2015 Ted Plantos Memorial Award

I am pleased to share the 2015 Ted Plantos Memorial Award from The Ontario Poetry Society with poet Denis Robillard. The award honours the memory of Ted Plantos by providing financial support to new poets and emerging writers to offset the cost of manuscript submissions. Thank you, The Ontario Poetry Society!

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Reading July 19, 2015: Plasticine Poetry

Plasticine Poetry Series Spoken Word and Open Stage Sunday, July 19 at 6:00 pm at Blackbird Bistro 993 Bloor Street West Featuring: Danila Botha, Edward Nixon, Mary Rykov, Vivek Shrava The Blackbird Bistro is fully wheelchair accessible. Food is available for purchase, but there is no liquor license. A hat will be passed (suggest optional $5) to […]

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“Tosca” poem

Access “Tosca” by clicking the link: http://reviewcanada.ca/magazine/2013/07/tosca/ Cheers to the Literary Review of Canada in the run-up to their 25th anniversary. All best wishes to their continued success for the next twenty-five years…

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Apple cake poem

Access my mother’s apple cake recipe by clicking on the link below. Variations of this cake, imported from Russia’s Pale of Settlement, became a staple in Toronto’s Palmerston Avenue immigrant community in the early 20th century. But disregard my poetic licence because Mother was right — do peel the apples for a better cake texture. Also substitute pears or plums for […]

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Words Sing for National Poetry Month, April 2015

Words Sing — Teen Poetry Workshop and Performance Celebrate National Poetry Month this April 2015. Join us as we play with words and make them sing. We will learn about poems and poets and build a poetry chapbook of our poems to share with the library public. No prior experience is needed. Workshop Dates: April 9 […]

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Prize for poetry

I was awarded the Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication in The Caribbean Writer after “Puertorriqueña” was published this fall in Volume 28. I am honoured with a double blessing — a voice in my beloved Caribbean and payment for it. January begins the traditional reading period for publishers. The prize money will offset the printing, clean paper and […]

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Dead Poets, continued

Many thanks to Art Bar Reading Series and David Clink for the 2014 Dead Poets Society Night. In response to many questions I post the sources for my Audre Lorde readings. From Lorde’s last collection, The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance: Poems 1987–1992, I read “Speechless” and “Change.” I synthesized versions of the following statement she repeated numerous […]

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Dead Poets Society Night 2014, Art Bar Poetry Series

8 pm, THE BLACK SWAN TAVERN (upstairs) 154 Danforth Avenue, east of the Broadview subway station, Toronto. 12th annual Dead Poets Society Night at the Art Bar Poetry Series Tuesday, December 16th, 2014. 8 pm. No open stage. A hat will be passed. 15 readers will be reading for 5-6 minutes each from the works of dead […]

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Music-Evoked Imagery Workshop, June 6, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm

I am providing an introduction to music-evoked imagery (MEI) at the 2014 League of Canadian Poets conference. MEI is a music-centred exploration of consciousness derived from pioneering music therapy research. During MEI dyadic sessions, various imagery forms — visual, auditory, sensory, memory, movement — are experienced when listening to music in an altered state of […]

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Pulp Literature spring 2014 poem

Pulp Literature recently published my poem, “a Siren’s tale” in Issue 2. I am delighted to be included in this new and unique literary journal. Pulp Literature, dedicated to good writing, deliberately blends literary genres and mixes storytelling styles. They combine the fun of a dime-store pulp paperback with quality literature “for the price of a […]

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