Contributors – Volume 5, Issue 2


John Barton’s twelfth book of poems, Lost Family: A Memoir, was nominated for the 2021 Derek Walcott Prize. His other books include Hymn, For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected PoemsSeminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets, Polari, and We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos. Born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary, he lives in Victoria, B.C, where he is the city’s first queer poet laureate.

Ayesha Chatterjee is the author of two poetry collections, The Clarity of Distance, and Bottles and Bones. Her work has appeared in journals across the world and been translated into French, Slovene and Russian. Chatterjee is past president of the League of Canadian Poets and chair of the League’s Feminist Caucus. She lives in Toronto.

Joanne Durham is a retired educator living on the coast of North Carolina, USA. She received an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Lena Shull Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2021 NC Poetry Society’s Laureate Award and the NC State Poetry Contest. Her poems can be found or are forthcoming in Third WednesdayGyroscope, Love in the Time of COVID Chronicles, Yellow Arrow, and other journals and anthologies.

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: A Poem. Before her retirement she led poetry groups in several cities in Canada and the U.S.A.

Maureen Hynes’s most recent book of poetry is Sotto Voce, a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ Pat Lowther Award, and the Golden Crown Literary Award (U.S.). Her first book won the League’s Gerald Lampert Award, and her fourth, The Poison Colour, was shortlisted for both the Raymond Souster and the Pat Lowther Awards in 2016. Her work has been in over 25 anthologies, including The Best of the Best Canadian Poems in English.

Bruce Meyer is author or editor of 68 books of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, non-fiction, and literary journalism. His most recent books include, Grace of Falling Stars (poetry) from Black Moss Press and McLuhan’s Canary (poetry) from Guernica Editions. He lives in Barrie, Ontario.

Eric Nelson lives in Asheville, North Carolina. He has published six poetry collections. His seventh, Horse Not Zebra, will appear from Terrapin Books in 2022. His poems have also appeared in many print and online venues, including Poetry, The Oxford American, The Sun, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily.

James Owens’s newest book is Family Portrait with Scythe (Bottom Dog Press, 2020). His poems and translations appear widely in literary journals, including recent or upcoming publications in Grain, Dalhousie Review, Presence, Queen’s Quarterly, and Honest Ulsterman. He earned an MFA at the University of Alabama and lives in a small town in northern Ontario.

Lea Page’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Pinch, Stonecoast Journal, Sycamore Review, Pithead Chapel, High Desert Journal, riverSedge and Slipstream. She is also the author of Parenting in the Here and Now (Floris Books, 2015). She lives in rural Montana with her husband and a small circus of semi-domesticated animals. 

Pamela Porter’s work has won more than a dozen provincial, national and international awards, including the Governor General’s Award for her young adult novel The Crazy Man, as well as the Pat Lowther, Raymond Souster, and the CBC/Canada Writes shortlists. Among her 14 published books, her most recent is Likely Stories, released in 2019 from Ronsdale Press. Pamela lives near Sidney, BC with her family and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs, and cats.

Elinor Ann Walker holds a Ph.D. in English and is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland Global Campus. Her most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Mezzo CamminBetter Than StarbucksWhale Road ReviewBlack Bough Poetry, and Nimrod International Journal, among others, in print and online. She lives with her husband and two dogs, is the mother of two young adult sons, and does her best writing outside. Her website:

David Young (1938-2018) was head of Public Relations at the Royal Ontario Museum before returning to his roots as a high school teacher for the Scarborough Board of Education where he taught for many years. Actions carried out with care and attention are vitally necessary to our well-being.


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

— contributors from Juniper Volume 5, Issue 2