See this url for the 2008 festival info
was the First Annual
CCLA Art and Lit Fest
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
See below for reports on what we did then!
Bring the Family!!!
Artist booths, literary and book booths, refreshments,
live open air stage with readings and music
with a reading in the evening.
Stay tuned for more information. We have booth/table space available for artists and authors.
We will have an all day reading during the day from 1:30 to 5pm. Email us if you would like to be part of the open air mic. Visitors should bring a lawn chair for the Open Air readings.
We will have an evening reading called Dog Days of August with 6 Canadian Authors in the evening - see reader list below.
This one day CCLA Art and Lit Fest is linked to the Purdy Country Literary Festival that will be taking place in a number of locations in the area. You can find full information by clicking the link above.
A special issue of "The Ambassador" - the CCLA literary journal, will be published with work considered by booth contributors and readers.
You can navigate through this webpage quickly with the list of links on the left top of this page.
( 1/2 way between Kingston and Toronto on Lake Ontario. Hwy exit 509 )
Memorial Park - Downtown Brighton - you can't miss it.
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
11am to 5pm - with a reading in the evening.
We are here to have fun and sell art and books!
Support our CCLA Affiliate Members
The Temple Bookstore - http://www.thetemplebookstore.com
Stellar Showcase Journal - http://www.stellarshowcasejournal.com/
Readings will be held from 1:00 to 3pm
Reader List: see bio's below
Oni the Haitian Sensation
See bios below:
Leah Browning's fiction, poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in a variety of publications including The Saint Ann's Review, Literary Mama, Blood Orange Review, Salome Magazine, Autumn Sky Poetry, and Lily. Her website is1. www.leahbrowning.com.
Mark Clement has been writing poetry all his adult life and has work published in various journals and anthologies. Mark is retired and spends most of his time writing and developing his poetry skills. He has 2 self-published chapbooks, Along the Path and Reading in Cobourg.Mark is a member of The Ontario Poetry Society and The Canadian Federation of Poets.
Elizabeth Greene’s The Iron Shoes (poems) will be published by Hidden Brook Press in 2007. She has edited/coedited four books, most recently Kingston Poets' Gallery (Artful Codger Press, 2006). She lives in Kingston.
Kim Grove is a new poet who usually puts her pen to prose. She has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Boston Globe and Watershed.
Mike Johnston is a Poet, short story writer, and playwright and retired engineer. He founded the Unionville Theatre Company for kids with learning disabilities. He and his wife, Carolyn adopted two orphans from 3rd world countries, raised them, and watch them love life now.
Jennifer Londry. Beside a window in a little room Jennifer Londry writes.
Kathryn MacDonald. The woods, fields and gardens of her Southeastern Ontario home provide inspiration for Kathryn MacDonald. Her poems have been published in Descant, The Fiddlehead, and Northward Journal (under the name Deneau) and more recently in Ascent Aspirations Magazine’s 2007 Poetry Issue.
David Pratt. A former educator, he now spends as much time as possible in warm climates, including Cuba, where he studied at the University of Havana. His work has been published in numerous literary journals.
Bob MacKenzie has intermixed writing, photography, montage/collage, and performance. Poetry publications include:
The Dalhousie Review, Ball State University Forum, Poetry Canada Review, Canadian Author & Bookman, Alberta Poetry Yearbook, Tweed (Australia); in anthologies: Pine's the Canadian Tree, Souldust and Pearls.
Janet Richards is a poet and journalist living in Ontario, Canada. Janet shares her home with her husband, three daughters, and a changeable number of pets."
Eric Wright’s five published books include Through a Country Window, inspiring stories about country life in Northumberland. In his new book, The Lightning File, a journalist discovers a terrorist plot targeting US interests from Canada.
Oni the Haitian Sensation is a CCLA Ambassador. She was voted “Ottawa’s favourite full time writer/poet”. Her book Ghettostocracy was named a Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail. Oni The Haitian Sensation has performed for audiences in Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. She directed Canada's first National Poetry Slam, the Canadian Spoken Wordlympics. Plus, her CD “The Bedside Booty Booty Book” is better than Viagra.
"Dog Days of August"
The Brighton Antiques Cafe
21 Meade Street, Brighton, Ontario
(South off of Main Street a couple of blocks west
of Memorial Park with plenty of parking)
Meet the authors - dinner / social gathering - 6:00pm
Readings - 7:00 - 9:00pm
See info about the cafe/restaurant - click here
Our MC's bio
"Dog Days of August"
Reader List with Bios
– Allan Briesmaster
– James Dewar
– John B. Lee
– Deborah Panko
– Susan Lynn Reynolds
– RD Roy
Among other things, Allan Briesmaster is a freelance editor, micro publisher, and literary consultant specializing in poetry and non-fiction. He was centrally involved in running the weekly Art Bar Poetry Reading Series in Toronto from 1991 until 2002, and is now one of the organizers of the popular monthly series, Toronto WordStage. As an editor, he has been instrumental in the production of over 40 books.
Allan lives in Thornhill, ON, with his wife Holly, a visual artist. Three of his recent books, Pomona Summer, from Hidden Brook Press, and Urban-Pastoral and Galactic Music, both from Lyricalmyrical Press, included Holly's collages and pen-and-ink drawings. The Other Seasons, also from Hidden Brook, came out in May of last year.
Allan's latest collection of poetry, Interstellar, from Quattro Books, was launched on February 28th. It reflects his continued interests in environmental matters, the impact of media, and the arts, and a lifelong fascination with science - especially astronomy and cosmology.
James Dewar is a poet who actively promotes the popularization of poetry in the Toronto area through personal performances and by hosting poetry events.
His first full-length book of poetry, The Garden in the Machine (March 2007) has just been published by Hidden Brook Press and has resulted in his invitation to join The League of Canadian Poets.
His poetry has also been chosen for inclusion in many other publications previous to this, such as Quills, The Word Weaver and Labour of Love. His poems are anthologized in Renaissance Conspiracy Poetry Anthology (2004) and the follow-up, Renaissance Reloaded (2006) and his 2005 chapbook, Guys in Garages was very popular.
James has been a regular host of the monthly Renaissance Conspiracy Poetry Reading Series for the last 3 years. He was the host of the Toronto Artbar Tribute to Irving Layton and has been organizing and hosting (with a laid-back, comedic flare) his own Poetry Reading Series, emphasizing audience participation, Hot-Sauced Words in Toronto for over a year.
In addition to his regular appearances on Nik Beat's HOWL radio show on CIUT 89.5 FM, he has been a two time judge of the Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Contest and through his four year affiliation with the Writer’s Circle of Durham Region has offered workshops on every aspect of poetry from writing and editing, microphone usage and poetry feature-reading design strategies. His poetry course was available through Durham College in the winter of 2007 and he offers poetry workshops through the Oshawa Arts Council.
James also helps other poets enjoy, edit and publish their own poetry via CreativeJames Publishing. (4chapbooks to date).
Please see www.creativejames.com and his blog www.creativejames.wordpress.com for more information.
John B. Lee:
John B. Lee is the recipient of over 60 prestigious international awards in poetry. The most recent of his nearly 50 published books include How Beautiful We Are, winner of the 2006 Orion Souwesto Award; and Godspeed.
Both books were published in 2006 by Black Moss Press. He was recently named winner of the Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem Award (Descant magazine). He lives with his wife Cathy in Brantford where he was named Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity in 2006. His work has been translated into Spanish, Korean, French and Chinese.
In the winter of 2007, he participated in CCLA events organized and hosted in Havana, Cuba. Twice featured in The Ambassador, his work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications.
Deborah and her husband, Ron, moved to Cobourg three years ago. She joined the Cobourg Poetry Workshop and has been inspired and entertained by all of its members who share their work and give public readings each month at a local coffee house.
She learned much about writing through teaching, her favourite material being poetry, and her favourite classes being Writer's Craft where her students were as excited about writing as she was. Starting with English as a Second Language in Algeria, Deborah went on to teach a variety of courses in different colleges and high schools, recently taking early retirement from the Toronto Board of Education.
With the necessary autobiographical novel out of her system, poetry writing has now become a habit along with biking, playing the piano, watching birds and reading the classics. Writing poetry, for Deborah, provides a focus for what is happening to us and our world.
Susan Lynn Reynolds:
Susan Lynn Reynolds is a freelance writer and a creative writing instructor and has been teaching for 10 years, focusing on techniques learned in her work in New Mexico with Natalie Goldberg (of Writing Down the Bones) and in Massachusetts with Pat Schneider.
Her recent literary work has appeared in Lichen Literary magazine and her short story “Gargoyles in Montmartre” was accepted for the British anthology Erotic Travel Tales 3. Her novel “Strandia” won the Canadian Library Association’s national award for Young Adult Novel of the Year. She is a three time winner of the Timothy Findlay Creative Writing Award for her poetry and short stories, and a winner of the Writer’s Circle of Durham Region’s 24 Hour Online Contest. Her emergence as a powerful voice for women in poetry resulted in her recent featured reading at the Diamond Cherry Reading Series in Toronto.
She is doing her Masters in Psychology at Trent University where her focus is on writing for therapeutic benefit. Sue teaches creative writing to criminalized women in the Lindsay jail, work for which she has just been awarded the 2007 June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism by the Ministry of Citizenship.
Please see www.goforwords.com for more information.
R.D. Roy was raised and educated in Montreal, Quebec. He studied literature at the High School of Montreal, Dawson College, and a number of inner city coffee houses (where, he says, the best teachers were hanging out).
He has published two collections of short stories (Panegyric Press) and a novella (Hidden Brook Press), and his work has appeared in Montreal’s Matrix magazine.
Now living near Kingston, Ontario, he has been a regular reader in area coffee houses and poetry events. He was a featured reader at Queen’s University’s Dub Poetry festival in 2006.
Roy, as member of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, participated in the recent Havana tour and was a featured reader at the Havana International Literary Festival. He is a contributing editor for the CCLA’s periodical, The Ambassador. For the past several years he has worked closely with many writers across Canada and is a member of PEN Canada.
Children's Poetry Workshop
"Looking for Snowfleas
Under the Hot August Sun"
12:30 - 1:30pm
Diane and the workshop participants will give one another's amazing
experiences a good listening to and shape them into wonderful poems
Children's Art Discovery
2 - 3pm
Deb St, Amant invites the kids to join in
an art discovery class.
Deb is a primary school teacher and Art Therapy specialist.
- Allan Briesmaster
- Mark Clement
- Ellen Curry - Monkey lady
- Diane Dawber
- James Dewar
- Graham Ducker
- George Laidlaw
- John B. Lee
- Susan Lynn Reynolds
- Melanie Martin
- Shon McLean
- Bob MacKenzie
- Bonita Summers
- Donna Wootton
Small Presses and Associations
- Stellar Showcase Journal - http://www.stellarshowcasejournal.com/
- Hidden Brook Press - www.HiddenBrookPress.com
- Seraphim Editions - www.seraphimeditions.com.
- Quattro Books - www.quattrobooks.ca
- Aeolus House - www.aeolushouse.com
- Dub Poetry Collective
- Holly Briesmaster - Water Colour
- Chris Dawber - painter
- Richard Grove - Digital Paintings
- R.D. Roy - Photography
- Anna - painting
The First AnnualThe inaugural PURDY COUNTRY LITERARY FESTIVAL will be held the August holiday weekend in Marmora and Brighton to celebrate People's Poetry.
Purdy Country Literary Festival
The CCLA Art and Lit Fest events are organized under the umbrella of The Purdy Country Literary Festival.
More information to come.
Saturday, Aug. 4th - 1 – 3 pm: A “Controversy” discussion in the
William Shannon Room (library building). Host: James Deahl; recorded
by author/academic Terry Barker for future publication
Saturday, Aug. 4th 3:30 – 5:30 pm: Poetry parlour reading & cold buffet
at The Marmora Inn B&B - Host: Allan Briesmaster
Saturday, Aug. 4th 6 pm - ?: Open air poetry reading by the Marmora dam.
Marmora musician Morley Ellis will open with John Lennon’s song “Workingclass
Hero”; Poets: Richard Grove (Brighton), RD Roy (Kingston), James Deahl & Jeff
Seffinga (Hamilton), Martin Durkin (raised this area), Laurence Hutchman (Doctorate
on work of Al Purdy)
The Dam Reading will include an OPEN SET when any author can read 2 poems or
5 minutes of their work. Host: Marmora poet Chris Faiers
Sunday, Aug. 5th - 11am to 5pm - The CCLA Art and Lit Fest
will feature art and literary booths. The art and literary festival
will be held in Memorial Park, downtown Brighton, Ontari.
Brighton is located south of the 401 on Lake Ontario, half way
between Kingston and Toronto.
Festival activities can be found on this page above.
Sunday, Aug. 5th - 12:30 to 1:30pm - Children's Poetry Workshop
"Looking for Snowfleas Under the Hot August Sun"
presented by Diane Dawber
Workshop information can be found on this page above.
Sunday, Aug. 5th - 1:30 - 4pm - "Open Air" Lit Fest Reading MCed by RD Roy
Location - Memorial Park - Brighton - same as the festival.
Reader list can be found on this page above.
Sunday, Aug. 5th - time and location to be announced.
"Dog Days of August" Lit Fest Reading. Feature Readers will be Allan
Briesmaster, James Dewar, John B. Lee, Deborah Panko, Susan Lynn
Reynolds, RD Roy, with MC - Mark Clement.
Reading information can be found on this page above.
For Saturday events contact:
P.O. Box 69
Canada, K0K 2M0
For Sunday events contact:
Richard M. Grove
109 Bayshore Rd.
Canada, K0K 1H0
We use the word booth loosely. There will be a designated area for art booths and a designated area for literary tables. There will not be any walls, tables, easels or chairs provided. You will receive a chalk mark on the ground and all of the brighton fresh air that you can take in.
Artists will be allocated a 10 foot by 10 foot area where they will display their art. Authors will be allocated a 5 foot by 5 foot area where they can set up their table of books.
CCLA Member Discount
If you are a member of the CCLA you will receive a $10 discount off of any of the booth fees.
Don't forget that CCLA membership is only $40.00 and pays for a 4 issue subscription of The Ambassador.
Space is limited
First Come First Served
– Author booth fee – Space for a card table – $25.00
– Small Press/Author Co-op booth fee (two or more authors) room for a 6 foot board table – $50.00
– Publisher booth fee (Representing multiple authors) room for 3 - 6 foot board tables – $100.00
– Artist booth fee 10 X 10 – $35.00
– Artist Co-op booth fee 15 X 15 (two or more artists in the same booth) – $75.00
– Art Gallery booth fee 20 X 20 (representing a commercial gallery) – $125.00
Remember that tables and chairs are not provided
and bring your own shade.
- Exhibitors are recommended to bring their own shade as not all areas will be under trees. As this is a waterfront park it is likely going to be breezy so bring anchors for your tents, umbrellas, tables, rocks for your books, etc.
- Bring plastic in case of rain, easels for art and books.
- Bring your own tables and chairs.
- Bring a floor mat or small rug. Grass is sometimes damp and cold. If you bring a mat or rug it will protect the grass and your cloths.
- There is no electricity so don’t bring your light display.
Richard Grove - RichardGrove@CanadaCubaLiteraryAlliance.org or 613-475-2368
Make cheque payable to:
Canada Cuba Literary Alliance
Mail your payment to:
CCLA Art and Lit Fest
109 Bayshore Road
Send us a SASE with a note and your cheque and we will mail you a recept.
There will be no refunds.
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