Friday, December 18, 2009

Lit Live Presents Dream Catcher 23

On Sunday January 3, 2010, Lit Live presents six Ontario writers who were recently published in a special Canadian issue of the U.K. journal Dream Catcher. Along with poems and fiction from the journal, James Deahl, Cornelia Hoogland, Chris Pannell, Clara Blackwood, Kate Flaherty, and Domenico Capilongo will read from their published books and (possbily) new work in progress.

About Dream Catcher
Dream Catcher is an international journal, a small press and a community-based literature organization. Located in the East Midlands, Dream Catcher events draw audiences from across the region and Dream Catcher is increasingly to be found at festivals across the United Kingdom as the reputation of the magazine spreads. The Events link on its website, provides the latest details about the magazine. Recently DC 23 was reviewed by Judy Darley of the website

Dream Catcher magazine offers readers a terrific mix of poetry, prose, artwork and reviews. Its contributors span the globe, making it a truly international magazine. The aim of its editor Paul Sutherland is for Dream Catcher to offer the very best of contemporary writing to the most discerning of contemporary readers.

Chris Pannell

Chris Pannell is part of the organizing committee for the Hamilton reading series Lit Live and also serves on the board of Hamilton’s annual gritLiT literary festival. He has published three poetry books Drive (Wolsak and Wynn, 2009), Under Old Stars (Seraphim Editions, 2002) and Sorry I Spent Your Poem (Watershed Books, 1999). He is also the author of a set of three poetry broadsheets entitled Fractures, Subluxations and Dislocations which won the Hamilton & Region Arts Council poetry book award in 1997. From 1993 until 2005 he ran the new writing workshop at Hamilton Artists Inc. and edited two book-length anthologies from the group. In 2009 appeared at Wordfest (the Banff-Calgary International Literary Festival) and at Kitchener's Word on the Street. He has been recently published in Canadian literary magazines such as The Windsor Review and internationally, in Dream Catcher 23.

Cornelia Hoogland

Woods Wolf Girl, Hoogland’s latest manuscript based on the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, is forthcoming with Wolsak & Wynn in 2011. Hoogland’s poetry has been shortlisted five times for the CBC literary awards. The nominations include selections from Cuba Journal (Black Moss Press, 2003) as well as her second and third books of poetry, You Are Home (Black Moss Press, 2001) and Marrying the Animals (Brick Books, 1995). Her recent awards include 1st place for "Piet the Bat" in the Saving Bannister Poetry Competition (CAA, Niagara, ON), nomination of "Poet’s Familiar" for Descant’s Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem prize (2008), and 1st prize for "Wo ist Die Wolle," in the 2007 Silver Hammer contest, run by Hammered Out magazine (Hamilton, Ontario). Hoogland is the founder and artistic director of Poetry London (, an organization that brings prominent writers into lively discussion with London writers and readers. She teaches at the University of Western Ontario.

Domenico Capilongo

Domenico Capilongo's writing has appeared in publications abroad and in Canadian literary journals such as The New Quarterly, Filling Station, Descant, and Acta Victoriana. In 2005 his work was nominated for the Journey Prize. He received an honourable mention in the Toronto Star Poetry contest in 2004. Capilongo lived in Vancouver and Swift Current before finally settling in Toronto. His first book of poetry was I thought Elvis was Italian came out with Wolsak and Wynn in 2008. He teaches high school, alternative education, and creative writing. His story in Dream Catcher 23, "I got your nose" is his first published work of short fiction.

Clara Blackwood

Clara Blackwood is a Toronto-based writer. Her first poetry collection, Subway Medusa (2007), was the inaugural book in Guernica Editions’ First Poets Series, which features first books by poets aged thirty-five and under. Her poetry has appeared in such Canadian journals as the Hart House Review, Misunderstandings Magazine, and Carousel.

Kate Marshall Flaherty

Kate Marshall Flaherty is grateful to add Where We Are Going to her other books of poetry, Hobbeldehoy, String of Mysteries and Tilted Equilibrium. Her poems have been published in journals such as CV2, The Windsor Review, Quills, Ascent Aspirations, Other Voices, and Freefall, as well as in several Canadian and international poetry anthologies. She was short-listed for Descant’s Best Canadian Poem and for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize. She recently first place in THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and she also received honorable mention in CV2’s 48-hour poetry contest and the GritLIT 2009 Literary Awards. For the last three years, Kate has participated in the annual National Random Acts of Poetry, where she “poemed” unsuspecting people in hospitals, cafes, parks, libraries, and on the street. She lives with her family in Toronto where she teaches yoga and guides teen retreats on the Golden Rule. Poetry is her life-line.

James Deahl

James Deahl was born in Pittsburgh in 1945 and grew up there and in the Laurel Highlands area of the Appalachian mountains. He moved to Canada in 1970. He has published eighteen books, most recently The River's Stone Roots: Two Dozen Poems by Tu Fu (Serengeti Press, 2005) and If Ever Two Were One (Aeolus House, 2008).