Spreading the Word

A few Arty Award nominees

A few Arty Award nominees!

Although the Abbotford Art’s Council Arty Awards have been postponed until October 22, 2011–the nominees met May 28 for some pictures and a chance to receive thir award nomination certificates.  I have been nominated for a Literary Award.  I don’t have the names of the other nominees at this time as the Art’s council has not released them-other than Dave Farmer who has been nominated for Art’s Supporter. I will keep you posted as soon as I get a list of the nominees. I’m the one in black in the front . . .as I always say when you are getting run out of town, get in front of the crowd and pretend it’s a parade.

Copies of Ramapge:the pathology of an epidemic can be found on the Island at

Volume One Books-Duncan

Ten Old Books – Duncan

Salamander Books – Ladysmith

In the Fraser Valley at

Murdoch’s Bookshoppe-Mission

In Vancouver

People’s Co-op BookCommercial Drive





Gwynne Hunt on Hub Pages

email gwynne1@telus.net

Shelley Haggard has sent me some reviews of her new poetry book . . .she will be one of our readers when we do our A Human-Made affair this fall.  About The Haggard Road”:

Mark Striebel says: I love your book! What I appreciate most in the poetry that I like is the great depth without too much ambiguity.
I appreciate the frankness and brashness with which you bear your soul in your writings. 
John Herl writes: You show in your love poems strong emotion, a raw reality but sensitive softness. As with your video poems; they have a heartbeat to them. I am fascinated by your choice of photographs. This is a very, very good book.

There is a great website www.peacexpeace.org and they have just published a portion of my piece Can We End Violence Against Women (by Gwynne Hunt)–check it out.  This is the second time they have included my work on their pages and I am honoured by that. Women from all over the world share their stories and concerns on these pages.  I am also publishing health and life-related articles on my Hub Pages-check that out as well. Don’t forget my original site www.ragmag.net where you can find a ton of stuff including some of my lighter and funnier pieces.

There are a lot of self-published writers out there who are finding it hard to promote their books–a friend of mine Shelley Haggard just released her book of poetry The Haggard Road and I would like to offer these pages to other writers as well–send me your stuff and let’s create a space to share our work.

Shelley Haggard was born and raised in Fort St. John, BC and has since lived in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, and now resides in Mission. She began writing at an early age and likes to say she has left no inner or outer stone un-turned. She has won several prizes in poetry contests and has been published widely in various anthologies; many of those poems are included in this first book effort. Another creative interest is photography and some of her photography is included as well. Reading her poetry and stories in public is another area of strength for Shelley. Please check out her video poems at www.youtube.com/shelleyhaggardpoems

“I have tried with this first book to share my love of writing and occasionally the spark of where an idea germinates from. I feel there are many poems in this volume for the reader to connect to. The photos stand alone as stories and sometimes punctuate the poetry. I am very proud of this effort and hope you’ll enjoy the ride on The Haggard Road. The cover photo ended up inspiring the book title; it is a real road sign from Barriere, BC (with a ‘The’ photoshopped in) where my father’s side of the family has its roots.”

Shelley Haggard

In keeping with promoting writers and other creative folks Art Matters Society is planning a Human-Made Event this Fall in Abbotsford–a chance for artists, writers and photographers to show their stuff–if you are interested, get in touch.  gwynne1@telus.net

About Gwynne Hunt gwynne1@telus.net

I am a writer, activist, producer, director and creative performance artist. My new book Through My Lens is based on newspaper clippings going back to 1928; the stories in-between the clippings are about my mom Gunvor Berglund, my step-dad Ronald Robinson and my DNA father Harold Larsen. How did they come together to make me? Some of the research was shocking, some funny but it left me to define the parts of the story I did not know. a tribute to my three parents. My last book, Unlocking the Tin box is about my journey into trying to find our who I was, who my father was; a complicated con man and a carny. But he was more than that and the journey took me as far as doing DNA tests, digging through his old tin box and an examination of my own life. Published by Silver Bow Publishing, available from the Publisher, Amazon and the Author. Fifteen years ago, the book ‘Rampage; the pathology of an epidemic’ written by me was released at the International Celebration of Women in Abbotsford. The book is my personal journey over six years working on the book and the Memory March (a walk/vigil honouring over 4,000 missing and murdered women and children in Canada). It includes interviews with grassroots' workers she met. There are a lot of individual, concerned people who work to end violence against women. One of those women is Mary Billy, a writer and activist in Squamish. There are interviews, case stories and conversations with family member’s who have lost loved ones. The book is not about how we are going to end the violence but an examination of the problems, concerns and stereotypical thinking that keeps us trapped in a cycle of violence. Included are the names of 4,000 missing and murdered women and children that have been compiled for The List. Other books include bruises & bad haircuts (poetry) and Bob & Boo. (illustrated by my grandkids)
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