Co-Curator - Susie Berg
Susie Berg is the co-curator of the Plasticine Poetry Reading Series. She is the author of the poetry collection, How to Get Over Yourself (Piquant Press, 2013), the chapbook Paper Cuts (CreativeJames Press, 2007), and the blog The Starbucks Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in such journals as carte blanche, Arts Medica, Misunderstandings Magazine, and Switchback, and in the anthologies The Mom Egg Review, Desperately Seeking Susans, and Body and Soul. She is a graduate of the summer writing programs at Humber College (2004, working with Olive Senior) and St. Francis Xavier (2006, working with Anne Simpson and 2007, working with Jeanette Lynes). Forthcoming are two chapbooks: You Will Still Have Birds, a conversation in poetry with Elana Wolff, from Lyrical Myrical Press, and Awaiting Butterflies, from words(on)pages press. Visit her online at www.sber40.wix.com/susieberg, or follow her @SusieDBerg on Twitter.
Co-Curator Rod Weatherbie
Rod is a journalist originally from Prince Edward Island where he was a member of the poetry collective The Secret Swarm and had poetry published in that group’s anthologies. He also has had work published in Red Shift, the Antigonish Review, Mitre, and the Toronto Quarterly.
Founder - Michael Fraser
Michael Fraser is a high school teacher, poet, and writer. He has been published in various anthologies and journals including: Literary Review of Canada, The Paris Atlantic, and Caribbean Writer. His manuscript, The Serenity of Stone, won the 2007 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest and was published in 2008 by Bookland Press. He won Arc’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Poem of the Year. He is the creator and director of the Plasticine Poetry Series.
Cathy Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, performer, musician and lighting designer. She hosts the Plasticine Poetry Series, which turned 6 this year. Petch was recently published in Toronto Quarterly Magazine and Ascent Aspirations Magazine. Her book “Late Night Knife Fights” has just been published by Lyricalmyrical press. She is a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams and of the Collaborative group PENTA. Petch is happiest onstage.
Lisa Young is a writer and editor. Her poetry collection, When the Earth, was published by Quattro Books (2011). Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Jones Av., Quills Canadian Poetry, dead g(end)er, Dragnet Magazine and Rampike Magazine, among others. She is the former senior editor for Existere. Find her blog here.
David Clink is the former Board President and Artistic Director of the Rowers Pub Reading Series, and former Artistic Director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. David co-organizes, along with Sandra Kasturi, a one-day poetry workshop, entitled “A Fistful of Poems” which has run 7 times. He has two collections of poetry published by Tightrope Books:Eating Fruit Out of Season (2008) and Monster (2010). He edited an anthology of environmental poetry called: A Verdant Green (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2010). The same publisher has recently released David’s third collection, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu, a book of humorous poems.
Mary W. Walters
Mary W. Walters has published four novels and a collection of short stories. Her most recent novel, The Whole Clove Diet, was published in 2012. She is also the author of Write An Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars (The Johns Hopkins University Press) and has created a series of podcasts on grantwriting for academics, artists and non-profit organizations (reallyeffectivewriting.com). She works as an editor to academics and scholars from all disciplines. Website