Once Wanda Waterman had identified herself as a poet, she forthwith tormented friends, families, and teachers with her verses. Her works would always elicit comments like, “It’s so nice that you can do this to help you deal with your emotional problems,” which only sent her into piques of rage, bouts of self-pity, and a sense of being profoundly misunderstood.

“I’m ahead of my time,” Wanda would sigh, “and will only be appreciated after I’m gone.”

Eventually someone who’d never read her poetry commented, “A poet, eh? What are you doing here? You should be in Montreal.”

It had never taken much to get Wanda to do anything stupid, as her college chums had often tittered, and so she pulled up stakes for Montreal, working as a music journalist, interviewing hundreds of musicians and composers, writing other people’s blogs, writing songs, captioning films, and posing as a bohemian writer.

She’s done spoken word performances at Sister Fairs in Nova Scotia and at 100,000 Poets for Change and Nuit Blanche in Montreal. Her poetry’s been published in Canada in Descant, Skylight, Pottersfield Portfolio, and Our Times, and in the U.S. in Shaman’s Drum and Tigertail. Her articles have appeared in Coastal Life, This Magazine, Our Times, and The New Internationalist

She’s lived in Maine, California, Vermont, Nova Scotia, New Hampshire, and Tunisia, and now makes her home in Montreal, Quebec.

Her book, Dervish at the Crossroads: A Soundquest Through the First Two Decades of the New Millennium is available here and at many other fine establishments.






Feedback is welcome! Please write to her, for whatever reason, at wandawaterman@themindfulbard.com.

Dervish at the Crossroads: A Soundquest Through the First Two Decades of the New Millennium

is available here and at many other fine establishments.

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  1. Hi – I’m based in the UK and have only just read your feature on Sam Baker which is very incisive. I am a huge fan and he has a great following over here. We are all looking forward to his September tour.

    Noting that you are looking for recommendations (which fit your criteria) I’d like to suggest a forthcoming CD release ‘Heat, Sin, Water, Skin’ by BettySoo. I attended SXSW Music, Austin in March and she was my new discovery. I was fortunate enough to be given an advance copy of the CD and think it wonderful – I hope that you might share my enthusiasm for it.

    Check out http://www.bettysoo.com and http://www.myspace.com/bettysoo

    I’d be interested in your thoughts


    Jela Webb
    West Sussex

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Jela. Sam was one of my more amazing interviews. The real discussion didn`t really start until after my questions were done and Sam shared some of his insights. Yes, he is much better known in the British Isles than he is here in North America.

      And thanks for the recommendation. I`m listening to BettySoo right now and she has the most expressive singing voice. I had never heard of her before. I`ll certainly be contacting her for a review copy and an interview.


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