Word Up September 2015


Hey, everybody! Word Up is back after a summer vacation and restarts the monthly reading series on Thursday September 10, 2015 @ Unity Market Cafe & Studios. We’ll start at the usual 7 pm time and feature three guest readers followed by the ever-popular open mic.

Arlene F. MarksArlene F. Marks has appeared in H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror and is forthcoming from Daily Science Fiction.  Most recently, she is the author of From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction (Legacy Books Press, 2013),  Literacy: Made for All (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and No Pain, No Gaine (Samhain RetroRomance, 2015).  The Accidental God (Sun Dragon Press, 2014), her first science fantasy novel, was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. She is currently hard at work on three more sf novels and welcomes visitors to her website:  www.thewritersnest.ca.


James Deahl


James Deahl was born in Pittsburgh in 1945, and grew up in that city as well as in and around the Laurel Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains. He moved to Canada in 1970 and holds Canadian citizenship. He’s the author (or, in the case of Tu Fu’s poetry, translator) of twenty literary titles. His most recent books are North Of Belleville and Opening The Stone Heart. A cycle of his poems is the focus of a one-hour TV special, Under the Watchful Eye. Both the video and an audiotape have been reissued on CD and DVD by Silver Falls Video. A poem in James Deahl’s collection of haiku, Blue Ridge, won the Mainichi Award (Tokyo, Japan). Tasting The Winter Grapes won the Award of Excellence from the Hamilton & Region Arts Council. In 2001 Deahl was presented with the Charles Olson Award for Achievements in Poetry. His When Rivers Speak won the Ramada Plaza Hotel Award. Deahl lives in Sarnia with companion Norma West Linder. He is the father of Sarah, Simone, and Shona.

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”.

Norma’s short stories have been published internationally and broadcast on the CBC. Her poetry has been published in Fiddlehead, White Wall Review, Room of One’s Own, Quills, Toward the Light, Prairie Journal, FreeFall Magazine, Mobius, and other periodicals. In 2006 she compiled and edited Enchanted Crossroads for The Ontario Poetry Society. Her latest publications are collections of poems entitled When Angels Weep, Lovely as a Tree, Adder’s Tongues (poems 1969-2011, edited by James Deahl), Aeolus House, and No Common Thread, Selected Short Fiction, Hidden Brook Press 2013Her poems and articles can also be found in A River Runs by it — an anthology edited by Margaret Bird celebrating Sarnia’s centennial. Norma has two daughters and a son.

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