Please join us for a National Poetry Month event featuring Electronic Garret poets based across the country on the subject of NaPoWriMo and Joy, the 2023 NPM theme.
Kim Fahner, Dr. Micheline Maylor, Conni Cartlidge, Maureen Hynes, and Nikki Sheppy will read from new work and from their most recent collections.
The Electronic Garret is a group of Canadian women and non-binary poets who have created an online community to support each other in writing thirty poems in thirty days for NaPoWriMo; we have done this every April since 2014.
This event is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and hosted by Winnipeg writer and WIWF publicist Ariel Gordon.
About the Presenters:
Kim Fahner lives, writes, and teaches in Sudbury, Ontario. Her latest book of poetry is Emptying the Ocean (Frontenac House, 2022). She’s currently the Interim Second Vice Chair and the Ontario Representative for The Writers’ Union of Canada (2020-24), a member of the League of Canadian Poets, and a supporting member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Her first novel, The Donoghue Girl, will be published by Latitude 46 in Spring 2024. Kim may be reached via her website at www.kimfahner.com
Dr. Micheline Maylor was Calgary’s Poet Laureate 2016-18. Her latest poetry collection The Bad Wife (2021) won the BPAA Raymond Souster Award for best poetry in Alberta. And, her previous collection Little Wildheart (U of Alberta Press) was long listed for both the Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster awards. She recently won the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence in Alberta. She is a retired creative writing professor and has been recently translated into Farsi, Chinese, and Italian.
When Conni Cartlidge was little, her mom took her to the library weekly and her dad read to her every night. Now, she curls up on the couch with her grandchildren to share their favourite stories. A retired college instructor and emerging writer of poetry and creative non-fiction, Conni’s work has been published at CBC Online, the Winnipeg Free Press, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, Pure Slush Books, and Voices, the journal of the Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group. This spring, four of her caregiving poems will be published in The Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health, and Disability.
Maureen Hynes lives in Dish with One Spoon territory/Toronto. Her collection of poetry, Take the Compass, is forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press. Previous collections have won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award and have been finalists for the League’s Pat Lowther award and the Golden Crown Literary Award for lesbian writers (U.S). Her poetry has been included in over 30 anthologies, including three times in Best Canadian Poems in English (2010, 2016 and 2020), and in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2021). Maureen has given numerous poetry workshops and has taught at the University of Toronto’s Creative Writing certificate program. (www.maureenhynes.com).
Nikki Sheppy is a poet and editor from Alberta. Her book, Fail Safe (University of Calgary Press), won the 2018 Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry Book of the Year, and her chapbook, Grrrrlhood: a ludic suite (Kalamalka Press), won the 2013 John Lent Poetry-Prose Award. Her writing has appeared in Alberta Views, Arc Poetry, Event, Guest, Matrix, Jacket2, Lemon Hound, antilang, and Uppercase. She hangs out in the writing studio with her bff, Diaz, who is in training to become a community therapy dog.