Contributing Poets

Poetry and recipes from the following writers are showcased in Poetic Portions:

Susan Atkinson

Susan J. Atkinson is a poet, children’s writer and Kindergarten teacher. Her hobbies include enjoying the accomplishments of her four daughters, running long distances and making up stories for TV with her filmmaker husband.


Anthony Bansfield, the nth digri, is inspired by his Caribbean and Canadian heritage, hip-hop culture, and the African griot tradition. He produced WordLife, a poetry and music compilation that marked the emerging African Canadian spoken word movement and co-founded the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, the first national slam poetry tournament in Canada.

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Wendy Bullen Stephenson has a PhD from the Department of Curriculum Studies at UBC and has hosted almost 100 international students. Her original recipe, vegetarian frittata, appears in the March #5 diary entry of her online, imaged novel, Vancouver Memories: My Year Abroad. It is the peace offering that Sandford serves to Erika at a picnic in the snow in Stanley Park.

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Fern G. Z. Carr is a member of The League of Canadian Poets who composes and translates poetry in five languages. A 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee, she has been published extensively from Finland to the Seychelles and had her work recognized by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

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Ron Charach is a psychiatrist/poet who lives in Toronto. He is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently, Forgetting the Holocaust.

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Caroline de Chavigny was born and raised in Montreal, where she received her Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in business. She currently lives in the southwestern United States. Her desire to help people was the catharsis that led to her series of children’s books, as well as the inspirational novel, When Angels Die.


Teresa-Lee (Terry) Cooke lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her partner Wes and two feline folk. TLC is a member of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and The Writers Collective of Manitoba. She likes to write poetry that can be presented as “spoken word.” Teresa-Lee writes in hope that you can relate to her journey…we are all connected.

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Barbara Frosch is a singer and poet who has been published in Island Skies, a compilation of Canadian poetry. She is currently working on a new book, Enlightening the Souls. Barbara has starred in several roles in musical theatre and was delighted to find new passion while singing with the Edmonton Opera.


Melvina Germain, born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, validates and exemplifies how diversity is the diamond chip of poetic success. Her perpetual passion and yen for broadening her literary scope has enabled her to establish herself as a solid multi-style poet.

David Helwig

David Helwig was born in Toronto in 1938. He now lives in a village in Prince Edward Island. He has published many volumes of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. His most recent collection of poetry is Seawrack (Frog Hollow Press).


Daisuke Kinoshita works in tourism in British Columbia, where he lives with his lovely wife Miwa. His first collection of poetry has been celebrated for its elegant beauty. He has been a featured reader at Cradle Our Spirit Healer’s Guild events.


Rogr Lee is from British Columbia, where he now works as a picture framer. Previously, Rogr spent many years in Toronto playing and writing music in a vibrant song-writing scene there. He now periodically paints and records at home.

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Carl Leggo is a poet and professor at the University of British Columbia. His books include: Come-By-Chance; Teaching to Wonder: Responding to Poetry in the Secondary Classroom; and Sailing in a Concrete Boat: A Teacher’s Journey.


Jeffrey Mackie is an internationally published and translated poet. A prolific performer, many of his readings can be seen on YouTube. Mackie also does literary journalism, contributing interviews and reviews to various media in Montreal.


Dianne Maguire is a Jamaican-born Canadian writer who lives in Vancouver. Her thesis for her MA in Creative Writing from UBC is a published collection of short stories set in Jamaica, Dryland Tourist. She has had poems published, and won prizes in literary contests. In recent years, she has been working on articles, activities and novels for her ESL students.


rob mclennan is the author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. He won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. He and his wife Christine recently welcomed newborn daughter Rose into the world.

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Wendy Morris has a passion for Holistic Health, especially aromatherapy and energy healing. In addition to being a business owner of a Natural Product Store and full time Massage Clinic, she finds time to make organic soaps, creams and essential oil formulas, as well as to write several blogs and articles for a natural health magazine.


Marc Mullo was born, raised, and still resides in Thunder Bay. He’s been a part-time poet and freelancer for over twelve years, despite depression and other extenuating circumstances. His work has been published with the Poetry Institute of Canada. He also has a book, Poetic Potpourri.


Bonnie Nish is founder and Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society in Vancouver and Executive Producer of the Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival. She has a Masters in Arts Education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School. Her first book of poetry, Love and Bones, is available at Karma Press.

Honey Novick

Honey Novick is a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/poet. A full member of the League of Canadian Poets, she lives in Toronto and survived the Ice Storm and Polar Vortex.


Nicole Scoffield is a freelance musician who sings and fiddles with The Wheat In The Barley. She has a solo CD, Colouring, and teaches violin from her private studio in Vancouver, BC.


Cynthia Sharp has been published in Lantern Magazine, Toasted Cheese, Haiku Journal, 50 Haikus & Three Line Poetry and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net Anthology. She enjoys the beauty of nature on the west coast, where she is at work on a series of fantasy novels for tweens and teens.


Andrew Tkach began writing poetry as a teen struggling with bipolar, attempting to make sense of the great storm within. His first novella, Sentries of Heaven, is currently in the editing process. A student of acting, Andrew currently resides in North Vancouver, B.C.


Tara Wohlberg is a poet, lyricist and freelance writer. Her lyrics are published by EC Schirmer, Boston, and Oxford University Press. Her work has been short-listed for the Malahat Review Open Season award and recently appeared in CV2 and Quills. Her chapbook, Cold Surely Takes the Wood, was published by Alfred Gustav Press, in spring, 2013.

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