Katerina (Vaughan) Fretwell, poet, artist, journalist, reviewer, and former registered social worker, is in the League of Poet’s Feminist Caucus, Canada pen, and the Writers Union of Canada. Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies, including Prism International, Descant, Mix Six, Dry Wells in India, Rampike, and The Pittsburgh Quarterly. She is the author of seven poetry volumes including Angelic Scintillations (Inanna, 2011) and Class Acts (Inanna, 2013).
Young women poets are shaking up the world of words
Female poets across the boroughs are breathing new life into a literary genre that’s long been dominated by older white men. Bravo to these brave young women who breathe life into language and speak it aloud!
Ghadeer Malek is a Palestinian feminist activist, aspiring writer and spoken word poet. She currently coordinates the Young Feminist Activism (YFA) Program at the Association of Women’s Right in Development (AWID) and is pursuing a Master’s degree at OISE/UT. Ghadeer is also co-founder and editor of Aqsazine. She is co-editor (with Ghaida Moussa) of Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance (Inanna, 2014).
Susan McCaslin is an award-winning Canadian poet and Faculty Emerita of Douglas College in Westminster, BC, where she taught English and Creative Writing for twenty-three years. She is the author of eleven volumes of poetry. Demeter Goes Skydiving (2012) was short-listed for the Dorothy Livesay Award and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award) in 2012. She is the author of the memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Inanna, fall…
Lilly Barnes is the author of a book of interrelated short stories published in 1986 and of a novel published by in 2010. She is also the author of five books for children, and of poems published in seven editions of Variety Crossing Anthologies. She was an Arts Journalist for CBC radio for many years. She is the recipient of the Margaret Collier Award for writing, for Outstanding Body of Work. Lilly is the author of poetry volume, Journey (Inanna, 2014).
Barbara D. Janusz is a mother, an environmentalist, a lawyer, poet and an educator. Born and raised in Edmonton, AB, she has also lived in Paris, France, and in La Paz, bcs, Mexico. A contributing writer for EnviroLine: The Business Publication for the Environmental Industry, she has published poetry, short stories, editorials, and essays in various other magazines, literary journals, newspapers and anthologies across Canada. Mirrored in the Caves (Inanna, 2012) is her debut novel.
Born and raised in the New York City area, Carole Giangrande now resides in Toronto. She is a co-winner of the 2010 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest for her first novella and the author of two novels and a short story collection. Carole has worked as a broadcast journalist for CBC Radio, and her fiction, articles and reviews have appeared in literary journals and in Canada’s major newspapers. Carole is the author of Midsummer - a novella (Inanna, 2014).
Marlene Kadar is Professor in the Departments of English and Humanities, and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, York University. She works primarily in the field of autobiography and life writing. Her research considers the life writing fragment as a pressing and vexed autobiographical practice. Her new project, "Feminizing Photojournalism: World War II," focuses on the archival lives of three women war journalists. She is co-editor of The Missing Line (Inanna, 2004).
Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes, is a Jamaican-Canadian, poet/educator and former nun with an interest in poetic inquiry. er poetry and essays have appeared in journals such as Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de le femmes, Poetry Wales, and Quills, and in anthologies/publications including Jubilation! Poems Celebrating 50 Years of Jamaican Independence (2012). She has lived in Toronto since her arrival in 1969. Mary Lou is the author of Dark Water Songs (Inanna, 2013).
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Pam Galloway lives, works and writes in Vancouver. Her poetry and non-fiction have been featured on CBC radio and her poetry has been published in numerous Canadian literary magazines including The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Grain, Descant, Dandelion, Event, Room of One’s Own and twice on the website of the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Her first book of poetry Parallel Lines was published in 2006. She is the author of Passing Stranger (Inanna, fall 2014).
Jacqueline Borowick is a bilingual poet whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Borowick’s bilingual poetry collection, The Cuckoo’s Song/ Le chant du coucou (Inanna, 2008), was a finalist for the 2010 Trillium Book Award for French Poetry. She is a retired Justice of the Peace and lives in Toronto.
Joy Harjo: Ancestor of a Poem The acclaimed Native American artist, poet, and musician reflects on tapping into the creative source, bearing the pain of cultural appropriation, and learning to embrace fear.