Barrie’s most prolific author, Bruce Meyer, will be appearing at the Feb. Word Up with two of his latest books, released last year.

The First Taste: New and Selected Poems (2018), features a selection of poetry from the past 40 years , and A Feast of Brief Hopes (2018), is a collection of short stories.

Over the next eighteen months McLuhan’s Canary (poetry), Down in the Ground (flash fiction), and a Bruce Meyer: Canadian Writer (a study of his works) will appear from Guernica Editions.

Meyer is author or editor of 63 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, anthologies, reference books, memoirs, portrait photographs, and textbooks. He was the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie from 2010-2014.

He recently won The Woolf Poetry Prize in Zurich, Switzerland, and was shortlisted for both the Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize (which he won twice — 2015, 2016) and the Carter V. Cooper Prize. Meyer has also had three national bestsellers: The Golden Thread (2000), We Wasn’t Pals: Canadian Poetry and Prose of the First World War (2000) and Portraits of Canadian Writers (2016).

When he is not writing, Meyer teaches at Georgian College and at Victoria College in the University of Toronto.

Keith Garebian, the author of seven poetry collections, will also be appearing. His eighth book is due to be published next September by Frontenac as part of its Quartet 2019. Garebian has been shortlisted for several awards, served as a judge for the Gerald Lampert Poetry Award and had one of his poems set to music which will be premiered in New York in the spring.

Word Up takes place Feb. 14 at Unity Market Café & Studios, 25 Toronto St., Barrie, at 7 p.m. The evening also features the popular and inspiring open mic. Visit for details.


Photo: Bruce Meyer

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