June 7, 2010


Born in Toronto, Colin Morton grew up in Alberta where he completed an MA in English in 1979. He works as a teacher, editor, and writer in many media and has performed and recorded his poetry with First Draft and other music poetry groups, as well as in the animated film Primiti Too Taa. Also a novelist, he has been writer-in-residence at Concordia College in Minnesota (1995-96) and at Connecticut College (1997). Morton has won numerous awards including the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry for Coastlines of the Archipelago (BuschekBooks 2000). Colin Morton lives in Ottawa, Ontario.


Heather Cadsby was born in Belleville Ontario and currently lives in Toronto. She is the author of four books of poetry. A Tantrum of Synonyms (Wolsak and Wynn) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry in English by a Canadian woman. Recently her poetry has appeared in such journals as PRISM international, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review as well as the anthology, Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2008 (Tightrope Books). Her fourth collection of poetry titled Could be was published by Brick Books in fall 2009.

She has conducted poetry workshops through the League of Canadian Poets’ Poets-in-the-Schools program, as well as for MASC’s Young Authors’ and Illustrators’ Conference, Phoenix, A Poets’ Workshop and the North York Board of Education.

Her magazine awards include Grain Postcard Story, 2000: 2nd prize and The Antigonish Review Poetry Contest: 3rd prize, 2001.

She is the author of Could be(Brick Books, 2009), A Tantrum of Synonyms (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers, 1997), Decoys (Mosaic Press, 1988) and Traditions (Fiddlehead Poetry Books/Gooselane Editions, 1981).


Adrienne Gruber publishes regularly in Canadian literary magazines and has been short-listed for ARC’s Poem of the Year contest, Descant’s Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem contest and the CBC Literary Awards. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and her first poetry manuscript This Is The Nightmare was published with Thistledown Press in September 2008. Besides working on her writing projects, Adrienne is a belly dancer and scuba diver and is the Writer-in-Residence for Notre Dame School in Toronto through Descant Magazine’s S.W.A.T. program (Students, Writers and Teachers).  Adrienne currently resides in Toronto.


Joanne Gerber will be reading from her novel-in-progress, Like Manna. Her story collection, In the Misleading Absence of Light, won three Saskatchewan Book Awards, the Jubilee Award, and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award and the Danuta Gleed Award. Joanne’s other works include stage drama, a song cycle and the libretto for a chamber opera with composer David L. McIntyre. Since 2005, she has worked for the Saskatchewan Arts Board: she is Program Consultant for Literary and Multidisciplinary Arts. She has also been an editor at Coteau Books and Grain Magazine (fiction), and a writing instructor.