Poets in Profile: Janice Tokar

Janice Tokar is the author of the poetry chapbook Arrhythmia (above/ground press). The collection has been praised for its "spare, pulsing poems [which] beat with the irregular rhythms of life, death, love and loss".

Janice speaks to Open Book today as part of our Poets in Profile series. She tells us about growing up in a small town, recommending poetry to aliens and writing in one's sleep.

Open Book:

Can you describe an experience that you believe contributed to your becoming a poet?

Patti-Kay Hamilton of Northwest Territories Wins CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize!

The jury for the 2014 the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize had a difficult job; they had to select a single winner from over 1,800 submissions received from across Canada.

In the end it was a story that had travelled from far away that won over jurors Carolyn Abraham, Denise Chong and David Macfarlane. The Grand Prize was awarded to "The Hunter and the Swan" by Fort Smith, Northwest Territories resident Patti-Kay Hamilton.

The Dirty Dozen, with Debbie Ridpath Ohi

After the success of I'm Bored, the hilarious picture book written by comedian Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, kids and parents alike were eager for more. The wait is over with Naked! (Simon & Schuster Canada), Black and Ohi's second collaboration.

Debbie has also illustrated covers for Simon & Schuster's recently reissued Judy Blume collection. You can check out the fantastic covers here.

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