This week meet Greg Kieszkowski who was born in Poland and came to Canada with his family when he was 15. Settling here wasn’t all that easy but Greg graduated from high school took a business diploma from George Brown College and then studied Philosophy and English at York graduating from there with a teaching diploma in 2000. He has taught at an Ajax high school for nearly 20 years. Two years ago he took a 3 day workshop and since then has started writing. His first book called Quintessential Quotations was released recently and he is planning a whole series
Matthew KIng grew up in Etobicoke, and was deeply shaped by his summers at the cottage his grandfather built on Wollaston Lake in Hastings County. He began writing poetry in high-school in a largely unsuccessful attempt to get girls to fall in love with him. He veered from English into philosophy and published a book based on his doctoral work titled Heidegger and Happiness: Dwelling on Fitting and Being. He taught at York until 2014, and in 2015 he moved to the Marmora area with his partner Brenda and their three cats. Since then he has made the trek back from philosophy to what Heidegger calls the “neighbouring mountaintop” of poetry. He is the winner of the poetry prize in Spirit of the Hills Writing contest this year.