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This month’s featured poet is: Norma West Linder

Norma West Linder, CFP member and advocate, lives in Sarnia, ON.

Norma West Linder has been writing for over 40 years and has many poetry books/chapbooks to her credit. Not only has she taught Creative Writing at the college level for several years, but she still belongs to a writer's group in Sarnia, Ontario where she continues to write and mentor.

Norma West Linder is a prolific, award-winning author who has written and published five novels, ten collections of poetry, a memoir of Manitoulin Island, a children's book, and a biography of Pauline McGibbon. Her work has appeared internationally in Canada, the United States, Britain, and Australia plus one of her short stories has also been translated into Dutch.

Although she was born in Toronto and spent her formative years on Manitoulin Island, she settled in Sarnia where she has been a resident since 1952. For 24 years, she was on the faculty of Lambton College where she taught English and Creative Writing. Today, she continues to write a monthly column for the Sarnia Observer called "Memories" formerly known as "Heart & Soul".

Highlights of her publishing career include:

The Lemon Tree (1973) Nahanni (co-author) (1975) Tangled Butterflies (1974) The Savage Blood (1987) Woman in a Blue Hat (1977)

CHILDREN'S BOOKS: Corey (1976)

MEMOIR: Morels and Maple Syrup (1977)

BIOGRAPHY: Pauline: A Warm Look at Ontario Lt. Gov. Pauline McGibbon (co-author)(1979)

On the Side of The Angels (1971) Pyramid (co-author) (1980) Ring Around the Sun )1976) This Age of Reason (1982) Matter of Life and Death (1985) The Rooming House (198?) Morning Child (1995) Jazz in The Old Orange Room ((1999) River of Lethe (2003) Magical Manitoulin (2006)

ONE-ACT PLAY: Haggerty and the Big One (performed by the Petrolia Players)

In addition to being a member of the Canadian Federation of Poets, Norma is a member of The Writer's Union of Canada, PEN, The Canadian Authors Association, The Ontario Poetry Society (TOPS), The Canadian Poetry Association (CPA), and Sarnia's Writers in Transition (WIT).

Magical Manitoulin, published by Beret Days Press as part of the Ontario Poetry Society's Stanza Break Series, is her tenth collection of poetry. ISBN 0-9739100-7-0

Enchanted Crossroads: A Canadian Anthology of Verse edited by West Linder is also published by Beret Days Press. ISBN 0-9739100-9-7

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