Amanda Earl began going to the Tree Reading Series in 2001 when she featured, along with her fellow University of Ottawa creative writing workshop participants, for the launch of their chapbook. Kiki is Amanda’s first poetry book and came out with Chaudiere Books in 2014. Amanda is the managing editor of Bywords.ca and the fallen angel of AngelHousePress. For further information, please visit AmandaEarl.com. Amanda was a Tree Reading Series Hot Ottawa Voice in 2008 along with Pearl Pirie and Roland Prevost, and has featured at Tree in 2013 and 2015, and given a workshop in 2016.
Electric Garden takes language & imagery from the work of Gwendolyn MacEwen, Sylvia Plath & Anne Sexton. The poems address the physical & mental effects of entering menopause: hot flashes, cold flashes, temper tantrums, menstruation, increased sex drive, sleep troubles, creativity. Subjects a woman is not supposed to talk about. Amanda thanks the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council for funding
A journalist, poet, and publisher at Black Moss Press, Marty Gervais is a touchstone of CanLit
Marty Gervais is a poet, journalist, historian and photographer whose historical works have been Canadian bestsellers. In 1998, Gervais received the prestigious Harbourfront Festival Prize for his work in advancing the careers of other writers through Black Moss Press, one of Canada's oldest publishing houses. His own book The Rumrunners reached the top 10 in the bestsellers for non-fiction in Canada, and since its release has sold nearly 40,000 copies. With his journalism, Gervais has interviewed a wide assortment of figures from Mother Teresa and Muhammad Ali to Arthur Miller and Jimmy Carter. His journalism also has taken him all over the world, from covering the war in Iraq and Holy Week in Jurusalem to championship boxing in Bosnia and Argentina. His column My Town, published in The Windsor Star, won him numerous journalism awards. Marty Gervais in 2012, was named Windsor’s first poet laureate. He was also honoured with the Queen's Jubilee Medal.
Poet Laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury, and twice president of the League of Canadian Poets, Roger Nash is the author of 7 books.
Roger Nash was born in the blitz in London, where he was bombed out of his pram. He grew up in Egypt and Singapore, coming to Canada in 1965. He’s Poet Laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury, Professor Emeritus in the Philosophy Department of Laurentian University, and Cantor at Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue. He served a double term as President of the League of Canadian Poets, during which he worked with Senator Grafstein to create the position of Canadian Poet Laureate.
Nash has authored seven books of poetry, one of short stories, and three of philosophy, as well as editing four anthologies of poetry. His most recent book of poems is Something Blue and Flying Upwards: New and Selected Poems (Scrivener Press, Canada, 2006). His literary awards include the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry (1997), the PEN/O.Henry Prize Story Award for one of the twenty best short stories published in the whole of North America in 2009, Arc’s Confederation Poets Prize (1997, 2001), 1st place in Fiddlehead’s Poetry Contest (1994), and 1st place in Prism international’s Poetry Contest (1986).