Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Matthew Tierney is the author of two books of poetry, Full Speed through the Morning Dark (Wolsak and Wynn) and The Hayflick Limit (Coach House). The latter collection was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in 2010. In 2005, he won first and second place in This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, and in 2006 was a recipient of a K. M. Hunter Award. Tierney "writes poems like a mad boy scientist," (Eye Weekly) and weaves "whiz-bang with philosophical insights that will break your heart" (American Literary Review). The Hayflick Limit gives voice to a range of characters who scrape out meaning in a carnivalesque universe.
A member of the Secwepemc First Nation, Garry Gottfriedson was born, raised and lives in Kamloops, BC. He is a self-employed rancher with a Masters degree in Education from Simon Fraser University. His published works include In Honor of Our Grandmothers: Imprints of Cultural Survival (Theytus Books, 1994), 100 Years of Contact (Secwepemc Cultural Education Society, 1990), Glass Tepee (Thistledown Press, 2002), nominated for First People’s Publishing Award 2004, and Painted Pony (Partners in Publishing, 2005), his first children’s story. He has read from his work across North America, Europe and in Taiwan. Through Ronsdale Press he has two collections of poetry, Whiskey Bullets and Skin Like Mine.
Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, James Deahl grew up in the city and in and around the Laurel Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains. He moved to Canada in 1970 and holds dual American/Canadian citizenship. He is a founding member of the Canadian Poetry Association. A cycle of his poems was the focus of a one-hour television special, Under the Watchful Eye (1993), the audio tape of which was later released by Broken Jaw Press. He has published (or translated) 19 books of poetry including Love Where Our Nights Are Long and If Ever Two Were One (Aeolus House 2008). Deahl has taught creative writing and Canadian literature at Norwell District Secondary School, Seneca College, and Ryerson University. He is currently the publisher of Unfinished Monument Press and lives in Hamilton.
Bren Simmers lives in Vancouver, where she works as a park interpreter. Winner of the Arc Poem of the Year Award and finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award, her work has been published in journals across Canada. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her first full book of poetry is Night Gears. Click here to learn more about Night Gears from its publisher, Wolsak and Wynn.
Eva Tihanyi was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1956 and came to Canada at the age of six. She grew up in Windsor, spent the 1980s in Toronto, and has called the Niagara Region home since 1989. Tihanyi teaches English and Communications at Niagara College and has published seven books, the most recent of which is In the Key of Red (Inanna, 2010). She is a member of the Writers' Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets.
A. J. Somerset has been a soldier, a technical writer, a programmer, and a freelance photographer. His non-fiction has appeared in numerous outdoor magazines in Canada and the United States, and his articles have been translated into French and Japanese. He lives in London, Ontario with his wife and children. Combat Camera is his first novel and this book was winner of the 2009-10 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Click here to learn more about Combat Camera from its publisher Biblioasis.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Betsy Struthers has written eight books of poetry and three novels. She was also co-editor and contributor to Poetry in the Classroom, a book of essays about teaching poetry. Struthers has won several awards for her work including First Prize in the Poetry section of the 2010 gritLIT Writing Competition, the 2004 Pat Lowther Award from the League of Canadian Poets, and the silver medal in the 1994 Milton Acorn Award. She has twice been short listed for the CBC Literary Award and was on the short list for the 1993 Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award. Her poems and fiction have been published in many literary journals and anthologies, most recently
- Pith and Wry: Canadian Poetry
- In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry
- Going Top Shelf: An Anthology of Canadian Hockey Poetry.
She has taught writing workshops to students of all ages and has read her work in venues from Goose Bay, Labrador to Victoria, BC. A resident of Peterborough since 1977, Struthers works as a freelance editor of academic texts.
Liz Harmer grew up in Hamilton and currently lives in Toronto. She has worked at libraries, orchards and at Tim Hortons; she has tutored and studied and spent most of her time wishing she was writing instead. She has an M.A. in English from McMaster and a certificate in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers, mentored by Joan Barfoot. Currently, she is the stay-at-home mother to two young girls and somehow manages to stay productive. She is polishing stories and sending them out for publication, working at a memoir and a novel, drafting a few non-fiction pieces, and developing a thicker skin. Her story "Dying Media" placed third in the gritlit Writing Competition. In 1998, she won Hamilton's "Power of the Pen" contest for a second time. She blogs at profswife.wordpress.com.
Ian Williams completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and is currently an Assistant Professor of American literature at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. His first book of poetry, You Know Who You Are, was recently published by Wolsak and Wynn, and his first collection of short stories, Not Anyone's Anything, is forthcoming from Freehand Books. His writing has appeared in Arc, Contemporary Verse 2, Rattle, jubilat, The Antigonish Review, Gargoyle, Pebble Lake Review, Callaloo, Descant, and Matrix Magazine. He is a Cave Canem fellow, a recipient of a Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts poetry residency, a Palazzo Rinaldi fiction residency in Italy, and was also a scholar at the National Humanities Center Summer Institute for Literary Study. He divides his time between Ontario and Massachusetts.
Paul Sutherland, a Canadian-British poet, emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1973. He has written seven collections of poetry and has edited seven others. He is the founding editor of Dream Catcher, a distinguished international arts journal. He has read his poetry in public over a hundred and fifty times including twice at Lit Live. He attends festivals and leads workshops in creative writing for all ages and abilities. His poems have recently appeared in Sjama Ghazal Salaam UK, an anthology of Islamic-inspired contemporary British poetry, in The Mantle Adorned (an anthology) and in the Brownsbank Anthology celebrating the life of poet Hugh MacDiarmid. His Tennyson-inspired poems (2009) were displayed in Lincolnshire as part of the events commemorating the poet's bi-centenary. In the same year a poem of his was selected for Writing Your Self, (edited by Myra Schneider and John Killick,). He has a pamphlet Spires and Minarets just out from Sunk Island Publishing, 2010 and another collection Intimacies is planned for later in the year. He won the 2008 Nassau Review (US) Poetry Prize for best poem submitted to the journal and came 2nd in the English Association Poetry Prize in 2009. http://www.scribd.com/doc/29317530/Spires-and-Minarets
Ottawa poet and editor Susan McMaster has performed across Canada and abroad, and has published some 20 books and recordings, most recently Paper Affair: Poems Selected & New (Black Moss 2010). Her midlife memoir, The Gargoyle’s Left Ear: Writing in Ottawa (Black Moss, 2007), recounts her activism in the Canadian literary world. McMaster’s work has appeared widely in broadcast and electronic media and in literary publications at home and abroad. She was a featured poet, for example, at the Italian festivals Napolipoesia (2003) and Salernopoesia (2005). Her editing projects include
- Waging Peace: Poetry & Political Action
- Dangerous Graces: Women’s Poetry on Stage
- Bookware: Ottawa Valley Poets
- Siolence: Poets on Women, Violence & Silence
- and chapbooks such as Two Women Talking: Correspondence 1985–87, Erin Mouré and Bronwen Wallace.
She is currently Vice-President of the League of Canadian Poets.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
The Lit Live committee is saddened to announce the passing of Kerry Schooley, the founder of the reading series. Kerry's vision and design for Lit Live continues to this day in the format and schedule of the series; we uphold his interest in presenting a wide stylistic range of writers, and remain committed to presenting talent from Hamilton and the region alongside published writers from away. Kerry participated in many, many ventures to promote literary work around Southern Ontario, in addition to writing books under the names of John Swan and Slim Volumes, editing anthologies of noir fiction, and editing the work of other writers, most recently for Seraphim Editions. He will always be missed in this corner of the writing world.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Jan Conn was brought up in Asbestos, Quebec. She now lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and works as a professor of Biomedical Sciences whose research focuses on mosquitoes, their evolution and ecology. She is the author of seven books of poetry. Her latest collection is Botero’s Beautiful Horses, published by Brick Books in 2009.
Catherine Owen is a Vancouver writer. Her latest books are Frenzy (Anvil Press, 2009) and Seeing Lessons (Wolsak and Wynn, 2010). She's been nominated for a variety of honours including the BC Book Prize and the CBC award. Her work has been translated into three languages and has appeared in literary magazines in Canada, the USA, Austria, and New Zealand.
Eve Joseph was born in 1953 and grew up in North Vancouver. Her first book of poetry The Startled Heart (Oolichan Press, 2004) was nominated for a Dorothy Livesay Award. Her second book The Secret Signature of Things came out with Brick Books in 2010. Her work has been published widely in Canadian and American journals and anthologies. Eve took second place in the Great Blue Heron Contest sponsored by The Antigonish Review in 2007 and 2009. She was recently awarded the 2010 P.K. Page Founder's Award for the best poem of the year in the Malahat Review and was shortlisted for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards in the creative nonfiction category.
Join us for readings of the First, Second and Third Place winning stories in the Arts Hamilton Creative Keyboards short story contest, a competition open to writers all over Canada. While the three writers and their stories will not be announced until October 3rd, the short list includes three writers from Hamilton: Marion Christina Kemmett, Jeff Seffinga, and Gunter Ott. Two are from Burlington: Margo Karolyi and Jody Aberdeen. Two live in Toronto: John Norris and Lucile Barker. Judith McLeod is an Oakville resident, and Sylvia Barta makes her home in Fonthill, near Welland. Two out-of-province writers are shortlisted: Chuck Lovatt of Carroll, Manitoba, and Alvin G. Enns of Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Paul Tyler’s poetry book A Short History of Forgetting was published in April 2010 by Gaspereau Press. His chapbook Naming the Animals was published by Rubicon in 2009. Recently, his work has appeared in Grain, Prism International, The Fiddlehead and The Minnesota Review and is forcoming in Best Canadian Poetry 2010. He won 1st place in the Being at Work Poetry Challenge, won The Byron’s Quill Award, and was a runner up for The Bliss Carman Award. Though from Vancouver Island, he works as a library reference assistant in Ottawa, and was on the editorial board of Arc Poetry Magazine from 2004-2008.
David Laing Dawson is a psychiatrist and the author of two textbooks, five novels, and several screenplays. His novels and films address mental health issues. He feels that documentaries and academic books can provide information and explanation, but novels and narrative films give this information life, heart, and context in the real world. Don't Look Down is his latest novel. Cutting for Stone is his most recent film. Dawson lives in Hamilton and is part owner of Gallery on the Bay.
Lilly Barnes is the author of the novel Mara. For many years, she was the senior script writer for the Mr. Dressup show on CBC television. She won a Special Gemini in 2007: the Margaret Collier Award for writing an out-standing body of work on behalf of that show. She was also a freelance Arts Journalist for CBC radio, for shows such as Ideas and The Entertainers. Her previous publications include A Hero Travels Light, a collection of linked short stories, and five books for young children. Lilly lives and writes in downtown Toronto, in an old house full of music and stories.
Karen Lee Lewis is an independent Teaching Artist. She has taught creative writing for various non-profit organizations and art galleries throughout Western New York. Her Picturing Poetry Project at Native American Magnet School, with CEPA Gallery Teaching Artist Amy Luraschi, was the subject of a documentary by film maker Jon Hand, and was aired on PBS this year. Karen was a contributing editor for literature and poetry for Traffic East magazine. Karen has completed fellowships at the Banff Centre's Wired Writing Studio (mentored by Don Domanski), and the Western New York Writing Project at Canisius College. Karen's poetry, short fiction, features, interviews and photography have been widely published, most recently in Buffalo Spree and Teachers & Writers magazine. Her poem "Even if" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Slipstream Press. Her first full-length poetry collection, entitled What I Would Not Unravel came out this year.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Watch this space for more information about the Spetember 5th date!
Have a great summer!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Patrick Lane brings his novel Red Dog, Red Dog, along with an extraordinary body of poetry created during a forty-five year career.
Lorna Crozier presents her recent memoir Small Beneath the Sky (Greystone Books) and her poetry collection, The Blue Hour of the Day (McClelland and Stewart).
Bruce Meyer tames the Dog Days: a Comedy of Terriers, poetry from Black Moss Press.
Jacquie Buncel reads from Turning the Corner at Dusk, a new collection of poems released by Wolsak and Wynn in 2010.
Jim Smith reads from his collection of new and selected poems, entitled Back Off Assassin! published in 2009 by Mansfield Press.
In 1978, he became Writer-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg where he began his life with the poet, Lorna Crozier. Since then, he has been a resident writer at Concordia University in Montreal, University of Alberta in Edmonton, the Saskatoon Public Library, and the University of Toronto. He taught English Literature at The University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon from 1986 to 1990, and Creative Writing at the University of Victoria, British Columbia from 1991 to 2004. He is presently retired from institutional teaching, however he leads courses at the Banff Writing Workshops, the University of British Columbia, and Sage Hill in Saskatchewan.
His writing has won many prizes over the past forty-five years, including a Governor-General’s Award for Poems: New & Selected in 1979 and a Canadian Authors Association Award for his Selected Poems in 1988. He has received major awards from the Canada Council and arts boards and councils in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and British Columbia. He has received National Magazine awards for both his poetry and his fiction. He is the author of more than twenty books. His most recent publications are Go Leaving Strange, a collection of poetry from 2005 that was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize and Red Dog, Red Dog, a novel published in 2008.
Presently she lives on Vancouver Island, where she teaches and serves as Chair in the Writing Department at the University of Victoria. Crozier has also edited two non-fiction collections – Desire in Seven Voices and Addiction: Notes from the Belly of the Beast. With her husband and fellow poet Patrick Lane, she edited the 1994 landmark collection Breathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets; in 2004, they co-edited Breathing Fire 2, once again introducing over thirty new writers to the Canadian literary world. She has been a frequent guest on CBC radio where she once worked as a reviewer and arts show host. Wherever she reads she raises the profile and reputation of poetry. Her most recent collection is The Blue Hour of the Day, a book of selected poems published in 2007. Her most recent book is Small Beneath the Sky, a memoir published in 2009 by Greystone Books.
Meyer currently teaches English at Laurentian University - Barrie Campus,. His broadcasts on The Great Books for CBC's This Morning are the network's best-selling audiocassette series. He is also the Artistic Director of the annual Leacock Summer Festival of Canadian Literature.
His latest book is a poetry collection entitled Dog Days: a Comedy of Terriers, recently released by Black Moss Press.
Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems appeared from Mansfield Press in November 2009. Jim Smith lives, writes, and litigates in Toronto; he visits Spain as often as possible.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Colin Morton brings two recent books, The Local Cluster (Pecan Grove Press, 2008) and The Hundred Cuts (Buschek Books, 2009).
Ronna Bloom reads from her latest book of poetry Permiso, published in 2009 by Pedlar Press.
Jill Battson presents Dark Star Requiem, poetry from a forthcoming collection by Folded and Gathered Press.
Ian Burgham parses The Grammar of Distance, his new poetry collection from Tightrope Books.
Ursula Pflug delivers her latest collection of short stories After the Fires (Tightrope Books, 2008).
Keith Inman opens up the poetry anthology Hanging on a Nail, on behalf of Sigillate Press in St. Catharines.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Stephen Brunt reads from Gretzky's Tears, his book on the pivotal moment in Wayne Gretzky's career. Published by Knopf Canada in 2009.
A.F. Moritz, winner of the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize, brings The Sentinel to the Lit Live stage. Published by House of Anansi in 2008.
Heather Cadsby presents poetry from Could Be, her latest collection from Brick Books (2010).
K.D. Miller takes us into her first novel, the acclaimed Brown Dwarf, published by Bibilioasis.
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer reads from Perfecting, her new novel published by Goose Lane Editions.
Sky Gilbert guides us into A Nice Place to Visit, his latest poetry collection from ECW Press (2009).
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Susan Glickman selects and reads from her impressive poetry career, including her forthcoming collection, Yarrow.
Michael Winter brings his novel The Architects Are Here, published by Penguin.
Barbara Fradkin introduces us to This Thing of Darkness, her latest novel in the Michael Green series, published in 2009.
Cornelia Hoogland returns to Lit Live with poetry spanning her five collections and her forthcoming book Woods Wolf Girl, to be published by Wolsak and Wynn.
Camille Martin reads from her soon-to-be published collection Sonnets and also from Codes of Public Sleep, published in 2007 by BookThug.
Hilary Scharper brings her collection of short stories Dream Dresses, published by Seraphim Editions in 2009.