Contributors – Volume 1, Issue 2


Ted Amsden is the Poet Laureate of Cobourg, Ontario. A position that has allowed him to celebrate, comment upon and humorously poke a community where he has lived quite happily for thirty years. He has a lengthy commercial record that involves various types of photography. When poetry is not challenging him, he writes books with questionable titles. People Get Sexy When Two Towns Fight and Sitting By the Trent Sipping My Timmies are two examples. Presently under construction, The Last of The Red Hot Egos.

Clara Blackwood is a poet and visual artist based in Toronto. She is the author of two books: Subway Medusa (2007) and Forecast (2014) with Guernica Editions. She is currently at work on a third collection of poems.

Lucy Brennan has published in Canada, Ireland, the U.S.A. and the U.K. with a poetry collection, Migrants All, (Watershed Books, Toronto, 1999) and a CD, The Tellings and Mad Sweeney.  A play, Daughter of the House, was produced in Toronto in 2008.  More poetry and plays are in the works.

April Bulmer’s latest books are Creeds and Remedies: The Feminine and Religion in Waterloo Region (Serengeti Press, 2017) and And With Thy Spirit (Hidden Brook Press, 2016). She was born and raised in Toronto, but now lives in Cambridge, Ontario. Contact her at

Domenico Capilongo’s first books of poetry, I thought elvis was Italian and hold the note, along with his first book of short fiction, Subtitles, came close to winning awards. His latest poetry collection, send, is about the ways we communicate. His latest poems are all about the jazz song and snack, Salt Peanuts. He lives and teaches in Toronto.

Brenda Clews is a multi-media poet, artist and video poet who interweaves poetry, painting, theory, dance and video in various ways in her work. Her publications include, the luminist poems (LyricalMyrical, 2013), Tidal Fury (Guernica, 2016) and a forthcoming novella, Fugue in Green (Quattro, 2017). She has had a number of solo art and group shows.

Kim Fahner is the Poet Laureate for the City of Greater Sudbury (2016-18).  Her fourth book of poems, Some Other Sky, is being released this fall by Black Moss Press.  She blogs at The Republic of Poetry at Kim is also a member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers’ Union of Canada.

Martha Heyneman grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and now lives in Rochester, N.Y. She is the author of The Breathing CathedralThe Productions of Time: Essays; and Atonement: Poems. Before her retirement she led poetry groups in several cities in Canada and the U.S.A.

Bill Howell has five poetry collections, including Porcupine Archery (Insomniac Press). Recent work in Antigonish Review, Canadian Literature, Dalhousie Review, Event, Grain, New Quarterly, and Vallum. Originally from Halifax, Bill was a network producer-director at CBC Radio Drama for three decades. He currently lives in Toronto.

Bruce Hunter: Deafened at 18 months, Bruce Hunter is the author of the award-winning novel In the Bear’s House (2009); five books of poetry, including Two O’Clock Creek – poems new and selected (2010) which won the Acorn-Plantos Peoples’ Poetry Award given to a volume of poetry that is accessible to all people in its use of language and imagery; and a collection of short stories, Country Music Country (1996) which was broadcast on CBC Radio. He is the Calgary Public Library’s 2017 Author in Residence.

Ilyana Kuhling is an Irish-Canadian poet based in Limerick, Ireland. This year she was featured on the Poetry Day Ireland Mix-Tape, and also won of the British Psychological Society’s annual poetry competition. Ilyana’s favourite poets include Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop, and she firmly believes that a good cup of tea can solve almost anything.

Jeanette Lynes’ most recent poetry collection is Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems, recipient of the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. Her second novel, The Small Things that End the World, is forthcoming in 2018. Jeanette directs the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

Bruce Meyer is author of more than 60 books. His most recent books of poetry are The Seasons (2014), Testing the Elements (2014), The Madness of Planets (2015), The Arrow of Time (2016), and To Linares (2016). His next collection, McLuhan’s Canary will appear from Guernica Editions in 2018. He teaches poetry at Georgian College and Victoria College in the University of Toronto.

K.D. Miller’s stories and essays have appeared in Canadian literary magazines, and her work has been broadcast by CBC. Her fourth story collection, All Saints, was short-listed for the 2014 Rogers Writers Trust Award and named as one of the year’s best by the Globe and Mail. Her forthcoming collection, Late Breaking, was inspired by the paintings of Alex Colville. Visit her website at:

Debbie Ouellet: Author and poet, Debbie Ouellet lives in Loretto, Ontario. In 2012, Debbie received the City of Vaughan RAVE Award Mentor/Literary arts. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Her children’s books include How Robin Saved Spring (2009), A Hero’s Worth (2009), Legend of the Ring (2011) and Wave (2012).

Johanne Pulker can’t remember not being mystified by a word. A stay-at-home mother in an aspiring communal family for much of her life, she is often at a loss for what to say and how to say it, almost always searching for a word that liberates. Now a stay-at-home grandmother, she’s still living in an aspiring communal family, still mystified.

Kate Rogers: Out of Place, Kate Rogers’ new poetry collection, debuted in Toronto this July and launches in Hong Kong October 11th, 2017. Her poetry is forthcoming in Catherines, the Great (Oolichan), and Twin Cities Cinema (Hong Kong-Singapore).

Dean Schabner’s stories have appeared in the Pushcart Prize, Witness, Northwest Review, the East Hampton Star and other publications. He lives on Jamaica Bay, at the far edge of New York City.

Jacob Scheier is the author of two poetry collections with ECW Press: Letter From Brooklyn (2013) and the Governor General’s Award winning More To Keep Us Warm (2007). His poems have been published in journals and anthologies across North America and in the UK. His poetry has also been nominated for a National Magazine Award and longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. He is also the author of the Toronto Star nonfiction ebook, My Never Ending Acid Trip (2013) and has published personal essays in Brick and Fixional. Jacob is from Toronto, but is currently living in Columbus, Ohio where he is an MFA candidate in creative writing (nonfiction concentration) at The Ohio State University.

Eileen Thalenberg is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and closet poet. She is fluent in seven languages and has translated poetry and plays some of which have been published and performed.

Matthew Tierney’s most recent book is Probably Inevitable (Coach House Books), which won a Trillium Book Award in 2013. He is a former winner of the P.K. Page Founders’ Award and a K.M. Hunter Award. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

Rhea Tregebov’s seventh collection of poetry, All Souls’, was released in 2012. Her poetry has received the Pat Lowther Award, the Malahat Review Long Poem prize, Honorable Mention for the National Magazine Awards and the Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry from Prairie Schooner. Tregebov’s historical novel, The Knife-Sharpener’s Bell, won the Segal Prize in literature and was shortlisted for the 2012 Kobzar Prize.  She has recently retired from the Creative Writing Program at UBC and is now an Associate Professor Emerita. She is currently working on a new collection of poetry as well as a second novel.

Stephanie Unger is a gardener and editor who lives in Buffalo, NY. She is learning to write poetry at workshops held at the Rochester Folk Art Guild in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

Jon Ustun lives and works in the Washington D.C. area. When not writing and trying to keep an old barn standing, he is fishing or accompanying a lunatic hound and a surprisingly mean cat on daily surveys of their respective realms.

Scott W. Williams is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at The University of Buffalo. His poems have appeared in The Buffalo NewsThe Sunday ReviewNight and DayPeach MagSteel BellowGround and Sky and anthologized in Coffeehouse Writings from the Web.

Mark Young teaches classics and history at The Abelard School in downtown Toronto.

Terence Young lives in Victoria, B.C., where he teaches English and creative writing at St. Michaels University School.


Susan Winemaker: Second thing, she grew her own nose. First, she grew up in Toronto. After studying philosophy and the culinary arts in Montreal, she worked and played in New Orleans, Vancouver, and England. Susan is a writer, published memoirist, photographer, recipe creator/tester, diet-coach, arts-and-crafter, and paralegal contender.

— contributors from Juniper Volume 1, Issue 2