Because the land we live on is a defining element of this project, we’ll start things off by acknowledging that Grand River Country is the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.

Today, this watershed is home to many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples; by acknowledging their presence, cultures, and teachings, we’re reminded of our connection and responsibility to this land where we live, work, and learn.


Episode 1: Erin Bow

We talk with Kitchener writer Erin Bow about her award-winning middle-school novel,
Stand on the Sky, in which a young Kazakh woman trains an eagle to hunt. We also talk
about Russian folk tales and the place of science and poetry in Erin’s writing life.

Episode 2: Janice Jo Lee

We talk with the multi-talented Janice Jo Lee about what it takes to write and star in a one-person musical, her tips for writing poetry as song, and her advocacy work with young writers.


Episode 3: Yvonne Blomer

We meet Yvonne Blomer, the editor of the Caitlin Press volume Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds and speak with poets who are writing about and for their local watersheds. With Gary Barwin and Laurie D. Graham.


About The Show

Watershed Writers features interviews in an exciting mix of local novelists, poets, authors, playwrights and essayists from a wide range of genres, serving as an outreach and showcase of a community of well-known writers as well as up-and-coming writers not readily available elsewhere.

Our Team

Tanis MacDonald


Tanis MacDonald is the author of six books, including her memoir, Out of Line: Daring to Be an Artist Outside the Big City. Her writing appears in publications in Canada, the United States, and Ireland. Originally from the prairies, she’s lived since 2006 in Waterloo, where she is a Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Martin de Groot


Martin de Groot is the program editor for the Promenade community radio magazine, a project of the Commons Studio at The Working Centre and CKWR FM 98.5, Canada’s first community radio station. Martin wrote the Saturday arts and culture column for the Waterloo Region Record from 1997-2019, and served as Executive Director of the Waterloo Regional Arts Council from 2001 – 2011. His contributions were honoured by his peers in the arts community with the Arts Award Waterloo Region for Lifetime Achievement in 2019.

Frances Roberts Reilly


Frances Roberts Reilly is Producer of Watershed Writers. She is also an internationally published poet and author.

A seasoned broadcasting professional as a producer and director in radio, television, film and new media, Frances is a contributor on CBC IDEAS. She has made award winning documentaries for broadcast on web and as private commissions. 

About Us

Watershed Writers presents in-depth conversations with local writers living and writing in the Grand River watershed area.

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