Jeff Blackman's poetry has been described as risky while loaded with empathy, self-aware yet able to instantly connect, and unusually original. In his latest collection, "I don't know what you need" from Horsebroke Press, Jeff interrogates his own bliss, privilege and luck through reflections on consumerism, identity politics, social media, and fatherhood. His poems appear in spring issues from words(on)pages press in Toronto and Puddles of Sky Press in Kingston, and the most recent volume of Best Canadian Poetry in English. Jeff lives in Ottawa with his beautiful family, and is temporarily a stay-at-home dad.
JM Francheteau lives in Ottawa. In 2015 he was part of the Worst Case Ontario tour, reading and bleeding in eight cities in 10 days. His poems have been in The Puritan, Villamere and CV2, and his last chapbook was kids (2015, Hurtin' Crüe Press). @franchetoast
Poet and performance maker, author of Leaving the Island
Talya Rubin is a poet and performance maker, her poetry won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. In 2011, she was short-listed for the Winston Collins/Descant prize for Best Canadian poem and was a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. She won the Battle of the Bards at Harbourfront and was invited to attend IFOA in 2015. Talya holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and currently lives in Montreal with her husband and son. Her first book of poetry, Leaving the Island, was published with Véhicule Press in April 2015. She also runs an interdisciplinary performance company, Too Close to the Sun.