Thursday, December 17, 2009


There is a rumor circulating throughout the St. Cats lit scene that a new magazine is starting and a new venue will be opening downtown. It'll be like a Fresh Coat for the city.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Twelve Trials of Jason Chimera

Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 7:00pm
354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines -- Niagara Artists' Centre
Twelve days before Christmas, for twelve days only, the Niagara Artists' Centre presents a rare exhibition of hockey art perfect for the holidays. Neil Hennessy (NYC) and Gregory Betts (St. Catharines) present their special blend of mytho-hockey artworks, including the acclaimed Twelve Trials of Jason Chimera, hockey cards, a new chapbook from Laurel Reed Books, and other delights.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

No Photos

Well I don't have any photos from tonight's reading because I forgot my camera. You probably should have been there anyways.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Story Slam Niagara

The Next Slam...

Storytelling Contest -- Saturday, November 21st,
2:00pm - 4:00pm,
St. Catharines Central Library,
54 Church Street, Mills Room
Free Admission

First prize: $100.

The contest is open storytellers 14 years of age and up, and all ages are welcome as audience members.

Email Jon Parsons: for additional Information

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cipher Reading #2 - November 25, 2009

The Brock University Creative Writers' Club Presents...

Cipher Reading #2
Featuring... Oksana Berda, Tom Vaine, Robb Ellison, Rohama Basit, Rob Dimmers, Helen Tran and Phil Militec

Date: November 25, 2009

Place: Fine Grind - 37 James Street, St. Catharines

Time: 7 pm

Friday, November 13, 2009

Broken Pencil

In the summer I wrote two book reviews for Broken Pencil Magazine. They have been published in the latest issue.

You can find a link to the mag here:

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Grey Borders - Friday November 13, 2009

Grey Borders Reading Series Presents...

rob mclennan, Jenny Sampirisi and Catherine Owen

at Strega Cafe - 19 King Street

St. Catharines, Ontario

7:30 pm

Monday, November 2, 2009

Photos from the first Cipher Reading...

Eric Schmaltz

Craig Dodman

Neta Gordon and Gregory Betts

Duncan Griffiths; an animal

Emi Morimoto

Katherine Whitehurst

Some of the crowd...

Kris Mills

Emi Morimoto

Kris Mills and some of the crowd

Amanda Grant; last year's poetry prize winner

Cassie Leigh; last year's fiction prize winner

Photo cred to Darryl Block

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Story Slam Niagara

Story Slam Niagara, in association with the 25th anniversary of the 3M Teaching Fellows, will be hosting a storytelling contest at Brock University on Wednesday, November 4th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in the Glenridge Building, room 201. We welcome all to our stage and our audience, and there is no cost involved. First prize for best story is $100.

We will also be hosting a writing workshop where writers can discuss strategies for effective narratives and test out their ideas. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21st from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Thistle 253. You do not need to attend the workshop to take part in the contest.

For more details and contest rules, please visit our website:

Questions or comments? Send an email to Jon Parsons (

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Cipher Reading Series Begins

The first event for the 'Cipher Reading Series' ever...
Readers include Cassie Leigh, Amanda Grant, Kris Mills, Katherine Whitehurst, Craig Dodman, Duncan Griffiths, Helen Tran and Eric Schmaltz
Wednesday October 14, 2009 - 7PM
Coffee Culture - 194 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
Poster Cred to Demetra Peppas
See You There.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Counterexample Poetics

In the fall, three of my poems will be published on

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Artisan Brews

Here is the promotional poster for Artisan Brews. The showcase features Darryl Block's 'Street Lights' along side of work by Charlene Allman, Tess Millar and Lisa Renee Mackenzie

Friday, June 26, 2009

Gloom Cupboard

My poem 'A sparrows bones' was published by Gloom Cupboard.

Here is the link to the site:

Friday, June 19, 2009

Street Lights Update

Darryl Block's 'Street Lights' project will be shown at Coffee Culture on June 26, 2009. Coffee Culture is on St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines. Check out the link to his website I included in the blog post below.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Street Lights

For the past couple days I've been helping Darryl Block with a photo project entitled 'Street Lights'. Its a project of particular interest to me... The photos will be on display as of June 20, 2009 at Coffee Culture on St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines.

Here is a link to his website:

I might have some photos from the project later on.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Canadian Author's Association - A Night of Poetry

here are some photos from the canadian authors association's night of poetry. it was held at the st. catharine's library. unfortunately i forgot about my camera during the first half where the high school students, as well as Oksana Berda, Kris Mills, Katherine Whitehurst and I read. 

Adam Dickinson.
Keith Inman.
Ron Prickett.
John Barta.

Photos Copyright to Eric Schmaltz 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Oksana Berda, Kris Mills, Katherine Whitehurst and myself will be reading along side award winning Niagara poets, Adam Dickinson, John Barta, Keith Inman, Shelia Laundry, Ron Prickett, and Malcom Matthews at the St. Catharines Public Library. 

The reading will take place on Wednesday April 15, 2009, starting at 7:30 pm. There is no cover charge. 

For more info: Click Here

Hope to see you there. 


Thursday, April 9, 2009

'looking for trees' release party

here are the photos from last night's launch of brock university's second annual student anthology of poetry and prose. it is called 'looking for trees'. 

blurry Cassie Leigh. 
The crowd. 
Rob Dimmers.
Katherine Whitehurst.
Three quarters of Tom Vaine.
Robb Ellison.
Emily Bednarz, Ed Edmonds and Craig Dodman.
Kris Mills.
Katherine and Rohama selling the anthology.

Thanks to Cask 22, all of the contributors, volunteers, faculty, and the readers who helped make it a successful event. 
Photos Copyright to Eric Schmaltz 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

looking for trees - a student anthology of poetry and prose

see you there.
           poster cred to katherine whitehurst.