John Toone


John Toone’s first collection of poetry, From Out of Nowhere, was published by Turnstone Press in spring 2009. He published two kids’ books in fall 2009, Catch that Catfish! and Hope and the Walleye. His poems also appear in the story Sixgun Quixote from the new graphic novel The Imagination Manifesto (Alchemical Press). John is past president of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. His next collection of poetry, Shot in the Woods, is a dark comedy inspired by the true story of when he was shot in the woods. No joke. Visit him online at


John Toone
Alchemical Press
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From Out of Nowhere
Turnstone Press

From Out of Nowhere explores how cities have changed the landscape for prairie poetry. The poems find the intersections where nature speaks through cowboys, hunters, fishers, farmers, and businessmen. These voices are captured in cityscapes where they mutate, harmonize, and resonate to give new meaning to old turns of phrase, calls to action, and directions home.

Catch That Catfish!
Alchemical Press Ltd.

A daring young angler gets in over his head, battles a notorious catfish, and becomes part of the legend of the one that got away.

Hope and the Walleye
Alchemical Press Ltd.

A brave young adventurer faces environmental destruction and dreams of changing everything, if only she can uncover the secret of the walleye.

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