Contributors – Volume 4, Issue 2


Michael Carrino is a 1971 SUNY Plattsburgh graduate, a retired English lecturer from the SUNY Plattsburgh, and was the co-founder and poetry editor of the University’s literary journal, Saranac Review. He has published seven books of poetry, as well as individual poems in numerous journals and reviews.

Jennifer Franklin has published two full-length collections, most recently No Small Gift (Four Way Books, 2018). Her third book, If Some God Shakes Your House, will be published by Four Way Books in 2023. Her work has been published in American Poetry Review, Blackbird, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, JAMA, Love’s Executive Order, The Nation, Paris Review, Plume, “poem-a-day” on, and Prairie Schooner. She teaches in Manhattanville’s MFA program. For the past seven years, she has taught manuscript revision at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, where she runs the reading series, serves as Program Director, and co-edits Slapering Hol Press. She lives in New York City. Her website is

Meg Freer grew up in Montana and lives in Ontario. She worked first in book publishing and now teaches piano, and enjoys photography and being outdoors year-round. Her photos, poems and prose have appeared in journals such as Ruminate, Vallum, Arc Poetry, and Eastern Iowa Review. She attended the 2017 Summer Literary Seminars in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Her poems have won awards and have been shortlisted for several contests in the U.S. and Canada.

Sheniz Janmohamed (MFA) is a poet, artist educator and land artist who has performed her work in venues across the world, including the Jaipur Literature Festival, Alliance Française de Nairobi and the Aga Khan Museum. She has two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010) and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014). Her writing has been published in a number of journals including Quill & Quire, Arc Poetry Magazine and Canadian Literature. She is the founder of Questions for Ancestors and Artistic Director of the Sufi Poets Series.

Kevin Jones is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at University of Portland where he conducts research on the healing aspects of poetry writing for youth and older adults who have experienced trauma. In addition to his social work credentials, he has an English degree from the University of South Carolina, studied poetry with David Wagoner at Hugo House in Seattle, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Two if by Sea, The Bamboo Hut, Ayaskala, Lilliput Review, Pathos, and the South District Journal. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Matthew King grew up in Etobicoke, and was deeply shaped by his summers at the cottage his grandfather built on Wollaston Lake. He did a PhD in philosophy at York University, and published a book based on his dissertation titled Heidegger and Happiness: Dwelling on Fitting and Being. He taught at York until 2014, and now lives in “the country north of Belleville”, walking a rope bridge between the neighbouring mountaintops of philosophy and poetry.

Branden Mayer: Vancouver-born, Toronto based multi-disciplinary creative.

Susan Olding is the author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays, and Big Reader, forthcoming in spring, 2021. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely in literary journals, including Arc, CV2, Juniper, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Queen’s Quarterly, and the Utne Reader.

Jeannie Prinsen lives with her husband, daughter, and son in Kingston, Ontario, where she teaches an online course in essay writing at Queen’s University. Her writing has appeared in Barren, Relief, Juniper, and elsewhere.

Jean Van Loon’s first poetry collection Building on River (Cormorant Books, 2018) was a finalist for the Ottawa Book Prize. Her stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in literary magazines in the US and Canada and in Journey Prize Stories. Work is forthcoming in EventQueen’s QuarterlyFiddlehead, and Ottawater. Facebook @Jean Van Loon; Twitter @JeanVanloon.

Erin Wilson’s poems have recently been published in Salamander Magazine, Pembroke Magazine, The Connecticut River Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Windhover, Under a Warm Green Linden, and elsewhere. At Home with Disquiet is her first poetry collection, published with Circling Rivers. She lives and writes in a small town in northern Ontario, Canada.

Susan Wismer is a poet who is grateful to live with two female partners and a very large dog on the southern shore of Georgian Bay in Ontario, on Anishinaabe (Three Fires Confederacy) and Wendat territories.

Anna Yin was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and has authored five collections of poetry. Her poems/translations have appeared at ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal etc.  Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTYs, two scholarships from West Chester University Poetry Conference, three grants from OAC and 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC. She performed her poetry on Parliament Hill and has been featured at 2015 Austin International Poetry Festival and 2017 National poetry month project etc. She teaches Poetry Alive. Her website:

Mark Young teaches Classics and History at The Abelard School in downtown Toronto.


Susan Winemaker is a writer, chef, photographer and arts n’ crafter based in Toronto.

— contributors from Juniper Volume 4, Issue 2