• The Best Woman was
published in ArtAscent, Arts
& Literary Journal, August
• Young Girl staring out to the
North Sea was published in
Rhapsody, 2016, Vocamus
• Old Love was published in
The Banister, Niagara Poetry
• Adagio was published in
Xaggera, Fall, 2016
I took two courses in Creative Writing
I finished my third certificate course, How Writers Write Fiction, Storied Women, a MOOC of The University of Iowa NovoEd.
and I finished also my third course toward a certificate in Creative Writing with the University of Guelph.
• A Last Gift was published in You are not alone, 52 Stories of Hope, One Thousand
• A Morning Like Any was published in the Writers Abroad Magazine, The Third Space,
Issue 5, November 2016, writersabroad.com
Dear Guest, make yourselve comfortable and enjoy my website. Visit the rooms, explore the links, and get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you. The links below will take you to my latest ventures. Enjoy.
The last few months have been productive…
I was reading poetry
at Guelph Spoken Word. Grounded: Relationships With Out Land Base
and at the In The Soil, Arts Festival, Mahtay Café, St. Catharines, ON
‘Aunt Ida’ was conceived after I found the photograph in a family album. It needed a story. That much I knew, but I couldn’t quite find a way until I went to the launch of Felylalanine Publishing, a publishing company that exists on line only. The idea of the sequence of Aunt Ida verses was born. You can find it on Facebook but you can also order hard copies. $5 Canada and USA / $10 overseas (Canadian dollars). Just send me an email and I’ll ship it to you: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is what one reader said: ‘Thank you for the pleasure of ‘Aunt Ida’. Your deconstruction of the image pieced together through words formed the perfect sentence/story. It has stayed on my mind. Beautiful.’ ● Barbara Robinson
‘I love ‘Aunt Ida’. Such a picture we get, in a few words and a picture worth over a thousand! Hints of a life full of domestic drama and moment - and yearning for the genius deferred.
I hope her reaching hands eventually got back to the beloved, abandoned piano.’ ● Mary Taslimi
‘Tant’Ida’, a Dutch translation of Aunt Ida, Fenylalanine Publishing, 2016, FP22
My story ’Leia’s Choice’ won an honourable mention in the 2016 Ten Stories High competition of the Canadian Authors Association -Niagara branch. It has been published in the Ten Stories High Anthology Volume 16. You can order a copy from their website.
This poem is published by
Quick Brown Fox.
Young Girl Staring
Out to the North Sea
This poem is published by
Vocamus Press, Guelph.
Reading at Eden Mills
Writers Festival 2015.
13 August 2015
Jordan Art Gallery.
14 February 2016
Photo: Harold Sikkema
A bit about myself
I grew up in Flanders, Belgium. As a young adult I came to Canada and adopted the English language. I live in Guelph, Ontario, where together with my husband I raised three children. Between work and raising a family, I attempted to honour my creative impulse. Amongst the jobs that had their deepest impact on me were a stint at a home for developmentally delayed adults and a decade and a half at a couple of shelters for abused women and their children.
Besides holding a Belgian degree in Social and Cultural Work, I attained a Master's of Arts from Queen's University. My subject: literature of the English speaking world.
Now that I am retired, I devote most
of my time to writing. I take part in Brian Henry's intense writing workshops (Quick Brown Fox) and I also take part in a monthly writer's group in Guelph and a monthly poetry group organized by Vocamus.
I would love to hear from you:
Photo Bieke: Jeremy Luke Hill
Webdesign and photo header: Ludo Cammaert / Antwerp
Copyright: Bieke Stengos / Guelph