Thomas Leduc lives in Sudbury with his wife and two kids. He is the descendant of three generations of miners, and has worked at Wajax, an industrial supply company, for twenty-two years.
Tom’s been writing poetry and short stories for several years. He was Poet Laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury for a two-year term, 2014-16. As Laureate, he put poetry on city busses, ran a Young Writers’ Guild, and wrote poetry for the city and multiple events.
Tom is a regular participant in the Sudbury public library’s Open Mic night. His involvement in the community also entails working with Wordstock, Northern Lights Festival Boreal, and Reading Town. Tom is the current President of the of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild.
In 2012, Tom won the Vale Living with Lakes Centre competition with his poem “Northern Lake”. It was subsequently published in the “Our Lakes Shall Set Us Free” anthology, and a framed copy of Northern Lake hangs above the Margaret Atwood fireplace in the Living with Lakes Centre in Sudbury.
Tom’s poetry has been selected for publication in Issues 3 and 5 of Laurentian University’s Literary Journal, Sulphur. He received an honorable mention in Open Quarterly Magazine’s 11th annual Brain Storm Poetry Contest for his poem “Rian King.” In 2015 his work was published in the spring edition of Sudbury Living Magazine and Talent North Magazine. He currently has poetry on display at the Sudbury Airport, Health Sciences North palliative care unit, and Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.
Tom’s short story, “Yin and Yang” was published in Commuter Lit Selections Vol. 2 print anthology, “Arrivals and Departures.” and his short story “Grass Roots” was published in Latitude 46 “Along The 46th”. His short story “The Swamp Healer” was published in Creepy Capreol Jr. along with a selection of Zombie Nursery Rhymes.
Tom’s short story “The Dog Party” was published in the Sudbury Writers’ Guilds Anthology “Sudbury Ink” along with two poems “Slagflower” and “Dead Fish.” His story “Home” hangs in The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum as part of their Canada 150 exhibit. In 2017 his poem “Paper Dolls” was accepted for publication in an anthology of poems published by Michigan State University Press on social justice.
Tom has done numerous interviews with CBC, Northern Life, and the Sudbury Star.
Tom is currently working on his first book of poetry titled “Slagflower, Poems Unearthed From A Mining Town”
If you wish to know more about Tom you can check him out on Facebook, or visit his Website https://tomleducpoetry.wixsite.com/home
Click on link to read Tom Leduc’s poem Slagflower
Click on link to read Tom’s poem My Northern Lake