Literary Artists


Karl Jirgens (lead literary artist)
Karl Jirgens has four critically acclaimed books in print including  Strappado (Coach House), & A Measure of Time (Mercury Press). He has edited two books including one on Canadian Poet Christopher Dewdney, & painter Jack Bush. Jirgens is the former Head of the English Department at the University of Windsor. He served on the steering committee for BookFest Windsor for 10 years, & is the founder & long-standing editor of the international literary journal, Rampike.

Gordon Grisenthwaite is an Nłeʔkepmx writer of the Lytton First Nation, from Canada’s west coast. He has won numerous prizes for his writing including, Winner of the 2013 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award; Winner of the Prism International Short Fiction Contest;  Third place for the 2015 Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize; & Second place for the Okanagan Short Story Contest, among other awards. His novel in progress is titled, Cheechako Falls. Gordon Grisenthwaite is a very strong voice among emerging authors in Canada. He is currently attending the University of Windsor, Creative Writing.

Marty Gervais is a prize-winning internationally syndicated journalist, Director of Black Moss Press, English Professor at the University of Windsor, Internationally published Photographer, Managing Editor of the Windsor Review, & author of over 2 dozen books including the best-seller The Rum Runners (Biblioasis Press). He is also the Poet Laureate of Windsor, & chief organizer of the “Poetry at the Manor” public reading series (featuring Poet Laureates from across Canada inWindsor).

Jenny Sampirisi is the author of the poetry collection Croak & the novel Is/Was. She has previously held organizational positions at the Scream Literary Festival (Toronto), BookThug (Press), & the Toronto New School of Writing. She is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. She currently teaches English literature & creative writing at Ryerson University.

André Narbonne sailed as a marine engineer on bulk carriers, fishery patrol & hydrographic vessels. He currently teaches at the University of Windsor, where he is the fiction editor of the Windsor Review. His short stories have won the Atlantic Writing Competition, the FreeFall Prose Contest, & the David Adams Richards Prize & were anthologized in Best Canadian Stories. His short story collection, Twelve Miles to Midnight, was published by Black Moss Press in 2016. A former chair of the Halifax Chapter of the Canadian Poetry Association, his poetry has been published in Queens Quarterly, CV2, & Rampike. His poetry collection, You Were Here, is forthcoming with Flat Singles Press in 2017.

Sheniz  Janmohamed is an author, artist educator and spoken word artist.  A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph, Sheniz has been mentored by authors Dionne Brand, Kuldip Gill and Janice Kulyk Keefer. Sheniz is also the founder of Ignite Poets, a spoken word initiative with an emphasis on collaboration, innovation and social awareness.  She has performed nationally and internationally including features at the TedXYouth Conference (Toronto, 2010), the Jaipur Literature Festival (Jaipur, 2013) and the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, 2015). Her work has been published in various print and online journals and anthologies including West Coast Line, SUFI and Descant.  Sheniz is also a Mentor Artist at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  With her experience in spoken word performance, poetics, creative content development and freelance journalism, Sheniz is passionate about crafting compelling content that moves and inspires audiences and readers.