David Carpenter grew up in Toronto, earned degrees at York University and Queen’s University, taught high school English for 25 years at Leaside High School in Toronto, and ran the Special Education program for 14 of those years. He publishes under the name J D Carpenter and began his writing career as a poet, but later turned to fiction, primarily murder mysteries: The Devil in Me (McClelland & Stewart, 2001); Bright’s Kill (Dundurn Press, 2005); 74 Miles Away (Dundurn Press, 2006); Twelve Trees (Dundurn Press, 2008) and The County Murders (Cressy Lakeside Books, 2016). A second Joe Horn mystery, The LakePirates was published by Cressy Lakeside Books in 2020. But David has now returned to writing poetry and has just published a collection, launching October 23rd, at Books and Company in Picton, titled A ROAD THROUGH THE CORN, PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY POEMS 1982-2022, as well as continuing work on a major revision to a Campbell Young mystery which he put aside several years ago. So though he told us that his biography hadn’t altered except in that he had grown several years older since he was last our guest, it seems there’s plenty to add to it
This week we welcome our co-host Gwynn Scheltema as our guest. After over 20 years of diversified experience in accounting, education, and administration Gwynn Scheltema decided to stop counting beans and start counting words. Since then, Gwynn has been a columnist, magazine article writer, ghost writer and a fiction editor for Lichen Arts & Letters Preview literary journal. Her award-winning fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies and her latest poetry publication, Ten of Diamonds was published in 2021 by Glentula Press. She co-hosts Word on the Hills radio show on Northumberland 89.7FM, and writes, edits, coaches and teaches creative writing through her business Writescape.
Gwynn is also the president of Northumberland Festival of the Arts and headed up the Steering Committee for the festival which took place from September 16th and successfully concluded on October 2nd.
This week we are re-broadcasting a show we made last spring with Antony Di Nardo. Antony has written six books of poetry. His work appears widely in journals and anthologies across Canada and internationally, and has been translated into several languages. His long poem suite “May June July” was winner of the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize for 2017 and was short-listed for a National Magazine Award. He spent the last years of a teaching career in Beirut where he launched his first book of poetry “Alien, Correspondent” in 2010. He is an active member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Cobourg Poetry Workshop. His collection “Forget – Sadness – Grass” was released by Ronsdale Press this summer. The winner of the inaugural Don Gutteridge Poetry Award, “Through Yonder Window Breaks” has recently been published by Wet Ink Books.
Elder Melody Crowe is an Ojibway woman from the Alderville First Nation, where she has lived all her life. Melody is an Eagle Feather Carrier and for more than 25 years she has taught the Ojibway language and culture to children, youth, adults and elders. She is the recipient of many awards including the Honouring our People Award Sept 2015 from the Ogemawahj Tribal Council and a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the Preservation of Language and Culture from the Union of Ontario Indians in 2007. Melody holds an Honours BA in Indigenous Studies from Trent University and, as a student, was the recipient of both the Joyce Moonias Award and The K. E. Kidd Awards from the University. She has worked as the First Nation Liaison for the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board since 2001.
Last week Melody gave an absorbing and moving workshop for Northumberland Festival of the Arts on Resilience, Revitalization and Reconciliation. This episode of Word on the Hills is a repeat broadcast of a programme Melody made with us in the fall of 2021.