Poetry inPrint Residents

Catherine Tammaro was born in Toronto, and raised in Toronto and the US. She has a 50-year history of art making, including painting, fine art and award-winning design, theatre, soundscape/installation, musical collaboration, photographic/written journalism and extensive digital work/graphic design.
Her multi-media works have been exhibited in traditional/alternative gallery spaces and her written works and musical compositions have been published in various online blogs and installations.

Catherine has been involved in a wide array of interdisciplinary collaborations, ongoing special projects and themed exhibitions, as originator, curator, performer and exhibitor. She has been working with the academic community of late and is currently involved with several projects such as The Daughters of Aataentsic, The Star Collective, Walking With Our Sisters and others. She is a seated Tradition Keeper for the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation; Speckled Turtle Clan. Catherine is Akin Studio’s premiere
Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence, on the Council of the Children’s Peace Theatre, is the Elder for the Toronto Indigenous Business Association and is working with many agencies, city wide and beyond, to advise and facilitate art making/teaching workshops, as well as maintaining her own art practise regarding spiritual and ever changing realities as they pertain to our connection to the sacred multiverse.

Jennifer Chin is a multi-disciplinary visual artist. She approaches her work from a conceptual perspective incorporating a variety of processes ranging from durational performance, video, photography, printmaking, mould making and sculpture/installation. Much of her work explores ideas of excess, catalogue, and communication, often as it relates to food. She holds an associates diploma (AOCAD) in Sculpture/Installation from the Ontario College of Art and Design, a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in Visual Art from the University of Windsor, and has exhibited her work in numerous screenings and exhibitions at galleries and museums including The Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Calgary, and the Museum of Modern Art in Hefei, China. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Elyse Friedman has written for screens large and small, radio, magazines and the stage. Her most recent novel, The Answer to Everything, was published by HarperCollins Canada. Elyse’s books include Long Story Short; Waking Beauty; Then Again; and Know Your Monkey. Her work has been short-listed for the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award, the Relit Award and numerous National Magazine awards. Know Your Monkey was a winner of a Foreword Book of the Year award, and The Soother, won a gold National Magazine award for fiction. Elyse is a graduate of the CFC. She has had two feature films produced, one of which premiered at TIFF, the other at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, Elyse received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship to research theatre. In 2016, she was invited to be a member of the Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, where she wrote first full-length play, The Cole Porter Suite (live reading in 2017). In 2019, Elyse was awarded the TIFF-CBC Screenwriter Award Jury Prize for her screenplay Better Now, currently in development with Darius Films. Her screenplay, The Relationship Experiment, is in development with NHO Pictures Inc.

Shannon Moynagh is an artist and art educator who lives in Brampton, Ont. Graduating with her B.F.A from York University in 2009, she has since been involved with both the InPrint Collective and Beaux-Arts Brampton (BAB), creating art and teaching youth and adults. She has also taught painting and printmaking at Art City St. James Town, an organization that offers arts programming to at-risk youth in Toronto, and at various private schools across the G.T.A. Shannon has exhibited her work in Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga, and Montreal, and received an Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance grant in 2013. Her paintings and prints are inspired by nature, both thematically and technically; she is currently exploring the process of death, decay and trace. Shannon is also a member of the Peel Arts Collective. Get in touch with Shannon at shannon.e.moynagh@gmail.com

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Arma Malik is a Mississauga-based artivist serving the Toronto Writers Collective as an editor, writer, and communications assistant. Using her background in academia and publishing, she is supporting writers from equity-seeking communities share their work and their voice within the public sphere. She writes poetry, creative non-fiction, and journalistic pieces to explore both her inner world, and the world surrounding her.

Maaike Bouhuyzen-Wenger fell in love with printmaking at York University. Since graduation, she has continued to practice print media with the inPrint Collective, of which she is a founding member. She concentrates mainly on relief techniques and works on a variety of themes including reflecting on childhood health, as well as the development and creation of myths, history, and fairy-tales. Maaike’s professional experience includes running youth workshops for the Grimsby Public Gallery (Grimsby, On), as well as previous work as a gallery intern for Muskoka Arts and Crafts (Bracebridge, On). Get in touch with Maaike at maaikebw@gmail.com

Jacqueline Valencia is a Toronto-based writer and critic and earned her Honours BA in English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Lilith (Desert Pets Press, 2018), There Is No Escape Out Of Time (Insomniac Press, 2016) and is the founding editor of These Girls On Film, a literary editor at The Rusty Toque. Jacqueline is a board member of CWILA (Canadian Women In Literary Arts) and organizer of The Toronto Poetry Talks (Racism and Sexism in the Craft), 2015. She is a project partner and the poetry program coordinator at Poetry inPrint.

Vanessa Vigneswaramoorthy is a Tamil-Canadian writer and community organizer who’s lived throughout the GTA, from Mississauga to Scarborough. She received her HBA specializing in English with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2018. In the past, her poetry has covered themes of Tamil-Canadian identity, intergenerational trauma, and the creative process. Her more recent work has focused on spatial justice, youth issues, and using creative writing as a form of advocacy. Outside of writing, you can find her reading or eating dessert. Follow her on twitter and Instagram @vandoesthings.

Dominique Russell is a writer, activist, scholar and teacher. She is the author of Instructions for Dreamers (Swimmers Group); Kensington, I Remember (Russell Creek Press); Taking the Waking Slow (Balmer Press); and the editor of Rape in Art Cinema (Bloomsbury). The co-founder and current chair of Friends of Kensington Market, she is also one of the founders of the Kensington Market Land Trust. She teaches French to new immigrants.

Amye St. John is a printmaker and mother of two girls. She graduated from OCADU in 2015 with a BFA in Printmaking. Her practice has recently been mixed media and relief, but she also works in lithography, screenprint, and intaglio. Her work focuses on the everyday and plays with narratives. Amye has shown her work across the GTA, and has previously participated in inPrint events before becoming a member. She was born and continues to live in Brampton, where she is also a member of the Peel Arts Collective. Get in touch with Amye at stjohn.amye@gmail.com

Angela Fedele; a printmaker, a designer, an artist, a renaissance woman. Some of my interests include Print, Books, Literacy, Nature, Space, Education, and all forms of self-expression. It was a pleasure to have worked as the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area Coordinator; (Not for Profit Organization), for such events as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010, Fireside Culture Week 2010, and the Now & Then Festival 2010. I am a published poet; Treasure the Moment – Quill Books, 1996. I had the pleasure of reading my self-published children’s books and drawing illustrations for donations at Story Book Confidential – A Big Benefit for Small Print Toronto (Non-Profit Organization), 2013. I have supported the after school program at Story Planet in Toronto, 14-2015: supporting creative literacy; Story Club in a collaborative project with 826NYC to publish a dual-city travel guide, The Young Astronauts Guide to Toronto/The Young Superhero’s Guide to New York. I have had the pleasure of leading and instructing a weekly Woman’s Expressive Art Group at the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, 14-2016.

As well I am a published illustrator; The Book of Nature – Art Metropole, 2006. Some of my prints may be found in the York University Print Archives. I have designed logos, some of which have been in circulation since 1996. I have designed tattoos in Canada and the UK. I am a singer; vocals for “Back In”, band “Justus”, Album “Don’t Surrender” recorded at Mushroom Studio, 2013. I adore engaging in all activities related to creative expression. I have been interested in transformation and potential, found in space and surface through experimentation. I adore thoughts, ideas and all forms of self-expression. I studied Printmaking in University and Education in College. Creative expression is a gift that has been developed for over 30 years and counting. I am open to collaborating and am grateful to be a part of the inPrint Collective, 2019.

Leah Sandals is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in Room, Freefall and Three.

Andrea Thompson is a writer, spoken word artist, activist, and educator who has been teaching creative writing and performing her work for over twenty years. In 1995 she was featured in the documentary Slamnation as a member of the country’s first national slam team and in 2005, her CD, One,was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award. She is the author of the novel Over Our Heads and co-editor of Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out. A graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA Creative Writing program, Thompson currently teaches through Workman Arts (CAMH), the Ontario College of Art and Design University and the University of Toronto’s Continuing Studies departments. Thompson is the author of several critical essays on spoken word, including “Committing the Act of Language: The (R)evolutionary Tactics and Hybridist Anxieties of Spoken Word’s Third Wave” (More Caught in the Act, YYZ, 2016), and “Spoken Word: A Gesture Towards Possibility” (Writing Creative Writing, Dundurn,2018). In 2018, Thompson released her second CD, Soulorationsand in 2019 she won the League of Canadian Poets’ Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Excellence and Innovation in Spoken Word.

Bijal Prajapati is Toronto-based writer, poet, and artist, exploring a Hindu-Canadian twist with every piece. She is also the author of the chapbook The Anxieties of a Push Pin (2019). As a graduate of the University of Toronto Scarborough, Bijal hopes her unique voice can be heard outside her own head.

Maureen Da Silva is a Toronto-based first-generation Portuguese settler, cis-gender artist committed to an intersectional feminist practice. Her practice focuses on silk screen, lithography and relief, with forays into bookbinding. She has taken her love of print into the founding of the not-for-profit artist group, The inPrint Collective, of which she is the Managing Director. Through this collective, Maureen has been proud to showcase work in Scotiabank NuitBlanche (2012), Printopolis (2010), Culture Days (2010-present) and other spaces across the GTA. InPrint has also engaged in a number of community-based projects with partners such as The Scarborough Museum, East End Arts, and GravenFeather Studio. A 2008 graduate of York University’s B.F.A program, Maureen has also completed her Masters of Arts at the University of Toronto (2009), as well as her Certificate in Museum Studies from the Ontario Museum Association (2013). Her research in her Women and Gender Studies Master’s program focused on the politics of inclusion within feminist art collectives, an interest which brought Maureen into the Feminist Art Collective (FAC). Maureen’s work tends towards the tensions of semi-controlled patternings and “unregistered registrations” when it comes to laying down her stencils, as well ventures into figurative works influenced by popular culture. She also embraces learning curves, and the possibilities of regeneration in the face of failure. Her own practice in feminism and printmaking, as well as the artistic wealth of her print community has inspired Maureen to (hopefully) a lifetime of creativity, non-stop learning and sharing.