Why Poetry? by Kate Rogers

A lot of writers and artists make Northumberland County home! One important reason my husband and I chose to settle here after two decades abroad is the many poets and visual artists who practice their craft here. What is poetry? According to Margaret Atwood, “Poetry is condensed emotion.” Poets often focus on epiphanies—flashes of understanding…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group

“I’m constantly blown away by the sheer number of people in this county involved in writing and publishing. I’m also awed by the amazing projects that have come out of this group.” Gwynn Scheltema In this series we feature interviews and discussions with Individual Artists, Leaders of Arts Groups and Organizations, Civic Leaders, and other…

Letter to a Poet: an exchange between Jessica Outram and Gwynn Scheltema

The following exchange appeared in Writescape.ca and Cobourg Now. Letter to a Poet There’s nothing better than words of encouragement that arrive seemingly out of nowhere. That recently happened to me when my long-time friend, Jessica, sent an email with a link to the local online newspaper, in which she had written a letter addressed…