Daniel Aubin with Roger Nash, Two Poets @ 4 pm in the STC auditorium
Daniel is Sudbury’s Poet Laureate. Prise de Parole recently published his second book of poems, Néologirouettes. He is a talented actor who writes about arts and culture for Le Voyageur. He works as the communications officer for la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario / Daniel Aubin est le poète officiel de la ville. Originaire de Sudbury, il est un comédien talentueux et un poète singulier. ll a publié Plasticité et Néologirouettes aux éditions Prise de parole. Il travaille présentement à la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario comme agent aux communications, tout en continuant à écrire pour le Voyageur.
Roger was Sudbury’s Poet Laureate before he turned the job over to Daniel. He is a retired professor, He has degrees from the universities of Wales, McMaster and Exeter. A Fellow of Thorneloe University, he has taught Philosophy and English Literature in England and Canada, at the Universities of Exeter, Guelph, Athabasca and Laurentian. As President of the League of Canadian Poets he helped create the position of Canadian Poet Laureate. His poetry has been widely published in Canada, the United States and England, and he has won a number of awards, including the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry, and the Arc Confederation Poets’ Award. He is a synagogue cantor.
Kim Fahner, Charlie Smith and Roger Nash, Home and Away @ 11 am in the Auditorium
Poet Charlie Smith was born in Blind River and lives in Massey, He is known as the Bard of the North Shore, and is well known to listeners of CBC Radio.
Kim Fahner lives, writes and teaches in Sudbury. She has published her work in a number of Canadian poetry journals and anthologies over the last 20 years. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada, and PEN Canada. She has published three books of poetry: You Must Imagine the Cold Here (Your Scrivener Press, 1997), braille on water (Penumbra Press, 2001) and The Narcoleptic Madonna (Penumbra Press, 2012) This spring, Kim was one of 20 poets invited to read their work at The Battle of the Bards in Toronto, an event run by Authors at Harbourfront. She is proud and delighted to be reading at Wordstock, in the hometown that shaped her as a poet and writer.
Scott Overton, Thrilling Fiction @ 1 pm in the Cafe Lounge
Scott hosts a radio morning show on Rewind 103.9 in Sudbury. A broadcaster for more than thirty years, his first novel Dead Air is a mystery/thriller about the world of radio, and was published by Sudbury’s Scrivener Press in the Fall of 2012. Scott’s short fiction has been published in the magazines On Spec, Neo-opsis, Penumbra and several Canadian and American anthologies including Canadian Tales of the Fantastic, In Poe’s Shadow, and Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound. He also contributes theatre reviews for Northern Life. His other passions include scuba diving and a couple of classic cars.
Sean Costello, Thrilling Fiction @ 1 pm in the Cafe Lounge
Sean is an author of horror fiction and an anesthesiologist. His first three novels, published by Pocket Books, have been released in the UK by Tor Books and translated into Dutch, German and Russian. Finders Keepers and Sandman were published by Red Tower Publications, and Finders Keepers has been optioned to film. Here After, the author’s latest novel from Your Scrivener Press, is currently in its second printing.
Daniel Groleau Landry et Sonia Lamontagne, Lecture poétiques à deux voix, @ 2 pm in the Cafe Lounge
Daniel Groleau Landry : Poète signé par Mars pour ses initiatives telles Les Productions Àlacharge qu’il a créées et qu’il gère depuis deux ans, un organisme multidisciplinaire qui regroupe de jeunes artistes de la capitale nationale, et par la Lune qui féconde son imaginaire telle une pignata, Daniel Groleau Landry est originaire de Sudbury et vit présentement à Toronto.
Originaire de Fauquier dans le Nord de l’Ontario, Sonia Lamontagne a complété ses études du premier cycle en littérature, en psychologie et en éducation à l’Université Laurentienne. Après avoir consacré deux années à l’enseignement, elle poursuit ses études en Art-thérapie à Gatineau.
English Arts Society, Poetic Licence @ 3 pm in he Cafe Lounge
Founded in 2010 by the English Arts Society, a student group at Laurentian University, Sulphur prints poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama by emerging and established writers, and seeks primarily to represent Northern Ontario’s emerging literary diversity. For more information about Sulphur, please visit www.sulphurlu.wordpress.com.”
Paul Valliant, Scott Neigh, and Colleen Kleven, Non Fiction @ 11 am in the Cafe Lounge
Colleen Kleven is a small business owner specializing in public relations, media relations, presentation skills, and image building. She has more than 20 years of creative development and radio copywriting experience. Award-winning author of The Beginner’s Guide to Chick Night™, she is first and foremost a writer. She has been writing marketing materials and human interest stories for more than 25 years. You can take a peek inside The Beginner’s Guide to Chick Night™ here.
Scott Neigh is a writer, media producer, and activist who has lived in Sudbury for the last eight years. His writing over the last decade and a half has taken many different forms but one consistent focus has been his attention to social issues and social movements. Along with many shorter pieces printed in a wide range of online and print venues, he is also the author of two books: *Gender and Sexuality: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists* and *Resisting the State: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists*, both published by Fernwood Publishing in September 2012.
Laurentian University professor and psychologist Paul Valliant has studied the aging process for more than 30 years, and he began to write his book, Life After 50, The Road to Longevity, as he approached middle age. He has written several non fiction books as well as several novels
Matthew Heiti, Staged Words, @ 3 pm in the Auditorium
Born in Sudbury, Matthew holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. His plays have been workshopped across the country and produced at various festivals including SummerWorks, Lunchbox Theatre and the Sudbury Theatre Centre, where his play about the Nickel Belt Baseball League. Mucking in the Drift will premiere in the 2013/14 season. As Playwright-in-residence at STC, Matthew runs the Playwrights’ Junction, a workshop for developing writers. He is a Genie-nominated screenwriter and his novel, The City Still Breathing, will be published by Coach House this fall. In July, he will be directing Encore Theatre’s production of The Monument.
The Sudbury Writers’ Guild @ noon in the Auditorium
The goal of the Sudbury Writers Guild is to assist writers in all stages of their careers through networking, critiquing each others work, and enlisting guest speakers to help us learn about all aspects of the writing experience.
The monthly newsletter Sharpen Your Quill delivers information on contests and book reviews, as well as regular contributions about writing by members and the newsletter editor.
The Guild meets the last Thursday of every month from September to May, with a Christmas party in December and a picnic in June. Meetings are held from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Parkside Centre at the YMCA located at 140 Durham Street, Sudbury, Ontario. Doors open at 6 to allow for socializing and networking. Modest membership fees pay for the room rental and the Guild website at www.sudburywritersguild.com
Conversation with Colin Hayward and Chris Nash @ 10 am in the Cafe Lounge
Colin Hayward grew up in England, has worked as a theatre professor, actor, director, lighting designer, pyro tech and writer. A recent recipient of a Professional Writer’s Award from the Ontario Arts Council, Colin has just finished Dark Enough to Dance, due out in October. in 2007, he published Other Times, Other Places: Twenty Stories, travel tales set in such diverse locales as San Diego, California, Sri Lanka, Bali, Indonesia, Thailand, Greece, Mexico, Italy, London, Portugal, Costa Rica and various locations in Canada.
Chris Nash was born in Wales, is a Sudbury psychologist who has been writing professionally for almost 50 years. She has published short stories in literary journals, academic articles, newspaper columns, and a best-selling book, “The Learning Environment” (MacMillan). Her 2012 novel is Temperance Lloyd: Hanged for Witchcraft in 1682.