Contributors – Volume 1, Issue 1


Susie Berg is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, both from Piquant Press, and the editor of an upcoming poetry anthology from Oolichan Books. She is the former co-curator of Toronto’s Plasticine Poetry reading series, and is writing her first novel.

Ariane Blackman’s first book of poems, No One Sleeps, was published by Lyricalmyrical Press. She is currently working on her second book of poems and her first novel, The Unexpected Journeys of Lawrence Tyrone, will be published later this year.

Allan Briesmaster is a poet, publisher and freelance editor. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and he has given readings and talks and led workshops across Canada. His most recent books are Against the Flight of Spring (2013) and River Neither (2015). He lives in Thornhill, ON.

Ayesha Chatterjee’s poetry has appeared in journals across the globe and on the official website of Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke. Her second collection, Bottles and Bones, is forthcoming this summer from Bayeux Arts. She lives in Toronto.

Alana Cook graduated with an honours degree in Women’s Studies and Creative Writing and is now a Library Assistant whose occupational hazard is books. Loves. Cats. Chocolate. Canoeing. And finally submitting her poetry out there.

Lorna Crozier: An Officer of the Order of Canada, Lorna Crozier has been acknowledged for her contributions to Canadian literature, her teaching and her mentoring with five honourary doctorates, most recently from McGill and Simon Fraser Universities. Her books have received numerous national awards, including the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry. The Globe and Mail declared The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things one of its Top 100 Books of the Year, and Amazon chose her memoir as one of the 100 books you should read in your lifetime. A Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria, she has performed for Queen Elizabeth II and has read her poetry, which has been translated into several languages, on every continent except Antarctica. Her latest books are The Wrong Cat and The Wild in You, a collaboration with photographer Ian McAllister. She lives on Vancouver Island with writer Patrick Lane and two cats who love to garden.

Sonia Di Placido is a poet and writer currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC while embarking upon Teaching ESL in Toronto. A graduate of the Ryerson University Theatre School with an Honours BA in Humanities from York University, Sonia has been a member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers, The League of Canadian Poets, Canadian Women In Literary Arts and the Writers’ Union of Canada. She has published chapbooks, poetry, profile pieces, interviews and has written reviews for literary print/online journals and appeared in various anthologies such as Carousel, The Puritan, Jacket2, Canthius, The California Journal of Women Writers. Her first full-length book of Poetry, Exaltation In Cadmium Red was published in 2012. The second book of poetry is forthcoming with Guernica Editions in 2018.

Stanley Fefferman’s work is flavoured by years of travel among natural landscapes, practicing meditation in mountain retreats, teaching meditation students and students of literature, coaching apprentice writers, and writing about music from opera to blues. Publications include: Writing Space (1997), My Andrea (2013), Home Was Elsewhere (2017).

Kate Marshall Flaherty has had several books of poetry published, including Reaching V with Guernica Editions, and Stone Soup with Quattro Books. Kate was a “random acts of poetry” Poet for several years, has been Poet in the schools, and guides Stillpoint writing retreats, celebrating each person’s unique voice and the therapeutic nature of poetry. She lives in Toronto and is the Toronto rep for the League of Canadian Poets. Poetry is her lifeline.

Michael Fraser has been published in numerous national and international anthologies and journals including: Paris AtlanticArc, CV2, and The Caribbean Writer. He was published in the Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013. He won Freefall’s 2014 and 2015 Poetry Contests. He won the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize. His latest book is To Greet Yourself Arriving (Tightrope Books, 2016).

Elizabeth Greene has published three books of poetry, The Iron Shoes, Moving, and Understories. Her novel, A Season Among Psychics is forthcoming from Inanna next spring (2018). Her selection of Adele Wiseman’s poetry, The Dowager Empress, will appear from Inanna in the spring of 2019. She lives in Kingston.

Luciano Iacobelli is a Toronto based poet, publisher and visual artist. He is the owner of Quattro books and Lyricalmyrical Press. He is the co-author of The Emu Dialogues with Jens Kohler and Robert Marra. On his own he is the author of 4 books of poetry: The Angel Notebook, Painting Circles, Book of Disorders and more recently 2016 The Examined Life (Guernica Editions).

Lisa Richter is a poet, writer, and ESL teacher from Toronto, whose poetry has appeared in Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, and The Puritan, among others. She is the author of a chapbook, Intertextual (Pooka Press, 2010); her debut full-length collection, Closer to Where We Began, was recently published by Tightrope Books.

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. This is his first publication.

Lindsay Smail is a graphic designer, a pianist, and a poet who lives in Toronto’s Gerrard East Bazaar. She makes fine cocktails and enjoys watching her husband’s garden grow. This is her first publication.

Kate Sorbara is a mother, a farmer, and a lover of rivers. She has been attending writing groups for twenty years, sometimes organizing them and sometimes being organized. Either way, she believes in their magic. Her chapbook, Burnt River, is in its second printing.

Elana Wolff lives in the 905. She writes poetry and essays, edits, and designs and facilitates social art courses. Her fifth solo collection of poems, Everything Reminds You of Something Else, was recently released with Guernica Editions.


Beryl Goering is a studio artist at the Women’s Art Association of Canada. She paints in acrylic. Her present focus is in the abstract inspired by nature and the environment, developing colour and composition intuitively along the way. She also produces monoprints and delights in practicing sumi-e brush painting.

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 1