Tower Poetry Society
Photo Archives 2010-11

December 10, 2011:
Several Tower Poets gathered at the home of President Valerie Nielsen
(seated, second from right) for the annual members' Christmas party

October 23, 2011:   TPS Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

with the Launch of Longstanding Pine

Guest speaker Dr. John Ferns
addresses the gathering

Congratulatory message from
Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina

TPS President Valerie Nielsen greets Tower poets and guests

Below: During interludes between readings from Longstanding Pine,
celebrants enjoyed good food, conversation and music
(courtesy of Jessica Nielsen, flute and voice, and her father, Brett Nielsen on guitar)

Note: Guest Speaker Dr. John Ferns is at left foreground

Above: New member Kimberley Dawn (seated, centre)
converses with artist/poet Susan A.J. Davis

Left: Jean McCallion, Honourary Life Member/founding member, cuts the anniversary cake with Valerie Nielsen

Launch of Tower Poetry 60#1:  June 12, 2011

Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Hamilton, Ontario

TPS Editor-in-Chief Jeff Seffinga invites contributors to read their poems
from the Summer 2011 issue of Tower Poetry.

Among the readers were (from left to right, below):
poets Peggy Fletcher, James Deahl and Norma West Linder.
Ms. Linder and Ms. Fletcher travelled from Sarnia to participate in the launch.

2010-2011 TPS Poet Study: Ann Elizabeth Carson

February 12, 2011, Westdale Public Library, Hamilton, Ontario

TPS President Valerie Nielsen introduces guest speaker Ann Elizabeth Carson,
poet, sculptor and retired psychotherapist, for the annual TPS Poet Study.
A group of poets gathered to hear Ms. Carson discuss

The Power of Story, the Spirit of Questioning and the Process of Remembering.

Ms. Carson interspersed her comments with readings from her published work,
including the title poem from The Risks of Remembrance.


Valerie Nielsen with
Ann Elizabeth Carson


Ms. Carson
with one
of her sculptures

Reading from
The Risks of Remembrance

Launch of Tower Poetry 59#2:  January 23, 2011

Artword Artbar, Hamilton, Ontario

TPS Editor-in-Chief Jeff Seffinga with new and past issues of Tower Poetry

Christmas Party 2010

Circulation Manager Ed Woods (standing, centre rear) holds up
two copies of the new issue of Tower Poetry, 59:2.

Editor-in-chief Jeff Seffinga (seated in front of Ed) displays
his newly published collection, "All We Like Cats."

Others present include: (standing, left to right) Trudi Down, Wilma Seville,
new interim archivist G.W. Down, and Eleanore Kosydar;
(seated, left to right) Social Convenor Marianne Vespry,
V.P. David Billings, and to party hostess' left, President Valerie Nielsen.

Launch of Tower Poetry 59#1:  June 13, 2010

Whitehern Historic Garden, Hamilton, Ontario

Above:  TPS President Valerie Nielsen
welcomes members, contributors
and guests to the launch of the
new issue of Tower Poetry

Right:  First-time contributor
Tamara De Dominicis reads
"Where the Landscape Listens"

Below, from left to right:

Contributor David Haskins,
President Valerie Nielsen and
new member S.J. White
read their respective poems
from Tower Poetry 59#1

2009-2010 TPS POET STUDY: Jeffery Donaldson

Above: TPS President Norman Brown
introduces guest poet
Jeffery Donaldson
at the annual TPS Poet Study

February 13, 2010:

A large group of poets gathered at
Hamilton's Westdale Public Library
to hear poet Jeffery Donaldson
discuss poetics in general, and
his own poetry in particular.

Donaldson illustrated his
inspiring talk with samples
of his own work, including the
title poem from his most recent
collection, Palilalia. The term refers
to a vocal tic characterized by the
involuntary repetition of syllables,
words or phrases.

Donaldson's poem,
is featured on the TPS website
as the June 2010 Poetry Pick.

Right: Jeffery engages
his audience with insights
into his personal poetic process

Launch of Tower Poetry 58#2:  January 17, 2010

at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario

Out-of-town contributors
Farida Samerkhanova
(above, with TPS Editor-
in-chief Jeff Seffinga)
and Carl Lapp (right)
travelled from Toronto
and London, Ontario
to participate in the
well-attended launch
of the new winter issue.

Several other poets
who are featured
in Volume 58#2
were also on hand
to read their

Among them were
TPS members
Ellen B. Ryan
(below left),
2nd V.P. Margaret
Bennett (center) and
new member Eileen
Lampard (below right).

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