*The Cooked and Eaten Reading Series

VOL. 6, Issue 10

June 5, 2006

At the Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street, W., 8:00pm


A steamy end of season closer with five readers and The Backburners.


Come see Elaine McCluskey, Katarina Fretwell, Daniel Kolos, PJ Thomas and Margot Van Sluytman



Elaine McClusky


    Elaine McCluskey's debut collection, "Watermelon Social," contains ten comical and aggressively human slices of suburban life. From grocery aisles to strip-mall parking lots to school hallways and waiting rooms, these stories pulse with the bizarre and sometimes annoying trappings of in-between places and the people we encounter there.


    Elaine McCluskey's stories have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Gaspereau Review and Pottersfield Portfolio. The title story in this collection was shortlisted for the 2004 Journey Prize and is included in the 2004 Journey Prize Anthology. A former Bureau Chief for the Canadian Press news agency, McCluskey lives with her family in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.


Katarina Fretwell


    Katerina Fretwell's fourth poetry collection, Shaking Hands With The Night, was published by Pendas Productions, 2004. She's on the Lowther Jury of the League of Canadian Poets and sings tenor in Haydn's Creation with her art as backdrop, first at Stockey Centre, second in Huntsville at Algonquin Theatre. Individual poems are in the latest Descant and Cranberry Tree Press's musical anthology, Toccata.


PJ Thomas


    P.J. Thomas was an editor and arts administrator until she became seriously mentally ill at age 30. She spent the next 10 years in and out of psychiatric institutions. Her first published novel, Almost Up and Down, was written in the last five years of these experiences. Copies of Almost Up and Down will be available at the reading.


    P.J. will be reading from her new work; Gert's Book of Knowledge.


Daniel Kolos


    Daniel Kolos came out of the poetic closet in 1997 and began a series of public poetry readings that has not yet stopped. In 2003 Pendas Productions of London published his first poetry collection, "Slipped Out".


    Before his poetry career, Daniel produced radio documentaries on ancient Egypt and the Biblical world for CBC Ideas, and translated the hieroglyphic inscriptions of the Tutankhamun Exhibit treasures into English. The resulting best-seller book, "The Name of the Dead" is still available on www.amazon.ca


    He is currently working on a series of inspirational poems based on the 13th century Sufi mystic poet, Rumi, and will read a selection from this new work on June 5th.


    Daniel's poetry page is available at www.bmts.com/~damilos/poetry.html His books, several anthologies in which he has paticipated and his CD will be available at the Cooked and Eaten performance.


Margot Van Sluytman


    The words: passion, intensity, and focus, have been used to describe the work of Margot Van Sluytman, poet, publisher, and instructor, who was born in Guyana, South America, and moved with her family to Canada in the late 1960s. Margot is a Canadian Pioneer in the field of mentoring and teaching poetry and writing as both art and healing.


    Margot has been published in magazines and eZines across Canada, the US, and South America. Her books include, Feeding Dreams, Bleeding Pupils and Beauty, Alba the Spanish Woman, Studying Love, and Of Dark Night. Her sixth book of poetry, morning tasting whispers, will be published in the Fall of 2006. This work was inspired by an ongoing collaboration with, Robert Winslow, Artistic Director of Canadas renowned 4th Line Theatre.


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Cooked and Eaten turned out be one of the best poetry venues of the year!  High octane readers, good audience, and to top it off, two old friends turned up as a total surprise.  Then there was Margot:  down-to-earth, reality-check woman who carries her past/present/future in a very attractive bundle.  Whether she is talking or reciting poetry, she exudes an abundant, ancient energy that I recognize.  She calls it kindred dance.  Having been alerted by Penn Kemp to Margot's feelings for Gwendolyn MacEwen, I read the “Ode to Gwen!”  The poem hit the spot, with everyone.

Daniel Kolos to Penn Kemp


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From Katerina Fretwell to Penn Kemp:


>margot is a gem! great connection. great to see daniel too. and Elaine, the short
>story writer lives in the suburb from hell that i did in dartmouth and knew
>same people. every reader was superb.
>daniel's rumi ruminations are great - a great muse for him.


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Margot van Sluytman to Daniel Kolos:


i have been reading from your soon to be a full book, inspired by the master, this morning, feeling utterly full of the magic, myth, breath that is poetry, palabras/words


i loved the energy that scented the entire room of the gordon best last night - your wonderful reading, very REAL, the rich and kindred audience was wonderful


invisible companion and love is an untranslatable language are brilliant! and i will read and reread your book - as i am moving to calgary, the fourth huge move in 6 years, i am selling and giving away everything - but now, your book will travel with me




June 21, Midsummer Night


at the
Blue Angel Gallery

243 James Street North

A Midsummer¹s Night Celebration

Wednesday,  June 21                                   7:15 p.m.

8 featured poets

Becky D. Alexander

James Deahl

Conrad DiDiodato


Katherine Gordon

Daniel Kolos

Anna Plesums

Jeff Seffinga

Stan White

for more info please call
James Deahl
905 - 312-1779


Cynthia Hill
905 - 522-8735




June 24


WHERE: Mount Forest Public Library (downstairs)
118 Main Street North (North of the Roxy Theatre), Mount Forest, ON
WHEN: 7 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. performances; 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Open Drum Jam!
Admission: $5 in advance; $7 at the door
Featured performers: Raw Bone Rhythms & Special Guests - Diana's Drum Drumming Students.
JUST CONFIRMED! Published Canadian poets Elizabeth Zetlin (Taking Root) and Daniel Kolos (Slipped Out) and musicians Dan Ferguson and Mark Dahm from Brantford, Ontario, join our roster of performers.

For more information, please visit:





July 8, 2006

July 8, 2006

Event:  Alice Munro Festival of Writing

Location:  North Huron Museum, 274 Josephine Street, Wingham

Time:  10 am to 4 pm (September hours are 12 - 5 pm)

Cost:  $20 in advance, $25 at door

Contact: Jodi at North Huron Museum 519-357-1096 or nhdmuseum@wightman.ca

Additional Information:  Includes a writing workshop with Michael Dudley, readings by local published authors, Daniel Kolos and Dawna Proudman, announcement of winners of the short story contest, refreshments (does not include lunch) and a book fair.




July 16


Green Fire Poetry Series



July Reading


Who:  Timothy Ormond, Daniel Kolos and Devon Gallant


When:  2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2006


Where:  At a residential century home in the

heart of Stouffville,

6468 Main Street, Stouffville


EmCee:  Catherine Graham


Directions:  get on Highway 404

                  Exit at Stouffville Road, go East

                  Stouffville Road becomes Main Street once you pass Stouffville city limits.  6468 is on the right (north) side of the road.


September 30, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Poetic Cyclotron I

at Collingwood’s

zencha tea bar

There will be a contained and potent concatenation of poetic energy that could create, who knows, a literary supernova in the tiny tea shop known as zencha!

Participating Poets:

Liz Zetlin

Timothy Ormond

Chris Gallagher

Judy Lowry

Peter Bowen

Harry Posner

Daniel Kolos

and original music and songs

composed by Natalie Jack

written for this event!!!

The event will be free

potential audience members would need to reserve a spot by calling or emailing the shop. 

tel: 705-446-0096, email: zencha.teabar@sympatico.ca


October 15

The Seventh Annual Autumn Poetry Celebration

A Words Aloud Poetry Cooperative (Grey/Bruce) event


Curry and Poetry


Sunday, October 15, 2006, 6:00 p.m.


Curry Dinner Buffet

at the Kozhi Korner Curry House

1023 2nd Avenue East

(just East of 10th Street)

Owen Sound


Please make Dinner Reservations for 6:00 PM:

$25.00 - includes an open buffet, entrance to the poetry reading, and a complimentary chapbook or CD.

Drinks of all kinds will be available for purchase.

Poets will have their books/CDs for sale, so please come prepared


Featured Poets:

Judy Lowry (Chatsworth)

 poet and artist reads from her new book:

Exile No More


Melanie Knapp (Owen Sound)

has prepared a dramatic set of readings


Harry Posner (Collingwood)

reads from his recent poetry


Ten other local poets will read at Open Mic including

Daniel Kolos (Priceville) and Paul Scott (Williamsford)