kingston. He works from home as an editor of legal publications and writes poetry when he can. He grew up in Prescott, on the St. Lawrence River.

Carla Hartsfield is a classically trained pianist, singer, writer and visual artist. Her first book, The Invisible Moon (Signal Editions/Vehicule) was short-listed for the LCP Gerald Lampert prize. Your Last Day on Earth (Brick Books) was longlisted for the B.C. Relit Awards. Carla’s long-sequenced poem, The River, appeared from Rubicon Press in 2011, and her poem Seven, Seven, Oh Seven made the Best Canadian Poetry longlist in 2010.

Carole TenBrink took an MA in creative writing at McGill, and, from her thesis, published a book of poems, Thaw And Fire. She continued to publish poems in literary magazines, but at some point, began to feel that was too intellectualized. She wanted to engage with the audience, melt poetry with story, drama, and primal rhythms; eventually, she found Spoken Word Poetry. In 2011, she attended Banff’s Spoken Word Poetry residency, which gave her important direction. Now calling Kingston home, she performs regularly there and in the surrounding area.

Carolyn Smart’s fifth collection of poems, Hooked – Seven Poems was published in 2009 by Brick Books. An excerpt from her memoir At the End of the Day won first prize in the 1993 CBC Literary Contest. She is the founder of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging writers, and since 1989 has taught Creative Writing at Queen’s University. You can contact Carolyn at –

Carolyn Hei-Kyoung You holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Queen’s Theological University. She is a breathwork practitioner and poet who lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Christine Miscione was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She has completed her Honours B.A. in English Literature at McMaster University and her M.A in English Literature at Queen’s University. She has been published in This Magazine as well as 529: An Anthology (Proper Tales Press). Christine was also the recipient of the 2011 Hamilton Arts Award for Best Emerging Writer.

Clara Langley is a grade 12 student at Regi who enjoys running, writing and listening to/playing music. Clara started writing in 2008 after being encouraged to do so by another writer in the anthology, Denise Hamilton. She is greatly influenced by the music she listens to and hopes one day to be able to incorporate poetry into her own musical compositions.

Coreen Covert wrote her first piece of poetry when she was 10 years old, and was a poet in waiting until college when she was first published in a newsletter at Saint Lawrence College. The first published poem was called Spring. She has written poetry over many years (approximately 30 years of various entries). She is a mother of two grown children and her inspiration comes from life experience, nature, family and the First Nations people of the Kingston area. My poem Old Wise Ones is about the older ones of many races around me and how they live in their time and have contributed to my life.

Cori Mayhew, a Milton Acorn Poetry Award winner, returned to Kingston several years ago. She binds visual art and her writing into a personal presentation. She is presently writing and constructing an interactive book of poetry with hands-on “do your own thing and go for it attitude” art for the reader.

David Malone lives in Kingston. He is married and has a son. He drives a taxi, day-time. He has lived in Kingston for twenty years or so and has family here. His in-laws have lived in the area for generations. He has often hiked or camped by the shores of Lake Ontario.

David Sheffield grew up in the Napanee area but has lived, worked and made a home in Northumberland County for many years. A long-time volunteer with Shelter Valley Folk Festival near Grafton, he’s a story collector who believes in community, campfires, and meals shared together. His work in community outreach takes him to the margins of small town life where the human spirit is illustrated in full colour.

Denise Hamilton (born in 1994) is looking forward to a lifetime of writing poetry. Born and (so far) raised in Kingston, she cannot wait to explore broader horizons. Her poetry attempt’s to depict real life, as real as it can be. She would like to thank her yellow bird and everyone who has supported her.

Diane Dawber has written ten books (3 non-fiction, 5 children’s collection, 2 adult collections) – latest for adults is Driving, Breaking and Getting out to Walk, Hidden Brook, 2009. She has been a Veteran of the Banff Winter Cycle Pilot Project in Writing, 1980, Alberta Heritage Scholarship; an educator in the Artist in Community, Faculty of Education, 1983-84; a Ministry of Education writer on Poetry in the Schools, 1984; a veteran of Squaw Valley and Sarah Lawrence College writing retreats, 2006; and has been anthologized in many collections for young people in UK, USA and Canada. She was the organizer of Poetry and Company (2005-2009), ed. of a Kingston poetry anthology, ‘Scapes (2007), and is currently Board Chair, Health Pursuits Reading and Research, an incorporated not-for-profit (1996-present).

Diane Taylor lives in Port Hope, is the author of The Perfect Galley Book, a memoir of her life at sea, and over forty magazine articles in Canadian Yachting, Cruising World, The Journal of Palliative Care, Country Connection and others. She taught English as a Second Language in Toronto and Miami, and worked on a conch farm in the Turks and Caicos Islands. She now gives a workshop in memoir writing, and composes oral histories for elders in families. See more at

Donna-lee Iffla, since before the Second Punic War, has worked in community arts and development, anti-violence initiatives, and education in China, England and Canada. Despite the notorious slowness of her Muse, she has struggled to keep a foot in the Door of Perception and a finger in the winds of change.

Eliot Kane was born in Kingston ON and quickly realized his life was meant for art, embedding himself in creative activities since. He loves to paint, read and watch movies in his spare time. Writing and acting are Eliot’s directions in life and he is currently attending Fanshawe College / Theatre Arts. To keep up to date with his words and art check out

Elizabeth Greene has lived in Kingston since 1969 when she began teaching English at Queen’s University. She has edited/co-edited five anthologies, including We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman, which won the Betty and Morris Aaron Prize for Best Scholarship on a Canadian Subject, and Kingston Poets’ Gallery. She has published two collections of poetry, The Iron Shoes (Hidden Brook, 2007) and Moving (Inanna, 2010). She lives in Kingston with her son and three cats.

Eriana Marcus was born in Kingston, Ontario during an ice storm in 1960. She says “When I was ten years old my best friend told me something that became the philosophy I live by: “Look for the Beauty”. I’ve not travelled much, but every person, every moment is a world of enchanted exploration. I’ve been writing on scraps of paper for forty-one years; the beauty I find in the journey of living. Someone told me it was poetry... Honouring illuminated moments – Keeping the Beauty Alive!”

Eric Folsom, born in Lynn, Massachusetts, has lived in Kingston, Ontario for the last 37 years. He is the author of Northeastern Anti-ghazals (published by Ottawa’s above/ground press), Icon Driven (from Wolsak and Wynn), and Poems for Little Cataraqui (Broken Jaw Press). He is currently the Poet Laureate of Kingston.

Felicity Sidnell Reid is a retired teacher of English, History and ESL. She is the co-author (with Frances Parkin) of a book for teachers, ESL is Everybody’s Business, four text-books for learners of English and other educational materials. She now lives in Colborne, with her husband and goldendoodle, where she writes poetry, short fiction and is completing an historical novel for young people set in Northumberland County.

Gabrielle Santyr is a retired teacher and editor (with degrees in Anthropology from McMaster and Education from Toronto), now a freelance writer of poetry, short stories and articles. Her poetry has been published in On the Threshold (Beach Holme), Kingston Poets’ Gallery and the Queen’s Feminist Review and in her collection, Beastly Metaphors (Artful Codger Press).

Gary William Rasberry is an artist-educator. As artist-in-residence, he has worked and played at schools both near and far (Yarker, Ontario to Barcelona, Spain). He offers songwriting and recording workshops at Queen’s University. Gary also writes and performs as a solo artist and with the acoustic trio Fireweed. He has published two books, Writing Research/ Researching Writing: Through a poet’s I (Peter Lang) and As Though it Could be Otherwise (Studio 22 Idea Manufactory). His current recording project is a children’s record, What’s the Big Idea?!? to be released in 2012.

Gene Rankin, aka Eugene Cornacchia, says “The plausibility of my romantic back-line story, that I was a Feral Child raised by Northern Pine Squirrels, and that I learned to read-and-write with only the aid of a tattered hardware-store catalogue, has finally worn thin in my estimation. There comes a time in an artist’s life when one comes to embrace the simple and indeed comforting fact that one is more ADD than Renaissance Man. My words and music are a simple offering to my fellow travelers. I am but a humble Scribe, charged with the task to Open Eyes, and Slay Lies.”

gillian harding-russell has published three poetry collections, most recently I forgot to tell you (Thistledown, 2007). A chapbook, Maya: Poems for the Summer Solstice (Leaf Press), and a holm, Stories of Snow (Alfred Gustav), will appear in 2011 and 2012. Poems are forthcoming in Carousel, Windsor Review and have recently appeared in Front Range, the Naswaak Review, The Antigonish Review and The Literary Review of Canada. Also a poem is forthcoming in the anthology with the theme ‘Poets on Poets’ to be published by Guernica next year. She lives and works in Regina.

Gina Hanlon has lived in Kingston since 1992 and has been active in the arts for the last several years. She graduated from York University in Toronto from Political Science in 1992 and moved to Kingston for further studies. She is also interested in painting and photography with Different Strokes Arts Group as a special interest project and has had several showings including at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library and a silent auction. She has been at CFRC in alternative frequencies for news studies.

Gloria Taylor, a retired English as a Second Language and French teacher, returned for the second year to read 10 of her original poems in the POETRY MARATHON held at Chapters in Kingston. Several of her poems have appeared in VISTA, a Kingston magazine for seniors, Kingston This Week and in Canadian and American anthologies. Her hobbies include Irish Ceili Dancing as well as Scottish Country Dancing and travelling to visit her granddaughter.

Greg Bell lives in Kingston, Ontario with his wife, Jacqueline, and sons, Graydon and Frank. His work has appeared in Rhythm Poetry Magazine, Misunderstandings Magazine, The Puritan, Encore, and featured on Eyewear. His chapbook, Better Locks and Daylight, was launched in November, 2011. He is working on his first full-length manuscript.

Heather Browne is a lover of water and rivers and currents. She lives on Dog Lake, Ontario with her husband, David, and the faith of her father. The quotation in Faith of Our Fathers was her dad’s expression.

Honey Novick is a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/poet. Her collection Ruminations of A Fractured Diamond was published by lyricalmyrical in February, 2012. Her poem White Squirrels of Queen Street West is included in an eponymous anthology, October 2011. She directs the Creative Vocalization Studio, is the song facilitator of Sheena’s Place, music consultant to Friendly Spike Theatre Band and sings with bill bissett and SAMA Music. She will sing on a recording of Rumi poetry set to music.

Hugh Walter Barclay is a retired Orthotic consultant. He has presented some 20 scientific papers and published 10-12 journal articles. He did develop several orthotic devices including the invisible scoliosis orthosis, developed and pioneered wheelchairs with dynamic tilt, and established Advanced Mobility systems in 1988 - sold in 2003. Hugh established Thee Hellbox Press in 1981 and, there, has published some 47 titles, 30 of which were authored by himself. The press has also produced a good number of broadsides and countless ephemeral pieces.

Ian Hanna is a local poet who divides his time between the big city busy-ness and the peaceful quiet of his woods just to the north. He enjoys pondering the semiology and science of swamps and other low laying emotions on frequent long walks with his dog. Ian also enjoys light domestic chores on occasion and collecting typewriters. Sometimes he also writes poetry. Ian has published in a handful of reputable places and is currently working on a collaborative project with a visual artist. The dog heartily applauds the long walks.

James D. Medd is an occasional indie musician who first began writing songs and poetry in his teens. He holds degrees from Carleton University and McGill University, and is ambivalently employed as a health sciences research professional in Kingston.

Jan Allen, a writer and curator, moved to Kingston in 1972 and has been held in its orbit ever since. Her critical and non-fiction writing has been published widely. Allen’s first book of poetry, Personal Peripherals, was released by BuschekBooks in 2006. Chief Curator/Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, she is also an assistant professor in the Department of Art and in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen’s University, Kingston.

Jason Heroux is the author of two poetry collections, Memoirs of an Alias and Emergency Hallelujah, both published by Mansfield Press, and a novella titled Good Evening, Central Laundromat (Quattro Books, 2010) which was shortlisted for the 2011 Relit Novel Award. His work has appeared in chapbooks, anthologies and magazines in Canada, the US, Belgium, France, and Italy. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Jeanette Lynes is the author of five collections of poetry and one novel. Her sixth book of poems is forthcoming in 2012. She is the Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. Kingston is her second home.

Jennie McCaugherty was born on June 24, 1979 and grew up in a small town. Her poetry really took off during the years she spent in Vancouver. There was a lot of soul searching, a lot of healing in those years. She loves art and music and words, and spends most of her free time either in her head or creating something.

Jessica Marion Barr is an artist and educator who is in the second year of her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her work focuses on forging links between visual art, elegy, ecology, ethics, and sustainability. Recent exhibitions include In Power: Out of Control at Union Gallery, With This Land at The Artel and The Rough Edge of Beauty at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre – all in Kingston, Ontario.

Joan Wilding is a relative newcomer to Kingston. After living for seventy years on the prairies, her curiosity about Kingston’s long and colourful history led her to write this ballad. As a teacher of high school English, she enjoyed helping students become competent writers and readers.

Joanne Light lives in Halifax and has had three acceptances to the Banff Centre’s literary studios. There a colleague, Judy McFarlane, wrote of the 2010 Wired Writing Program at the Banff Centre “ of the real highlights...hearing Joanne Light read/perform... her poems grabbed my attention, held it throughout, made me laugh, cry, moved me more than I thought possible ...insightful, honest, funny, and, in my opinion, brilliant.” Joanne is presently working on a book of non-non-fiction stories revolving around her life as a traveller.

Joanne Page is a visual artist and author of three books of poetry, contributor to numerous anthologies, and editor of a book of essays by her friend, Bronwen Wallace, entitled Arguments with the World. Her poetry has been short-listed for the CBC Literary Awards. Watermarks, Joanne’s most recent collection, was a finalist for the prestigious Trillium Book Award in 2009. “These astonishing poems show Joanne at the height of her powers,” says Molly Peacock. “She uses her characteristic wit, insouciant intelligence and wide-roaming interests to make worlds we can enter with delight.”

Joanne Walton Paterson is a recovering high school teacher. She currently resides in Ottawa with her husband John, where she strives to marry her passion for all things literary with her concern for inclusion issues. As a native and lover of Kingston, Ontario and graduate of Queen’s University, she knows from first-hand experience that The Sleepless Goat cafe on Princess Street in the Limestone City has the best vegan brownies around.

John Donlan is an editor with Brick Books and a librarian at Vancouver Public Library. His books of poetry are Domestic Economy (Brick Books, 1990, reprinted 1997), Baysville (Anansi, 1993), Green Man (Ronsdale, 1999), and Spirit Engine (Brick Books, 2008.) He spends May through October writing at his property in South Frontenac. In fall 2012 he will be the Barbara Moon Fellow Writer and Editor in Residence at Massey College at the University of Toronto.

John Lazarus is a playwright who has taught in the Drama Department at Queen’s University since the year 2000. He was born and grew up in Montreal, where he attended the National Theatre School, graduating in 1969. He then lived for 30 years in Vancouver, working in theatre and broadcasting, before moving to Kingston.

John Pigeau is the owner of Backbeat Books, Music & Gifts in lovely Perth, Ontario, the founder of the First Edition Reading Series, and the author of the acclaimed novel The Nothing Waltz. His second novel, The Journals of Templeton Speck, will be out in the summer of 2012.

Joshua Jia grew up dreaming of making the NBA, playing football and trying his best to be a high school sports star. His inspiration comes from recovering from a neuropathic injury he suffered from when he was 16. Today, Joshua is a fourth year Commerce student at Queen's University aspiring to build a career in finance while writing poetry as a hobby. His proudest accomplishment is recovering from his injury, and he believes this would not have been possible without poetry.

K.V. Skene was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, raised in Lachine Quebec . She lived in Toronto, Colborne and Port Hope before moving to a houseboat in Victoria B.C. In 1993 she departed for England where she lived (except for a year in Ireland) until recently. Now repatriated, she writes from Toronto. Her publications include Love in the (Irrational) Imperfect (Hidden Brook Press, 2006) and You Can Almost Hear Their Voices, 2010, Indigo Dreams Publications (UK).

Kali Carys, called Kingston home for the most formative 5 years of her life so far, before running off to the east coast and joining the circus (seriously: look it up). In Kingston, she lived in a lot of houses, and was involved in creating a lot of beautiful things. Many of these were theatre and performance pieces, or cupcakes; she has yet to combine the two -- in public. She was also a founding member of the High Voltage Burlesque troupe.

Kathleen Moritz began writing poetry when she was ten years old. Six years later she stopped rhyming, with the vague, misplaced notion that it made her a ‘poet.’ She had the wonderful opportunity to do her first reading at the Thrive Reading Series in Kingston, Ontario, in April 2011. Kathleen now writes in the scantily-lit hours of the day in between studying at the University of Waterloo.

Kathryn MacDonald’s poetry collection, A Breeze You Whisper, was launched in 2011 by Hidden Brook Press. Her novel, Calla & Édourd, was published in 2009, also by Hidden Brook Press. Essays on farm life, along with recipes, were published in The Farm and City Cookbook (Second Story Press, co-authored with Mary Lou Morgan, 1995). Kathryn earned a B.A. from the University of Windsor and an MPA from Queen’s University, Kingston. She teaches literature and writing online through Loyalist College, Belleville. When not wordsmithing, Kathryn silversmiths, creating original jewellery using gifts from the earth.

Kathy Figueroa is a poet, freelance writer, and photographer in the Bancroft area. She credits, ‘Flowertopia,’ which is comprised of her numerous flower gardens, and the rugged wilderness that surrounds it, for much of her inspiration and this is reflected in her work. Since 2006, her poems have frequently appeared in the Bancroft area newspapers and her articles and photos have been printed since 2004. Kathy has published nine small collections of poetry in illustrated chapbook form.

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back grew up on a farm outside a town called Norwood and spent a number of her teenage years hitch-hiking on Highway 7. She got to know that highway like you would an old friend. She has been a number of things in life, including a squeegee kid, a political prisoner, and now, against all odds, a university student.

Kin Man Young Tai, of himself and his work, says “I was born in 1950 in the West Indies of Chinese parents, migrated in 1994, and now live in Kingston, Ontario. Here I have worked when I could, a backyard and a voice to add to the countless, as eager for poetry. The demons of poetry continue to chase me, with demands I was never schooled to deliver.”

Kirsteen MacLeod has lived beside Lake Ontario for much of the past 25 years. Her poetry has been published by The Malahat Review, and is forthcoming in Contemporary Verse 2 and The Toronto Quarterly. Island of Witches, a Brazil story from her book-in-progress, Spirit Geographies, was nominated for a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Award in creative non-fiction in 2006.

Kristin Andrychuk is a longtime Kingston writer. She graduated in English and philosophy from Queen’s University. Three times she has been the recipient of scholarships to attend the Banff Centre’s writing studios. She has two published novels: The Swing Tree (Oberon Press 1996 and Riding the Comet (Oberon Press 2003.) She is currently working on another novel.

Lara Szabo Greisman is an independent cultural producer based in Stockholm, Sweden and a former collective member of the Artel Artist’s Accommodation and Venue in Kingston, Ontario. She works in diverse artistic disciplines looking at representations of identities and histories as well as the deocratisation and accessibility of culture. The pieces in this anthology were mainly written during her residency at the Artel and nod to Kingston as a formative and supportive community she had the pleasure to learn from.

Laura Dyer spent the first eighteen years of her life in the stretch of farmland tucked in between Kingston and Gananoque. After spending most of those years escaping rural life by hiding in Kingston she now lives in Toronto where she is completing a degree from Ryerson University.

Lauren Hearnden studies English Literature, more or less, at Queen’s University. She is from Colborne, Ontario where there may be a few cornfields. In the future she hopes to spend a few years bumming around.

Laurie Lewis is a Fellow of the Graphic Designers of Canada and is editor and art director of Vista, the magazine of the Seniors Association in Kingston, Ontario. Her written work has been on CBC and has been published around and about, including Contemporary Verse 2, Queen’s Feminist Review, Kingston Poets’ Gallery, and Queen’s Quarterly. A chapter of a memoir was shortlisted for the 2007 CBC Literary Awards in Creative Non-Fiction. Her memoir Little Comrades was published by The Porcupine’s Quill, June 2011.

Leah Murray is a rural- based photographer, writer and small business owner in Hastings, Prince Edward and Northumberland Counties, Ontario, Canada. She started her photography career in her teens as an adjunct to her established writing habit. Leah’s personal work focuses on documenting rural and small-town Canada along the shores of the Great Lakes in the post-millennium years.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a writer, activist, story-teller and scholar. She is a citizen of Kina Gchi Nishnaabeg-ogaming and is a member of Alderville First Nation. Her third book, Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence was published in May 2011 by Arbeiter Ring. Leanne lives in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough), Ontario.

Lee-Ann Taras grew up in Prince Edward County on the Bay of Quinte. Kingston has been her home for over 20 years. Taras is particularly interested in the power of art making as a means for self-expression and transformation. Her mixed media art practice tends towards abstraction yet it is often evocative of landscape/cityscape. Her work, of late, has been examining concepts of individuality and kinship, an ongoing exploration of the uniqueness of one within the solidarity of many.

Linda Allison Stevenson was born in Henderson, Kentucky and began writing poetry when she was 10 years old. Her mother and biggest influence pushed her to write more. Writing many short stories and poems throughout middle and high school, each time throwing them away, her mother would go behind her and pick them up. For that she was both then and is now very grateful. She is 32, married, to a wonderful husband, Riley, and has an adorable five year old son, Connor. The poem included herein was written while she was in labour with her son.

Lindy Mechefske is a freelance writer, editor, photographer, and Associate Editor of the Queen’s Alumni Review. Born in the U.S.A., she has lived in England, and Australia, and currently makes her home in beautiful Kingston, Ontario. Lindy is author of A Taste of Wintergreen, and the forthcoming travel–memoir, Going Down Under.

Louise O’Donnell was born and educated in Toronto (York University) Eng/creative writing and moved to Wellington, Prince Edward country in 1990. She has worked with prominent authors across Canada (Di Brandt – Sage Hill, Linda Rogers – Mentorship Programme/The League of Candian Poets, Carolyn Smart – Queen’s Univ. Summer Writing Pro