Board of Directors

Scott Griffin, Chair


Scott Griffin is Chairman, Director and controlling shareholder of House of Anansi Press Inc., a Canadian intermediate literary publishing company, publishing fiction, non-fiction and poetry; co-Founder, Chairman and Director of The Scott Griffin Foundation; co-Founder of Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie; and Director, Literary Review of Canada. In 2006, he published a memoir entitled My Heart is Africa about his two-year aviation adventure throughout that continent. His interests include sailing, skiing, flying, English literature and travel to remote places. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario.


Sepideh Anvar, Secretary


Sepideh Anvar helped found Poetry In Voice, led it for a time, and has sat on its board since the start. She is also a freelance translator and engaged in the fight for climate justice.


Marie-Andrée Arsenault


Teacher, children's author and writing workshop facilitator Marie-Andrée Arsenault has published five children's books, the last one being poetry: Un chemin dans la mer (2021). Her students have participated in several Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie competitions. Based on this experience, she developed a turnkey kit to integrates the recitation contest within high school poetry teaching. She serves on PIV/LVP's board of directors since 2016 because she truly believes that poetry can positively transform the lives of young and old alike.


Johanne Blais


Johanne Blais has hosted many Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie National Finals since 2013 and also serves on our board. She is a trained translator and a retired professor of grammar and writing skills. Perfectly bilingual and a passionate admirer of the languages of both Shakespeare and Molière, Johanne Blais spent 17 years sharing her passion with thousands of Canadians as CBC Radio C’est la vie’s “Word Lady,” through her language segment “Word of the Week.”


 Moe Clark

Moe Clark


âpihtawikosisâniskwêw multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark is a 2Spirit singing thunderbird. She fuses together vocal improvisation with multilingual lyricism to create meaning that is rooted in personal legacy, ancestral memory and embodied knowledge. Award-winning artist, her last solo album “Within” toured internationally and her video poem “nitahkôtan” won best Indigenous language music video at the ImagiNative film festival. Her work has appeared the world over, including the Lincoln Centre (US), UBUD Writers & Readers Festival(ID) and Origins Festival in London (UK).


Andrew Heintzman, Treasurer

Andrew Heintzman


Andrew Heintzman is a Managing Partner and co-founder of InvestEco Capital, one of Canada’s first impact investment firms. Andrew sits on a number of corporate boards, including Maple Hill Creamery and Mara Renewables. He is the author of The New Entrepreneurs: Building a Green Economy for the Future, published by The House of Anansi Press. Andrew has a BA and an MA from McGill University.


Anne Michaels


Anne Michaels is a novelist and a poet. Her books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Lannan Award for Fiction and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Americas. She is the recipient of honorary degrees, the Guggenheim Fellowship and many other distinctions of merit. From 2015 to 2019, she served as Toronto’s Poet Laureate. Her novel Fugitive Pieces was adapted as a major feature film and in 2020 was selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Novels that Shaped the World. 


Pierre Nepveu


Professor of literature at Université de Montréal for thirty years, poet, novelist, and essay writer Pierre Nepveu has published close to twenty books, including several collections of essays and poetry. Three of his poetry books have earned Governor General’s Literary Awards. He is also the author, along with Laurent Mailhot, of La poésie québécoise des origines à nos jours, a much-loved Quebec poetry anthology. Pierre Nepveu was involved in collecting the scattered works of poet Gaston Miron and is also the author of Miron’s biography, Gaston Miron. La vie d’un homme, published in 2011. Pierre Nepveu has received both the Athanase-David prize in Quebec and the Order of Canada for his life’s work. In 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Hector Ruiz


Hector Ruiz teaches literature at Collège Montmorency. In 2011, along with Dominic Marcil, he won the Prix d’innovation en enseignement de la poésie from the Festival international de la poésie de Trois-Rivières. In 2015, he received an honorable mention from the Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale. He has published four collections of poetry, directed the collective Délier les lieux and published two books written with Dominic Marcil: Lire la rue, marcher le poème in 2018 and Taverne nationale in 2019. His writing has appeared in several magazines and some has been translated into English in New American Writing and Arc Poetry Magazine


Cooper Skjeie

Cooper Skjeie

Cooper Skjeie (/shay/) is a poet and educator from Treaty 6 & Métis Territory. He earned his Bachelor of Education with Distinction from the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) at the University of Saskatchewan, and he is an alumnus of the 2019 Banff Centre’s Emerging Writers’ Intensive as well as the 2020 and 2021 Sage Hill Poetry Course. In 2020, he won first place in the Saskatoon Indigenous Poets Society Slam Invitational, third prize in the Short Grain Contest for Poetry, and he was shortlisted for the Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. His work has been supported by SK- Arts and Canada Council for the Arts, and his poems appear or are forthcoming in Prairie Fire Magazine, Grain Magazine, and PRISM international, among others. A registered citizen of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, he lives in Saskatoon.


Evan Solomon

Evan Solomon

Evan Solomon is the publisher of GZERO Media and a member of Eurasia Group’s Management Committee. Prior to joining GZERO, he was the host of CTV’s nightly political program "Power Play" and of Canada’s most-watched political TV show, the Sunday morning "Question Period." He also hosted "The Evan Solomon Show," a daily iHeartRadio/Bell Media radio program. He has also hosted the PBS series "Masters of Technology" and CBC shows such as "Power and Politics," "CBC News: Sunday," "The House," and "FutureWorld."  Evan’s best-selling books include "Fueling the Future" and "Feeding the Future” He has also been a columnist for Macleans and The Globe and Mail.

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