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17-Oct-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Wendy Donawa
Wendy Donawa, formerly a museum curator and academic in Barbados, now lives on the West Coast and participates in Victoria's lively poetry scene. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and online publications across Canada. She was a finalist in The Malahat Review's 2013 Open Season Competition, and 2015 runner-up in the inaugural Cedric Literary Awards. She has published three chapbooks, most recently The Gorge: A Cartography of Sorrows (JackPine Press, 2016), an artisan collaboration with paper artist Terry Ann Carter. Thin Air of the Knowable (Brick Books, 2017) is her first collection.

Tonja Gunvaldsen-Klaassen
Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen was raised on the prairies and now lives on the Atlantic coast. She's published three collections of poetry and a chapbook. Her poems are recorded with Norman Adams on cello, and have been exhibited at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. She's read at the OBEY music convention and collaborates sporadically with other poets and visual artists.

Wendy McGrath
Wendy McGrath's most recent project is BOX-an adaptation of her eponymous long poem. BOX is a genre-blurring collaboration of jazz, experimental music, and voice with the group "Quarto & Sound." McGrath has written three novels and two books of poetry. Her most recent poetry collection, A Revision of Forward (NeWest Press 2015), is the culmination of a decade-long collaboration with printmaker Walter Jule. She is currently at work on several projects including the final novel in her "Santa Rosa Trilogy," a poetry collection, a collection of essays, as well as another production with Quarto & Sound.

24-Oct-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Ruth Roach Pierson
Ruth Roach Pierson took up the pen in pursuit of poetry after a distinguished career in academia. Her poems have appeared in ARC, Event, The Fiddlehead, Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, Pagitica, Pottersfield Portfolio, Prism International, Queen's Feminist Review, Quills, Room of One's Own, and Vallum as well as a number of anthologies. She lives in Toronto.

David Bateman
David Bateman is a visual artist, performance poet and actor. He has four collections of poetry from Frontenac House Press (Calgary), and two collaborative long poems (with Hiromi Goto and Naomi Beth Wakan). His first collection of Creative non fiction and short stories, entitled A Mad Bent Diva, was published by Hidden Book Press in the summer of 2017.

Margo LaPierre
Margo LaPierre is a Canadian poet and visual artist. She completed her BA in Philosophy and is currently completing a Publishing certificate at Ryerson University. She has been mentored by poets Hoa Nguyen and Elana Wolff. Her poems have been published in CAROUSEL, The Feathertale Review, filling Station, Bywords Literary Quarterly, Petal Journal, Echolocation, and EAT IT: A Literary Cookbook of Food, Sex and Women's Writing. Her poem "Bear Skin Rug" won the silver award for Poetry at the Alberta Magazine Publishers Awards. She lives in Toronto.

31-Oct-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Clementine Morrigan
Clementine Morrigan is the author of The Size of a Bird and Rupture. She also writes a zine called Fucking Magic. For more information see clementinemorrigan.com.

Renee Roman Nose
Renee Roman Nose is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, she is a poet, activist, actor, artist, photographer, and cultural anthropologist. She played Camille in "Some Days are Better Than Others" (2010), has done commercials, voice, radio, modeling, and live performances, including stand up comedy. She is President of Fierce Courage, providing team building, wellness facilitations, motivational speaking and poetry workshops.

Rafi Aaron
Rafi Aaron is an award-winning poet who has written four books of poetry and a play. His latest collection of poems, In the Days of the Cotton Wind and the Sparrow, was published by Exile Editions. Surviving the Censor—The Unspoken Words of Osip Mandelstam (Seraphim Editions, 2006) received the Jewish Book Award for poetry in 2007. The Toronto Star described Rafi as a poet “who allows simple, fresh, vivid words to cut individual jewels out of the material of language.” Rafi Co-chairs an Out of the Cold Shelter, and is the spokesperson of The Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness.

07-Nov-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: 00-Jan-00

Our Feature Readers:

Elana Wolff
Elana Wolff's poems and prose have appeared in publications in Canada and internationally and have garnered awards. She's the author of five solo poetry collections, most recently Everything Reminds You of Something Else. Her essay, "Paging Kafka's Elegist," won The New Quarterly 2015 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and is included in Tightrope Books Best Canadian Essays 2016. "Kafka at the Cemetery," was shortlisted for The Malahat Review 2016 Constance Rooke Prize; another of her Kafka-project pieces was recently published in New Madrid Journal (US). Elana divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating social art courses.

Rebecca Papucuru
Rebecca Papucaru's work has appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review and Event. She has been anthologized in I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014) and Best Canadian Poetry in English (2010). She lives in Sherbrooke, QC

Norman Allan
Norman has been writing poetry for a long time when the muse allows, and he loves some of the work he has produced, and he is going to share some of his favorite poems with you. First though he wants me to tell you about the Renaisance Revival, a poetry workshop that meets on the third wednesday of the month: that's tomorrow. He has fliers.

14-Nov-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Susan Alexander
Susan Alexander is the winner of the 2016 Short Grain poetry prize and the 2015 Vancouver Writers' Festival Contest. Her poems have appeared SubTerrain, Arc, CV2, Grain, Room, The Feathertale Review, In/Words, The Antigonish Review, and PRISM International. For inspiration, Alexander writes from eclectic experiences - as a chambermaid, CBC Radio journalist, stay-at-home mother, waitress, lay preacher, associate at a boutique investment firm, as well as from her family history and passions. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and lives on Bowen Island, BC. The Dance Floor Tilts is her debut collection of poems published by Thistledown Press.

Michelle Elrick
Michelle Elrick is the author of two books of poetry, 'To Speak' (2010) and 'then/again.' She is the creator of "Notes from the Fort," a performance installation series on the origins of home. Her work has been published in numerous journals, read from stages across Canada and Europe, and broadcast on CBC television. She live and writes near on the North Atlantic.

Christopher Doda
Christopher Doda is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Glutton for Punishment. He is also the Series Editor for the annual Best Canadian Essays

21-Nov-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Rob Taylor
Rob Taylor is the author of the poetry collections The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011) and The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016). Rob has also published five chapbooks, including Lazienki Park, which is forthcoming from the Alfred Gustav Press in December. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and son, where he teaches creative writing at the University of the Fraser Valley and coordinates the Dead Poets Reading Series.

Chris Banks
Banks' works include a chapbook, Form Letters (2002). His first full-length collection, Bonfires, was awarded the Jack Chalmers Award for poetry by the Canadian Authors' Association in 2004. Bonfires was also a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. His most recent collection of poems Winter Cranes published by ECW Press appeared in the fall of 2011. His work has received positive reviews both in Canada and in the United States. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario, where he writes, and teaches at Bluevale Collegiate Institute.

Catherine Graham
Catherine Graham is the author of six poetry collections and the debut novel Quarry. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry and The Celery Forest was published this past fall. Winner of IFOA's Poetry NOW, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and at Humber College's Creative Book Publishing Program. Published internationally, she lives in Toronto. Visit her at www.catherinegraham.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @catgrahampoet

28-Nov-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Jeff Cottrill

Our Feature Readers:

SHANE NEILSON
Shane Neilson is a poet, physician, and critic who is currently completing his PhD in the English and Cultural Studies Department of McMaster University. He published Dysphoria, his final installment in his affect trilogy, with the Porcupine's Quill in Spring 2017. He edits for Frog Hollow Press, Anstruther Press, and Hamilton Arts & Letters magazine.

Glen Downie
Glen Downie worked in cancer care in Vancouver for many years, and now lives in Toronto (and at www.glendownie.com). He served as Writer-in-Residence at Dalhousie University's Medical Humanities Program, and won the Toronto Book Award for his 2007 Loyalty Management. He has letterpress-printed two series of signed broadsides by Canadian and American poets (available through www.talltreepress.com). His most recent collection is Democratic Beauties, published by Tightrope Books.

Nichola Nicki Ward
Nichola (Nicki) Ward has been described as "one of the most gifted and transformative poets in Canada. Her work is witty, accessible, personal. She deftly combines contemporary themes with classical grounding in a way that is compelling. Unashamed of sentimentality, humour or tragedy, her rare performances give us permission to engage deeply and unselfconsciously.

05-Dec-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Carolyne Van Der Meer.
Carolyne Van Der Meer is a Montreal-based PR professional, journalist and university lecturer. In addition to myriad publications in journals and anthologies internationally, she is the author of Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) and Journeywoman (Inanna) a collection of poetry. She holds degrees in English Literature and a graduate certificate in creative writing.

Cornelia Hoogland
Cornelia Hoogland’s seventh book, “Trailer Park Elegy,” (Harbour, 2017) is her third book-length long poem. She sits on panels, gives workshops and writes articles on the long poem. Most recently, “Killing Myself Laughing in the Elegiac Long Poem” and “The Long Poem and the Shape of the Working Mind” in “The Long Poem Symposium.” “Woods Wolf Girl” (Wolsak and Wynn), was a finalist for the Relit 2011 National Poetry Award. “Sea Level” was short-listed for the CBC Awards. Cornelia was the founder and artistic director of Poetry London, and most recently, of Poetry Hornby Island, the B.C. Gulf island where she lives. www.corneliahoogland.com

Dayle Furlong
Dayle Furlong is the author of the novel Saltwater Cowboys, a 2015 Toronto Public Library Dewey Diva Pick, and a collection of poetry entitled Open Slowly. Her short-fiction has appeared in journals in Canada and the US and has been awarded an Award of Merit from the Summer Literary Seminars international literary competition. She is a graduate of the Humber College School for Writers and is currently completing an online Masters of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She has worked in numerous arts organizations and publishing houses as a publicist, communications manager and grant-writer.




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