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This month’s featured poet is: Elka Enola

Elka Enola, CFP member and advocate, lives in Oakville, ON.

Started writing poetry in the early 1960's; then stopped for a long time. Switched from 'writing poetry' to being a poet in 2002 Published in many journals including Mensa Canada and the juried annual of SGWU (now Concordia University) in Montreal.

Currently a member of many poetry groups such as The Canadian Federation of Poets, and the Coordinator of The Poetry Cafe, The Pelicans and The Visual Word. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Oakville Music and Art Shared Space.

Published chapbook "Womenfolk" , a collection of poetry based on the colour photographs (included in the book) which I took while traveling. Poems represent women in Cyprus, Cuba, Finland, Guatemala, England, Egypt, Greece, France, China, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong, Dominican Republic, and of course, Canada.

Womenfolk is available at Bookers on Lakeshore in Oakville and costs $10.

Political Involvement

I have always been involved politically. I can't avoid it. Even my poetry ends up with a social commentary. For example, I wrote a poem based on a photo I had taken of the Amber Room in Catherine's summer palace in Pushkin. I could have written about the 'history' of the amber, about the shades, about the textures. Instead, I ended up with a poem about the oppressed artisans who produced the room.

I was very active in the Peace Movements (both the Anti Nuclear War and Anti Vietnam War), the Civil Rights Movement in the States, the Feminist movement and the Non-violent French movement in Quebec.

So it was no wonder that I was deeply involved in the anti Sharia struggle in Ontario. I edited much of the material that came out of the No Sharia campaign including speeches. I wrote articles for Teachers' magazines, Humanist magazines and for both Mensa Toronto and Mensa Canada. I gave talks to Humanist groups, Unitarian Groups, SAVIS, and to university classes. I spoke at the demonstration at Queens Park and took part in the Press Conference inside the building.

Past experience:
I ran several businesses taught in Montreal, North York and York County

I have been to over 70 countries. My next is West Africa for about a month this fall.

A few pictures from Elka's travels.

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