Writes of Spring Launch 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Archived


For the 6th year in a row, the Winnipeg Free Press is publishing poetry by Manitoba writers for National Poetry Month in partnership with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.

This year, the poems will appear in the April 24 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. We’ll be launching the section via Zoom the same day!

Register for free via Eventbrite HERE.

Hosted by editors Ariel Gordon and Tamar Rubin, this event will feature readings on the theme of resilience by the 2021 Writes of Spring poets:

Alero Tenumah, Alison Wong, Carolyn Joy Creed, Delshan Anqele, Harvey Jenkins, James Scoles, Libby Jeffrey, melanie brannagan frederiksen, Noah Cain, Özten Shebahkeget, Seream, Tazi Rodrigues


Alero Tenumah immigrated to Canada over 10 years ago and now calls Manitoba home. In her spare time she enjoys writing and cooking.

Alison Wong has performed spoken-word poetry at open mics in Winnipeg and Kingston and was a top-ten finalist for CBC’s 2019 First Page Writing Contest.

Carolyn Joy Creed is a poet and Associate Professor at University College of the North.

Delshan Anqele came to Canada from Syria in 2017. She published a collection of poetry in Arabic and is working on another. She recently started writing in English.

Harvey Jenkins completed the 800 km Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in 2010 and published the book Haiku Moments on the Camino: France to Finisterre.

James Scoles is the author of The Trailer (Signature Editions). He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Winnipeg.

Libby Jeffrey is an emerging writer in Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg. In 2020, she published her debut Babybytes: Becoming a Mom as the World Locked Down.

Melanie Brannagan Frederiksen is a writer, copy editor, and critic whose work has appeared in Prairie Fire, CV2, and Prairie Books NOW.

Noah Cain teaches high school English at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School. His work has appeared in CV2, Teacher Voice Anthology, and The Temz Review.

Özten Shebahkeget is a member of Northwest Angle 33 First Nation and an MFA candidate at the University of Saskatchewan who lives in Winnipeg.

Seream est un poète, performeur et comédien qui est arrivé au Manitoba de la Haute-Savoie en France avec sa famille en 2017. Il est directeur de la Maison Gabrielle-Roy.

Tazi Rodrigues is a writer and early-career biologist. Her work has recently appeared in Vallum, CV2, and The Scrivener Review.

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg/Treaty 1-based author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry at the Manitoba Book Awards. Her latest books are Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019) and TreeTalk (At Bay Press, 2020).

Tamar Rubin is a Winnipeg physician, writer and mother. Her book, Tablet Fragments, was published by Signature Editions in 2020 and was just shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poet’s Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, recognizing a debut book of poetry.