Thanks to Jacob Bartels for this cartoon depiction

Adrian Hoad-Reddick is a teacher, poet, radio host, wordsmith, and LIF (Lead Idea Farmer) at Hoadworks, inc., a new media company championing creativity and literacy by providing innovative educational content, resources and games.

Adrian has over thirty years of English language and literature teaching experience; he never grows any less inspired by the closing lines of The Great Gatsby or by the opening lines of Watership Down.

Adrian loves to inspire young writers. At the centre of these efforts is a belief in making it real and making it fun. He has served on organizing committees for several writers’ festivals, bringing published writers and motivated young readers and writers together. He is Coordinator of the annual Hundred Story Wood Eden Mills Young Writers Workshops. Many of Adrian’s most rewarding teaching moments have come in the CFRU and CFMU radio studios, working with students in producing live radio on The Poem Repair Shop Radio Show, or in classroom collaborations creating web or eBook Digital Reader’s Guides to novels by visiting Writers in Residence.

Adrian is a word puzzle fan and computer enthusiast. His word puzzles have appeared in hundreds of publications. Adrian’s Vocabaret blog (formerly The Wordly-Wise listserver) delivers word play to thousands of online subscribers. Adrian has compiled his most popular word game titles in a book, The Vocabaret: Beguiling Word Play, available online at