Contributor Biographies



John Barton’s ninth book of poems is Hymn (Brick, 2009). He is the co-editor of Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Poets (Arsenal Pulp, 2007). He is the editor of The Malahat Review.

Rhonda Batchelor has worked in and around publishing, as a writer, editor, publisher, bookseller,  and consultant, for over thirty years. Her books include Bearings (Brick, 1985), Interpreting Silence (Beach Holme, 1994), Weather Report (Beach Holme, 2000), Roll from me like water, (Leaf, 2006), and the YA novel, She Loves You (Dundurn, 2008). Her poetry, fiction, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the Assistant Editor of The Malahat Review.

Elizabeth Brewster was born in New Brunswick and now lives in Saskatoon. She has published five books of fiction, two volumes of autobiography, and more than twenty collections of poetry. In the last few years she has received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and become a member of the Order of Canada.

Lorna Crozier has won national awards, including the Governor General’s Award. A Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria, she is a member of the Royal Society of Canada. The Blue Hour of the Day, Selected Poems appeared in 2007, and a memoir, Small Beneath the Sky, in 2009.

Sandra Djwa was born in Newfoundland, educated at UBC and taught Canadian writing at SFU from 1968 to 2005. She is best known as a critic and a cultural biographer, is a past editor of the UTQ annual review of poetry and has published two major biographies: F. R. Scott: The Politics of the Imagination, 1987 (translated as F. R. Scott: Un vie, 2002), and Professing English: A Life of Roy Daniells (2002), which was awarded a Royal Society Gold Medal for literature. She is now completing "Journey With No Maps: A Life of P. K. Page".

Margaret Slavin Dyment is a writer and teacher of creative writing who lives in Peterborough. From 1990 to 2000 she wrote and taught in Victoria. She is author of two chapbooks of poetry and of Drawing the Spaces, short fiction.

Catherine Graham is the author of: The Watch, Pupa, The Red Element and Winterkill. Vice President of Project Bookmark Canada, she holds an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Her work has been anthologized internationally andshowcased in Poetry is Public is Poetry. She can be found on the internet at www.catherinegraham.

Tim Inkster is a book designer, printer and publisher.

Penn Kemp is London, Ontario's first Poet Laureate.  She has published twenty-five books of poetry and drama, had six plays and ten CDs of Sound Opera produced as well as several award-winning videopoems: Penn was Writer-in-Residence at UWO for 2009-10.  She hosts the eclectic literary Gathering Voices, on "I first met P. K. in 1974, when she read in the reading series I organized at A Space, Toronto."

Mary Lavers is a teacher, a mother, a poet and a spoken word performer who believes there is a connection between art and social change. She has organized various writing circles and poetry workshops in Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax and has performed on countless stages, numerous parks, a couple of random streets, and one boat. She represented Halifax in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2006 and also participated in the CBC Radio Poetry Face Off that year. 

Kirsteen MacLeod shares with P. K. Page a love for glosas, and for Brazil—both of which have found their way into her non-fiction book-in-progress, "Spirit Geographies: A Search for Truth in Strange Places." Kirsteen lives in Kingston.

Carol Matthews lives on Protection Island. Her recent books include Incidental Music (short stories), and Reflections on the C-Word: At the Centre of the Cancer Labyrinth.

Nori is as close to a native Victorian as makes no never-mind: she was born here, but she can’t help the fact that she was conceived away, while her family lived at a lighthouse on the southern tip of Haida Gwaii. She made amends for her off-island conception by attending the University of Victoria for 21 years, during which she studied with a number of memorable professors, including Robin Skelton, Derk Wynand, Joe Rosenblatt, Dr. David Godfrey, Barrie Angus McLean, W. D. Valgardson, and Jack Hodgins.  Nori has self-published two chapbooks, No Innocent Poems (1990) and Non-secateurs (2005).

Joanne Page lives in Kingston where she is a visual artist and author of three books of poetry,  most recently Watermarks, Pedlar Press, which was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award in 2009. 

Barbara Colebrook Peace’s poetry has been published in various literary journals and anthologies, and in her two poetry books, Kyrie (Sono Nis, 2001) and Duet for Wings and Earth (Sono Nis, 2008).

Samuel Peralta has won awards for his poetry worldwide, including a Palanca Award for his manuscript Pacific, and recognition from the BBC, the UK Poetry Society, and the League of Canadian Poets. At the forefront of the new media literary renaissance, he accepted an Innovative Technology Achievement Award from the Digital Literature Institute for ebook software development.  As @semaphore he placed #1 worldwide in the Shorty Awards voting for the Best Poetry on Twitter. His poems have appeared in Existere, OCHO, Seedpod, Undercurrents, and other journals and anthologies. His poetry blog can be found at

Jay Ruzesky’s books include Blue Himalayan Poppies (poems), and a novel, The Wolsenburg Clock (Thistledown, 2009). He teaches at Vancouver Island University.

Rosemary Sullivan is the author of twelve books, including the latest: Villa Air-Bel, World War II, Escape, and A House in Marseille, and The Guthrie Road.  She is Director of the MA program in English in the Field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto.  She has known P. K. Page since 1974. 

Susan Telfer lives and teaches on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast. Her first book of poetry, House Beneath, was published in 2009 by Hagios Press. It was recently selected as one of the top fifteen books of the year by the Toronto literary blog Pickle Me This.

P. K. Page

November 23rd, 1916—
January 14th, 2010

P. K. Page, U. of Calgary, 1989

P. K. Page received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Calgary in 1989. Photo courtesy of Michael Page.