Contributors – Volume 5, Issue 1


Erin Bedford: Late at night, Erin Bedford is an emerging writer of literary fiction and poetry. During waking hours, she is parent to three kids. Her short form writing appears in The Temz Review, GUEST, Train: a poetry journal and Flash Fiction Magazine.

Aidan Chafe is the author of the poetry collections Gospel Drunk (University of Alberta Press) and Short Histories of Light (McGill-Queen’s University Press), that was longlisted for the 2019 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. He lives on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish Peoples (Burnaby, BC).

Barbara Crooker is a poetry editor for Italian-Americana, and author of twelve chapbooks and nine full-length books of poetry. Some Glad Morning, Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Poetry Press, 2019, is the latest.  Her awards include the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council fellowships in literature. Her work appears in literary journals and anthologies, including: Common Wealth:  Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, and The Bedford Introduction to Literature. She’s been on The Writer’s Almanac fifty-some times, Tracey K. Smith’s The Slowdown, and featured on Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry.

Michael Fraser has been published in numerous national and international anthologies and journals. He is published in the Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013, & 2018. He has won numerous awards including: Freefall’s 2014 and 2015 Poetry Contests, the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize, and the 2018 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition.

Ben Gallagher is a poet and essayist, currently living in West Dublin, NS. He is in the middle of a PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, researching non-linear pedagogy and poetic practices in community poetry workshops. His work can be found in Leaping Clear, Long Con, untethered, Sewer Lid, and The Puritan, among other places.

Redgina Jean-Paul is a poet and writer born in Montreal who has honed her skills in poetry slams, workshops and the occasional poetry night in Rheims (France), Amherst (USA) and Toronto (Canada). She is an associate editor for Juniper Poetry Journal. Currently, she’s working on growing the most colourful garden in her backyard.

Laurie Koensgen is a writer and educator living in Ottawa. Her poetry has appeared in journals, anthologies and online magazines across North America and in the UK. She was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Poetry 2018, and received Honourable Mentions in Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize 2018 and The New Quarterly’s Occasional Verse Contest 2019. Laurie’s first chapbook, headlonging, is with Floodlight Editions. A second is forthcoming with Rose Garden Press.

Megan Molnar is a recent graduate of Wexford Collegiate School For The Arts where she was in the performing arts program for vocals and drama. She is excited to start her first year of University attending Ryerson for their psychology program. She is even more excited to begin her poetry and script writing journey having Juniper’s summer issue as her first publication.

Peter Richardson’s fourth collection is Bit Parts for Fools, Goose Lane Editions, 2013. Recent work of his—which is to say over the last five years—has appeared in Event, The Fiddlehead, Queen’s Quarterly and Grain. He lives in Montreal.

Chris Rodgers has been part of a poetry writing group for many years. He is an engineering physicist teaching technology at Seneca College in Toronto.

Greg Santos is a poet, editor, and educator. He is the author of Blackbirds, Rabbit Punch!, and The Emperor’s Sofa. He is the Editor in Chief of carte blanche magazine. He lives in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal with his wife and two children. His newest book, Ghost Face, was published in Fall 2020. Visit his author’s page at

Lindsay Smail is a graphic designer, artist, and poet based in Coldwater, Ontario.

Kate Sorbara is a mother, a farmer, and a lover of rivers.  Her chapbook, Burnt River, is in its second printing.

Glen Sorestad is a long time Saskatoon poet whose poetry has appeared in many countries and has been translated into eight languages. His latest book is an English/Italian poetry volume, Selected Poems from Dancing Birches. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.


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

— contributors from Juniper Volume 5, Issue 1