“Tongues,” “So Much Remains Invisible,” and “Outstretched Arms” are featured in the current issue of Grain.

Other contributors include: Sheri Benning, Michelle Poirier Brown, Grant Buday, Kai Conradi, Krishan Coupland, Molly Cross-Blanchard, James Deahl, Antony Di Nardo, Patrick Friesen, Keegan Hawthorne, Robert Hilles, Judith Krause, Jessica Lampard, Norma West Linder, Conor Mc Donnell, Bruce McRae, Jan Morrison, Heather Parry, Sharon Pollock, John Reibetanz, Rebekah Rempel, Karen Rigby, Indra Singh, J. J. Steinfeld, Tom Wayman.

Cover Image is by Laura Dawe.

Thank You!

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Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement this past year.

In 2019 “it didn’t happen here” won the National Broadsheet Contest from the League of Canadian Poets (judged by D.A. Lockhart), “Johnny on the Spot” received an honourable mention in the Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest from The Antigonish Review (judged by Sue Goyette),  “Weightless” was part of the Poetry in Motion program, two poems were shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (UK), two poems were featured as part of the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Pause, “Pink” was published in Prairie Fire in a special Work Matters issue, and  Dust Blown Side of the Journey  was reviewed in Canadian LiteraturePoems were accepted for publication and are forthcoming in 2020 in Arc Poetry Magazine, Grain Magazine, Stand Magazine (UK), and The Antigonish Review. Poems are also forthcoming in three anthologies including Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds.

A German publisher wishes to publish Wavelengths of Your Song in translation in 2020, a new poetry manuscript is almost completed, and a Greek composer is weaving some of the new poems into a music-theatre work.

It was a great and joyous year.

All the best to all of you for 2020!


Chocolate for Poets

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Chocolates named Oude Boeken (old books) and Eleonora. Chocolatier Nicolas Vanaise is a former archeologist and Oude Boeken is based on the scent of the  Bologna University Library. Bologna university was founded in 1088 and is the oldest university in the world. Delicious in all ways.

Johnny on the Spot

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“Johnny on the Spot” received an honourable mention in the Great Blue Heron Poetry contest from The Antigonish Review (judged by Sue Goyette) and the poem will be published in a forthcoming issue. The poem weaves together baseball, musical and birding imagery.

The Lining

“Lemon Tree” and “The Lining” have been accepted for publication by Stand Magazine (UK).

Stand has been a fixture on the British and world literary scene since 1952, when the first issue appeared in London. It moved to Leeds in 1960, then to Newcastle, and it is now edited from the School of English at the University of Leeds in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA.”

Outside the Lamplight Circle

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“Lake” and “Outside the Lamplight Circle” have been accepted for publication by Ekstasis Editions.

Bridport Prize Short-List

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Two of my poems were short-listed for the Bridport Prize from a total of 3,911 poetry entries this year.


So Much Remains Invisible

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“Tongues,” “So Much Remains Invisible,” and “Outstretched Arms” have been accepted for publication in the Winter 2019 issue of Grain Magazine.  


“Compose” has been accepted for publication by Arc Poetry Magazine in the Spring  2020 issue.

Sweet Water

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Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds gathers the voices of poets from across Canada, the US and the UK who write of water.” Forthcoming from Caitlin Press.

Contributors include Kate Braid, Gary Barwin, Eleonore Schönmaier, Katherena Vermette, Arlene Pare, John Pass, ariel gordon, Brian Brett, Trevor Carolan, John Terpstra, Russell Thornton, Zoe Landale, Christine Lowther, Elena Johnson, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Daniela Elza, Rhonda Ganz, Geoffrey Nilson, Pamela Porter, Barbara Pelman, Kelly Shepherd, Rob Taylor, Zachariah Wells, Bren Simmers, and more.

“In Canada, the watershed runs into the Pacific, Arctic, Hudson Bay and the Atlantic. This water houses the aquatic ecosystems that feed and nurture not only the people, industries and animals on land but also drains into the world’s oceans. It is part of the hydrologic cycle that begins with water evaporation to become groundwater that seeps into rivers, streams, lakes and oceans. It is the water we bathe in, drink, and with which we grow our food. As it becomes more and more poisoned from industrial corporations, mining and the many, too many humans on our planet, it also becomes more and more endangered. We are paying attention. We are aware of the watershed moment that we inhabit in the twenty-first century. We know that change must come.”