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Our New Schedule - - - - and Win cash on the Open Mic

23-Apr-19 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

Jade Wallace
Jade Wallace is a writer from the Niagara Fruit Belt currently working in law and trying to be a good Draft Reading Series collective member in Toronto, Ontario. Jade’s short fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in Canada, India, the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Sweden, and New Zealand, including in Studies in Social Justice, The Dalhousie Review, The Nashwaak Review, Feathertale, A New Ulster, Acumen, The Chaffey Review, The Town Crier, Pac’n Heat: A Noir Homage To Ms. Pac-Man from AGP Books, Breakfast in a Day from Death Cookie Soup, as well as in chapbooks from Grey Borders Books. Rituals of Parsing (2018), a collection of poems, is available now from Anstruther Press. Jade plays ukulele in The Leafy Greens, a band that has been incorrectly described as “psychedelic stoner metal.”

Susan Glickman
Susan Glickman grew up in Montreal but has lived in Toronto since 1977. She is the author of seven books of poetry, seven novels for adults and children, and one award-winning work of literary criticism. Currently working as a freelance editor and writing mentor, she has taught English to everyone from undergraduates to children, and been a Creative Writing instructor at both Ryerson and U of T. For the past three years she has been a full-time art student at Central Tech. She will be reading from What We Carry, published this month!

D.M. Marchand-Lafortune
DM Marchand-Lafortune is an actor, advocate, educator, photographer, poet, singer-songwriter, actor, videographer and visual artist. She is a smart, powerful woman who can command any stage. She was born to a single Cree–Métis mother and Jewish father in downtown Toronto in 1950s. Her paternal grandparents, holocaust survivor, refused to accept the relationship. When she was born her mother and her were homeless. As an orphan she has lived Fanon’s claim: “I must understand everything because I belong nowhere.” This understanding informs all her work and has meant she has a finely tuned sense of communication for inclusion. She is working on her first book of poetry – Orphans and The Other Little Things That Matter.

30-Apr-19 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Asian-Canadian Heritage Month Kick Off hosted by Puneet Dutt

Our Feature Readers:

Phoebe Wang
PHOEBE WANG is a writer and educator based in Toronto, Canada and a first-generation Chinese-Canadian. Her work has recently appeared in BRICK Magazine, the Copenhagen-based Sindroms Magazine and in the REFUSE: Canlit in Ruins anthology. She is the author of two chapbooks and her debut collection of poetry, Admission Requirements (McClelland and Stewart, 2017) was shortlisted for the Gerald Lambert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and nominated for the Trillium Book Award. Her work has been included in The Unpublished City, shortlisted for a Toronto Book Award, and she co-edited The Unpublished City: Volume II, The Lived City. Currently she works with the organization Poetry In Voice and as a Writing and Learning Consultant for ELL students at OCADU. More of her work can be found at www.alittleprint.com.

Manahil Bandukwala
Manahil Bandukwala is a poet and artist. She is the author of two chapbooks, Paper Doll (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Pipe Rose (battleaxe press, 2018). Her literary and visual work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Puritan, Room, Existere, Coven Editions, and others. She was the 2019 winner of Room magazine's Emerging Writer Award, and was a Tree Reading Series' Hot Ottawa Voice for 2018. See her work on her website, http://manahils.com.

Chuqiao (Teresa) Yang
Chuqiao (Teresa) Yang was born in Beijing, China and currently resides in Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa and a Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor. Her writing has appeared in The Unpublished City, 30 under 30: an anthology of Canadian millennial poets, The Puritan, Ricepaper, Arc, Prism, Filling Station, Grain, CV2, Room, and on CBC. In 2011, she was the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards for a non-fiction piece, Beijing Notes. In 2015, she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her chapbook, Reunions in the Year of the Sheep, published by Baseline Press, won the 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Follow her on Twitter @chuqiaoyang.

07-May-19 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: sharon Goodier

Our Feature Readers:

Tyler Pennock and Véronique Kanor
"Tyler Pennock, a Cree and Métis 2-Spirits poet whose family is coming from Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta, lives in Toronto. Holder of a Bachelor in Aboriginal Studies and a Master in creative writing, he writes in numerous magazines, and will publish his first collection of poems, Bones, at Brick Books Publishing in the Spring 2020. Véronique Kanor, a poet from Martinique who spends her time between Martinique and Guyana, is the author of Combien de solitudes published by Présence Africaine Éditions in 2013, laureate of the Prix Éthiophile 2018. Specialist of pict-dub-poetry (scenic performance with videos and texts), she is also a filmmaker and writes for the theater. "

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Jordan Fry
Publisher of Grey Borders Books (Niagara Falls, ON). He has published his poetry sporadically since 2002. Currently editor of Grey Borders Magazine which publishes international authirs and artists, up to six issues per year.

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