May 6, 2011: Yvonne Blomer, Pam Porter & Rhona McAdam launch Leaf Press Chapbooks!
Yvonne Blomer's first collection of poetry, a broken mirror, fallen leaf, was shortlisted for The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 2007. Poems in the Leaf chapbook she’s launching, Landscapes and Home, have been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. Yvonne is currently working on a verse mystery titled Death of Persephone based on the myth and set in Montreal. Yvonne is the organizer and host of The Planet Earth Poetry reading series.
Pamela Porter is the author of three collections of poetry and three works for children. Her novel in narrative verse, The Crazy Man, won the 2005 Governor General’s Award, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and other accolades. Her poetry has been shortlisted four times for the CBC literary awards, including this collection of ghazals. M. Travis Lane has written, “Porter’s poems are pervaded with a sense of grace, of mercy, beauty and benediction.” Pamela lives in North Saanich with her family and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs, and cats, including a formerly wild mustang.She will be launching This Awakening to Light.
Rhona McAdam is a poet and food writer who has eaten well in many countries. She has a master's degree in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences (Slow Food's university in northern Italy), writes a food and poetry blog (the Iambic Cafe), and teaches an online course in urban agriculture and food security. Her fifth and most recent full-length poetry collection, Cartography, was published in 2006; and Sunday Dinners, an art/poetry collaboration with Colleen Philippi was published by JackPine in 2010. She will be launching a delectable Leaf chapbook of food poems: The Earth's Kitchen.