Arts Hamilton Literary Artshare, Wed July 21, Wed Aug 18

open_book2.jpgThird Wednesday of month at 7:30 pm at Artword Artbar: Arts Hamilton Literary Artshare evenings, hosted by poet James Deahl, and the Arts Hamilton Literary Committee.
Wednesday, July 21  –  featured reader  John B. Lee. Also reading: Becky D. Alexander, James Deahl, David Haskins, Ellen S. Jaffe, OmahaRisinG, Chris Pannell, Jeff Seffinga
Wednesday, August 18    – featured readers:  Robert Lima and Norma West Linder.  Also reading: Becky D. Alexander, James Deahl, Andreas Gripp, OmahaRisinG, Jeff Seffinga, Stan White
Click MORE for biographies and photos:


John_B_Lee_500.jpgJohn B. Lee was named Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity in 2005.  His work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications.  The most recent of his published books includes Sweet Cuba: 350 years of Cuban poetry in translation, (Hidden Brook Press, 2010); Dressed in Dead Uncles, (Black Moss Press, 2010); Being Human, (Sunbun Press, 2010); Let Light Try All the Doors, (Rubicon Press, 2010); One Leaf in the Breath of the World, (Beret Days Books, 2010); King Joe: the life and times of Joseph Willcocks, (Heronwood Productions, 2010); and Tough Times: when the money doesn’t love us, (Black Moss Press, 2010).  A recipient of over seventy prestigious international awards he was recently named recipient of UWO alumni award of Merit for professional achievement.  He lives on the lake in Port Dover.

DAVID HASKINS: David Haskins has published poetry and fiction in over 30 literary journals (Windsor Review, Hammered Out, Fiddlehead, Canadian Forum, Journal of Canadian Fiction), anthologies (Saving Bannister, Voices from the Niagara), and books (Canadian Children’s Annual, The Fruits of Experience, This Little Light of Mine). His earlier poems are collected in his book Reclamation (Borealis, 1980). He has won first prizes from the CBC Short Story Competition, the Canadian Authors Association (Niagara), the Ontario Poetry Society, and Arts Hamilton. His work has been broadcast coast to coast and posted on several internet sites. Haskins emigrated from England to Beamsville in 1953 at the age of eight, and now lives in Grimsby with his wife and his 1970 MGB. He holds an Honours B. A. in English from McMaster University and an M. Ed. from University of Toronto. His teaching career spans 35 years, mostly in secondary schools, five as Department Head of English, but also in Brock University, and for Ontario Ministry of Education correspondence courses in writing and journalism. Other writings include a Creative Writing text, theatre reviews for a Toronto arts newspaper, and memoir pieces. He is currently preparing two books of recent poems and short stories, and a children’s fantasy novel.

JEFF SEFFINGA: When Jeff Seffinga came to Canada with his family, he found two of the three pillars that would inform his life: the Canadian landscape (especially where the Canadian Shield grasps the outlet of the Great Lakes) and, with all its magic and intricacy, the English language. Fifteen years later he met the third, his wife Joanne. All three came to permeate his daily life and his self-expression through poetry. Landscape, language and love figure prominently in all his published and collected work: the early insights of THREE CROWS FLYING, the whimsical TIGHT SHORTS, the historical/mythical BAILEY€™S MILL, the Tim Hortons-inspired WE MEASURE OUR TIME IN COFFEE CUPS, and others. He has always involved himself in more than writing, and continues to do so. He edits Tower Poetry and administers the annual Acorn-Plantos prize for People€™s Poetry. He lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario, trying to put together another manuscript of his work for publication.

OMAHA RISING: In previous incarnations, OmahaRisinG has been (with no particular order of significance) an amateur kickboxer, a postal worker and a firefighter. In 2001 he ran POETICA, a weekly series in Toronto, where he once lived. He currently resides somewhat west of Ryckmans Corners up on the Mountain. Omaha premièred his first book of poetry at LiT LiVe in June 2007. EUDYSIA is published by MIMP YOB.

Robert_Lima_STUDY4_JAN09_a.jpgROBERT LIMA

is Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Comparative Literatures, as well as Fellow Emeritus of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, at The Pennsylvania State University. He was dubbed Knight Commander in the Order of Queen Isabel of Spain by His Majesty King Juan Carlos I.

He is the author of twenty-seven books of poetry, criticism, biography. bibliography and translation. Over four hundred of his own poems and versions of Hispanic poems have appeared worldwide, and well over one hundred-fifty of his articles have been published.

His books of poetry include Fathoms (1981), The Olde Ground (1985), Mayaland (1992), Sardinia / Sardegna (2000),Tracking the Minotaur (2003), The Pointing Bone (2008), and The Rites of Stone (2010). In 2009 his poem “Astrals” won the first Phi Kappa Phi poetry competition & appeared in the society’s journal FORUM.

He has been a Cintas Foundation Fellow in Poetry, Senior Fulbright Fellow, Commonwealth Speaker of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and is a member of the Poetry Society of America, PEN, an Academician of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua EspaZola and a Corresponding Member of the Real Academia Española. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and creative writing directories in the U.S. and abroad.

Norma West Linder

normawestlinder.jpgNorma West Linder was born in Toronto, spent her childhood on Manitoulin Island, and teenage years in Muskoka. She is a member of The Writers¹ Union of Canada, PEN, The Ontario Poetry Society, The Canadian Federation of Poets, WIT (Writers in Transition), and Past President of the Sarnia Branch of the Canadian Authors Assoc. Linder is the author of 5 novels, 12 collections of poetry, a memoir of Manitoulin Island, a children¹s book, and a biography of Pauline McGibbon. For 24 years she was on the faculty of Lambton College in Sarnia, teaching English and Creative Writing. For 7 years she wrote a monthly column for the Sarnia Observer, and she is a regular contributor to ³Daytripping in Southern Ontario². Her short stories have been published internationally and broadcast on the CBC. Her poetry has been published in Fiddlehead, White Wall Review, Room of One¹s Own, Quills, Toward the Light, Prairie Journal, FreeFall Magazine, Mobius, and other periodicals. In 2006 she compiled and edited Enchanted Crossroads for The Ontario Poetry Society. Her latest publications are collections of poems entitled When Angels Weep and Lovely as a Tree. She has two daughters and a son.

NOVELS include
The Lemon Tree, 1973
Tangled Butterflies, 1974
Woman in a Blue Hat, 1977
Nahanni (co-author with Hope Morritt) 1975
The Savage Blood, 1987
Corey, 1978
Morels and Maple Syrup, 1977
Pauline: A Warm Look at Ontario Lt. Gov. Pauline McGibbon (co-author)
On The Side of The Angels
Pyramid (co-author)
Ring Around The Sun
This Age of Reason
Matter of Life and Death
The Rooming House
Morning Child
Jazz in The Old Orange Hall
River of Lethe
Magical Manitoulin
Days of Draper Township School SS#1
When Angels Weep
Lovely as a Tree

Singing Under Ice
Winner¹s Circle (1993)
Voices of the Rapids
Polished Pebbles
Flare Up
The Many Faces of Woman
Back Then: Voices of Memory
Sands of Huron
Winner¹s Circle (1997)
The Daytripper
Canadian Stories
Monthly column for the Sarnia Observer from October ,1999 until July, 2006, first under heading ³Heart and Soul² and then ³Memories² 600 to 700 words each
Haggerty and the Big One (performed by the Petrolia Players)


This entry was posted in Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Wednesday Artshare (archive). Bookmark the permalink.