Venue:  Mahtay Café
Time: Sunday 12pm
Category:  Literary Arts
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  PWYC


Four poet hearts
beat strangely
on the back of wind,
hole-up in the deep space of darkness,
the expanding space of light.


Their first collaboration, collision, collusion, coincidence of word.
Tempered, stacked, tamped, penned by four artist/poets.

“I came away from this show with a line from Emily Dickinson resonating in my mind: ‘Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.’ Not being a bard like Dylan Thomas, Mori is allusive and indirect. Maybe that is why she says she is not a poet. Her least reticent poems are painted on the NAC windows and are deliberately contradictory. She invites and leaves us with a contradiction. She says herself that she finds inspiration in what is unplanned and accidental. As we have already seen, in this she is not alone.”
-Barbara Bucknall

Anne Micheals hails Eva Tihanyi’s work as “moving and powerful.” Rishma Dunlop calls it “infused with erotic spirit.”

“Mori McCrae’s rich imagism is so evocative it makes me ache.” -Roger Bell


Mori McCrae is a poet and visual artist. It is difficult to say which takes precedence, for her work gravitates to the borderland between them. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto in 1984. Shelf Life, her first collection of poetry, will be launched in the spring of 2017, published by Grey Borders. She is a founding member of the Jordan Art Gallery, which showcases Fine Art and Craft from Niagara, where she lives.

Eva Tihanyi (poet) was born in Budapest in 1956 and came to Canada at the age of six. She has taught at Niagara College since 1989 and currently divides her time between Toronto and Port Dalhousie. Tihanyi has published eight books of poetry and one short story collection, Truth and Other Fictions (Inanna, 2009), which The Globe and Mail hailed as “an impressive and promising debut…a wonderfully written collection of takes on the elusiveness of truth.” She is a long-standing member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets.

Bieke Stengos (poet) was born in Belgium, came to Canada as a young woman and has lived here ever since, with time spent in various countries overseas. With that many places in her heart, she feels that she belongs to the world and much of her work is set in Belgium and in Greece. She has published short stories and poetry in various journals and has won several contests for her short stories. Her website features her published work.

Joyce Honsberger (poet) was born near Smithville, Ont., and graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1985. She became a member of the Sculptors Society of Canada in 1987 and a member of the Society of Canadian Artists in 1996. In 1989, she represented Canada for the S.S.C. at the International Pulp/ Paper Symposium in Harnosand, Sweden, and in 1990 she participated in a sculpture workshop and exhibition in Mexico City. She has given numerous other workshops and has founded two art galleries. The present one, Arts Place Gallery, a collective, is located in Port Colborne, Ont. She is also a partner in the Jordan Art Gallery in Jordan, Ont. Her work can be found in public and commercial galleries and in corporate and private collections. Since 1984, she has had 17 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 90 exhibitions in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Japan and Australia.

Rita Visser (musician) – – Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Rita Visser and her music have travelled across Canada and across all genre’s. Her sultry breathy voice brings a passionate soulful intensity to the folk/country scene, while always maintaining her integrity and her dignity. Rita’s main focus is helping people through her music, be it the homeless, the hungry or the heartbroken.