Adult Poetry Judge
Jill Harrington-Fox was born in Hamilton and evolved in Welland and Cambridge. A true Gemini she is both young at heart and deep of mind. Her poetry has won prizes and been published in more than 30 national and international anthologies and periodicals. She has twice adjudicated for the Hamilton & Region Arts Council Book Awards and had her first book "Where the Tide Changes" published by Serengeti Press. In 2012 she was a feature poet in the Cambridge Mayor's Celebration of the Arts. Her second collaborative book is presently a work in progress.
Youth Poetry Judge
Barb Day is an accomplished spoken word performer and has represented multiple Ontario communities on the Canadian national stage. She performs regularly at various events, festivals and competitions across the Province. She is the organizer of The Brant Rant Poetry Slam, a monthly event that provides poets the opportunity to share their poetry with the community. Barb recently released her first novel for children ages 8-12. She is also a long-time member of the Cambridge Writers Collective. Barb enjoys sharing her love of words with audiences of all ages.
Children's Poetry Judge
Anna Yin was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1999. She has five poetry books and won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTY Awards and the 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC etc. Her poems and translations appear on Arc Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, Poetry in Transit and Canadian Studies textbook used by Humber College etc. Anna was a finalist for Canada's Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award in 2011 and 2012. Her "Poetry Alive" events combining computer arts and audience participation are welcomed at schools, colleges and libraries, especially for the Poets in Schools Program. Anna is Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets and 2015 International Feature Poet at the Austin International Poetry Festival.
French Poetry Judge
Nathan Pirie is a masters student of French Studies at the University of Waterloo where he holds an undergraduate degree in French and English literature. As a student of the Arts he believes that the written word is not only communicative, but artistic and interpretive by nature. He is an amateur writer and musician and strongly believes in promoting artistic expression in all of its diverse forms.