The Ontario Poetry Society
- Lifetime Members -

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Ted Plantos Dedication






The poets listed below have been honoured with Life Member status for the following reasons:
They have achieved excellence in their pursuit of perfection and idealism with their own poetry.
They have mentored, educated, edited and published other emerging talented poets.
Their devotion to poetry goes far beyond that of any ordinary poet.

JILL BATTSON - Jill is an internationally published poet and poetry activist.  She created and hosted the successful poetry reading series "The Poets' Refuge" and has initiated and produced many poetry events.  She has promoted poetry on radio and television and edited an anthology for Key Porter Books.  Jill is actively involved in promoting fine poets and great poetry. In April 2010 Jill was appointed as Poet Laureate of Cobourg, Ontario.

ALLAN BRIESMASTER - Allan is the main literary editor for Searphim Editions.  A member of The League of Canadian Poets,  the Canadian Federation of Poets, the Canadian Poetry Association, Allan supports Canadian poets and poetry full time as a freelance editor, tutor, mentor, micro-publisher, reviewer and book packager.

MARTY GERVAIS - Marty is one of Canada's most distinguished writers. He is a book editor, a journalist, an educator, and an award winning author.  Marty has published numerous anthologies and continues to promote excellent poetry through Black Moss Press.

I.B. (Bunny) ISKOV - Bunny is the founder of The Ontario Poetry Society, is the author of two full collection of poetry, several chapbooks and has had many poems published in Magazines and Anthologies. read more...

JOHN B. LEE - John has published over 30 books of poetry.  He has won several awards and is the only two time winner of the Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Prize. He is a teacher, a mentor, an editor, a family man and a true friend to all poets. read more ...

BERNICE LEVER - is a Granny Grammar POET. She was Born in Smithers, BC, March 19,1936 and now resides on Bowen Island, BC, Canada. She has a BA and an MA in English from York University as well as teaching certificates from BC and Ontario. She still works as an editor and marketing advisor. read more ...

- Past-President of The Ontario Poetry Society, has taught English as a Second Language at York U as well as in Israel.  She has worked as a proofreader and copyeditor. She also contributes a bimonthly column to Surface& Symbol, which promotes local poets while furthering a greater appreciation and understanding of the craft.  Elana has three full collections, published by Guernica Editions.  An editor, a mentor and an award-winning accomplished poet, Elana continues to support and contribute to The Ontario Poetry Society. read more ...

KATE MARSHALL FLAHERTY - Kate Marshall Flaherty is an award-winning poet, who has guided “Writing from Within” and “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” workshops in schools, hospitals, schools, community and center and private homes. She has worked with all ages and has a gentle way of creating trust and affirmation in writing circles. Her creativity inspires. Her belief is that everyone has a story worth sharing, and that everyone can write if it comes from the heart. read more

KATHERINE L. GORDON - A Canadian poet with numerous publications to her credit. She lives and writes in the Eramosa River valley near Guelph, Ontario, and also works as an editor, independent publisher and literary critic. Her work has been published internationally in several languages, including Chinese and Hindi.

DEBBIE OKUN HILL - Hhas been writing for over 30 years but has only been focusing on poetry since 2003. She is an experienced journalist/communication specialist, previously employed at two rural newspapers as well as The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. As a freelance writer, she wrote media releases, advertorials for local magazines and had work published in such international publications as Chicken Soup for the Soul and other inspirational books.