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June 1, 2009
VOL. 9, Issue 13

June 1, 2009
At the Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street, W., 8:00pm

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Lolette Kuby
Lolette Kuby recently published her book of short stories, Out of Cleveland. Lolette Kuby’s stories range from quirky to touching; they are about women who face their challenges with an uncommon blend of intelligence, scepticism, and hope.

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Paul Nicholas Mason
Born 1958 in London, England, Paul Nicholas Mason has also lived in Zimbabwe and British Columbia, but now makes his home with his wife and children in Peterborough, Ontario. A graduate of Trent and Queen's universities, Paul teaches English and Drama at Lakefield College School.

Paul's plays include Circles of Grace and The Discipline Committee (both published by Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, Illinois). Discipline was workshopped at the Atlantic Theatre Festival, and first produced professionally at the Cork Arts Theatre in Cork, Ireland in 1997. His Death at the Petroglyphs was awarded the J. C. W. Saxton Prize by Queen's University in 1994, and his Sister Camille's Kaleidoscopic Cabaret was awarded first prize in the 1996 international playwriting competition sponsored by CITA: this latter play was given a workshop production in Chicago, but received its first full-scale production at Trinity House Theatre in Detroit in the Fall of 1998.

Mr. Mason is the author of two novels, both published by Turnstone Press of Winnipeg, Manitoba: the first, Battered Soles (2005), chronicles a pilgrimage between Peterborough, Ontario, and St. John's Anglican Church in Lakefield (where there is a statue of a blue-skinned Jesus with healing powers); the second, The Red Dress (2008), is the story of seventeen year old Charlie Knowles, the son of a poor single mother in small town Ontario growing up directionless in the 1970s. A chance encounter with a charming and cosmopolitan older couple leads to a moral and emotional crisis.

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Carmelo Militano
Carmelo Miltano was born in Italy but moved to Canada at a young age with his family. He was educated at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg, receiving a B.A.Honors from one and an inter-disciplinary Masters from the other.

Carmelo Militano is a writer and poet. He was a free-lance broadcast journalist for CBC Radio One from between the years 2000 and 2004.xx He has published three works with Olive Press, a writers and artists collective, and is currently working on a manuscript he tentatively calls a novel.

His latest work, a collaborative text, is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2008; ‘Imperishable Bliss" is a collection of erotic poetry and images. Poetry by Carmelo Militano and images by the well known Winnipeg photographer and multi-disciplined artist, Jon Schroeder.
When not teaching psychology to high school students or working on his own writing Carmelo writes poetry reviews for the journals CV2, Prairie Fire, or Northern Poetry Review, an on-line poetry journal.

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Deborah Stiles
Deborah Stiles was born and raised in Appalachia, in West Virginia, but found herself moving northward in 1988. A graduate of the University of Maine's M.A. in Creative Writing in 1990 with the thesis No Curtains on These Windows (short story collection), she has published poems, short stories, essays, agriculture articles, cooking pieces, and scholarly articles in a wide variety of journals in Canada and the U.S.

Deborah Stiles' most recent published essay, "Against the Silencing," published in Imagination in Action (C Malyon, ed., Mercury Press, 2007)explores the creative similarities of farming, writing, and cooking. In 2002, BrickHouse Books (Baltimore, Maryland), published her book-length poem on the Romanian Revolution, Movement Catalogued.

She is currently working on research, poetry, and essays that examine the connections among farming, local food and consumption, human connections via the natural world, cooking and creativity. For Cooked and Eaten, Stiles will be bringing along her bicycle, and, the day before the reading gathering what she can find from within a 96 k radius of where the reading will take this reading is part cooking demonstration, part local ethos rant, part poetry reading and cultural connection! Poetry that intersects with politics, history, and the palate....

Deborah's publishing history is fairly diverse and dates back to the early 1980s. in 1991, Northern Lights Press (Orono, Maine) published her poetry collection, Riding Limestone. She has completed two additional poetry manuscripts, whose poems have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Carleton Arts Review, To, Kennebec, Zymergy, Nashwaak Review, Pottersfield Portfolio and elsewhere. In 1997, after living in Fredericton, NB for three years, she applied for landed immigrant status and also completed her Ph.D. (University of Maine, History) with a doctoral thesis on the Fredericton-based-but rurally-oriented poet and newspaper editor, Martin Butler (1857-1915). Currently, she is working on several projects, including a novel and a social history of working-class masculinity. In January 2004, she became a Canadian citizen.

A part-time farmer, Stiles enjoys cooking, cross country skiing, working and writing (and hoping) for peace. An Associate Professor in Humanities at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, teaching history, writing and literature courses at the College allows her to share her love of the natural world, agriculture, and rural society with students as well.

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