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Doris Fiszer, is a Canadian poet and a former Business Communications and English as a Second Language professor. Her first full-length poetry manuscript Locked in Different Alphabets was published by Silver Bow Publishing 2020..

CAREER

Doris Fiszer holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Ottawa, an Honours Degree in English and Psychology and a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate from Carleton University. She taught Business Communications and English as a Second Language at the Bank of Canada and Algonquin College from 1981-2014. As well, Doris was Coordinator of English courses in the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Algonquin from 2001-2009.

CHAPBOOKS

Sasanka (Wild Flower), Bywords Publication, 2018
The Binders, Tree Press, The Tree Reading Series, 2016

POETRY PUBLISHING HISTORY

ottawater (forthcoming in 2020)

Juniper—A Poetry Journal, juniperpoetry.com (2019); Poetry Super Highway, poetrysuperhighway.com (2018); The League of Canadian Poets, Poetry Pause (2018, 2019)

Tamaracks Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century, Lummox Press 2018 (anthology)

Motherhood in Precarious Times, Demeter Press, 2018 (anthology)
Bywords.ca and Bywords Quarterly Journal, Ottawa, ON (2006-2017)
Local Lines, Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON (2011-2017)

POETRY AWARDS:

Shortlist, 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award, The Binders

2017 John Newlove Poetry Award, Winning Poem: “Zen Garden”
2016 Tree Chapbook Award: The Binders, Tree Press, The Tree Reading Series, Ottawa, ON

POETRY ACTIVITIES & MEMBERSHIPS:

Member of The League of Canadian Poets, 2017-present

Chapbook Launch and Reading: Sasanka (Wild Flower), hosted by Amanda Earl, Writers Festival, Ottawa, ON, October 2018


Recipient of The John Newlove Poetry Award; one of three featured readers, hosted by Charles Earl, Writers Festival, Ottawa, ON, October 2017

One of four featured readers: Factory Series, hosted by poet Rob Mclennan, November, 2016, Ottawa, ON


Featured Reader: Tree Chapbook Winner, Tree Reading Series, Ottawa, ON, May 2016


Exhibitor in two Ottawa small press book fairs, hosted by Rob Mclennan, June 2016; November 2016


Radio Interview with Pearl Pirie, discussed 2016 Tree Chapbook Award, read poems from, The Binders, Literary Landscape, CK CUFM 93.1, Ottawa, ON, May 2016


Member of Ottawa poetry writing group 2014-present
Member of the Wellington Street Poets, under the initial guidance of poet Stephanie Bolster, subsequently Terry Anne Carter and Barbara Myers (1999-2007)

POETRY REVIEWS

The Binders reviewed by Julie Mannell in Arc Poetry Magazine, Winter 2018.


Locked in Different Alphabets reviewed by Allen Briesmaster 2021


Locked in Different Alphabets reviewed by Pearl Pirie 2021