Writers in our Midst (WiOM) is a popular reading series of fiction, poetry, and performance. This family-friendly affair has been moved online for Writers in our Midst #15. Join us on Facebook Live for a back-to-school edition of WiOM and a chance to hear and meet local children's authors.
Here are the authors participating in this month's event:
Leesa is a writer and artist living in Port Moody. Inspired by the natural beauty of the West Coast of Canada, she works in multiple mediums to parlay her thoughts—but the theme of her work remains the same; humankind’s connection to nature and to mother earth. She has recently completed writing and illustrating her first children’s chapter book, The BIG Adventures of Little O - A song for the salmon, a nature/fantasy novel, which portrays young ocean and forest creatures of the Pacific Northwest. This book was longlisted for the CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers) Writing for Children Competition 2019 and is included in the White Pines Collection at the Port Moody Library. Leesa has had poetry published by the on-line magazine, 'the Story Quilt'. Leesa is currently attending SFU’s ‘The Writer’s Studio’, 20/21 and working on several new literary works.
Find Leesa online: www.leesahanna.com
Eileen is the author of the humorous children’s books Sophie Trophy (Crwth Press, March 2019), which was shortlisted for a 2020/21 Chocolate Lily Book Award, and Sophie Trophy Too (Crwth Press, March 2020). Eileen has written dozens of magazine articles, is the former Associate Western Editor of an Ottawa-based magazine, and attended the 2002 B.C. Festival of the Arts Literary Arts Program as a jury-selected delegate. Her essay "Five Shovelfuls of Earth" was published in Letting Go: An Anthology of Loss and Survival. Eileen wrote an historic document The Story of Nelson Public Library 1986-2013, and contributed her story "Ribbit Fish" to the anthology New Beginnings, a publishing project supporting SHARE. She taught elementary school for 33 years in Campbell River, Vancouver, and Coquitlam.
Find Eileen online: http://www.eileenhollandchildrensauthor.com • http://www.facebook.com/eileenhollandauthor
Shannon Matter is a British Columbian singer/songwriter with four music compilations, a DVD, and a music documentary. She is the author of seven books, and the creator of the book character Streaky the Comet. Shannon holds an International Certification in Aromatherapy. She is a vegan and a martial artist.
Find Shannon online: www.shannonmatter.com • Instagram: @ShannonMatterMusic
Jim spent 15 years as a journalist in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, New York, and Vancouver, and more years in Vancouver in the practice of media and public relations. Born in Alberta, he resided for more than 50 years in Port Moody and now lives in retirement in Port Coquitlam. He began his book-writing activities in 2018, published a memoir, Remember the Good Times, in 2019, and in partnership with illustrator Dawn Mattson, published a second book, Fun with Words: The ABC’s of Heteronyms and Homonyms, in 2020.
Antek was born in Zakopane, Poland in 2008. He came to Canada with his parents in July of 2009 and settled in Port Moody where he now lives with his family and his dog, Yoki. He is 12 years old and enjoys reading, biking, fishing, and playing video games with his friends. Antek is interested in math and science and is an avid fencer and a member of the Canadian Fencing Federation. His fascination with books started very early on. With his inborn zest for literature, it is not surprising that he learned to read at the tender age of four and a half. From then on, Antek’s love for books only grew.
Kailey is a writer, speaker and content creator. She uses the medium of story for connection and healing, giving voice to our shared human experience. She aspires to connect one with their soul’s purpose and to the Living Reality of Love — especially in hard times.
She has self-published three books: Be My Own Wedding Planner, Seeking Grace: a memoir, and her newest, a children’s book titled You Can Change the World.
Find Kailey online: www.KaileyVeenstra.com • Instagram: @KaileyMichelleVeenstra