The Inspired Heart for Teens is a collection of poetry by Canadian writers for a youth audience between the ages of 14-18. The idea for this book came from the Director Melinda Cochrane who felt there was a need to bring poetry to youth with themes and ideas they could relate to, but most importantly to encourage the love of poetry. Bruce Kauffman, the book's editor carefully selected poetry based on the quality of pieces and relevance to this book. His dedication created a powerful collection for the first book in this series. It is our hope that this company will continue to publish quality poetry collections for teens under this imprint.
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Ali Dixon is currently finishing her BAH degree at Queen's University with a major in Film and Media Studies. While the camera is her preferred tool for storytelling, she has, in recent months, been rekindling her interest in writing prose and poetry. This is her first published work of poetry. You can follow Ali to see her photographic work in both digital and film formats at: Instagram @aliemdixon
Alyssa Cooper is a Canadian author, poet, and spoken word performer currently living in Kingston, Ontario. First published in 2008, she is the author of four novels, a short story collection, and two poetry collections, as well as having her work included in various local and international publications. An active spoken word performer, she currently holds an executive position in the Kingston Poetry Collective and the Queen’s Poetry Slam planning committee.
Anne Graham describes herself as a life traveler, an observer, and now a writer. She also loves spoken word events. She’s had poems published in print in That Not Forgotten (anthology, Hidden Brook Press, 2012), Reactional MPD, World Poetry Movement (anthology, 2013), and Counterpoint, Tower Poetry (2014 & 2015). In addition to having poems published in online literary magazines, she has also published 4 chapbooks of poetry.
Bethmarie Michalska’s poetry has appeared on YouTube, a Kingston city bus, CFRC’s ‘finding a voice’, and a lawn chalkboard, plus in anthologies such as Lake Effect 6, That Not Forgotten, and Canada ’s 150th: A Poetic Anthology..., as well as the journals: Quarry, and Synergy. Besides participating in random acts of poetry, she is a clinical psychologist & adjunct professor of psychiatry at Queen’s University. Her chapbook, North Superior Bardo, arrived in 2014. firstname.lastname@example.org
Billie Kearns (aka Billie the Kid) is a Dené spoken word poet studying Electrical Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her poetry uses storytelling and playful metaphors to explore relationships with her friends, family, culture, and nice smelling food.
Bob MacKenzie’s published more than 300 poems across North America and as far away as Australia and India in journals including Literary Review of Canada, Dalhousie Review, Windsor Review, and Ball State University Forum. Bob's published thirteen volumes of poetry and prose- fiction and his work's been in numerous anthologies. He has released six albums of spoken word with music. His numerous literary awards include Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council grants and Fellowship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Georgia.
Bruce Kauffman lives in Kingston and is a poet, editor, workshop facilitator, event promoter, a spoken-word radio show programmer and host, and runs a monthly open mic poetry series. He has edited 7 anthologies. His work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, 2 chapbooks, and has appeared in 3 art installations. With 3 previous collections published by Hidden Brook Press, his 4th collection of poetry, an evening absence still waiting for moon, launched in 2019 with them under the new John B. Lee Signature Series imprint.
Callista Markotich has had a lifelong career in education as a Teacher, Principal and Superintendent of Education, and appreciates the power of the well-written word to inform and influence, request, and thank. Retired, she is delighted with her opportunity to immerse herself in the writing of poetry, the exquisite form intended to move, delight, surprise. Her recent poems appear in The Nashwaak Review and Riddlefence, and have been selected for publication in The New Quarterly.
Carolyne Van Der Meer is a journalist, PR professional, and university lecturer. She has literature degrees from University of Ottawa and Concordia University, and a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. Her articles, essays, short stories and poems have appeared in publications internationally. She has two published books: Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience (WLUP, 2014) and Journeywoman (Inanna Publications, 2017). A third book with Inanna will appear in 2021. https://about.me/motherlode
D.S. Stymeist’s debut collection, The Bone Weir, published by Frontenac in 2016 was shortlisted for the Canadian Author’s Association award for Poetry in 2016. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, Dalhousie Review, and The Fiddlehead. He currently teaches creative writing, Renaissance drama, and crime fiction at Carleton University, is the editor and founder of the micro-press, Textualis, and is the president of VERSe Ottawa, which runs VerseFest, Ottawa’s annual international poetry festival.
Deidre Reitav: “I am Deidre. I am a poet and synesthete. I live on a secluded farm North of Madoc. I collect antique pickup trucks and am an intuitive writer, often gleaning my spontaneous creations from the land, and the universe, and the way other beautiful things touch the mind. I am also a lumberjill and biochemist. I embrace highly endangered antique trades, and I take my hat off always to hardworking people with toiling hands.”
Elizabeth Greene: In spite of having trouble reading poetry, Elizabeth Greene published poems in her high school literary magazine, Jabberwock. She stopped writing poetry in grad school, but started again thirty-five years later. She has published three books of poetry, The Iron Shoes, Moving,andUnderstories. Herpoetryhasappearedinjournals,anthologies and websites throughout North America. Her novel, A Season Among Psychics, was published by Inanna in May 2018. Her selection of Adele Wiseman’s mostly unpublished poems, The Dowager Empress, is scheduled to appear from Inanna in 2019. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Eric Folsom was born in New England and has spent most of his adult life in Kingston, Ontario. When his two sons were born, he left a job at an insurance company to become a full-time parent. When the kids were older, he began to work at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. From 2011 to 2014 he served as Kingston’s Poet Laureate, and he is the author of four books poetry.
Eugene Cornacchia says he was launched in nineteen fifty-seven, the same year that the Russians launched the first satellite, Sputnik. While the Russian device only survived eleven weeks in orbit, he has hung on for an additional sixty-two years, spending the last four decades in Kingston, Ontario entrenched in the arts; primarily in photography, graphics, and music. He currently describes himself as “Poet & Purveyor of Post-Reality Quantum Syntax”. He is especially fond of Raccoons.
Grace Dixon is a poet and visual artist born and raised in Kingston and the Rideau Lakes. She has a passion for all avenues of art and has been blessed to have been introduced to the blossoming poetry community through working at The Elm Cafe. Inspired by writers like Rupi Kaur, John Keats, and several refreshing local poets, Grace finds tremendous power and beauty in the written word.
Gwenith M Whitford is a free-lance writer and blogger who recently returned to Kingston Ontario after 35 years away. She became inspired to write poetry during the two decades she lived in Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean. While there, she also wrote local travel guides, edited tourism newsletters, and taught English Literature to high school students. Her adopted country continues to be a winter escape, and she looks forward to further inspiration there, as well as in the literary- minded Limestone City.
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Haley Sarfeld is a singer, songwriter, busker, book-storer, and recent graduate whose poetry and nonfiction have appeared in sundry campus publications at Queen’s University. She first wrote “Moths” as a spoken word piece for the 2018 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitationals in Philadelphia, and she has since performed it in a variety of settings and states of undress. Haley loves puns and tongue-twisters, and she hopes you enjoy her surreally spooky story.
Heather Browne’s writing began on a wooden pew. “I made words in silence and entered into its mystery. That was writing at its finest.” To date she’s added a few ideas on paper: two books of poetry, and a short story collection in 2017, A Moose in the Dark. Her early mentors were in Fredericton, and later in UBC’s Masters Creative Writing Program. She instructs in the writing life, and recently returned to Fredericton from Ontario. https://www.writersunion.ca/member/heather-browne
Holly Buchanan says, “As a teen I developed a sense of humour to hide my awkwardness and self-doubt. But, behind the jokes and laughs was a side to me that yearned to be released. At 14, I came across the book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul which was full of short stories and poems for youth. I related to many of these pieces. Picking up the pen and laying it to paper, I could express my inner anguish and find hope. This unleashed a whole new world for me. A world where I have accepted my awkwardness and use it to fuel my creative fire.”
Holly Rose Lorenzon is an Italian-Canadian author from Vaughan, and Kingston Ontario. Driven by the flux of young adult life to recollect her childhood, Lorenzon sifts through time in her poetry, prose, photography, and physical art. As a biographer, she circulates Ontario’s street dance community highlighting forthcoming artists. Recently published for her photography series, Blurry Art, she constructs Heritage month, an homage to her grandmothers and an anthology of their past.
Website: kingstonfreestyledance.ca firstname.lastname@example.org
Honey Novick is a singer, songwriter, voice teacher, poet (full member of the LCP). She is the author of 8 CDs and 9 books of poetry, with the most recent Undefeated Relevance. She was winner of the 2018 Canada 150 Outstanding Neighbours Award, two-time awardee of the Dr. Reva Gerstein Legacy Fund for Voice Yoga, and is a YWCA Woman of Distinction Nominee. Most dear to her, her poem "WHO is an Indigenous Woman" was requested by the Ontario Native Women's Association and used in a report to the Ontario government to draw attention to murdered and missing Indigenous Women. A truly great honour for an ally and friend and carer of our earth.
Jason Heroux is the author of four poetry collections: Memoirs of an Alias, Emergency Hallelujah, Natural Capital, and Hard Work Cheering Up Sad Machines. His most recent book is a novel called Amusement Park of Constant Sorrow (Mansfield Press, 2018). He is the City of Kingston’s third Poet Laureate, and his online blog can be found at:
Jay Artcher is a Sino-Vietnamese storyteller, dancer, and educator from Brampton, Ontario. He studies English and Philosophy at Queen's University where he leads the annual Faculty Writing Retreat with the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research). His work can be found in Wherever We Roam, Shoreline, The Stand, and the Undergraduate Review, among others. Most recently, he co-founded Kingston Freestyle Dance to preserve street dance culture in Kingston.
Jennie Marshall is a life-long poet and songwriter. Her poetry resonates with the range of emotions experienced on our individual journeys. Jennie invites us to safely connect with our inner emotions so that we may reflect and explore authentically. She has published a book of poetry and photographic artwork, Poemotional, under the pen name of Linda Jane Gleeson Marshall.
Joan Satchwill didn’t begin writing until she was in her 70’s when illness slowed her down and gave her the gift of time to write. She’s written two short stories, a mystery, two children’s stories, and many short memoirs, none of which have been published, and 80 or so poems, three of which have been published in literary e-magazines. She is presently working on collecting her poetry for a book. email@example.com
John B. Lee: Poet Laureate of Norfolk County and of the city of Brantford John B. Lee is the author of nearly one hundred books. His work has appeared internationally in well over five hundred publications and he is the recipient of dozens of prestigious awards for his writing including The Golden Oracle: The Late Great Planet Rock Star Award 2019. His favourite poet in his high school years was the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. He lives in a lake house on Long Point Bay Lake Erie.
Joshua Levy is a poet, prose writer, podcaster, and live storytelling performer.He was the 2018 CBC Writer-in-Residence; appearing monthly on television, radio, and online. Levy is the winner of the 2018 SLS Fiction Prize, the 2017 Carte Blanche/CNFC Creative Nonfiction Prize, and was longlisted for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Malahat Review, Maisonneuve, Rumpus, the Oxford University Press, and in numerous Vehicule Press anthologies. Levy splits his time between Montreal, and Lisbon, Portugal. Much of his work is available at: joshualevy.net
Judith Popiel won her first writing award in Grade 5 for Young Canada Book Week. Her dance & theatre articles have appeared in the Kingston Whig Standard, Dance in Canada and other magazines. Degrees: Hons.FA Dance; M.Ed. Queen's. An interdisciplinary artist, she has taught dance, theatre, visual art, fibre art and film. Kingston readings: Poets @ ArtFest, 100 TPC, and open mic's. Film: 2016, a Short Documentary Film, "Ellen Merrin's Kitchen" screened Opening Night at KCFF. Current Projects: Documentary film about spoken word poetry; book of autobiographical stories and poems. firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Vriend is a Toronto native studying philosophy at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. He likes to write stories and poems about how strange, difficult, and wonderful it is to live inside a human brain.
Kate Marshall Flaherty’s sixth book of poetry Radiant launched June 2019 with Inanna Press. Her 2018 award-winning poems, “Canoe”, Poem in Your Pocket day poem, “Sel”, as well as others, can be found on her website. She is presently Toronto Rep. for the League of Canadian Poets, and has been a “Poet-in-the-Schools” from Cobalt to Jasper, as well as a “Random Acts of Poetry” and “Poem in Your Pocket” poet. She guides StillPoint Writing Workshops in schools, youth shelters, universities and hospitals. Poetry is her lifeline. See her performance poetry to music at: http://katemarshallflaherty.ca/kmf/
Kathleen Reichelt is a writer, performer, and visual artist who runs an artist residency in the Thousand Islands, Canada. Her work has been published by Three Rooms Press, great weather for Media, and in Bone Bouquet, Paris Lit Up, Otoliths, Artoronto, and Arteidolia.
Kathy Keenan is from the northern Ontario city of Sudbury, home to the Big Nickel. She has an art background and graduated from Humber College in advertising and graphic design. She worked in Toronto as a graphic artist before settling in Belleville to devote herself to the care of her family. She was the primary care giver to her eldest child, Christopher, who was autistic and had medically uncontrolled epilepsy. In 2015, Kathy graduated from Loyalist College in public relations. Along with singing, photography and art, writing and spoken word through poetry and short stories have become an important way in which to express herself creatively.
Instagram.co/kathy7keenan https://kathykeenan.wordpress.com/ Phone: 613-885-8331 email@example.com
Lesley Strutt is a poet, playwright, essayist, novelist, and blogger living in Merrickville, Ontario. Her writing has appeared in anthologies, e- zines, as well as numerous journals. Her chapbook Small as Butterflies won the 2015 Tree Chapbook prize. Her first collection of poems, Window Ledge, will be published by Inanna Publications in 2020.
Leslie Saunders says she has a mailing address in Kingston, Ontario, but lives largely in her imagination.
Lin Lune is a Toronto based writer and performer of art with words, and her work invokes deep thought about the human condition. She was on the BAM! Toronto Youth Slam team which performed at the Toronto Poetry Slam finals, and she featured at The Voices of Today festival and Kingston WritersFest. She was also published in Alexandra Quarterly, Free Lit Magazine, and In:Cite Journal. Currently in Queen's University (and their slam team), Lin aspires to achieve a 4.3 GPA and win CUPSI, or accept the inevitable imperfection of humanity.
Linda Mussell is a PhD Candidate researching incarceration policy in Canada's prison capital at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario. She is originally from southern British Columbia, the land of mountains and sea, which forever inspires her creatively. She mostly writes academic stuff, and composing poetry with care is a fairly new evolution.
You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg Freer was woken up one night in 2015 when a complete poem flashed in front of her eyes, even though she had never written poetry and didn’t want to. Since then, her poems have won awards and have been published across North America. In 2017 she won a fellowship and attended the Summer Literary Seminars in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. She lives in Kingston, Ontario where she teaches piano, enjoys running and photography, and wishes she had more time to write poetry.
Michael e. Casteels wrestles with robots in existential-crisis, dinosaurs that refuse extinction, alphabets in various stages of explosion /implosion, and many other serious topics, like century-long bus rides, and the way the clouds look, right now. His first book, The Last White House at the End of the Row of White Houses was published by Invisible Publishing. He is the editor, designer, printer, book-maker, secretary, janitor, lion-tamer, rat-catcher, and Ferris wheel operator at Puddles of Sky Press. www.puddlesofskypress.com
Michèle LaRose is a visual artist in Kingston, Ontario. She has recently begun using poetry to provide insight into her abstract painting. In 2018 she collaborated with Bruce Kauffman on The Elm Suite chapbook of paintings and poetry. www.michelelarose.ca
Michelle McTague, a writer from Kingston, Ontario, has been interested in writing throughout her life. She has been published in Melinda Cochrane’s Inspired Heart: Edition Three. She has also read other pieces to enlighten people with mental health issues. She says, “I am looking forward to embracing this anthology for teenagers, as one of the writers. I’m sure this collection will inspire young people throughout their lives.” She invites email at: email@example.com
Mike Williams began writing in Grade 10, but became more passionate his first year of college when he began to perform it. His first published poem "My One and Only Love" appeared in the student newspaper at St. Lawrence College, Kingston. His poem "The Stigma " was published in The Criterion, and on a ‘Crisis Workers’ Society of Ontario" webpage, of which he was encouraged to submit by his Addictions course Professor Derek Davies. More recently his poems “Let’s Talk About How I Walk” and “A Justified Grudge” appeared in two separate issues of a Queen’s University anthology Collective Reflections.
Nathalie Sorensen has spent a lifetime reading poetry and now enjoys writing it. She is published in literary magazines and anthologies. She studied English literature and education and taught English at St. Lawrence College. She lives in Kingston where she gardens, takes photographs, and spends time with her family at their weekend house on the Salmon River.
Dr. Paul Chaput is a Métis academic, actor, singer, composer, filmmaker, and poet from St. Adolphe, Manitoba. His PhD from Queen’s University featured the use of film Planting Stories, Feeding Communities: Knowledge, Indigenous Peoples, and Film- as a methodology to bring academic findings back to Indigenous communities. In 1995 he was awarded the Star of Courage by Governor General Romeo Leblanc.
Paul Kelley’s poems, essays, and translations have appeared in many journals and anthologies in Canada and the U.S. Kelley’s poems have been called “austere” and “ascetic.” Of his most recent book, Matter’s Music, a critic remarked that it is “written with the intensity of a last day on earth.” His recently completed manuscript of poems is entitled ‘Glean’. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Nuard Tadevosyan is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in art history. She writes of that about herself, “Her legs are not very long, so let us hope she catches it eventually.” She also says that she enjoys cats, lilacs, aubergines, and mythology.
Raven Adamson says, “I have been writing since I was a kid, poems and songs and stories, and now scripts. I keep a journal sporadically and it helps me feel focused and in tune with why I do whatever it is I’m trying to accomplish. I am an aspiring filmmaker. I hope to write, direct, and produce films that help people feel empowered and connected.”
Rebecca Anne Banks lives in the New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry. She has been writing and producing artistic content for 37 years and is the author of over 30 books of poetry, a guide to the Holy Spirit, a Holy Spirit guide to being an Artist, a primer on marriage discernment, amongst others. She has produced 3 CD`s of Folk/Rock music and has 17 CD's of music awaiting production. She won an IAIRA Award for Top 55 Internet Airplays for Angel Song (2010). She is the CEO/Artist at Tea at Tympani Lane Records, the Book Reviewer at The Book Reviewer, the Quilt Artist at Kintsugi Art Quilts and the Poetry Editor at: Subterranean Blue Poetry. www.subterraneanbluepoetry.com
Richard Marvin Grove, known to friends as Tai, Hamilton born in 1953, lives in Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada where he and his wife run a B&B. He is a writer, photographer, editor, and publisher. His art and photographs are in over 30 corporate collections across Canada. He has 16 book titles to his name, and his images have been used as cover art for more than 40 books. Find his Retreat B&B blog at: www.hiddenbrookpress.com/hbp-artists-retreat
Writer’s Blog at https://richardgrovewriter.wordpress.com/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich Tyo is a poet, songwriter, psychotherapist, DJ, and father. He uses music and art to educate and advocate for mental health in his community and enjoys taking part in collaborative song-writing with people who struggle to tell their story.
Rose DeShaw is a columnist, journalist, & writer of mystery short
Ruth Buckley is a retired professional who lives in Kingston, Ontario. She has been writing sporadically since her childhood. In 1951, as a teenage school girl, she won a provincial award for her essay on Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation. Her muse continues to prod her to write more often. Narrative poetry is her favourite pursuit.
Sandra Davies is a retired palliative care nurse who grew up in Toronto and has been writing poetry since childhood. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and for the next forty years practised nursing in Toronto, India (Madya Pradesh), and Kingston, her home since 1989. Since retiring she has participated in creative writing workshops, and has had poems appear in literary magazines and anthologies. Giacometti’s Girl is her first poetry collection, published in 2018. She has two adult sons and four beloved grand- children.
Sarah Emtage is a library technician in Kingston who never really grew up. Her skills include: killing houseplants, forgetting to take out the trash, and whistling. Early in life, she started writing some badly spelled poems about birds, and has since published two poetry books called Paperscape and The Second Rate Poetry of S. M. Emtage. You can read more of her work
at: scribblore.com or follow her on Instagram at scribblore_poetry
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is the author of the poetry books Status Update (2013), which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and Sweet Devilry (2011), winner of the Gerald Lampert. She is also the editor of the anthology Desperately Seeking Susans. You can read more about her work at: www.sarahtsiang.com
Sasha Hill is an apprentice artist working in Kingston. Sasha grew up in Brantford, and Kingston Ontario. She attended Sheridan College for Media Arts, and worked on film sets in Toronto. She is a member of The Events Artists Guild live sketching group. She performs spoken word poetry at local open mics. Please visit her website to see her visual art at: http://sashahillart.com/
S.B. Brogly is a mother, a writer, and a scientist. She grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and has lived and worked in Boston, Montreal, and London, England. She currently lives in Kingston, Ontario with her husband and daughter.
Spencer Wightman is a speculative fiction author based in Kingston, Ontario. In addition to writing stories, he teaches rock climbing, cheers for Kim Taek-yong, and studies Jungian psychology.
Steve Heighton received the 2016 Governor General's Award for his sixth poetry collection, The Waking Comes Late. His work has appeared in Poetry, the London Review of Books, Best American Poetry, Best Canadian Poetry, and others. He also reviews fiction for the New York Times Book Review. "Night Skaters" was commissioned for the boards of Skeleton Park rink, Kingston.
Tapanga Koe: Short story author and poet Tapanga Koe has published works in Ink in Thirds, Unnerving Magazine, Mystery Weekly, Aurora Wolf, Asymmetry, and Euonia Review. She has been published, as well, in anthologies such as That Not Forgotten (ed. Bruce Kauffman, Hidden Brook Press), and They Have to Take You In (ed. Ursula Pflug, Hidden Brook Press).
Tara Kainer attended the University of Regina and Queen’s University. Currently employed as a social justice advocate in the Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Office of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul in Kingston, Ontario, she is the mother of three grown children and the author of a book of poems, When I Think On Your Lives (Hidden Brook Press, 2011).
Tara Morton is a recent expat of the GTA now residing in Kingston, Ontario where clear skies and clearer thinking allow her to indulge in the freelance writing of essays, poetry, and short stories. She draws inspiration from dog parks, hockey rinks, bad weather, and just about anything else beyond her front door.
Tom Gannon Hamilton: TGH is founder/curator/host of the Toronto Urban Folk Art Salon; his poems have appeared in Blue Buffalo, Blood & Aphorisms, Transforms, Hart House, Whetstone, Dalhousie reviews, Verse Afire, Delicate Impact, Banister anthologies, and Artis magazine. In 2018 Tom’s poem suite ‘El Marillo’ won 1st prize in the Big Pond Rumours chapbook contest; his book Panoptic (Aeolus House) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well as the Gerald Lampert Award. email@example.com
Will Kenny describes himself as “a sometimes walkabout wanderer-- who sometimes writes some poetry”. firstname.lastname@example.org