Niagara Arts Showcase is proud to present the Spotlighted Poets and Authors for the 2017 Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival:



(biographies are below the schedule – click on each one for their website)

9:00 am to 9:20 am        – Sharon Frayne
9:25 am to 9:45 am        – Gary McCarty
9:50 am to 10:10 am      – Liz Grebe
10:15 am to 10:40 am    – Ruth Walker
10:45 am to 11:10 am    – David Hoberlin
11:15 am to 11:30 am    – Kim Clarke Champniss

9:00 am to 9:20 am        – Gary McCarty
9:25 am to 9:45 am        – Keith Inman
9:50 am to 10:10 am      – Herb de Bray
10:15 am to 10:35 am    – David Hoberlin
10:40 am to 11:00 am    – Leslie Daniels
11:00 am to 11:15 am    – Maryann Breukelman
11:15 am to 11:30 am    – Kim Clarke Champniss


(click each one for their websites)

David Hoberlin

Poetry is the art form that has been my primary creative outlet since my youth. In 2012, the Scarborough Arts Council judged the poem ‘On The Waterfront Of Toronto’ as best poem. It won the inaugural Monica Ladell Award. This past year two chapbooks ‘Inanna (a tale of Sumer)’ and ‘Reflections on the Republic’ were published by Grey Borders Books located in Niagara Falls.

Currently, I make my home in Chippawa.



Gary McCarty

Gary McCarty’s poetry examines the relationships that bind human beings, be they lovers, parents, children or strangers, as well as those that exist with the deceased.  Gary has published poems in three anthologies (‘Understatement’, ‘Edges of Time and ‘Crossing Lines’) as well as in several literary magazines. Gary served for one year as poetry editor of Lichen, a literary magazine, has hosted the Art Bar reading series in Toronto several times, performed on radio and has given readings often in Toronto, as well as Montreal and New Orleans. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Gary now lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Herb de Bray

Herb has been writing poetry since 2006.  More recently he has had several poems published and is awaiting additional work to be printed.

He also enjoys writing about nature and unusually sensitive events, and has given 5-6 public readings.

Herb is a Member of the Canadian Authours Assoc. and the Ontario Poets Society. Niagara as well as a long time resident of St.Catharines.  Married and has 3 children and six grandchildren.   Some members of the family are also trying their hands at writing poetry while Herb still struggles with the sometimes uncooperative key board.


Keith Inman


Inman is an award winning poet whose work can be found in Canada, the U.S., Ireland, and Cuba. He has received multiple grants from his peers and published five books of poetry. His latest work, SEAsia, is scheduled for a fall release from Black Moss Press. It follows a young couple’s quest to understand death. He lost an uncle to war, while her father, on his death bed, told her that he’d fled Vietnam by being dropped from a helicopter onto the deck of a warship, and for her to – “Find life.” Keith lives in Thorold.

Kim Clarke Champniss


Kim Clarke Champniss (a.k.a. KCC) is an award-winning broadcaster who was a popular VJ on MuchMusic and special assignment reporter for The NewMusic. KCC is also the author of The Republic of Rock ’n’ Roll and his newest book Skinheads, Fur Traders, and DJS. He recently moved to Niagara Falls.

Leslie Daniels


Leslie Daniels is a Canadian author and a longtime environmental and social activist having worked for governments and citizens alike on the contentious issues of hazardous and household waste management.

Her first book BOUNDARIES has returned her to the public arena as it deals with her personal experiences in historic child sexual abuse and the institutions who propose to deal with survivors.

Her second book Consequences is a harrowing, emotionally honest, poetic diary of her experiences as she participated in the Anglican Church’s Safe Church process.

Of this experience she says,  ”Institutions, whether they are governments dealing with the PTSD of war veterans, or churches responding to historic childhood sexual abuse claims, have one important thing in common: both struggle to be effective in assisting victims and survivors of trauma.”

Maryann Breukelman

Once upon a time Maryann Breukelman was born in Thunder Bay. When she was young, her family moved to the Niagara Region—journeying by horse and wagon, or perhaps by car—she can’t quite remember. On their travels, they almost, but never exactly saw dragons, elves and knights in shining armour. She has put her roots down in Wainfleet, a place she is proud to call home. Living on a quiet country road, near the woods, she has found an inspiring place to write poetry and fiction. Sometimes, if she is lucky, and squints a little, she can believe life is lived inside a fairy tale.

Her debut novel, The Secret Bookstore, a fable with elements of magic realism, follows the adventures of Magnus Fox; while looking for his life’s true purpose, he encounters many wild animals, including turkey vultures that constantly circle overhead. Magnus Fox writes poetry, which Maryann will be reading for the audience today.

Ruth Walker

Author Ruth E. Walker’s fiction, poetry and essays are found in publications such as Geist, Jones Av, and Prairie Fire in Canada, Chapmans and Rain Dog in the U.K., and Literary Mama and the Utne Reader in the U.S. A popular creative writing coach and teacher, Ruth is a partner in Writescape, delivering workshops and retreats for writers of all levels. Ruth’s novel, Living Underground, is now in second printing and her next novel is with an agent.




Sharon Frayne

Sharon Frayne holds a double Honours B.A. in Visual Art and English, B.Ed. and M.Ed., and taught high school Art and English. After retiring from Elementary Administration, she has returned to her passion for writing and painting. Her award winning short stories and articles have appeared in the NOTL Rising Spirits Anthology, in the Niagara Advance, St. Catharines Standard, and several international web publications.

She is a member of the NOTL Writer’s Circle, and the Niagara branch of the Canadian Author’s Association. Her popular Canada 150 essays (a newspaper series) will be available in an anthology later this year.

Her debut novel is the historical fiction book ‘Caught Between the Walls’, set in the once mighty Niagara Courthouse and Jail.  Frayne breathes life into untold tales of prison life for Canada’s Indigenous people, our first race riot, paupers, and rebels. Later the building housed British orphans and Polish soldiers.  When she’s not capturing ideas in print, she captures images in paint.  She lives in Niagara with her husband and faithful yellow lab.