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27-Mar-18 ,Mystic Night, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Brenda Clews

Our Feature Readers:

Clara Blackwood
Clara Blackwood is a poet and visual artist living in Toronto. She is the author of two poetry books, Subway Medusa (2007) and Forecast (2014), with Guernica Editions. She is currently working on a third collection focusing on the themes of trauma, healing and the shadow side of relationships.

Kath MacLean
Kath MacLean recently moved back to Toronto from Edmonton where she was a professor of English and creative writing for some years before rediscovering the joys of teaching kindergarten. Her first collection, for a cappuccino on Bloor was awarded the new muse writing award on both the east and west coast of Canada. Her second book, Kat Among the Tigers is based on the journals and letters of Katherine Mansfield. MacLean has also written three poetry videos including the award winning Doo-da and recorded a CD of performance poetry with composer Lane Arndt. In 2011 she received the inaugural Anne Green Award for best multimedia artist in Canada. Currently she is completing a poetry manuscript about H.D. and her psychoanalytical sessions with Freud in the 1930s. She is also working on a book of nonfiction about the Spanish flu of 1918 in Edmonton and Toronto.

Elizabeth Greene
Elizabeth Greene has published three collections of poetry, The Iron Shoes, Moving and Understories. Her novel, A Season Among Psychics, is scheduled to appear from Inanna in 2018. She has edited a selection of Adele Wiseman's poetry, The Dowager Empress, scheduled to appear from Inanna in 2018 or 2019. In an earlier incarnation, she taught English at Queen's University, including Contemporary Canadian Women Writers.

3-Apr-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Mike Lipsius

Our Feature Readers:

Lucy Brennan
Lucy Brennan has published in Canada, Ireland, U.K. and U.S.A. with a collection, Migrants All, (watershedBooks, Toronto 1999) and a spoken-word CD, The Tellings and Mad Sweeney. She is in The White Page/An Bhileog Bhán - Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets (1999), Salmon Publishing. She gave readings in Canada, the United States (She completed her M.F.A. at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina), Dublin, Ireland, and Canada House, London, and papers at The Queen’s University, Belfast, The University of Prince Edward Island and Concordia University, Montreal. Her play, Daughter of the House, was produced in Toronto, April/May 2008.

James Dewar
James Dewar is a writer, editor, and creative writing mentor. He has performed his work on CBC Radio, live television, several radio stations and numerous poetry readings in Canada and abroad. His poetry and short fiction have been published in several anthologies and literary journals. His book of poetry, The Garden in the Machine, was published by Hidden Brook Press. He has edited and published many books of poetry and anthologies, and has guided over 50 poets in the editing, design and printing of their own poetry collections and chapbooks. James teaches poetry and fiction (www.inkslingers.ca) throughout Metropolitan Toronto area and internationally.

Sue Reynolds

10-Apr-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:


Ned Baeck
I grew up in rural southern Ontario, attended highschool in Toronto and University in Montreal. After that I moved to Vancouver, where I've been living and working since.

Carol Barbour
Carol Barbour’s new collection of poetry titled Infrangible will be launched in 2018 by Guernica Editions. Poems, fiction, and essays are published by the Fiddlehead, Canthius, Sein und Werden, Transverse, Ekphrastic Review, Impulse, RFR, Matriart, and the Toronto Quarterly. A visual artist and writer, Barbour has exhibited paintings, sculptures and artist books at galleries and book fairs in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Her hand-made artist books, which combine art and literature, are collected by the National Gallery of Canada, Artexte, the British Library, Goldsmiths/University of London, and the Banff Art Centre. An independent scholar of early modern art and books, she has delivered papers at the Renaissance Society of America, Biblyon, and the International Society of Emblems conference.

17-Apr-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

Blaine Marchand
Blaine Marchand's writing has appeared in magazines across Canada, the US and Pakistan. Among his several prizes are 2nd Prize in the 1990 National Poetry Contest and the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry for his book, A Garden Enclosed. Two recent collections, Aperture and The Craving of Knives were both short-listed for the Archibald Lampman Award in 2009 and 2010. Active in the literary scene in Ottawa for over 40 years, he was President of the League of Canadian Poets from 1991-93. His chapbook, My Head, Filled With Pakistan, was published in November 2016. He is working on a full-length collection, Where You Dwell.

Marty Gervais
Marty Gervais is a poet, journalist, photographer and historian specializing in the story of southwestern Ontario. His most successful book is The Rumrunners. It was a Canadian bestseller that sold more than 40,000 His mist recent book is Fice Days Walkkng Ficectiwnswwq

Bassam the Poet
Bassam (they/them or xe/xim) is a (gender)queer, Jewish person of Middle-Eastern descent, a long-time sufferer of body dysmorphia, bipolar and eating disorders, spoken word poet, and proud auntie.they are a member of the League of Canadian Poets, an executive board member with Spoken Word Canada, and has toured Turtle Island performing spoken word. Bassam earned title of national poetry slam champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) in 2016 and Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) finalist in 2017. they were editor-in-chief for 'these pills don't come in my skin tone', a poetry collection exclusively by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) on the topic of mental health and illness, released in fall 2017

24-Apr-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rudy Fearon

Our Feature Readers:

Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Shazia Hafiz Ramji received the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was a finalist for the 2016 National Magazine Awards. Her writing has appeared in Quill & Quire, Vallum, Metatron’s OMEGA, The Puritan, and Canadian Literature. Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia (Anstruther Press, 2017) and her debut book of poetry, Port of Being, is forthcoming from Insomniac Press in spring 2018. She lives in Vancouver, BC where she teaches creative writing and works as an editor.

Aaron Kreuter
Aaron Kreuter writes, works, and lives in Toronto. He is the author of the poetry collection Arguments For Lawn Chairs (Guernica Editions), and the forthcoming short story collection You and Me, Belonging (Tightrope Books). He has had worked published in journals and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry, Vallum, Arc, Poetry is Dead, and SubTerrain. He was shortlisted for the Malahat Review's 2016 Novella Contest, and got third place in Word on the Street's inaugural DiverCity contest.

Kevin Shaw
Kevin Shaw was born and raised in London, ON. His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as The Malahat Review, CV2, Arc, PRISM International, Grain, and The New Quarterly. His debut collection, Smaller Hours, was published by icehouse poetry in Fall 2017.

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