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The Words Aloud Collective

Words Aloud, a Grey Bruce writer’s collective, is a group of poets and poetry lovers dedicated to poetic performance as well as building a local audience for regional and nationally known writers. Since 1999, collective members have produced and promoted over 30 poetry events throughout the region. These have been staged readings in cafés, art galleries and at community events. For a list of events brought about by collective members prior to the first festival see this Web site maintained by Daniel Kolos.

The Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival has sprung from this beginning.

Founding Members of the Words Aloud Collective

While the origins of Words Aloud are shrouded in the mists of history and its current membership has no directory, here follows a list of people who are generally agreed to have been present during the formative first six months of the collective’s formation.

Anne Duke Judd (Port Elgin). A poet and short story writer, Anne is the owner of Brucedale Press, which specializes in publishing the work of area writers. She also sponsors workshops for writers and other cultural and educational events.

Daniel Kolos (Priceville). A poet, short story writer and Egyptologist, Daniel is a former CBC radio writer and is the author of two non-fiction books on Egypt as well as two poetry collections. In addition to organizing many poetry readings, Daniel maintains a network for the arts community, mailing out a regular schedule of cultural events.

Judy Lowry (Williamsford). A poet and visual artist who works in clay, painting and drawing, Judy has taught art and poetry to public school and college students. She is the author of Exile No More, a collection of poems published by Ginger Press.

Barbara MacKay (Artemesia). A poet and short story writer, Barbara is a former on-air contributor to CBC Radio, and a non-fiction magazine writer. She is president of Make Hay Communications & Design.

Jon Radojkovic (Chesley). A poet and short story writer, Jon is a journalist with three regional newspapers and an organizer of the Sing Out and Song Bird Cafés. He was included in the schedule of performers at the first Words Aloud festival.

David Sugarman (Durham). A poet and organizer of the Song Bird Café and the firebrand of Above Stedmans, David is a businessman as well as a board member of Project Canoe, a non-profit organization guiding youth through creative and natural outdoor experiences. David is an active patron of culture and education in the community.

Dawna Proudman (Durham). A poet, short story writer and editor, Dawna was the Co-founder and Executive Committee Member for Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival from 2004-2006. See Festival Founders.

Liz Zetlin (Markdale). A visual artist, filmmaker, and arts advocate who currently holds the position of poet laureate of Owen Sound. See Festival Founders and Festival Committee.

Featured Artist

Don McKay

Don McKay is the winner of the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip, has published 10 previous works of poetry, and is the winner of two Governor General’s Awards. He will be reading at the Tom Thomson and Durham Art Galleries.

To die with style:
as the tree retreats inside itself,
shutting off the valves at its
                     to starve in Technicolor, then
having served two hours in a children’s leaf pile, slowly
stir its vitamins into the earth.
To be the artist of mortality.

from "Some Functions of a Leaf" by Don McKay
               Camber: Selected Poems .  McClelland & Stewart, 2004.

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