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You can hear his first independent release, Love Letter, here at Bandcamp or listen on Spotify. His brand new song, Lonely Broken Heart has now been released on Spotifiy, YouTube and other streaming services.

Deryck N. Robertson, OCT

Deryck is an Ontario Certified Teacher, outdoorsman, musician, composer, poet, Scouter, husband, and father. He moved to Peterborough/Nogojiwanong to attend Sir Sandford Fleming College, and ended up making The Lift Lock City his home after meeting his wife, Heather. He earned his B.Sc. in Biology & Environmental Science at Trent University and his B.Ed. at the University of Windsor. He was honoured to have been recently awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Vounteers.

His work has recently appeared with Northern Otter Press, TunaFish Journal, Burnt Breakfast Mag, The Minison Project, Two Fingers Lit Mag, Green Ink Press, 433 Mag, Analogies and Allegories Lit Mag, Montana Mouthful, The Quarantine Review, Shambles Lit Mag, Cardigan Press, Loft Books, Bullshit Lit, Orchard Lea Press and others. His first collection, All We Remember, is out now through Alien Buddha Press.

You can see his publication list over at His love of the canoeing and the art of Tom Thomson has inspired the creation of Paddler Press and its inaugural publication, Canoe Lake Memories.

Michael McCourt

Guest Editor/Reader for Vol. 5 – Summer Fare

Michael McCourt is a high school Music and English Teacher, and, for him, a good life is made up of reading a lot and writing a lot – being around Good Words! He writes poetry, flash fiction, short stories and is working on his first novel. He lives in Kingston, ON, has two kids and a cat. His work has been published by Paddler Press, Paper Swans Press, Green Ink Poetry and Every Day Fiction. His writing can be found at

Volume 9 Guest Editor – Shane Schick

Shane Schick is a writer based in Whitby, Ont, where he lives with his wife and three children. His poems have appeared in literary journals across Canada (including Paddler Press!), the U.S., the U.K. and Africa. He recently won first place in poetry in the Skugog Arts ekphrastic writing competition. Later this year Shane will be appearing on the podcast ‘Poetry, Not PowerPoint,‘ and he has previously been interviewed or featured on My (Small Press) Writing Day, Cardigan Press and the YouTube series How To Read Poetry. When he’s not writing poetry, Shane is focused on content marketing and journalism, where his career has included stints as a columnist with the Globe and Mail and more recently the founder of 360 Magazine.

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