May 26, 2009
Anne Simpson’s most recent book is The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness, a collection of essays to be published in spring ’09 by Gaspereau Press. She has written three books of poetry, Light Falls Through You (2000), Loop (2003), and Quick (2007). Loop was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, and it won the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2004. She has also written two novels, Canterbury Beach (2001) and Falling(2008). She has been a writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and an artist-in-residence at the Medical Humanities Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Linda Frank lives in Hamilton Ontario. Her first collection of poetry, Cobalt Moon Embrace was released in 2002 from BuschekBooks. Her second, Kahlo: The World Split Open was published by Buschek in the fall of 2008 and is a poetic reflection on the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. She won the Bliss Carmen Award this year (2008) for a poem from her third collection Insomnie Blues, a book of poetry structured on the twelve bar blues just about to seek a publisher. She is working on a fourth collection called Tribe.
Ross Belot is a Hamilton Ontario poet whose first collection, Swimming in the Dark, was just published by Black Moss Press. This book was developed under the Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Studio. Ross has had work published in local literary journals, was profiled last year in two Mexican literary journals and recently was asked to read at the Windsor Bookfest. He is a member of Hamilton Poetry Centre executive. Ross’s poetry helps him deal with his day job working deep in the bowels of a multinational oil company.
Natalie Thompson is a hunter-gatherer of poetry and prose. Throughout her English Honours degree she fished poems out of a nearby stream, apprenticed to great writer-warriors, and workshopped in the brush. Her first piece published was the winner for Grain Magazine’s Short Grain contest in the prose poem category. Natalie is a soon to be resident of the UBC campus as she’ll be taking a master’s in Creative Writing there. She likes long walks on the beach and cheesecake – not necessarily in that order.