2014 Events

Word Up – December

Thursday, December 11, 2014

RICHARD GREENE is the author of four books of poetry. His collection Boxing the Compass won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2010. George Elliott Clarke has compared Greene’s new volume Dante’s House to the work of Derek Walcott and described the long title-poem in terza rima as a “masterpiece”  (Chronicle-Herald). Greene is also the author of an internationally acclaimed biography of Edith Sitwell, and is now writing an authorized biography of Graham Greene. He is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, and director of the MA in the Field of Creative Writing.

BRUCE MEYER is launching The Seasons in Barrie. Bruce Meyer is author of 44 books including the recent poetry collections The Obsession Book of Timbuktu, Testing the Elements, and The Seasons. He is professor of English at Georgian College and Visiting professor of Literature at Victoria College in the University of Toronto.


Word Up – November

Thursday, November 13, 2014

RICARDO STERNGERG was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.He now resides in Toronto. Some Dance, his fourth collection, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in April of 2014.

Winner of the prestigious Trillium Book Award for Poetry and a member of the newly-formed McClelland & Stewart poetry board, ADAM SOL is a household name in Canadian poetry, having been praised for his “sly integrity”, “wise-ass charm” and “breathtaking insight”.

The City of Barrie’s newest Poet Laureate, DAMIAN LOPES has published three print books and two electronic works of poetry. He is currently completing his first book of fiction. A member of PEN Canada and a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, he was the founding chair of the Barrie Arts and Culture Council from 2008-2012.


Dead Poets

October 9th, 2014
All were welcome to come read works by dead poets and authors! I’m dressing up like one too! Works of all kinds ~ poetry, spoken word, music lyrics (music) and fiction are encouraged.


Word Up – Culture Days

Friday, September 26, 2014

DEEPAM WADDS, whose short stories and poetry have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies.

ESTHER GRIFFIN teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at Georgian College in Barrie and works on the Poetry Editorial Board for PRISM International. Esther’s work has appeared in Geist Magazine’s Memories of Vancouver festival and The League of Canadian Poets’ 2013 celebration of National Poetry Month, as well as various anthologies.

LINDA LAFORGE, science fiction author and visual artist will read from her novel. LindaLaforge-author.com

PLUS! A surprise guest, to be announced!


Word Up – September

Thursday, September 11, 2014

JULIANNE SNOW – author of “Days with the Undead” – Classically trained in all the ways to fight the Undead, Julianne Snow turned her talents to words, writing in the realms of speculative fiction. Her roots go deep into horror, but that doesn’t stop her from going where the story takes her.


Word Up – July

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ANDREA MURRAY is well known for her comedic performances and is now gaining significance with her poems. Writing poetry for the last twenty years, she has been described as a modern day Rumi, evoking deep emotions and insight through her writings.

BRUCE HUNTER is a essayist, poet, short story writer and novelist. His Two O’clock Creek – Poems New and Selected won the 2011 Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award. His novel, In the Bear’s House, about a young deaf boy who finds love and redemption on historic Kootenay Plains, won the 2009 Canadian Rockies Award at the Banff Mountain Book Festival.

LAURENCE HUTCHMAN has published ten books, including Emery Beyond Borders, Selected poems, Reading the Water, In the Writers’ Words.This fall Black Moss will publish his next book of poems “Personal Encounters.” He lives with his partner, Eva Kolacz, the artist in Oakville.

TOBIAS C. HAMILTON is 18 years old and just published his first book of poems in his native city of London, England. His work is a deep reflection of emotion and his experience of life, love, and pain as well as his thoughts on the planet and its economics. This is his first public reading and Barrie welcomes him.


Word Up – June

Thursday, June 19, 2014
We had a diverse group of talented people coming out!

DEEPAM WADDS is a therapist and short story writer from Orillia.

LINDA LAFORGE is a Barrie artist and novelist and founder of Word Up.

JEREMY JOHNSTON is author of two chapbooks, a recent graduate of Laurentian in Barrie, and will be attending the University of Windsor’s MA program in September.

AARON REYNOLDS is a Barrie author of short fiction and a contributing editor to PIE magazine. He’s also one of the organizers of Word Up.

ELIZABETH MORLEY is a retired Anglican Church minister and is currently producing her first poetry chapbook.

SHANE DENNIS is a leader in community social projects in Barrie, a musician, and a performance poet. He is also the owner of Unity Cafe.

JAMES TANNER teaches at Georgian College and is a short story writer and a hockey blogger who has published in Sports Illustrated.

JAMES GRAY is a recent graduate of the Laurentian Barrie program and is a science fiction/fantasy writer who has studied his craft in England with major fantasy authors.

GLENN WEATHERALL is a familiar face on both the Barrie literary scene and at the Barrie farmer’s market. He is a farmer and inventor.

BRUCE MEYER, the MC for the evening, is the Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie and author of 40 published books.

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