Thursday, 2 November 2017

November 1st Reading Room and announcement

we enjoyed a relatively short but intimate open mic last nite!

Thank you to everyone who supported the Reading Room Poetry Series at the Huron County Library's Goderich Branch! After a six-month run, the series has come to a close. Cheers 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

October 4 2017 Reading Room Pics

Thanks once again to the Huron County Library's Goderich Branch for hosting tonight's Reading Room episode 5 feat. Andy McGuire and an Open Mic ...

above photo: the audience in the Reading Room's comfy chairs as Andy McGuire reads his stunning poetry to kick off the evening ...

Andy McGuire!!!

First time at the Open Mic and Carol Casey impressed us indeed ...

next up, Amber Walker-Bolton gave a fine sharing of her poetry ...

what would the open mic be without Goderich's answer to Roy McDonald, aka Dayle Green!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Summer/Fall 2017 schedule

READING ROOM Summer/Fall 2017 Complete Schedule:

Date / Featured Poet

Wed. June 7 / Ronda Wicks Eller
Wed. July 5 / Tom Cull
Wed. Aug 2 / Carrie Lee Connel
Wed. Sept 6 / Andreas Gripp
Wed. Oct 4 / Andy McGuire
Wed. Nov 1 / All Open Mic!

A big thanks to the folks who've been coming out to this 6-month reading series. If there is anyone in the Goderich/Huron County area who'd like to continue the Reading Room Poetry Series for another season in 2018 (i.e. host/organize it), please send a message to or contact the Huron County Library (Goderich Branch):

Thursday, 7 September 2017

October 4 2017 Reading Room feat. Andy McGuire!

Andy McGuire currently lives in Bayfield, Ontario and is the author of Country Club (Coach House Books) as well as Sputniks (Baseline Press). He is an incredible singer/songwriter too though he'll be here to share his poetry for the most part. An open mic will follow his featured reading so feel free to bring your poems to share if you'd like! As always, admission is free and the Reading Room is accessible by elevator or stairs 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

September 6 2017 Reading Room pics

Thanks and gratitude to Huron County Library for hosting once again and to Carrie Connel-Gripp for doing the Intro and sharing the stage for a poem. Panthera Leo by Andreas Gripp was launched with a reading by the Goderich author followed by an open mic ...

Andreas read from his Selected Poems as well as his new book Panthera Leo

Kayleigh sharing a new poem for the first time during the open mic

Friday, 4 August 2017

September 6th 2017 Reading Room

Andreas Gripp of Goderich will be reading from his brand new book of poems, Panthera Leo! The author of 23 books of poetry, 16 chapbooks, 2 novels and 1 short fiction collection, Andreas Gripp has also hosted several live reading series and edited the magazines Afterthoughts, Defiance, and Synaeresis. He co-edited the recent Another London anthology with his wife, poet and writer Carrie Lee Connel.

As usual, an Open Mic will follow so feel free to bring some poetry to share! The Reading Room at the Goderich Library is on the 2nd floor and is accessible by elevator and stairs. Free Admission!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

August 2nd Reading Room pics

Our Featured Poet, Carrie Lee Connel, gave us a beautiful reading in the beautiful Reading Room of the Goderich Public Library ... 

an intimate and appreciative audience and the acoustics were amazing as usual ...

Friday, 7 July 2017

August 2nd Reading Room

presenting our next featured reader ...

Carrie Lee Connel is the author of two books of poetry: A Day in Pieces (2013) and Persona Grata (2016), both published by Harmonia Press of Huron County. She is also a writer of short fiction and has had her stories as well as her poems appear in several anthologies and literary magazines. She is also co-editor of Another London: poems from a city still searching for itself (Harmonia Press, 2016). Born and raised in the Leamington area, she recently relocated to Goderich from London, Ontario with her husband and their two cats, Mabel and Mila.

As usual, there will be an open mic for local poets to follow the featured reading.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

July 5th Reading Room Pics

A great turnout to hear Tom Cull and our Open Mic folks! All in the beautiful backdrop of Huron County Library's Goderich Branch!

Our Featured Reader -- London Poet Laureate Tom Cull

The Open Mic kicked off with Tom's uncle, John Cull

Cara followed, reading the work of Goderich poet Catherine MacLeod

Next up was Karen Melady

Frequent visitor to Huron County, Frank Beltrano

Local legend Dayle Green returned

Former airline pilot and present poet Ron Stewart closed out the evening 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Tom Cull's Badger Had Something to Say ...

Revisiting Tom Cull's debut chapbook with Baseline Press. Tom, London's Poet Laureate (and who grew up in Huron County), will be the featured poet for the July 5th Reading Room at Huron County Library's Goderich Branch! Open Mic to follow!

Review of Tom Cull's "What the Badger Said"

Friday, 9 June 2017

Poster for July 5th Reading Room Poetry Series Event feat. Tom Cull

Tom Cull is London’s Poet Laureate and is also a Professor of Creative Writing at Western University and serves in several literary and environmental organizations. Tom co-founded the Thames River Rally which coordinates monthly cleanups of the Thames River and his writing reflects his love of green space and the various wildlife that inhabit these areas.

Tom has been on the board London’s WordsFest and has been the coordinator for its spontaneous Guerilla Poetry event.  He’s also been part of Poetry London’s team and served as a workshop facilitator. He’s also helped poets of all ages with their craft both on campus and out in the community.

What the Badger Said was Tom Cull’s first chapbook and was published in 2013 by London’s Baseline Press. He has a forthcoming full-length book of poems called Bad Animals which will be published by Insomniac Press next Spring and has poetry in a number of anthologies including Another London published by Harmonia Press and Translating Horses which Baseline Press put out a few years’ back.

Tom grew up here in Huron County on a farm with a river running through it and still returns for family visits and, on July 5th, to share his fantastic poetry.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

a few pics from the very first Reading Room on June 7th 2017

                       The Reading Room at the Goderich Library 
                                      ready to receive guests ...

                           Our Featured Poet Ronda Wicks Eller

                   The Open Mic kicked off with Carrie Lee Connel

                                    followed by Ronda Lauer

                           Syd Parsons continued the open mic

                           the legendary Dayle Green read next 

                               Andreas Gripp closed out the set

Thursday, 4 May 2017

June 7 Reading Room

Our Featured Poet for this event:

Ronda Wicks Eller was born in 1965 in Toronto, raised in Woodstock and has been a resident in Huron/Perth, ON since 2003. Her poems have appeared in several print and online publications (Canadian, American, UK and Bangladesh) under her married surname Ronda Eller and since 2016, as Ronda Wicks Eller. Her haiku publishes under her haijin name "kinshu ori" and illustrations are signed/published as Ronda Wicks. Ronda is an Administrator of the Canadian Poetry Association's newly branded Canadian Poets Guild, was a member of the CPA since 1994 and its National Media Coordinator from 2004-2012.  She is the Central Region Coordinator for Sojourner Literary Festival, which debuted in New Brunswick in 2016 and is targeted for debut in Ontario in 2018). Ronda was an Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets in 2008/9, the owner/operator/editor of SkyWing Press from 2007-14, organizer and hostess of "Crossing the Lines; Poetry Without Borders" at Clinton, Ontario with the support of the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts in 2008. In 2017, she is actively writing new poetry and in the editing stage of her first historic novel trilogy.

Books by Ronda Wicks Eller:

My Harmonic Perfection, 1994, HMS Press
Whale Songs in the Aurora Borealis, 2004, HMS Press
The Lion and the Golden Calf, 2008, SkyWing Press
Creative Misinterpretations, (w/Daniel Kolos and Filomena Pisano) 2016, HMS Press

Goderich Library's Reading Room

The Reading Room is a beautiful space for live poetry. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Goderich Branch, Huron County Library, at 52 Montreal Street here in Goderich near the town square. It is accessible by elevator and by stairs.

Announcing the Reading Room Poetry Series

A new poetry series, with a focus on Huron County, begins on Wednesday June 7th, 2017