Our mission at Word Up is to bring pro and amateur writers in Simcoe County together in an encouraging environment to perform their original work. Writers can learn from pros to further their vocation.
Poets, spoken word performers, rappers, comedians, song writers, motivational speakers and anyone who loves the magic of language is welcome to join us. We meet monthly at Unity Market in Barrie to read, to perform and to share our art.
Each month we bring in a little extra inspiration in the form of published authors of all genres. Check out our Calendar to see who’ll be here next!
Our volunteer Organizers
Introducing our newest volunteer, Dorothy Sjöholm!
Dorothy Sjöholm is the author of a collection of poems and short stories entitled Holding the Mirror and a poetry chapbook called Wait for the Final Explosion. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including The Antigonish Review, Cede, The Adirondack Review, lichen literary journal, and Jones Ave. She holds an MFA in Creative writing from UBC where she studied under Susan Musgrave and Gary Geddes.
Founding Member Linda Laforge
|Linda is a visual artist and writer, inspired by her crazy family and her mystical dreams of them. She has one published science fiction novel and is working on her next. Visitors to Unity Market are apt to find one or two of her paintings as well.|
Founding Member Aaron Reynolds
|Aaron Reynolds is working on his first book, a novella, and enjoys reading and writing in his spare time.|
Past Volunteer Bruce Meyer
Mr. Meyer has MC’d most of our Word Up events and occassionaly still attends to read from some of his newest publications.
Past and first Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie, Bruce is a prolific Canadian poet as well as an educator, currently at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. His broadcasts on “The Great Books” for CBC‘s This Morning are the network’s best-selling audiocassette series. He has published over 45 books, mostly of poetry.