TRC Reading Challenge

though i made an informal pledge last year to read the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, yesterday i made it official by signing up at The TRC Reading Challenge.

i admit the Report not an easy read, & i’m only 10% through. but reconciliation will only come from understanding the truth. our full history has not been taught; we are not always who we think we are.

but 3500+ have pledge to read. join us. #ReadTheTRCReport

Barrie is Poetry City on 10 April

Join me at City Hall, 7 pm on Monday 10 April, as Barrie is officially a Poetry City as part of National Poetry Month. As the city’s poet laureate, I will be presenting a brand new poem to City Council.

Titled ‘we are all treaty people,’ it is the second in a series consequent of pledging to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission‘s report on Residential Schools.

If you can’t make it out, you might be able to stream it here.

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 expected in 2018, along with a poem I read two years ago at the Barrie Arts Awards. Details to follow.

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!