Above the Hum of Yellow Jackets


An unexpected and nice surprise today to see this on Claudia Coutu Radmore’s blog. Claudia senses things in these poems that I have not seen myself, and at times brings me back to the place inside where the poems began.

Originally posted on claudia radmore:

Above the Hum of Yellow Jackets, Carol A. Stephen (2011, Bondi Studios)cover hum carol your sideswipe smile, thin lips only/ no eye involvement/ just enough to bait your trap/ no longer enough to spring it/ lost widows and orphans control

Here is a chapbook to delight. You know someone just like she has described above, don’t you. And don’t you wish you’d written a poem about him/her…Carol’s deft word choices, facility with metaphor and connections to the here-and-now make her poems comfortingly precise and on point.

The excerpt above is from her poem ‘no eye involvement’ from this chapbook; I love its perfect title. Carol lives in Carleton Place, a small town, our small town, but her poems encompass the places she has been, her neighbourhood, her garden, as well as emotion, description and philosophy.  When she takes you to a place, you will discover something you never knew or…

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CAA-NCR Biweekly Notices for July 20 to Aug. 1 2015


Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: July 19 to Aug. 1, 2015

Great news! Our website problems have been resolved and the new site is up and running. Take a look at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

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 Mark this date on your calendar before it fills!  

DATE: Sunday, August 16, 2015 TIME: 3 p.m. until the bonfire burns out
LOCATION: Sharyn’s country home, 3622 Campbellcroft Rd., Osgoode Directions
TYPE: Pot Luck. Readings and attendee book sales

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DETAILS: Everyone is welcome to bring a pot luck dish to share. Meet your fellow writers in a casual, congenial and supportive atmosphere. We invite you to:

  • Read from your work, published or otherwise
  • Bring your books and give folks an opportunity to purchase a copy
  • Network, meet old friends and discover new ones

All are invited – CAA Members, Non-members, friends or family, 18 years or older.

Contact Sharyn to RSVP and for directions to her home. Bring a garden chair for outside relaxation, weather



 DATE: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
TIME:  2 pm to 4 pm
LOCATION: Rideau Valley Conservation Centre, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON

 Drop in and chat with Ottawa Authors MOLLY O’CONNOR and PHYLLIS BOHONIS.
Listen to readings from each of their distinctly different novels and enjoy some refreshments.

  COVER DESIGN COPYRIGHT © 2014 CROWE CREATIONS  COVER PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 MICK BOHONIS​TOMORROW’S PROMISE is Phyllis Bohonis’ third novel. Phyllis writes romance and suspense for a 55+ audience. Follow the journey of Jo Henderson who valiantly struggles to operate a family business in a male-dominated industry after the unexpected death of her husband.


When Secrets Become LIesLong-time writer of short stories, a successful memoir and several children’s books, Molly O’Connor is launching her first novel, WHEN SECRETS BECOME LIES: Sixteen-year-old Phillipa loses her parents to a tragic accident and while doing the necessary paper work discovers that there is no record of her birth—anywhere. Who is she?





DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca            



 For Ottawa, Canada area writers of all  kinds. In conjunction with a grant from the Ottawa Wave Makers, Write Along Radio is very excited to be producing an episode of our podcast for writers entitled Home at Sea: Sentimental Stories from an Ocean in Crisis. AND we are putting out a call for submissions to the Ottawa, Canada writing community.

The focus of this project is to raise awareness of an ocean in need, by simply telling our stories and relating this big idea to personal experience.

If accepted, writers will receive paid compensation for their work of 150$/piece. Learn more and find submission details at: http://writealongradio.com/2015/06/home_at_sea/


 A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals http://blog.magazine-awards.com/2013/11/07/a-writers-guide-to-canadian-literary-magazines-journals/

 At Poetry Ireland: Submission calls: http://www.poetryireland.ie/writers/opportunities/

 For additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here:


Born Without an Umlaut by Carol A. Stephen (All About My Name Poetry Series)


My poem, Born Without an Umlaut, appears on Silver Birch Press as part of the All About My Name Poetry Series!

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:

Carol Stephen Grade 7
Born Without an Umlaut
by Carol A. Stephen

Born to an unpronounceable surname,
I wandered through school always
far down the list at roll call, knew
my turn had come when teacher stopped
after my first name. That same cough, a glance up,
then the struggle: Swuh, Swuh, SSSS –
Embarrassed, I’d raise my hand, call out “Here!”

Always the middle vowels tying tongues. “AE.”
I could see by their wrinkled frowns
they were thinking: Is it AY? Or the long Ah?
Swaebe. Could be Swayb, could be Swab, or even Swabby:
that odd name missing its precious umlaut.

Dad’s long gone. I search for him online, looking
for clues to never-mentioned relatives and ancestors.
Discover Dad, born under another unpronounceable name.
Not Swaebe at all, he was a Pfahl! (Fall or Pfffal?)
I cough, I struggle. I wonder if he ever knew.

How would life have unfolded, if our…

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Gelato Love Story

Visited Stella Luna Gelato on location at the Carp Farmers Market twice this summer. I was so pleased to find them a little bit closer to home! Pure indulgence. My brother, Norm, had the Ferrero Rocher and I had the Chocolate Toffee flavour on the first visit, Lemon on my second. What a lovely tasty treat!