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Read below to see who our headlining authors have been so far this year.

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February 8, 2018

Dawna Proudman is an artist, writer, editor and teacher of writingDawna Proudman’s collection of poems, Elements of Grace, was published by Brucedale Press. A member of the League of Canadian Poets, she is co-founder of the Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival, and founder of The Highway Four Writers’ Group in Grey County. For the past several years she has organized The Words Abound Poetry Readings at The Barrie Manor in Barrie, featuring local and visiting poets from across the province. The editor of two books for Brucedale Press: Strong in My Skin and Saugeen Stories, her novella (The Robber Crab) was a runner up in Malahat Review’s Novella Contest. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various publications across Canada. She has facilitated writing workshops, encouraging word play and the power of self-expression for all ages since 1993. Dawna revels in the great cumulative creative energy experienced in workshops and has attended as many as she could possibly fit in over the years, including a week with Lisa Moore at Piper’s Frith. Born in Ottawa, she has lived in Dawson City, Toronto, Grey County and now rural Oro-Medonte, Ontario.


LIISA KOVALA author writer creative non-fiction

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Liisa Kovala is a Finnish-Canadian teacher and writer living in Sudbury, Ontario. She is a memberSurviving Stutthof book cover of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Canadian Authors’ Association and Sudbury Writers’ Guild. A graduate of University of Toronto’s Creative Writing program, Liisa has published fiction and creative non-fiction pieces in several publications and anthologies, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada and Christmas in Canada, Along the 46th, CommuterLit, and Creepy Capreol. Her family memoir Surviving Stutthof: My Father’s Memories Behind the Death Gate was published by Latitude 46 Publishing in September 2017. She is currently working on a novel.


January 11, 2018

Canadian author and poet Susan Reynolds

Susan Lynn Reynolds is a writer, teacher and psychotherapist.  She teaches writing through workshops in the community, in college continuing education programs, and in social services settings. She writes and has won awards for her YA novel, short stories, poems and non-fiction. Two of her poems were longlisted in the 2015 Montreal Poetry Prize and another poem was shortlisted for this year’s Vallum Poetry Prize.

She has been leading writing workshops for female inmates at Central East Correctional Centre for thirteen years, a program for which she received the June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.

She leads professional training for Amherst Writers International and the Toronto Writers Collective and is the Executive Director of Amherst Writers Canada.

She is past president of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR), a regional writer’s organization of 350 members, and also past vice-chair of the national organization Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) (the Canadian version of the AWP).

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Canadian author and poet James Dewar

James Dewar is a publisher, producer, teacher, writer and editor.

He has performed his work live on CBC Radio, Rogers TV, several radio stations and at numerous poetry readings in Canada and abroad.

As the publisher of Piquant Press he has edited and published over a dozen books and co-edited six poetry anthologies. Through his other small press, Stone’s Throw Publications, he has guided scores of poets in the editing, design and printing of poetry collections and chapbooks.

James also teaches poetry and fiction workshops ( throughout the Metropolitan Toronto area and internationally. He has been awarded the Teaching Excellence Certificate by Durham College for his Advanced Creative Writing classes. Over the last ten years he has helped judge writing and poetry contests for the League of Canadian Poets, Ontario Writers Conference, Canadian Authors Association and other writing organizations.

His poetry and short fiction have been published in several anthologies and literary journals. The Garden in the Machine, his first book of poetry, was published in 2007 by Hidden Brook Press. He is currently finishing a novel and refining a new book of poetry. His short story, Strychnine Blues, is featured in That Dammed Beaver, a collection of Canadian Humour, Laughs and Gaffs from Exile Editions. (Edited by Bruce Meyer)

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