Bruce Kauffman lives in Kingston, Ontario and is a poet, writer, editor and workshop facilitator. A chapbook of his poetry, seed (The Plowman), was published in 2005, a stand-alone poem, “streets” (Thee Hellbox Press) was published in 2009 and his first full collection of poetry, The Texture of Days, in Ash and Leaf (Hidden Brook Press), launched in January 2013. His latest two books, a seed within (an expansion of his original chapbook) and The Silence Before the Whisper Comes, both with Hidden Brook Press, will also launch in 2013.
His work has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including 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 two plays, The Garbage and the Flowers (2008) and A Moveable Feast (2009). His poem “destiny”, appearing in his first collection, was shortlisted in the 1995 Poiesis Poetry Competition.
In 1997/1998 he was research editor and volunteer coordinator for a poetry short collection and reference manual, the Poiesis Poetry Guide (1998). In 2011 he coordinated and edited That Not Forgotten (Hidden Brook Press), a 400 page poetry/short fiction anthology of 118 locally tied poets and authors, launched in September 2012.
In May 2010, he began hosting a weekly spoken word radio show on CFRC 101.9fm (Queen’s University, Kingston, ON) called “finding a voice” and now also hosts a blogspace for that show at http://findingavoiceoncfrcfm.wordpress.com/. As well, he hosts a monthly open mic reading series called “poetry @ the artel” (launched in May, 2009), and now facilitates a quarterly series of “stream of consciousness” writing workshops in Kingston with plans to expand to outlying areas.
He is a member of a local writers group. He joined the Wintergreen Studios Press Advisory Board as Acquisitions and Poetry Editor in July, 2012 and in August, 2012 became the Canadian Editor of CCLA’s The Ambassador. He is currently editing other work and working on his next poetry manuscript, and as well creating a 6 act, separately monologued play.