Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Photo by Douglas Crawford for the Owen Sound Sun Times.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
His most recent books are How Beautiful We Are, Black Moss Press, 2006 and this year's R.A.P. title, Godspeed, also a Black Moss title. In 2005 he was named Poet Laureate of Brantford and he has been called, "the greatest living poet in English," (Antigonish Review, summer 2006). He lives in Brantford with his wife Cathy. They spend their summers at their lakefront cottage in Port Dover.
from left to right: Virginia Bjerkelund, Shari Andrews,
Janet Patch, Jane Tims and Mary Louise Luck. Missing:
Kathy mac and Jean Burgess.
Here're bios of the members of WolfTree:
Shari Andrews’ latest book of poetry, Crucible, ( 2004
Oberon Press); another collection will be published by
Oberon this year. Her work is inspired by nature, memories
of growing up in New Brunswick, her Danish roots, visual
art and most recently, the life of a 14th century Italian
Virginia Bliss Bjerkelund is writing a book on the life
and times of her great aunt, a pioneer nurse, feminist,
author and millionaire before 1929.
Jean Burgess writes poetry and memoir drawing on her rural
surroundings in present day New Brunswick and during her
childhood in Angola.
Mary Louise Luck is recently retired and now has time to
write poetry, learn guitar and engage in other pursuits
that catch her fancy.
Kathy Mac's first book of poems Nail Builders Plan for
Strength and Growth was a finalist for the governor
General's award, and recieved the award for best first
book of poems in Canada in 2002.
Janet Patch lives in Nasonworth and her poetry explores
themes related to home, family and nature.
Jane Tims is a biologist, naturalist and history
enthusiast and includes these themes in her poetry. Her
current work is a collection of poems about writings on
stone in North America and Scandinavia.
Department of English
St. Thomas University
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Halfe has had a distinguished career as a poet. She made her writing debut as a poet writing in Writing the Circle: Native Women of Western Canada, an anthology of life-writings by Native women.
Bear Bones & Feathers, her first book of poetry, was short-listed for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award, the Saskatchewan First Book Award, the Gerald Lambert Award, and the Pat Lowther First Book Award. In 1996 it won the Milton Acorn Award. Her second book, Blue Marrow, was short-listed for the 1998 Governor General's Award and in three categories in the Saskatchewan Book Awards: the Saskatchewan Book of the Year, the Saskatoon Book Award, and the Saskatchewan Poetry Award.
Halfe has traveled extensively across Canada and abroad giving readings and presentations of her work andconducting writing workshops. She has also served as writer-in-residence at the Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writer program in Calgary, the Native Earth Performing Arts Weesageechak Festival in Toronto, and at the University of Windsor.
Born in Two Hills, Alberta, Louise Halfe was raised on the Saddle Lake First Nation and attended Blue Quills Residential School. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina and certificates in Addictions from the Nechi Institute.
Halfe is married, the mother of two adult children and the proud grandmother of two. She is a Board member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. In recent years she has also served as the President for the Sage Hill Writing Experience.
She is also the Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
She has brought her poems and songs into schools and universities in Canada, Europe and Africa, and has performed in galas and festivals throughout France and Québec. As a singer-songwriter, she has produced five albums, two for adults and three for children. Pauline Michel won "Québec en chanson" competition in 1980 and received a grant from the Canadian Embassy in Paris to tour southern France.
Among her book publications are L'oeil sauvage (poetry) and works of fiction: Mirage (novel), Frissons d'enfants / Haunted childhoods (short stories translated by Nigel Spencer), Les yeux d'eau (novel translated by Jonathan Kaplansky), Le papillon de Vénus (novel translated by Jonathan Kaplansky; to be published by Broken Jaw Press in 2007).
Pauline Michel was appointed for a two-year term to the position of Parliamentary Poet Laureate in November 2004 following a Canada-wide search. A few of the poems she has written during her term have been published in a collection by Broken Jaw Press this year: Funambule / Tightrope.