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Biographies of Readers and Performers on Friday Nov 2

David Keyes
David Keyes was born on an island in the Adriatic Sea, but was raised in a suburb of Toronto. His career spans almost 30 years and includes work in music for dance, film and stage, literary pursuits, art happening curatorship, coffin making, fashion and film.


Jennifer LoveGroveJennifer LoveGrove is the author of poetry collections The Dagger Between Her Teeth and I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel and is currently at work on a new manuscript of poetry. Her novel Watch How We Walk is forthcoming in 2013. Her writing has been published widely, most recently in Ryga: a journal of provocations, THIS Magazine, Taddle Creek, with work forthcoming in Arc Magazine. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. For several years, she produced and hosted the literary radio show “In Other Words” on CKLN 88.1FM, and for a decade, she edited and published the literary zine dig. Currently, she divides her time between downtown Toronto and rural Haliburton, and can be found online at jenniferlovegrove.com


Stuart RossStuart Ross is a writer, editor, and writing coach who is coming to terms with his relocation to Cobourg. He is the author of more than a dozen books, most recently You Exist. Details Follow. (Anvil Press), Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew (ECW Press), and Dead Cars in Managua (DC Books). Stuart is editor at Mansfield Press, and runs a weekly poetry blog at theweekshallinherittheverse.blogspot.com.


ZorrasZorras make poetry-music-video-weirdness fusion. Scottish-Canadian writer, Sandra Alland, and Venezuelan musician, Y Josephine, formed Zorras in Edinburgh in 2007. They quickly became known for their unique bilingual mixture of text, sound poetry, percussion, singing, guitar, ukulele, electric bass, megaphones and projected images.
Zorras inject passion and humour into personal experiences and cutting observations of our troubling times. They have produced two CDs and four poetry chapbooks, curated events in Scotland and Canada, and toured widely in the UK, Europe and Canada. Zorras are thrilled to be playing their third gig in Cobourg – before heading back to Scotland to drink good whisky for much less money. www.blissfultimes.ca/zorras.htm


Biographies of Readers and Performers on Saturday Nov 3

Gary BarwinGary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, educator and performer. His many publications include five poetry collections, including the Franzlations: The Imaginary Kafka Parables (New Star) written with Hugh Thomas and Craig Conley, The Obvious Flap (with Gregory Betts, BookThug.) and The Porcupinity of the Stars (Coach House). He is also the author of two fiction collections, a collaborative novel, and several books for children. His audio, visual, and textual works have appeared widely internationally.

Barwin is the recipient of numerous arts grants from the Ontaio Arts Council and the Canada Council. He was the co-winner of the 2012 Hamilton Literary Award 2012 (Poetry Book), the 2011 PoetryNow/Harbourfront Centre Battle of the Bards, the 2010 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Inverting the Deer (serif of nottingham), and the 1998 K.M. Hunter Award. He received a PhD in music composition from SUNY at Buffalo.

Barwin currently lives in Hamilton with his family where he is at work on the great Canadian Jewish pirate novel. His blog is serifofnottingham.blogspot.com and his website is garybarwin.com. If you were the last word of this bio, you’d be home.


Andrew Kaufman was born in the town of Wingham Ontario. This is the same town that Alice Munro was born in, which makes him the second best writer from a town of three thousand. He is the author of All My Friends Are Superheroes, The Waterproof Bible, The Tiny Wife and the short story collection Selected Business Correspondence. He lives in Toronto with his awesome wife and two kids, Phoenix and Frida.


Leah MurrayLeah Murray – My literary and photographic work documents the world around me.  I have been fortunate in remaining close to nature even while living in the mega-metropolis of the Greater Toronto Area.

I felt some urgency to tell the story of our country and its remarkable people, flora and fauna in the late nineties.  Images and words were my most authentic illustrative medium, so I began blending them with world music to evoke strong responses in my audience.  Today, my work includes the uses to which nature puts our fleeting efforts.  Canada’s accessible beauties are on postcards and calendars around the world, while my homeland remains under-explored. 
 
I have been strongly influenced by Ansel Adams, the late Galen Rowell, Jerry Uelsmann and Franz Lanting, photographers who pushed (and push) their own envelopes to habitually learn and grow.

I am passionate about both the lives that share our world and the exquisite organism that is the earth itself.  This passion drives my work.   At the end of the day, the most enduring thing I will leave behind is the evolving world into which I was born:  documenting the greater art that I am living within has become something of a raison d’etre.


Pearl PiriePearl Pirie lives in Ottawa, close to trees, water, silence and words by preference. She does any form of poetry you can shake a stick at and some you would do no good to shake a stick at. Which is most. She one day hopes to compose an adequate haiku or concrete poetry as good as jw. She won the Robert Kroestch Award for Poetry and has seized the day more than once.

Since 2009 she has coordinated the Tree Seed Workshop Series which runs at Arts Court 6:45-7:45pm every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. She is always looking for the next workshop coordinators to act as a parachuted-in catalyst to help others mentor their muses. She has two poetry collections: Been Shed Bore (Chaudiere, 2010), Thirsts (Snare, 2011). She has a bunch of chapbooks and runs a micro-press, phafours and many blogs. See: www.pearlpirie.com.


Professor Quack and GruntProfessor Quack and Grunt (aka Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan) are Toronto-based artists who write and compose works that explore First Nations and Canadian topics. Their first opera, Giiwedin, was nominated for two Dora awards, and their recent orchestral work, Deux Poèmes sur la formation des Glaces, was a finalist in Baroque Idol. Spy enjoys long drives while fighting with his GPS, and Catherine is perpetually planning for the apocalypse.

Together Professor Quack and his teaching assistant, Grunt, founded the University of Mockulectury in 2011 and have been on a recruitment tour ever since, seeking only the best and the brightest for their prestigious educational institution. They are honoured to be here in Cobourg today and welcome any inquiries from prospective students at the conclusion of their presentation.


Biographies of Readers and Performers on Sunday Nov 4

Ted AmsdenTed Amsden
I am the Poet Laureate of Cobourg
various things have been said about me
because they have been said or thought
they have the semblance of Truth
but that doesn’t mean they are my Truths
therefore I distrust words and anything I might say about myself
I prefer to slap the flesh tap the knuckles trade cheek kisses


Beatriz HausnerBeatriz Hausner was born in Chile and settled in Canada with her family in the early 1970’s. Deeply rooted in the legacy of Latin American surrealism, Hausner’s poetry books include: The Wardrobe Mistress (2003), Towards the Ideal Man Poems (2003), The Stitched Heart (2004), The Archival Stone (2005), Sew Him Up (2010) and Enter the Raccoon (2012).

Hausner is a prolific translator of many works of literature, including the poetry of César Moro, Rosamel del Valle, Mandrágora, Olga Orozco, Enrique Molina, Abigael Bohórquez, the prose of Alvaro Mutis and Aldo Pellegrini, among others.

Hausner’s recent work as an editor includes several issues of the Canadian journal Open Letter, as well as the series SomeoneWater(someone.ca). She is General Editor of the online journal The International Literary Quarterly (interlitq.org). She is one of the publishers of Quattro Books (quattrobooks.ca), and works as a public librarian in Toronto.


Linda Hutsell-ManningLinda Hutsell-Manning’s publications include juvenile fiction and plays, poetry, short fiction and TV scripts. She has worked as a free-lance journalist; taught creative writing at community colleges and in the Cobourg area; hosted a Cobourg author reading series in the 1980’s and promoted her work in Germany and Luxembourg. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she moved to Ontario at age nine. After Ryerson Polytechnical University and Toronto Teachers’ College, she taught for two years in a one room school near Cobourg. In 1975, she graduated as a mature student from the University of Guelph, moved back to the Cobourg area and began writing. Her first book, Wondrous Tales of Wicked Winston, Annick Press1981, was followed by ten more children’s books. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various Canadian literary magazines. She is active in both the Cobourg Poetry Workshop and the Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group. Her debut novel for adults, That Summer in Franklin, was published by Second Story Press, Toronto, 2011. She is currently putting together a poetry collection and beginning a new novel.


Rosina KaziRosina Kazi – One of the silent movers and shakers in Toronto’s underground arts scene, Rosina Kazi is the lead singer of the band LAL and has recorded with State of Bengal, Toronto Tabla Ensemble, Titonton, Moonstarr, Abacus, da grassroots and more. She has been instrumental in the growth of many of the city’s artists and DJs, providing venues and forums for their musical expression. More importantly, she has managed to add an air of consciousness and political awareness to many of those events, and this awareness is the most distinctive factor of her music and poetry. She grew up in the Canadian-Bangladeshi community where politics and art went hand in hand. She grew up singing and dancing traditional Bengali folk music and dance and went on to play in choirs and bands up until high school. She also worked in music retail for 10 years where she was able to expand her knowledge and passion for music, and went on to host shows for CKLN, CIUT and CHRY community radio stations. She worked and volunteered for labels in Toronto and volunteered her time in the Toronto Arts scene. She now is focusing on her art full-time and she has been working with all of her community to bridge the gap between art and social justice.


Emily Pohl-WearyEmily Pohl-Weary is an award-winning author, screenwriter, arts educator and editor. Her sixth book, a teen novel, is forthcoming in 2013 with Penguin in Canada and Amazon Children’s Books in the U.S. Previous books include the novels Strange Times at Western High and A Girl Like Sugar, the anthology Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks, and the biography Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril. She’s the co-founder (with Jesse Hirsh) of the Academy of the Impossible, an innovative, community-based learning centre that focuses on writing, arts, media production, new technologies, and social engagement. She leads two writing groups: Toronto Street Writers (for inner-city young adults) and Sagatay Men’s Writing Group (for Aboriginal men living at Native Men’s Residence’s transitional home). She’s also a doctoral student at University of Toronto, looking at how creative writing groups can empower people who’ve been silenced through trauma, poverty and racism. www.emilypohlweary.com


Lee & Billie StrangeLee & Billie Strange present a collection of solitary morning afters spent by characters who intimately confess to being distracted, lonely and jobless; At times moody, at others high-spirited – Lee & Billie perform honest, bittersweet songs about a long drive through the shadows toward an uncertain, yet welcome, future. The Harwood, Ontario duo are Magic 967 Peterborough’s “rising stars of the month”, and are featured in the current issue of Peterborough’s THE WIRE.


Biographies of the Visual Artists

Sandra AllandSandra Alland is a writer, performer and intermedia artist. Her films and photography have been shown internationally at the Tate Modern (London), Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, mac (Birmingham), Contact Photography Festival (Toronto), Entzaubert Film Festival (Berlin) and MIX (Copenhagen). Sandra collaborates with the multimedia group, Zorras. www.blissfultimes.ca


Gary BarwinGary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, educator and performer. His many publications include five poetry collections, including the Franzlations: The Imaginary Kafka Parables (New Star) written with Hugh Thomas and Craig Conley, The Obvious Flap (with Gregory Betts, BookThug.) and The Porcupinity of the Stars (Coach House). He is also the author of two fiction collections, a collaborative novel, and several books for children. His audio, visual, and textual works have appeared widely internationally.

Barwin is the recipient of numerous arts grants from the Ontaio Arts Council and the Canada Council. He was the co-winner of the 2012 Hamilton Literary Award 2012 (Poetry Book), the 2011 PoetryNow/Harbourfront Centre Battle of the Bards, the 2010 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Inverting the Deer (serif of nottingham), and the 1998 K.M. Hunter Award. He received a PhD in music composition from SUNY at Buffalo.

Barwin currently lives in Hamilton with his family where he is at work on the great Canadian Jewish pirate novel. His blog is serifofnottingham.blogspot.com and his website is garybarwin.com. If you were the last word of this bio, you’d be home.


Laurie SiblockLaurie Siblock began her arts training at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, B.C. She transferred to the Alberta College of Art & Design Fibre Arts program and completed a BFA degree in 2005. Her work was selected for exhibition at Cambridge Galleries in Fibre Works 06, a biennial juried exhibition of Canadian fibre art.
 
From an early age, she has been influenced and inspired by textiles as her mother owned Flamboyant, a vintage clothing store in Cobourg. She is also inspired by history — she is the Assistant Manager at Lang Pioneer Village Museum near Peterborough. She learned the felting process from Maggie Tchir and fashion design and construction from Angelica Werth, and these mentors have had a lasting effect on her work.
 
The colours, patterns, and, above all, the textures of fabrics and fibrous materials inspire Laurie. Her felted silk scarves, rugs, sculptures and wearable art are created with wools she hand-dyes and manipulates with other fibres to create complex surfaces. She enjoys combining materials — silk chiffon, hand-spun yarns, llama and sheep wools, vintage buttons and notions — juxtaposing colour with texture to create pattern.
 
Laurie strives to create work — decorative and practical, beautiful and functional — that is pleasing to the eye and touch. She takes special satisfaction in creating the unusual: the mark of a hand and personal creativity crafted in one-of-a-kind pieces.


Wally KeelerWally Keeler has published in many of Canada’s leading literary/art journals. He is the founder (Poetician1) of the Imagine Nation of the Peoples Republic of Poetry (PRP). Since 1973, (Technorotica, billed as the first safe landing of the PRP), Wally has manifested several poetic actions that have found their way into national news, the House of Commons, and an audience with the Royal Commission of Inquiry Into Certain Activities of the RCMP. During the 1980’s, Wally worked with poets, artists, dissidents on the other side of the Cold War, blending poetry and art with smuggling operations. Wally is the poet of the ubiquitous bumper sticker slogan: POETRY IS POETENCY. Cobourg is Wally’s poemtown. Visit Poetency & Apoetasy blog.


Karen Miranda AugustineKaren Miranda Augustine is an artist, writer and experimental videomaker whose works have exhibited in Canada, the US, the Caribbean and the UK. She has been published and cited in several books and publications, including Caribbean InTransit Arts Journal, The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts (Cleis Press), and The Art of Reflection: Women Artists’ Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century (Columbia University Press). Her creative projects weave together pop culture imagery with the sacred, to explore issues of gender, transcendence and subcultural themes. She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University. Born in Toronto, Karen Miranda is of Dominican and Kalinago Indian descent. KarenMirandaAugustine.com