World Poetry Day 2017

a short poem for the residents of Barrie, from their laureate, inspired by a spring walk on World Poetry Day. feel free to share.


on the bay
warm ice darkens
snow drifts into


April is Poetry Month in Barrie

Not only has Mayor Jeff Lehman proclaimed April to be Poetry Month in the City of Barrie, but his office has asked me to read a poem before Council on 10 April to celebrate Poetry City. 

The poem I read two years ago at Council was just accepted for an anthology of social justice poems by current and past poets laureate from the Great Lakes region to be published by Michigan State University Press.

Road Home: Barrie Manor reading Wednesday

road_homeTwo Poets Laureate celebrate National Poetry Month this Wednesday evening at 7 pm at Barrie Manor, 340 Blake Street (at Johnson). Entitled, The Road Home, Barrie’s own Poet Laureate – me – will join Greater Sudbury’s recently minted Laureate, Kimberly Fahner, for an evening of poetry, open to the public, free admission.

So if you missed me at the L3 Writers’ Conference (@l3writers), or if you didn’t get enough (is there enough?), then please come on out!

L3 Writers’ Conference, 21 April

2016 L3 Writers' ConferenceThis Thursday, Barrie’s single largest literary event of the year, the L3 Writers’ Conference, kicks off at 7 pm at Barrie North Collegiate. This annual event is organized and produced by the students of the iDeology program.

Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan is headlining this year’s conference under the theme, Poetry is Therapy, in support of youth mental wellness. Also on the bill: Ian Keteku, IFthePoet, Holly Painter, and Barrie’s Poet Laureate – that would be me – leading things off.

Tickets are available in advance at the wonderful used bookstore, Rivendell Books in Wellington Plaza, for $25 (students, $20). Tickets will also be available at the door. Start time is 7 pm but the doors open at 5.30. Barrie North Collegiate, 110 Grove St E, Barrie. See the L3 Writers’ Conference website for details.

Last Minute Funding for Public Readings

From the Writers’ Union of Canada:

Due to some cancellations, there is still some funding left in the National Public Readings Program for readings that take place before March 31, 2016!

If you know a host who would like you to do a reading, direct them to our website at

Applications must be received before March 18, 2016. 

Don’t miss this opportunity!