Literary treats at Atlantic News, Halifax, NS







Triple sweet treat spotted at Atlantic News. Treat your sweetie this Valentine’s Day to a free copy of Open Heart Forgery and Open Heart Farming poetry, or a creatively-priced copy of my My Farm Whispers poetry chapbooks. Three publications and a store with heart ❤️ !

You can savour issues of Open Heart Forgery and Open Heart Farming at and







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PS This is a little promo of these three publications that are dear to my heart. Stay tuned for more tales!

Inspiration before the storm!





View from Halifax Central Library, NS.                 A cathedral of a library! 


Feb 9/17

At Halifax Central Library, hoping to find inspiration to write a poem… and look what I found!







Wander up to the 4th floor Reference Section and check out Poet’s Market 2017, hot off the press. Found some classic books, too. Canadian Writer’s Market 2013 with lots of info on markets for your writing (check out the publications’ current issues and website so you have the latest info on what they’re looking for. They may even pay.) The Canadian Writer’s Guide 13th Edition is a little geriatric, having been published in ‘03, but it contains “Inspiration”, and “Poetry & Lyrics” chapters and that makes me happy. See, I did find inspiration!

Think I’ll wander down the road and buy a literary journal at Atlantic News. Found out about it in Poet’s Market 2017. It sort of sounded up my alley and I may even submit some poems to it.

Then I think I’ll take the big step up Spring Garden Rd. to the lovely independent, Bookmark Bookstore, and order a copy of Poet’s Market 2017. A bit pricey, but hay, may make my investment back.

Better sign off, they just announced that the Library will close at 5 due to a storm rolling in. The good news is that shoveling snow is often when a great line comes to mind.

Happy inspirations and exertions.

Dawn Poems – Janet Parker Vaughan on publishing a collection of poetry

I have an interest in independently publishing collections of poetry. It has been a great adventure putting together my poetry chapbook, My Farm Whispers, and working with my daughter Evelyn Stewart who designed by. When it wasn’t picked up by a press that I had submitted it to I thought, heck, I’ve done all this work so I’ll publish it myself! I’ve been happy with the sales, and have copies on consignment in several independent bookstores in Nova Scotia. It’s allowed me to raise money to support the education of my young friends at Himalayan Hope in West Bengal, India.

It’s been particularly rewarding to give copies to family members who share my memories of growing up on our farm.

I have lots of tales to tell you about My Farm Whispers and my friends in India, but today I want to tell you about my friend Janet Parker Vaughan’s writing practice and her poetry collections, Dawn Poems.

Janet shared her experience:

“I have in the past year or so published three small volumes of Dawn Poems.  

 A few years ago I started getting up early in the morning with the idea of dedicating the first hour of the day to writing a poem. I took the first image or line that came to me as a starting point.  When I looked back, I found I had over three hundred poems, prayers and poetic statements, most of which I had forgotten I’d written. With the wonderful Sandra Barry’s evaluation and encouragement, I thematically arranged them into four volumes. I self-published them and over time have given them away to family and friends. 

 Our childhood farms forever haunt us.  The outer landscape through which we moved and had our being became over time Inner Landscape, a place of infinite reflection. Weren’t we lucky!”

Yes, I feel lucky and very blessed to have had the experience of growing up on a farm with all its inspirations. Hope you’ll be inspired to put together your own collection of poems.

Thanks, Janet, for sharing this.

(Quote used with permission.)