JUZDIZRTS @ Archtop Cafe

We had an absolutely fantastic gathering of authors at the event yesterday in Bolton. While the cold and drizzly rain kept some guests away, inside the cafe was warm and toasty. Our authors extended from Memoir to Science Fiction to Steam Punk, Spiritual, Poetry and beyond.

Douglas Owen   Diane Bator   Joanna Gale   Heather Scavetta   D.L. Narrol   Jim Scott   M.J. Moores

Short Fiction      Mystery            Poetry         Spiritual Memoir   Steam Punk    Poetry          Sci-Fi

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

A Special thank you to our Hosts:

Ron & Kim of Archtop Cafe

& our Sponsors:

Forster’s Book Garden

& Perpetual Roses by Caridian

Excerpt from Poet Joanna Gale’s book – Grains of the Olivewood

Ebb and Flow with Fever and Fervor

An excerpt from poet Joanna Gale’s book Grains of the Olivewood:

Grains of the OlivewoodDETOUR

This is a detour I must take,

a crossing forced upon me.

Random thoughts bob like boats

in a carnival game popped off by

the next sharp shooter.

A cup of tea tastes like another

reminder of my father — something

good always tasted like another.

Food stuffs me.  My eyes are heavy.

I ache to write the designs I lean into

like well-crafted books.  Instead

I stumble slipshod around words

in short-cut sentences sagging

like steps on a rung-ladder bridge

about to fall into the reality

i’s dot and t’s cross

closer than I want.

*    *    *

Be sure to stop by Archtop Cafe in Bolton to hear Joanna read at the JUZDIZRTS Author Event this Saturday November 8th, starting at 2pm.


Excerpt from Poet Joanna Gale’s book Grains of the Olivewood

Ebb and Flow with Fever and Fervor

An excerpt from poet Joanna Gale’s book Grains of the Olivewood:

Grains of the OlivewoodDETOUR

This is a detour I must take,

a crossing forced upon me.

Random thoughts bob like boats

in a carnival game popped off by

the next sharp shooter.

A cup of tea tastes like another

reminder of my father — something

good always tasted like another.

Food stuffs me.  My eyes are heavy.

I ache to write the designs I lean into

like well-crafted books.  Instead

I stumble slipshod around words

in short-cut sentences sagging

like steps on a rung-ladder bridge

about to fall into the reality

i’s dot and t’s cross

closer than I want.

*    *    *

Be sure to stop by On the Bean in Aurora to hear Joanna read at the JUZDIZRTS Author Event this Saturday April 26th, starting at 3pm.

Poet Joanna Gale

Inspirational & Spiritual Poet Joanna Gale has joined the JUZDIZRS Author Event!

Joanna Gale, her pseudonym, has been published in newsletters, chapbooks, and anthologies through The Ontario Poetry Society, in The Saving Bannister, Ascent Aspirations and magazines and other periodicals, as well as on-line. Her first chapbook, Workshop Sketches, was published by Beret Days Press (2007), and more recent poems can be seen in a chapbook collaborative with five other poets called Painting into Writing. She is a retired Registered Nurse, who currently lives in Markham, Ontario, with her husband, not too far from her son and his family.

Grains of the OlivewoodGrains of the Olivewood

This collection of poems spans the author’s difficult journey through the trials of cancer and heart-related issues. Her deep spirituality is evident in the reflections of one who trusted in her Maker to guide her through each successive ordeal. Gale’s work is inspirational and uplifting for all that it deals with the heavy subject of serious illness. The author’s grace and quiet fortitude raises the reader’s awareness of the blessings in our lives, even in the most trying times.
Your cross before me.
The olivewood shades of ancient scrolls and scripts,
written on the rosary my hands hold –
constant reminder of Your Holy Presence…
in the wind – flowers – rising sun…
the strength of my husband’s arms,
my sister’s smile,
the blessings sent in the mail…
You are everywhere I am,
holding me in the palm of Your Hand –
in the music of Your Peace –
where I drift in and out of words.
“Thanks to Melissa for doing this event. JUZDIZRTS is such a gift for writers. Much appreciated.” – Joanna Gale
Connect with Joanna: