Read below to see who our headlining authors have been so far this year.
Word Up Thursday June 8, 2017
Leslie Goodreid – Leslie likes vampires, peas, and Oscar Wilde–though not at the same time. She’s a humanist, coffee aficionado and a cat-wrangler who sometimes puts pen to paper. As a genre renegade, Leslie can be found hopping between literature, horror, cli-fi, sci-fi, fantasy, social comedy and romance. Although she’s been writing poetry and prose since she was a tot, it’s only been in the last few years that she’s ventured into the professional publishing world. Within the next twelve months, she’s hoping to launch the first two books in her epic fantasy/social comedy series, “The Twelve Steps of the Vampire”. Two years ago, she won first prize in a Canadian Authors Association poetry contest.
When she steps out of her writing vault, Leslie can often be found fiddling with her temperamental coffee maker, saving the world on social media, or rescuing her kitten from the chandelier. Occasionally she does freelance reporting and editing projects for other authors. She has a turbid history as a mutual funds broker, but has been in recovery from banking for many years now.
Halli Villegas – Halli Villegas, a native Detroiter, has been living in Toronto for more than ten years. She has published two books of poetry, Red Promises (Guernica Editions, 2001) and In the Silence Absence Makes (Guernica Editions, 2004). Her chapbook, The Human Cannonball, appeared with Believe Your Own Press. She contributed the piece “Bond, Jane Bond” to the anthology Girls Who Bite Back (Sumach Press, 2004), edited by Emily Pohl-Weary. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and papers throughout Canada. She has taught creative writing workshops in Canada and the United States.
With the world facing the greatest global crisis of all time – climate change – personal and political indifference has wrought a series of unfolding complications that are altering our planet, and threatening our very existence. Reacting to the warnings sounded by scientists and thinkers, writers are responding imaginatively to the seriousness of changing ocean conditions, the widening disappearance of species, genetically modified organisms, increasing food shortages, mass migrations of refugees, and the hubris behind our provoking Mother Earth herself. These stories of Climate Fiction (Cli-fi) feature perspectives by culturally diverse Canadian writers of short fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and futurist works, and transcend traditional doomsday stories by inspiring us to overcome the bleak forecasted results of our current indifference.
Even Margaret Atwood is tweeting about the book. Twitter link.
Word Up Thursday May 11, 2017
Domenico Capilongo is a high-school creative writing teacher and Karate instructor. His first two books of poetry, I thought Elvis was Italian, Hold the Note and short fiction collection, Subtitles were all short-listed for several awards. His newest book of poetry, send, is about the way we communicate.
Visit his site here: domcapilongo.wixsite.com/home
Check out his book teaser on Youtube! Click here
Stanley Fefferman is an eclectic. Mentored by Louis Dudek at McGill, he worked with Barry Callaghan in Toronto and Allan Ginsberg in Boulder, trained in meditation under Chogyam Trungpa, studied photography with Michael Wood and Jack Dale, completed graduate studies in homeopathy with Jeremy Sherr, and certified as a Regression Therapist with Roger Woolger. Forty of his broadcasts aired on CBC National Radio. He has published two academic textbooks, hundreds of performance photographs and essays on music in electronic media. Fefferman taught writing at Naropa University’s Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and in the Atkinson Creative Writing Program at York University where he is Professor Emeritus and a member of the Founders Club. Home Was Elsewhere is his first collection of poetry.
Home Was Elsewhere reveals the intimacies of Stanley Fefferman’s 20-year sojourn training in the world of the charismatic guru, Chogyam Trungpa.
Learn more about his book here: QuattroBooks.ca
See him in action here: YouTube.com
Word Up April 2017 – Thursday April 13, 2017
Frontenac House has just released D.S. Stymeist’s debut collection, The Bone Weir. His poems have also appeared in numerous magazines, including The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, Dalhousie Review, and The Fiddlehead. His work was featured as the Parliamentary Poet Laureate’s Poem of the Month (February 2015) and was short-listed for Vallum’s 2015 poetry prize. He teaches poetics, Renaissance drama, and aboriginal literature at Carleton University. He grew up as a resident of O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, is the editor and founder of the micro-press, Textualis, and is the current vice-president of VERSe Ottawa.
See samples of his poetry here: Frontenachouse.com
Bruce Meyer is author of over 50 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and textbooks. His most recent books include the national bestseller Portraits of Canadian Writers (Porcupine’s Quill) and the recently released 1967: Centennial Year, a collection of poems from Black Moss Press. He was the inaugural Poet Laureate of Barrie from 2010 to 2014 and is a professor at Georgian College.
Word Up, Thursday March 9th
Bianca Lakoseljac has published four trade books: two novels, a collection of stories, and a book of poetry. She holds an MA in English from York University, and is the recipient of the Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in Literature. Over a ten year period, she taught communication at Ryerson University and Humber College. Bianca is the Writers Union of Canada’s liaison for the National Reading Campaign, sat on the Writers Union’s National Council, is past president of the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto, and has sat on the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee for a number of years. She has judged national literary contests such as the National Capital Writing Contest, the Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest, the Dr. Drummond Poetry Contest, and has served on panels for the Writers Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets (novels, short stories, poetry).
“Bianca Lakoseljac’s Stone Woman is a magically-written, enthralling tale which juxtaposes the destruction of war through generations with the spirit of creativity during 1967’s “the summer of love.” There is so much beautiful writing in this novel it truly is a pleasure to read.” Paul Butler, author of NaGeira and Hero.
You can purchase her book here: Amazon.ca
Word Up February 2017 – Thursday Feb 9, 2017
• the 2014 Canadian Author’s Association CanWrite! short story competition
• the 2000 Winners’ Circle Int’l Short Story Competition
• the 1998 Mississauga Library Writing Contest (2nd Place)
• the 1996 Brendon Donnelly Award For Children’s Literature (2nd Place)
• In 2013, he placed third for his essay in the Northern Living contest sponsored by Lifestyle magazine and The Writers’ Community of Simcoe County.
While varying in genre, his adult short stories contain a common theme of thought provoking suspense, often with a twist of the dark side.
Bruce also writes short stories, novellas, and poems for children. He is currently focusing on efforts to publish his collection of adult short stories, Sweet Dreams, and his collection of children’s poems Elephants In My Stew and Other Tidbits.
Copies of Unleashed Ink which contain three of his adult short stories and three of his children’s poems together with stories and poetry by thirteen other authors is available for $10.
Bruce resides in Ontario Canada balancing his time between Muskoka and Barrie.
Word Up January 2017 – Thursday Jan. 12, 2017
Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Tina Amiri is a local author, having lived in Barrie for just over 20 years. Caliburn Press published her first novel, Whatever The Impulse, in January 2016. This psychological thriller inspired a professional book trailer video, produced by a Barrie video production company, 3B Solutions. While Tina has always worked full-time in the medical field—starting out as an X-ray technician and currently as a low vision specialist for CNIB in Barrie—she has always had her hand in writing.
Tina spent several years working for Aarau Literary Agency through which she provided in-depth editing and mentoring services, until the death of its proprietor in 2012. Future works are sure to include some more dark, edgy fiction, and a “what-not-to-do” guide for fiction writers.
Raymond Holmes is retired and lives in Minesing, Ontario. He writes stage plays, short stories and novellas. Two of his plays have been performed at the South Simcoe Theatre in Cookstown, Ontario. His play, The Lonely Vigil Of Emily Baxter, was awarded third prize in the 2014 Ottawa Little Theatre One Act Playwriting Contest. Four of his short stories will be published in Unleashed Ink II, an anthology of short fiction and poetry written by members of the Barrie Writers Club. Raymond enjoys making furniture and playing the violin, but admits to doing the latter activity somewhat poorly.