George Elliott Clarke is Canada's seventh national Poet Laureate. From 2012-2015, he was Toronto's 4th Poet Laureate. Revered for his poetry, he has published fifteen volumes, including three that have won prizes. In addition, he has poetry books translated into Chinese, Italian, and Romanian.
James Deahl is the author of twenty-five literary titles, the four most recent being: Unbroken Lines, Two Paths Through The Seasons (with Norma West Linder), North Point, and Rooms The Wind Makes. A cycle of his poems is the focus of a one-hour television special, Under the Watchful Eye. He lives in Sarnia, ON.
Whitney French is a writer, storyteller and multi-disciplinary artist. She's been published in a couple of places and written a few collections but she takes more pride in the community she builds than the things she produces. She is the founder and co-editor and of the nation-wide publication From the Root Zine. She also created the successful workshop series titled: Writing While Black, an initiative to develop a community of black writers, which is presently on tour, travelling to audiences in Montreal, New York and Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Detroit, and Halifax.
Norma West Linder is the author of five novels, a volume of selected short fiction, fifteen collections of poetry, a memoir of Manitoulin Island, two children’s/young adult novels, and a biography of Pauline McGibbon. Her sixth novel for adults, Tall Stuff, is in press. She lives in Sarnia, ON.
Karen Mulhallen’s new book of poems, Seasons in the Key of J, will be published in Spring 2017 by Tightrope Books. Her most recent book of poetry is The Code Orange Emblazoned Suite (Black Moss Press, 2015). Code Orange was published in English and in French, with translations into French by Nancy Huston. It was launched in Toronto and in Paris in the Fall of 2015.
Honey Novick is a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/poet. A full member of the League of Canadian Poets and 2015 Member of the Year of the Ontario Poetry Society. Sanguine Encounters with Greatness (2016), was published for the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, Cobalt. Please visit www.honeynovick.com.
Poet and singer/songwriter, Robert Priest has performed his exciting mix of poems and songs all over the world. His words have been debated in the legislature, turned into a hit song, posted in the Transit system, released on numerous CDs, quoted by politicians and widely published in text books and anthologies. "The content is frank and often erotic, but the leaven of laughter is never far away.... Magnificent, profound, religious and challenging.” Canadian Book Review Annual
Anna Yin is Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate and has six poetry books, the latest entitled Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac (Black Moss Press, 2015). Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTY Awards and the 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC etc. Her poems have appeared on Arc Poetry, New York Times, CBC Radio, China Daily, etc ...
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Roger Sharp has been playing piano in churches since he was a church-going lad, as well as playing in a jazz band with his friends since they were teens. But for the last five years, he has had a home here at St Andrew-by-the-Lake doing the only job he's ever loved, and mostly restricts his jazz-playing to the island as well, be it here or at the Rectory Café.