Contributors – Volume 3, Issue 2


David Barrick’s poetry appears in The FiddleheadThe Malahat ReviewEventPrairie FireThe Antigonish ReviewThe Dalhousie Review, and other literary magazines. He is Co-Director of the Poetry London reading series. His first chapbook, Incubation Chamber, was published by Anstruther Press in 2019.

Clara Blackwood is a poet and artist based in Thornhill, Ontario. She is the author of two poetry books, Subway Medusa (2007) and Forecast (2014), with Guernica Editions. Her work has appeared in Canadian and international journals. She is currently completing a third book of poetry.

Allan Briesmaster has been a readings organizer, freelance editor, and a founding partner in Quattro Books. Currently he runs his own literary press, Aeolus House. His eighth book of poetry, The Long Bond: Selected and New Poems, was published by Guernica Editions in 2019. Allan has read his work, given talks, and hosted literary events across Canada. He lives in Thornhill, Ontario.

Kevin Burris lives in southern Illinois. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry East, Atlanta Review, and The Bitter Oleander. He has poems forthcoming in Southern Poetry Review and Atlanta Review. His first poetry collection, The Happiest Day of My Life, was published in 2016 by Future Cycle Press.

Heather Cadsby is the author of 5 books of poetry. The most recent book is titled, Standing in the Flock of Connections (Brick Books, 2018). She lives in Toronto.

Aidan Chafe is the author of the full-length poetry collection Short Histories of Light (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018) that was longlisted for the 2019 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. His work has appeared in journals including CV2EVENTThe Maynard, and PRISM international. He lives on the unceded territory of the Musqueam First Nation (Burnaby, BC).

Karen George is author of five chapbooks, and two collections from Dos Madres Press: Swim Your Way Back (2014) and A Map and One Year (2018). She has appeared or is forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Adirondack Review, Louisville Review, Naugatuck River Review, SWWIM, and Gyroscope Review. She reviews poetry at Poetry Matters:, and is co-founder and fiction editor of the online journal, Waypoints: Visit her website at:

Maureen Scott Harris: Toronto poet and essayist Maureen Scott Harris has published three collections of poetry: A Possible Landscape (Brick Books, 1993), Drowning Lessons (Pedlar Press, 2004), awarded the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and Slow Curve Out (Pedlar Press, 2012), shortlisted for the League’s Pat Lowther Award. Her chapbook, Waters Remembered, appeared from espresso in 2016. Her essay “Come Caribou Come” was the runner up in The New Quarterly’s 2018 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.

Beatriz Hausner’s poetry books include: Enter the Raccoon, Sew Him Up, The Wardrobe Mistress, and many chapbooks, including Mornings With My Double, The Stitched Heart, The Metaphysics of Water, to name but three. Her new poetry collection, Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, is forthcoming in the spring of 2020. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Spanish (her mother tongue), French, Dutch and most recently Greek.

Jason Heroux is the author of four books of poetry: Memoirs of an Alias (2004); Emergency Hallelujah (2008); Natural Capital (2012) and Hard Work Cheering Up Sad Machines (2016). His most recent book is the novel Amusement Park of Constant Sorrow (Mansfield Press, 2018). He is the current Poet Laureate for the City of Kingston.

Stephen Humphrey is a writer, photographer, radio journalist and self-identified ‘gentleman naturalist’. He’s created radio documentaries about bees, planets and microbes. His photographs, videos and tanka poems about bees have turned up in art galleries, outdoor installations and a PBS short. He is presently working on an ecology book with the working title ‘Peak Pollen’. He’s also the author of the sci fi flash fiction serial, “Zone Boy and the Worm of Incidence”.

Marcia L. Hurlow is the 2019 recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship for Poetry from the Kentucky Arts Council. She, her husband and her pit-lab-dalmation mix dog Lucky live in Olathe, Kansas, where she serves on the board of Kansas City Voices. Her poems have appeared in River Styx, Poetry, Chicago Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Zone 3 and Stand, among others. Her six books and chapbooks, include, most recently, Brush Strokes on Water.

Laurie Koensgen’s poems have appeared in Literary Review of Canada, Arc Poetry Magazine, In/Words, Barren Magazine, Juniper: A Poetry Journal, Ottawater, Kissing Dynamite, Black Bough Poetry, Re-side and elsewhere. Laurie was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Poetry 2018. She recently received Honourable Mentions in Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize and The New Quarterly’s Occasional Verse Contest.

Celine Marks, from Kingston/Toronto, is currently living in Tokyo, working in editing and Suzuki method based English education. Studying Wild Goose Qigong and developing her practice in movement and writing, she collaborates with artists including AAPA, Sayaka Motani Collective, and Justyna Feicht. In 2016, she produced Free Play Tokyo for visiting author/musician, Stephen Nachmanovich. Returning annually to North America, she is in her second year of the NYC8 Feldenkrais Professional Training Program.

Ren Pike has work published or forthcoming in Antilang, Gyroscope Review, and Orsons’s Review. Newfoundland still feels like home, but she’s been away for a while. When she’s not writing, she wrangles data for non-profits in Calgary, Canada.

Anita S. Pulier practiced law with her father and brothers in Brooklyn and served as a U. S. United Nations representative for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom until switching from legal writing to poetry. Finishing Line Press has published her book The Butcher’s Diamond and three chapbooks. Her work has appeared in four print anthologies and various online and print venues.

Nate Simpson is from Guelph, Ontario, but now lives and works in Toronto. His works have been published in the Spadina Literary Review, Hart House Review, Spillwords Press, Words Pauses Noises, and Three Line Poetry.

Myna Wallin is a Toronto author and editor, with three published books: Anatomy of an Injury, poetry (Inanna Publications, 2018), Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, novel (Tightrope Books, 2010), and A Thousand Profane Pieces, poetry (Tightrope Books, 2006). Her short story, “Canadoll,” about a male sexbot, appeared in That Dammed BeaverCanadian Humour, Laughs and Gaffs (Exile Editions, 2018). Poems are forthcoming in Carousel Magazine. Myna recently completed another poetry manuscript, The Danger of Unsecured Objects, for which she received a 2018 Canada Council Grant.

Laura Zacharin: In 2018 Laura completed her Creative Writing Certificate at University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and received the Marina Nemat Poetry Award. She was a finalist in 2018 for The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Poetry Contest. In 2017 she attended the Emerging Writer’s Intensive at the Banff Centre. Her poetry has appeared in The Fiddlehead, CV2, and The Malahat Review. Her first book Common Brown House Moths was published in September 2019 (Frontenac House).

Bänoo Zan has numerous published poems and poetry related pieces in print and online publications around the globe as well as three books, including Songs of Exile, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award by the League of Canadian Poets, and Letters to My Father. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series (inception: November 2012). Twitter: @BanooZan Instagram: @banoo.zan

Patricia Zylius is the author of the chapbook Once a Vibrant Field. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in California Quarterly, Catamaran Literary ReaderPassagerEllipsisNatural BridgeRed Wheelbarrow, and other journals, and on the Women’s Voices for Change website. Her poems have also been included in In Plein AirWomen Artist Datebook, and The Yes Book. A mostly retired editor by profession, she edited and wrote sidebar stories for Dear Sweeties: Tom Cuthbertson on His Dance with Cancer.


Susan Winemaker works as a food photographer and recipe developer in Toronto. She’s a certified chef, a nutrition consultant, an entrepreneur, a writer, an internationally published novelist, an art photographer, an urban observer, and a soon-to-be licensed paralegal. View her art photography here:

— contributors from Juniper Volume 3, Issue 2