April Bulmer is a Canadian poet who has won dozens of national and international awards for her work. And With Thy Spirit is her eighth book of poetry.
Bridget Ryan was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario and spent her formative years crossing the border into Detroit, where many of her stories originate. A tennis pro, a former librarian, York University graduate, and intricate storyteller, her literary roots are planted firmly within a variety of rich traditions from the beat poets to Dorothy Parker, Sylvia Plath and Tennessee Williams.
Bruce Kauffman is a poet, writer and editor living in Kingston, Ontario. He hosts a weekly spoken word radio show on CFRC 101.9fm and monthly open mic poetry nights at the Artel.
Brian Way was born and raised on a small farm in the north end of Prince Edward County, just south of Belleville, Ontario, a place where Loyalist ancestors came to settle in the 1790s. Currently, Way is in the process of translating his literary novel, The Prince of Leroy, into a screenplay and an adventure tale, and Orchard of the Gods, a play about rural settlement, cultural displacement and mythic unrest, is under consideration by Persephone Theatre.
Chris has been writing and publishing haiku his entire adult life. His work has consistently been at the forefront in the development of English language haiku and haibun, and the online version of this book is likely the most widely read English language haibun.
His poetry has been widely published internationally in literary magazines, anthologies and scholarly texts and broadcast on radio and TV. EPID has become a frequent reference for documentaries and historical books.
Carolyn Wilker is a writer, editor, Toastmaster, and creative writing teacher. Inspired by the world and people around her, she writes stories that she often shares in her storytelling and speaking. An avid reader, photographer and gardener, Carolyn also enjoys music and theatre as well as spending time with her family and friends. She lives with her husband in Kitchener, Ontario.
David Bateman is an actor, playwright, visual artist, and performance poet currently based in Toronto. His spoken word monologues and solo plays have been presented both nationally and internationally over the past twenty years.
The author of 24 books and over 700 published manuscripts, including A Step in the Write Direction—the Complete How-to Book for Christian Writers, Donna Clark Goodrich lives in Mesa, Arizona, with her husband Gary. Also a freelance proofreader/editor and speaker, she enjoys helping beginning writers get started and encouraging advanced writers not to give up. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.thewritersfriend.net. She also blogs every Monday at: http://donna-goodrich.blogspot.com
David Pratt was born in Britain and came to Canada at the age of 22. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals in Canada, the U.S., Britain, and Australia. He is the compiler of The Impossible Takes Longer: The 1000 Wisest Things Ever Said by Nobel Prize Laureates. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Elizabeth Greene has published three books of poetry, The Iron Shoes, Moving, and Understories. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, most recently I Found It at The Movies and Shy: An Anthology, and various literary magazines. She has also published short fiction and creative non-fiction. She edited and contributed to We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman which won the Betty and Morris Aaron Award for Best Scholarship on a Canadian Subject.
Felicity Sidnell Reid
Felicity Sidnell Reid is a writer of both poetry and fiction, an editor and broadcaster. Her poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies and on line. Short pieces of memoir have been included is two HBP anthologies, Grandfather Father and Me and Family Ties. She and colleague, Gwynn Scheltema, co-host the programme, Word on the Hills, broadcast by Northumberland 89.7 FM and aired Sundays at 1:00 pm.
Geoff’s interest in nature began at 13 years of age when he wandered through the woods and countryside near his Canadian home, learning about nature first hand. From the time he went to university to study wildlife to when he worked for Parks Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, he has dedicated his life to protecting and studying wild things – be they birds, mammals, insects or plants. After his retirement in 2006, Geoff headed off on a new career path, where he put his life long studies to work – he became an expedition and interpretive guide. He has led numerous trips to Antarctica, Svalbard, Russia and Alaska, eastern Europe, Cuba, Borneo and Tanzania. A prolific author, Geoff wrote a previous book on mammals, is widely published in nature magazines and newspapers.
Philosopher. Poet. Imagination Consultant.
Musician. Artist. Educator.
Insecure Extrovert. Reluctant Enthusiast.
Risk-taker. Scaredy Cat.
Small animal with fast metabolism.
A Connector-of-Dots: He brings People & Ideas together.
Glen Sorestad was born in Vancouver, but moved to the prairies when he was ten and grew up on a farm in east-central Saskatchewan, attending a one-roomed country school. He later became a school teacher and taught for over 20 years, the last dozen years in a high school in Saskatoon. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education(with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan. He began writing seriously in 1968, co-founded Thistledown Press in 1975 with his wife Sonia, and quit teaching in 1981 to pursue his writing and publishing activities. He was President of Thistledown Press from 1975 to 2000 when he and his wife retired from literary publishing.
Irene Davidson Fisher is the author of Robbie Raccoon and the Big Black Blob.
Jim Christy has led an exciting life. At the tender age of twelve, he ran away to see the world and saw as much of it as he could until the cops brought him home. Ever since then, he has been visiting the far corners of the world. His travels have taken him from Greenland to Cambodia, the Yukon to the Andaman Islands. He has lived with natives of the Amazon and natives of the Fiji Islands.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Deahl grew up in the city and in and around the Laurel Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains. He moved to Canada in 1970 and holds dual American/Canadian citizenship. He is a founding member of the Canadian Poetry Association.
John B. Lee
In 2005 John B. Lee was inducted as Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity. The same year he received the distinction of being named Honourary Life Member of The Canadian Poetry Association. He lives in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada where he works as a full time author.
Jim Ronson is a life-long traveller and educator. At the age of fifteen he hitch-hiked across Canada and learned more about Canada in one summer than he had ever learned in school. He has explored the nooks and crannies of every province across the country.
Kathleen Whelan’s short fiction has appeared in various Canadian journals such as BLOOD & APHORISMS, BROKEN PENCIL, OTHER VOICES; sub TERRAIN AND TADDLE CREEK. Things I Will Tell You When I Am Dead is Kathleen Whelan’s first collection of short stories.
Merle Amodeo remembers writing creatively as soon as she could form letters into words. She was born in Toronto in 1939.
She moved to Oshawa in 1978 with her husband and two children. Merle taught at elementary schools in Oakville and Toronto and at Durham College for more than thirty years including classes in creative writing.
She has published two poetry chapbooks Let Me In and Because of You. Merle is presently working on her second novel and continuing to write poetry as “soul food”.
Morgan's short stories and poems have been published in Canadian literary journals and anthologies, including, The New Quarterly and The Nashwaak Review. He lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Norma West Linder
Norma West Linder was born in Toronto, spent her childhood on Manitoulin Island, and teenage years in Muskoka. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, PEN, The Ontario Poetry Society, The Canadian Federation of Poets, WIT (Writers in Transition) and Past President of the Sarnia Branch of the Canadian Authors Assoc. Linder is the author of 5 novels, 13 collections of poetry, a memoir of Manitoulin Island, a children’s book, a collection or short stories, and a biography of Pauline McGibbon. For 24 years she was on the faculty of Lambton College in Sarnia, teaching English and Creative Writing. For 7 years she wrote a monthly column for the Sarnia Observer, and she is a regular contributor to “Daytripping in Southern Ontario”.
Rosemary was born and raised in Kenya. She grew up listening to fi reside stories from her grandmothers and learned to appreciate the art of telling tales at an early age. Rosemary immigrated to Canada in the early 1990s with her husband and 2 children at the time. She has since raised 4 children and currently blessed with one grandchild. Watching her children grow up without the luxury of listening to fi reside stories is what has motivated Rosemary to write, for the benefit of all those children that may never have the opportunity to listen to a fi reside story.
Susan Ioannou’s fiction, articles, and poetry have appeared across Canada. She is the winner of an Okanagan Short Story Award, twice a finalist in the CBC Literary Awards, and the recipient of a Works in Progress and Writers’ Reserve grants from the Ontario Arts Council. Some of her poems have been translated into Hindi and Dutch, and others set to music for performance in both Canada and Norway. For many years she was Associate Editor of Cross-Canada Writers’ Quarterly/Magazine and also led writing workshops for the Toronto Board of Education, Ryerson Literary Society, and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Currently, she directs the online poetry course Lessons in Writing the Poem. She is a longstanding member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers’ Union of Canada.
Shane Joseph is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada. He began writing as a teenager living in Sri Lanka and has never stopped. Redemption in Paradise, his first novel, was published in 2004 and his first short story collection, Fringe Dwellers, in 2008. His novel, After the Flood, a dystopian epic set in the aftermath of global warming, was released in November 2009, and won the Canadian Christian Writers award for best Futuristic/Fantasy novel in 2010.His latest release is Paradise Revisited, a collection of stories chronicling the immigrant journey. His short stories and articles have appeared in several Canadian anthologies and in literary journals around the world. His blog at www.shanejoseph.com/blog is widely syndicated.
Theodore Michael Christou is an Associate Professor of Social Studies and History Education, with a cross appointment to the Department of History in Queen's University's Faculty of Arts and Science. He began his professional teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Scarborough with the Toronto District School Board.
Richard Grove / Tai
Richard Grove was born into an artist family in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on October 7, 1953. With both parents being artists and art collectors he had a unique and early introduction into the world of visual art. His first experience with art was with photography when at the age of thirteen he purchased, with his father’s enthusiasm and help, his first single lens reflex camera. Over the ensuing years, after leaving high school, he studied pottery at Mohawk College, design and pottery at Sheridan College, leading to his graduating in 1984 from the Experimental Arts Department at Ontario College of Art. In 1994 he graduated with honours from the Humber College, Arts Administration diploma course. In 2002 he returned to school to study computer courses relating to publishing.
Tara Kainer grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and Regina, Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Regina and Queen’s University. She has published poetry, essays, articles, interviews and book reviews in several newspapers, journals, and magazines, including ARC, NOISE, Quarry, and the Kingston Whig-Standard.
Ursula Pflug is an award winning author of speculative fiction, who has had her work published in Canada, the U.S and Great Britain. She has also written extensively for film, theatre, and television and lives in Peterborough Country, Canada.