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…

April is Poetry Month by Mia Burrus

Festival Readers: April is Poetry Month!  It started with Katie Hoogendam’s launch of her new collection, Spring Thaw, as part of Let’s Talk Books’ spring series, which continues Sunday, April 10, 2 PM, with Stuart Ross and Bruce Whiteman. https://www.facebook.com/letstalkbookscobourg/events/ Katie says it best herself: I’ve described the area behind Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg…

Picnic Table Anthology: a call for poetry submissions

“If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics?” Marie Dressler The Peoples Republic of Poetry (PRP) calls for submissions of poems for its Picnic Table Anthology 2022. The poems can be any subject but limited to 20 lines. Each poem will be on a transparency and…

Art for Change: Dane Swan on Changing the Face of Canadian Literature

Poet and writer Dane Swan talks to NFOTA’s Kim Aubrey about his experiences compiling and editing Changing the Face of Canadian Literature: a diverse Canadian anthology and his vision for the future of Can Lit. Dane Swan was a visiting writer at the 2019 Festival of the Arts and will be leading a workshop and…

A Positive Energy by Lynn C. Bilton

One of the beneficial aspects of an organization such as Northumberland Festival of the Arts, or Spirit of the Hills, is the ongoing support the members offer one another. That reinforcement in turn motivates and inspires others to participate and share their creative energy.   If you look up “encouragement” in your Funk and Wagnall’s,…

Calling All Writers, Poets, and Artists

Anthology 2022 Title: Hill Spirits V Submission Guidelines Theme In support of the Northumberland Festival of the Arts, which will take place across Northumberland County from September 16 – October 2, 2022, the inspiring theme for our fifth anthology is “Celebrating Resilience”. Consider the way a tree bends and flexes during a violent storm or…

Ringing in the New Year with a Renga by Antony Di Nardo

We “conversed” with haikus. His rushing waves; my mountain peaks. His response to tracks in the snow; my reflections on bird sightings. By the end, the renga seemed to have evolved organically of its own accord. Adding to it was tantamount to feeding a giant’s beanstalk, grown to reach the clouds and touch the sky….

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…