Thurs, July 27th, 6pm – 7pm | The ARTS Project, main gallery | 203 Dundas Street, London
John B. Lee is the author of over seventy books and the editor of seven anthologies, including two best-selling works, That Sign of Perfection (poems and stories on hockey) and Smaller Than God: Words of Spiritual Longing. He has published internationally in more than 500 publications, has seen his work translated into French, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese, and has read his work across the globe, including in France, Cuba, Korea, and South Africa. He has received over eighty prestigious international and regional awards for his writing, including the People’s Poetry Award (twice), the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem (twice), and the inaugural Souwesto/Orison Award for his contribution to the ethos of writing in southwestern Ontario. He has been named the Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity (2005), an Honourary Life Member of The Canadian Poetry Association and The Ontario Poetry Society (2005), a member of the Chancellor’s Circle of McMaster University’s President’s Club (2007), the Poet Laureate of Norfolk County (2011), and the Honourary Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life (2015). He has received letters of praise from Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Australian poet Les Murray, and Senator Romeo Dallaire and has been called “the greatest living poet in English” by poet George Whipple. He lives in Port Dover, Ontario, where he works as a full time author.
Julie Berry has deep roots in southwestern Ontario, with at least three generations of her ancestors calling this part of the world home. After a long career as an elementary school teacher in St. Thomas, she has continued to write and publish her work and produce a children’s radio show for a local radio station. She has published three poetry collections: worn thresholds (Brick), the walnut-cracking machine (Buschek), and most recently, the chapbook, I am, &c.: The Gilbert White Poems (Baseline Press). She has expanded this chapbook on the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, author of The Natural History of Selborne, into a full-length poetry collection. Her poetry has appeared in The New Quarterly, Grain, Malahat Review, The Literary Review of Canada, and many other publications and has been featured, along with the poetry of her grade 6 students, on the award-winning CBC program The Poetry of the Woods.