Battle of the Bards

Posted in Poetry, Speaking Events on March 13, 2017

At Poetry NOW’s annual Poetry Competition Battle of the Bards, I will be one of the 20 poets to throw their poems in the ring. Come cheer the poets, troubadours, gladiators, town criers etc.

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March 29, 2017

“Talking Walls” features Poet in Community at Hart House

Posted in In The News, Speaking Events on January 7, 2016

Zones of Expression: Poet in Community and “WRITE NOW!” featured on the Talking Walls at Hart House

The Poet in Community program at the University of Toronto has used poetry to stir reflection and conversation for the last 8 years. The last 2 years has seen the creation of a student mentor program called “WRITE NOW!” Now Talking Walls at Hart House will showcase both programs.

Come and read poems by individual students as well as by groups. Also poems I wrote at Spontaneous Poetry Booths.

There will be a poetry party to celebrate. More details soon.

The event is on now until January 31st.

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A Parade of Gowns: A reflection by Michelle Spadoni, RN and Associate Professor at Lakehead University

Posted in In The News, Interviews, Speaking Events on June 9, 2015

In April, I was invited by Michelle Spadoni, RN and Associate Professor at Lakehead University, to give a workshop for the Provincial Nurses Education Interest Group AGM. Michelle introduced me by reading “A Parade of Gowns.” This is a poem of mine that even I had never read publicly, feeling it risky, the poem being about mistakes in health care and sometimes the silences that follow. She chose this poem and went further by offering her own reflection on why that poem. Here is the poem followed by her comments.