Kate Rogers describes herself as a transnational poet. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies based in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, the U.S. and U.K. During her more than two decades in Asia, Kate was inspired to write about the impact of colonialism and the destruction of the natural environment. Kate’s collection, Out of Place expresses her life in the liminal zone between countries, cultures and identities. Kate repatriated to Canada in December 2019 after spending one third of her life in Asia. The poems in Out of Place evoke for the reader the experience of being of a place, yet never belonging; they explore longing and transformation. Kate Rogers’ next poetry collection, The Meaning of Leaving, is forthcoming with Montreal-based publisher, Ace of Swords (AOS), in early 2024. Her poems recently appeared in SubTerrain, The Windsor Review and Looking Back at Hong Kong.
Our celebration of Poetry Month continues with a conversation and reading from Antony di Nardo which we made last year. 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. His collection Forget – Sadness – Grass was recently released by Ronsdale Press. The winner of the inaugural Don Gutteridge Poetry Award, Through Yonder Window Breaks is published by Wet Ink Books.
Meet Frances Boyle, who recently read in The Third Thursday’s Reading series in Cobourg. Frances is the author of Openwork and Limestone (Frontenac House, 2022). Her earlier books are the poetry collections This White Nest (Quattro Books, 2019) and Light-carved Passages (BuschekBooks 2014), Seeking Shade (The Porcupine’s Quill, 2020) an award-winning short story collection, and Tower, (Fish Gotta Swim Editions, 2019), a novella. Frances’s writing has appeared throughout North America and internationally. Raised in Regina, she has long made Ottawa home, with involvement in the literary community including serving on the board of Arc Poetry Magazine for more than 10 years, volunteering with literary festivals and leading workshops.
This week, we talk with Word on the Hills’ co-producer and co-host, Felicity Sidnell Reid. After graduating from the University of London, Felicity arrived in Canada to spend seven years in New Brunswick. Then she moved to Ontario. Felicity has taught children from Grade 5 to university students and adults, in Canada, England and Thailand. She is the author of educational materials, including a book for teachers, ESL is Everybody’s Business (with Frances Parkin) and a series of textbooks for language learners. Her books include a novel Alone: A Winter in the Woods (Hidden Brook Press, 2015, e-book in 2020) and two poetry collections The Yellow Magnolia (Glentula Press, 2021) and The Many Faces (Aeolus House, 2022). Her poetry and short fiction have been published in anthologies, online journals and collections. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets and was a Board Member of Spirit of the Hills Arts Association for two four year terms. She also chaired the Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group for many years retiring in January 2023. In 2017 and 2019 she led the executive committees of Spirit of the Hill’s Arts Festivals and was recognised with a Distinguished Civic Award from the Town of Cobourg. She is a director and secretary of the rebranded Northumberland Festival of the Arts and headed the programme committee in 2022.