Tuesday, August 14

Hot Ottawa Voices 2012

Carol Stephen

Carol Stephen won third place in the 2012 CAA National Writing Contest.

Carol A. Stephen is a Carleton Place poet, originally from Toronto, Ontario.


She has been an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets and of Canadian Authors Association, National Capital Region since 2006. She  volunteers on the Executive of CAA-NCR as Vice-President, Regional Outreach and as Coordinator of the CAA Writers’ Circles.  Carol also serves on the board of Arts Carleton Place.

 

Carol’s poetry has appeared in Bywords Quarterly Journal and in two collaborative chapbooks, Chromatic Beliefs and A Wall’s Sharp White published in 2011 by Tree Press/phaphours press. Her poems have received Honourable Mentions in Arborealis, a 2008 Ontario Poetry Society anthology, and in the CAA National Capital Writing Contests in 2008 and 2011. In 2012, she took the third place prize in that contest for her poem, Walking in Thomson’s Red Sumac. Also in 2012, her poem, The Walking-Off Place in the End-Tme was a finalist in the VERSeFest’s Poetry for the End of the World contest.

 

In September, 2011, Carol’s first chapbook of poems, Above the Hum of Yellow Jackets, was released by Bondi Press, Carleton Place.


 

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David Blaikie, Guy Simser, Shai Ben-Shalom, Carol Stephen are chosen as the upcoming Ottawa poets to watch who have yet to have a trade collection.

David Blaikie

David Blaikie won the inaugural Tree Reading Series chapbook contest in 2011.

David Blaikie grew up in rural Nova Scotia and spent more than four decades years in journalism and communications, including 18 years as a Parliamentary Press Gallery reporter with The Canadian Press, The Toronto Star and Reuters. Returning to poetry in recent years, he won the inaugural Tree Reading Series chapbook contest in 2011 for his entry, Farewell to Coney Island. He lives in Ottawa.

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David Blaikie, Guy Simser, Shai Ben-Shalom, Carol Stephen are chosen as the upcoming Ottawa poets to watch who have yet to have a trade collection.

Guy Simser

Guy's work has appeared in numerous journals/anthologies in USA, Canada, Japan, England, Australia, Romania and India.

Guy landed on his feet from a breech birth in 1935. After 10 years in the army, he began a peripatetic career in publishing educational materials, international product marketing and freelance writing for newspapers and magazines; and foreign service of 3 years in Germany (NATO) and 5 years with the Canadian Embassy, Japan.

 

Tagged "imagist/humorist" by lyric poet Marianne Bluger, Guy's work has appeared in numerous journals/anthologies in USA, Canada, Japan, England, Australia, Romania and India. He is a member of Ottawa's Mother Tongue poetry group.

 

Awards: Diane Brebner Poetry Prize, Carleton University Poetry Prize, AHA Books Tanka Sequence Prize (USA), Keji Aso Senryu Prize (USA); Hekinan Haiku Special Prize (Japan); and the IODE Ontario Short Story, CBC Ottawa Radio Documentary, and Alberta Culture Radio Drama Prizes. However, his best prize is his 53 year marriage to Jan (Queen's sweetheart) who survived 25 family moves while raising four children.

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David Blaikie, Guy Simser, Shai Ben-Shalom, Carol Stephen are chosen as the upcoming Ottawa poets to watch who have yet to have a trade collection.

Shai Ben-Shalom

Shai Ben-Shalom's first collection of poems, Martians Among Us, was published in 2012 by In/Words Press.

Born and educated in Israel, Shai Ben-Shalom has been experimenting with poetry since he started thinking in – not merely translating to – English. A biologist who recognizes science’s limits, Shai draws inspirations from nature, art, relationships, daily life, and Leonard Cohen.

 

Edited by Jasmine Ball and Bardia Sinaee, his first collection of poems, Martians Among Us, was published in 2012 by In/Words Press.

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David Blaikie, Guy Simser, Shai Ben-Shalom, Carol Stephen are chosen as the upcoming Ottawa poets to watch who have yet to have a trade collection.