Poetry for our Future! has hired several faciliators since its inception in 2003 to lead poetry-based workshops. Here is a selection of our recent and recurring faciliators.


Jessica Bebenek is a poet & essayist currently pursuing an MA at Concordia University in Montreal. She is a coordinator at the Centre for Expanded Poetics where she organized the Occult Poetics Symposium. k2tog, her series of knitted poems which investigates gendered labour & the English canon, was featured in Toronto’s 2017 Nuit Blanche and will be released as a chapbook this Fall with Broken Dimanche. She is currently completing her first full collection of poetry, No One Knows Us Here, and is at work on a non-fiction collection, Writing for Men.

Photo: Arman Bahreini


Sue Reynolds is a writer, teacher and psychotherapist who focuses on writing for therapeutic benefit. She teaches writing through workshops in many settings including 13 years facilitating creative writing for inmates in the jail in Lindsay. She has won awards for her YA novel, short stories, poems and non-fiction.


Larissa Andrusyshyn’s first book Mammoth (DC Books 2010) was shortlisted for the QWF First Book Prize and the Kobzar Literary Award. Her poems have been shortlisted for Arc Magazine’s Poem of the Year and the Malahat Review’s Open Season Award. She works with a local non-profit to offer creative writing workshops to at-risk youth. Her second poetry collection Proof (DC Books) was published last spring. She lives, writes and is planning her zombie apocalypse survival strategy in Montreal.


Kama La Mackerel is a Montreal-based performer, writer, poet, story-teller, curator and multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores aesthetic practices as forms of resistance and/or healing for marginalized communities. Using photography, poetry, textiles, performance and digital arts, Kama's work is both deeply personal and political, articulating an anti-colonial praxis through cultural production.


Jeramy Dodds' poems have been translated into Latvian, Hungarian, Finnish, French, Swedish, Icelandic, and German. He is the winner of the 2006 Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the 2007 CBC Literary Award for poetry. His first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books, 2008), was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, and won the Trillium Book Award for poetry. His most recent publication is a translation of the Poetic Edda (Coach House Books, 2014) from Old Icelandic into English. He is a poetry editor at Coach House Books and currently lives in Montreal.

Photo: Vallum


Daphné B. is a Montreal-based poet. Her debut book of poetry, Bluetiful, was published in 2015 by L'Écrou. She is the co-editor of Filles Missiles, an occasional contributor to Plus on est de fous plus on lit, and works at Librairie Drawn and Quarterly. Her work has appeared in Exit, Spirale and Nouveau Projet. She is also one of the many writers behind Nuits Frauduleuses (Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, 2017). Follow her on Twitter @daphnebbbbb.

Photo: Julia Marois


Greg Santos is the author of two full-length books, Rabbit Punch! and The Emperor's Sofa, and two chapbooks. His work has appeared in The Walrus, Geist, McSweeney's, and more. Santos teaches creative writing to at-risk youth and students of all ages. He is the poetry editor for carte blanche and lives in Montreal with his family.

Photo: Studio Duda


Ilona Martonfi is a Montreal-based poet, editor, and creative writing teacher. She is the author of three poetry books, Blue Poppy (2009), Black Grass (2012), and The Snow Kimono (Inanna Publications, 2015); and two chapbooks, Visiting the Ridge (2004) and Charivari (2013). Her work has been published widely in numerous journals across North America and abroad. Recently, her poem "Winter on Pine Avenue" was nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize.

Photo: Julia Marois


Hector Ruiz teaches French literature at Montmorency College, and is an administrator for La Maison de la Poésie de Montreal. He has published three collections of poetry, namely Désert et renard du desert, Gestes Domestiques, and Qui s'installe?, as well as a book of essays. Hector lives in Montreal.

Photo: Benoit Bordeleau


Jessie Currell offers customized, new media, and digital literacy workshops, teaching students how to create an animation with user-friendly, iPad technology. Hands On Media Education partners with VSEAL to offer combined poetry and animation workshops, resulting in short, film adaptations of poems.

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