Owen Sound Poet Laureate 2019-2021
I am pleased to announce that I have been named Owen Sound’s Poet Laureate for the next two years. The main focus of my term will be on ecological justice, though I promise a lot of shenanigans and tomfoolery to go along with the serious business. What’s got me most hopped up is that I’ll be engaged in some exciting creative work with KP9 Interactive to develop an augmented reality poetry collection, and to create some AR environmental installations.
I am grateful to the Poet Laureate Advisory Committee, the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library, and our private sponsors John Tamming, David Madill, CFP of BMO Nesbitt Burns, and Andrew Armitage.
I wish to acknowledge the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek Nation: the People of the Three Fires, known as the Ojibway, the Odawa and the Potawatomi Nations; and further give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen and the Chippewas of Nawash, now know as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as traditional keepers of this land.
Originally from Ottawa, I have been living in Owen Sound since 2010. I have a background in art theory and linguistics, and came within 8 years of completing a Ph.D. in Classical Studies.
I work as a translator and have served as an event coordinator for the Words Aloud Festival of Spoken Word and Storytelling. I am now the Interim Artistic Director of the Words Aloud festival. I’m a member of SOCAN and a full member of the League of Canadian Poets.
In addition to writing, I am devoted to social justice causes and community involvement, having performed at numerous functions and served on several local committees.
When not moonlighting as a handyman and decorator, I make disturbing sounds with guitars and ukuleles.