December 3, 2007
At Cervantes Restaurant, 211 Hunter Street, West, Peterborough, 8:00pm
Flavia Cosma is an award winning Romanian born Canadian poet, author and translator. She took her Masters in electrical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. After that she studied drama for two years. In Romania she worked as a radio and television Sound Director. She continues to work in this field as an independent producer/director/writer for TV documentaries.
M. E. Csamer
To date, she has published ten books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir and a book of Fairy Tales. She is represented in numerous anthologies, in various countries and languages.
Her poetry book 47 POEMS (Texas Tech University Press, 1992), won the prestigious ALTA Richard Wilbur Poetry in Translation Prize. Her documentary Romania, A Country at the Crossroads won the Canadian Scene National Award (1992). She was nominated for The Pushcart Prize with a fragment from her poetry collection Leaves of a Diary (2006) She translated into Romanian Poeme Incendiare (Burning Poems) by the renowned Canadian poet and author George Elliott Clarke (Cogito Press, Oradea, Romania, 2006). She was awarded Third Prize in the John Dryden Translation Competition- 2007, for co-translating In The Arms of The Father, poems by Flavia Cosma, (British Comparative Literature Association & British Literary Translation Centre)
M. E. Csamer has been widely published in Canadian literary magazines. Her first collection, Paper Moon, appeared in 1998. A former board member of The ArtBar poetry reading series in Toronto, she is currently Past President for the League of Canadian Poets. Her latest book is Light is What We Live In (Artful Codger Press, 2005). A novella, A Month Without Snow, is slated for publication by Hidden Brook Press as part of a series entitled North Shore, south of 401, featuring writers from Port Hope to Kingston.
Colin Morton was born in Toronto, grew up in Calgary, and has lived in Ottawa since 1981. He has published seven books of poetry and one novel and twice received Ottawa's Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry - in 1986 for his book This Won't Last Forever and in 2001 for Coastlines of the Archipelago. His work ranges from visual and experimental works, like his award-winning animated film Primiti Too Taa (co-produced with Ed Ackerman, http://www.primititootaa.com) to the long narrative poem Dance, Misery.
Morton has two new books this year: The Local Cluster (Pecan Grove Press, USA) and, from Seraphim Editions, The Cabbage of Paradise: The Merzbook and other poems, which brings together some of his concrete and visual poetry of the 1970s and 80s along with a new edition of The Merzbook, his 1987 documentary poem about the German collage artist Kurt Schwitters.
Judith Robinson is an author, journalist, playwright and teacher from Burlington. Her first book, Working Miracles: The Drama and Passion of Aimee Semple McPherson, was published by Altitude Publishing in 2006, as part of their Amazing Stories series of short biographies of famous Canadians.
For seven years, Judith was a regional reporter for the Globe & Mail in northern Ontario, specializing in corporate environmental trials. And for more than ten years she was a freelance writer/broadcaster for CBC Radio out of Sudbury, Ottawa and Calgary.
Judith has been a book reviewer for Quill & Quire. And her feature articles and columns have appeared in numerous publications including The United Church Observer, Education Forum, BIZ Magazine and The Business Times. For the 2006-2007 school year she was the Arts & Culture Editor for NightViews – Ryerson’s newspaper for Continuing Education students.
A graduate of the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, she won the Richard Maibaum Award for playwriting in 1995. Her plays have been produced in the United States and Canada.
A certified and experienced Ontario high school teacher, she has taught non fiction writing courses for both The University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and The University of Western Ontario. She is also a published poet and a composer.
Working Miracles: The Drama and Passion of Aimee Semple McPherson chronicles the life of a Canadian faith healer in the early part of the twentieth century. Read how a simple farm girl grew to become a media icon who drew crowds bigger than the American President.