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Mar 3, 2008
VOL. 8, Issue 10

Mar 3, 2008
The Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter St. W, Peterborough, 8:00pm

Jill Battson

Jill Battson
Jill Battson is an internationally published poet and poetry activist. She was responsible for creating and running the successful poetry reading series 'The Poets' Refuge' and has initiated and produced many poetry events including 'The Poetry Express' - a BYOV at Toronto's Fringe Festival; 'Liminal Sisters' - a language poetry event; 'The Festival of the Spoken Word' - a five day spoken word festival; Fightin' Words - poets in a boxing ring; 'The Poetburo Slams' and the very successful 'Word Up' - a series of interstitial poetry spots airing on MuchMusic and Bravo! which spawned a CD with Virgin Records and an anthology with Key Porter. She was the poetry editor for Insomniac Press from 1999 to 2001. Jill is currently the creative director for the Poet Bureau which produces 'Red School House Poetry Primer' poetry festival.

Jill has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies in North America and the UK. In Canada she is considered an important and innovative mid-career spoken word artist. Her first book 'Hard Candy' was received to great acclaim and nominated for the 'Gerald Lampert Award'. She has written several plays and solo works, including 'How I learned to live with obsession' as well as 'Ecce Homo' and 'Hard Candy' - enhanced monologues for dance and voice. She has written the libretti, composed entirely from poems, for two short operas 'Netsuke' and 'Ashlike on the Cradle of the Wind' produced by Tapestry New Opera Works, and produced an electro acoustic sound art project, LinguaElastic, as part of the Canadian Music Centre's 'New Music in New Places' series. Jill's latest book of poems 'Ashes are Bone and Dust' was released in spring 2001.

joe davies

Joe Davies
Joe Davies' fiction has appeared in magazines across Canada, including subTerrain, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Queen's Quarterly and Exile. Currently he's revising a novel and writing a collection of short pieces entitled "Dream Jobs." He lives in Peterborough with his wife and three children.



John Hobson
John C. Hobson is a horse breaker/trainer recently retired from 32 years as a teacher. He lives with his wife Jeannette, dogs, cats and horses on a farm near Colborne. His short story "Big Pig' won first prize in the magazine Canadian Stories last summer.

Cornelia Hoogland

Cornelia Hoogland
Selections of Cuba Journal (Black Moss Press, 2003) as well as her second and third books of poetry, You Are Home (Black Moss Press, 2001) and Marrying the Animals (Brick Books, 1995), as well as Crow (2007), and most recently Gravelly Bay (2008, results forthcoming), were all shortlisted for the national Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Literary Awards. (the CBC literary awards shortlist is the top 30 poems of well over 1000 poems entered annually).

Recent awards for individual or collections of poems include nomination of Poet's Familiar for Descant's Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem (2008, results forthcoming), Wo ist Die Wolle, which won the 2007 Silver Hammer (Hamilton, Ontario). Hoogland's long poem from her manuscript, Woods Wolf Girl, was the 2007 1st place winner of Lichen Arts and Letters Serial Poet competition (Tim Lilburn judge). Hoogland is the 2005 winner of the Basmajian Chapbook Competition, as well as 1st place winner of Other Voices 2005 poetry competition.

Hoogland is the founder and artistic director of Poetry London (www.poetrylondon.ca), an organization that brings prominent writers into lively discussion with London writers and readers. Her poetry has been published internationally, produced on radio, and many of her works for theatre have been produced at the Playwrights' Caberet at the Grand Theatre in London, On., and elsewhere. In September, 2006, she guest edited Descant's special issue on Cuban poets (Cuba Inside/Out, www.descant.ca). She teaches at the University of Western Ontario http://publish.edu.uwo.ca) and can be reached at chooglan at uwo.ca.



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