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Creating connections between grief and nature is the theme of this IN CONVERSATION series celebrating the natural world and literature.

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Mattawa, in Algonkian, means “river with walls that echo its current.”

The 2021 Spring Season will create echoes with Catherine Owen author of Riven: Poems and Dr. Allan Peterkin, Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at University of Toronto.

The evening event is free with registration but our goal beyond creating connections with our natural world is also to raise funds for the Canadian Ecology Centre (CEC) in Mattawa, Ontario supporting programs for kids at their outdoor education centre.

PLEASE DONATE generously to the CEC EDUCATION FOUNDATION for kids to get outdoors!

We are grateful to have our spring series sponsored by extraordinary ECW Press. Our Zoom co-pilot is the talented Liam Guy.

ZOOM link & password will be provided after registration.

* PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER * if you do not receive an email after registering.


CATHERINE OWEN is the author of fifteen collections of poetry and three of prose, including her compilation of interviews on writing called The Other 23 & a Half Hours- Or Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn’t Teach You (Wolsak & Wynn, 2015) and her short story collection, The Day of the Dead (Caitlin Press, 2016). Her work has been nominated for awards, she has toured Canada eight times and appeared in anthologies, as well as translations. She has been employed by both the Locations and the Props department in TV land, plays metal bass and has two cats- Solstice and Equinox.

LOCATIONS OF GRIEF published by Wolsak & Wynn explores the landscapes of death and grief in an incredible collection of essays from twenty-four Canadian writers. 9781989496145

RIVEN: Poems is beautifully wrought, published by ECW Press, and available at your local independent retailer ISBN 9781770415249

Dr. Allan Peterkin is a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he heads the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities ( and is Faculty Humanities Lead for Undergraduate and Post -MD Medical Education .He completed undergraduate studies in English and French literature and completed residencies in family medicine and psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal.He is the author of 16 books for adults on medical humanities, cultural history, narrative medicine, human sexuality and physician wellness including “Staying Human During Residency Training-How To Survive and Thrive After Medical School (now in its sixth edition). He has published 3 picture books for children , “The Flyaway Blanket” ( Magination Press) being the latest.His poetry and fiction have been published and anthologized in the US, Canada and the UK. Dr. Peterkin is a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities ( and has been a humanities editor with both the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) and Medical Humanities (BMJ). He sits on advisory boards with the International Health Humanities Network, AMH (The Association of Medical Humanities-UK) , CREATING SPACE (Canada).

Your host and moderator is Janet Joy Wilson. My career is a manuscript in progress. The Prologue is about life on a farm in southwestern Ontario where I learned the value of hard work. Chapter 1 encompasses singing, dancing, and acting on stages, tv sets and film locations. Chapter 2 spans a narrative arc from temp receptionist in a book packaging firm to Senior Executor Sales Director at Penguin Random House Canada. Chapter 3 focuses on founding a non-profit organization, The Reading Line, blending my love of books and bicycles together into six literary events. Chapter 4 explores the creation and building of a literary festival within an outdoor education centre in the Ontario near north, promoting nature through the lens of literature. Chapter 5 is all about community engagement with the objective of leaving the world a better place. This brings me to Chapter 6. Coaching and consulting clients on creative paths to realize their vision of success. I wonder what Chapter 7 will be!

We look forward to a conversation with you!

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