Core Samples Launch!

A heartfelt THANKS to everyone who joined us for the launch of Core Samples: Poems from Northwestern Ontario on Wednesday 11th May 2011 7 pm at the Prince Arthur Hotel

If you missed us, don't despair. Books are still available. Check out our page on purchasing Core Samples. Also, please meander through our blog to find out more about our poetry group, Para-Tactics, and our first collaborative
book, Core Samples.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Looking forward

After May's excitement (the launch, Mary's first book Straightlines being nominated to represent our region in the CBC Cross Country Bookshelf and the annual NOWW awards in which Sue won 3rd prize for poetry), we're heading into June by focusing on getting our books into stores and by beginning our regular poetry meetings again. 

Our regular meetings are monthly and involve critiquing each other's work. We haven't had one of these for months and months due to the demands of the book but we miss these meetings. They remain the backbone of our group. Who knows, the poems we critique in June may be ones you read some place another anthology perhaps?

Happy summer reading! (and critiquing for us!)

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Core Samples & Beyond!

Mary reading her poems at the launch
Some bits & pieces about some of our Core Samples poets: visit to vote for Mary's first book of poetry Straightlines to represent our region in the Cross-Country Bookshelf. Sue won 3rd prize in the poetry division of NOWW's annual contest last night at the Literary Awards Party for a trio of poems judged by poet Ann Compton. In an interesting twist, one of the poems in the winning trio was a Core Samples reject! Also, at the awards, it was wonderful to see people carrying (and delving into!) copies of Core Samples. Your support is very much appreciated! Thank you!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


People people everywhere! We had to add more chairs for the launch!
Books for sale! Come & get 'em!
Phew! Just back home after the launch and it was humbling, overwhelming and thrilling! A wonderful turn out. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see and hear us and wish us well. To those who bought books, we do hope you'll enjoy them. May our poems resonate within your hearts. Let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you. And, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so very much.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Radio interview & launch!

Finally the launch is only 24 hours away! Also, tomorrow at 4pm, Sharon and Sue will be doing a LIVE interview on CBC One's Voyage North with Cathy Alex. It promises to be an exciting day!