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This month’s featured poet is: Margot Van Sluytman

Margot Van Sluytman
Poet and Writer, Margot Van Sluytman, was born in Guyana, South America. She immigrated to Canada in the late 1960s, completing her studies in Editing from Centennial College and Philosophy from the University of Waterloo and The University of Toronto.

She has traveled extensively, most recently living for a year and a half in Venezuela, teaching English and Art, learning Spanish, reading Pablo Neruda close to his home country of Chile, and discovering the work of Spanish poet Antonio Machado, tasting the air and food of Brazil, and returning to Guyana to reconnect with roots, seeking out and finding the graves of her Great Grand Parents, filling her soul with images and sounds which will be birthed in her work of poems, Of Dark Night.

Her published works include: Feeding Dreams: forty poems; Bleeding Pupils and Beauty: forty-one poems; Alba the Spanish Woman: forty-two poems; and Studying Love.

She has produced a CD entitled, Poetry Readings, which consists of a selection of her reading poems from her first three books.

Margot has worked on several pieces over the years, including: Necessary Secrets, the journals of Elizabeth Smart; A Very Public Life 1 and 2, the biographies of Paul Martin, Senior; Away From Home, by Kildare Dobbs; and a Poetry Anthology edited by Gail Helen Corbett. She has also edited and proofread work for, The Child Care Forum, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Energy Probe, The Addiction Research Foundation, Mendelsohn, Ronsenzweig, Shacter, Law Firm, and for several poets and writers in Canada, Venezuela, and Peru.

She has been invited to lecture at Sir Sanford Fleming College, and Trent University. Margot runs her own small press, Palabras Press, and has been asked to speak about self-publishing, most recently for the Canadian Author's Association.

Her present focus, "dialogue", is a joint publication of poetry and paintings. Twenty-one of her poems were painted by Montreal Artist, Caroline Archambault. A show was held in March 2004 at Galerie le 1040, Montreal, highlighting the natural affinity between word and paint.

Margot is also the Peteborough Federation Chair. If you would like to find out more, be sure to contact her.

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