Cloudy Skies, Clear Thoughts is the name for the collection of winning poetry from the fifteenth Northern Ontario Poetry Competition co-sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association - Temiskaming Branch and White Mountain Publications, New Liskeard.
In keeping with the Canadian Authors Association motto of "Writers Helping Writers", this annual competition encourages and assists the development of new and existing poetic talents in the Northern Ontario region as defined by Canada Post's postal code beginning with the letter P. (See map)
Winners were carefully chosen from the 90 entries received from across Northern Ontario Postal Code P.
Launch was at 2:00 pm on Saturday Sept 12, 2009 in the Lakeshore Room, Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre,700 Lakeshore Road, North Bay, ON. It was a medium-sized crowd, including our prize winners Melanie Baschiera from Hearst, poet laureate Ann Margetson from Cobalt, June Salmon from Port Sydney, William (Bill) Knoof from Thorne, Don Bennett from Haileybury, Kurtis Gauthier from Earlton, Alvin Beck from Moose Factory, and Ruth Smith from North Bay.
Joining us on this occasion was Maggie Kirton (formerly Maggie Lacroix-just married) from Wynterblue Publishing Canada, Inc. who launched the new issue of Wyn Lit 2Four ink and outlined the writing contests and programs they support to encourage Northern Ontario writers. Their website has more details.
The deadline for entries each year is May 31st.
ISBN: 9781896331263 | WMPub# 1094 | 5˝" x 8˝" | 60 page chapbook | $7.95 CDN
Table of Contents
Prize Winning Selections
First Prize Winner
Heather D. Mitchell of Thessalon, ON for the poem Storms
Second Prize Winner
Melanie Baschiera of Hearst, ON for the poem Writer Woman
Third Prize Winner
Melanie Baschiera of Hearst, ON for the poem Bug Envy
William Knoof of Thorne, ON for the poem Patience
Ruth Smith of North Bay, ON for the poem A Quarter of a Century
Joyce Cliftof New Liskeard, ON for the poem To My Children
Melanie Baschiera of Hearst, ON for the poem Words
Melanie Baschiera of Hearst, ON for the poems The Truth About Sisters and A Sarong in the North!
Alvin Beck of Moose Factory, ON for the poems Poetry In Blue Café, Tread Softly, and Not Your Dearest Yet
Don Bennett of Haileybury, ON for the poem What Were You Thinking?
Joyce Clift of New Liskeard, ON for the poem The Winner
Karen Dick of Sault Ste. Marie, ON for the poems Time Flies, The Bully, Cold Breakfast, Mrs. B. and J
Linda Duke of Elliot Lake, ON for the poems Creativity, and Vows
Kurtis Gauthier of Earlton, ON for the poem Twice
Jerry Jordison of New Liskeard, ON for the poems simple poems, Habitat Invasion and for immediate occupancy
William Knoof of Thorne, ON for the poems Ode to Retirement, On The Torments of Low Water Pressure, and Poetic Notion
Greg Laurenceson of Elliot Lake, ON for the poems Jackpine Wanderer, Nightfall and River Trip
Ann Margetson of Cobalt, ON for the poems Nature Sings, and Street Person
Heather D. Mitchell of Thessalon, ON for the poem In Gratitude
Chara Neill of New Liskeard, ON for the poems Like A Movie, and What's The Difference
June Salmon of Port Sydney, ON for the poems Tenacity, My Father's Girl, My Mother's Girl – 2, Guide, Compulsion, Thunderbird, and Two Crows
Judy Selinger of Longlac, ON for the poem Camp
Richard Smith of North Bay, ON for the poems Helios, and Night-lit Windows
Ruth Smith of North Bay, ON for the poem Too Long in the Ground
Thanks to all who attend the Launch on September 11th, 2010 at the Lakeshore Room, Best Western, North Bay, ON.