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February 28, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Jovan Vuksanovich
Jovan Vuksanovich is a Canadian Poet, just recently back from living in San Francisco, presently residing in Toronto, published in literary journals, periodicals, poetry magazines, in Canada, U.S.A., Europe, and India. For the past 12 years, he has been presenting his poetry to audiences in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria, Warsaw, New York, Maui, Seattle, and San Francisco. In 2008, he recorded a CD of 9 poems entitled 'Deviant Melody'. October 2009, Jovan was invited to Warsaw, Poland as 'Feature Poet' (in English) to perform at 5 European literary events over a two week period. 'Jovan's poetry has been ascribed to the lineage of symbolists and surrealists, with cascading, provocative images oscillating between vivid imagined landscapes and bitter doses of reality. His poetry brings paradoxes to light through a noble rebellion cross-hatched with irreverent humour.' Jovita Berlin October 2015, Jovan published a book of his poems entitled NARCOTICA with Ithycon publishing in San Francisco.

Erin Brubacher
Erin Brubacher is a director and multidisciplinary artist. Her work has been presented by The National Arts Centre, The PuSh International Performance Festival, Canadian Stage, Harbourfront Centreİs World Stage, the CONTACT Photography Festival, the AGO and others. She recently directed a cross Canada tour of Concord Floral (Brubacher/Spooner/Tannahill). Current projects include: Directing These Sharp Tools by Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory; a web-installation in conversation with Carmen Aguirreİs Broken Tailbone for Nightswimming Theatre; and 7th Cousins, a performance project involving a 700km walk from Pennsylvania to Ontario with Christine Brubaker. Erin holds an MA International Performance Research from the University of Warwick and University of Amsterdam. Her first book of poetry, In the small hours, was published in 2016 by Gaspereau Press. She has lived in ten cities and now makes her home in Toronto. www.erinbrubacher.ca

Sophie Laliberte Else
Sophie Else has read at Hot Sauced Words, and her chapbook, In Search of Whitman, was published by LyricalMyrical Press in 2016. She lives in an apartment in Toronto, which she shares with a friend, who finds even short poems too long, but will sometimes eat entire collections when bored. Although this can be bothersome, Sophie also finds it is a helpful reminder of the many conversations we have with ourselves and others that donİt involve words. She spends much of her time writing about such conversations, and is currently working on her first full-length collection of poetry.

March 07, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Mike Lummis

Our Feature Readers:

Chris Pannell
Chris Pannell's A Nervous City (2013) won the Kerry Schooley Book Award from the Hamilton Arts Council. In 2010, his book Drive won the Acorn-Plantos People's Poetry Prize and the Arts Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year. From 1993 to 2005 he ran the new writing workshop and published two anthologies of work by that group. He is a former board member of the gritLIT Writers Festival and a former DARTS bus driver. He hosts and helps organize the monthly Hamilton reading series Lit Live. His latest book of poetry Love, Despite the Ache, was published by Wolsak and Wynn.

Myna Wallin
Myna Wallin has published two books: one collection of poetry, A Thousand Profane Pieces (Tightrope Books, 2006) and a novel, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar (2010). Her forthcoming collection of poetry, Anantomy of an Injury, is being published Spring 2018 with Inanna Publications.

Brenda Clews
Brenda Clews birthday today!

Brenda Clews is a multi-media poet, artist and videopoet whose approach broaches poetry, painting, theory, dance, recordings and video. Poem fragments are written into paintings. Or a painting evokes a poem that is later written into it. She may dance a poem while wearing a mask which has emerged from a painting. She is a multi-media artist whose approach to a topic includes poetry, painting, theory, dance, recordings, and video. Her oeuvre focuses on multiple callings, the obsessive muse. Brenda has had solo art shows at York University, Q Space and Urban Gallery and she has been in many group art shows. She has been published in a number of literary journals over the years. She has a chapbook, "the luminist poems," (LyricalMyrical Press, 2013) and a book of poetry, "Tidal Fury," (Guernica Editions, 2016), and a forthcoming novella, Fugue in Green (Quattro Books, Fall 2017).

March 14, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Adebe D. A.

Our Feature Readers:

Viral Gor
Virus the Poet broke onto the Poetry, Spoken Word scene early in 2015 and never looked back. He is considered a modern-day philosopher with views ranging from family life to societal norms. He has been published by the Poetry Institute of Canada for his award-winning poem 'Home', Virus the Poet has emphasized the importance of writing and the power words have. Due to his personal philosophies, Virus has pushed the boundaries of conventional poetry to inspire and empower today's youth and listeners around the world.

Diana Manole
As a native Romanian poet and writer, Diana Manole has published nine collections of poems and/or plays and has won fourteen literary awards. Since making Canada her new country, her poetry (translated from Romanian with Adam J. Sorkin or written in English) has appeared in literary magazines in Canada, the US, the UK, and South Africa. Her poems have also been translated into and published in French, German, Polish, Spanish, and Albanian, while her translations of Canadian poetry were printed in major Romanian magazines. In September 2016, one of her poems has been featured in English and French on the website of the Canadian Parliament's Library as Poem of the Month.

Rocco de Giacomo

Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. In 2009, he published his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us (Quattro Books). Ten Thousand Miles was longlisted for the ReLit Poetry Award, and selected for Poetry NOWİs 3rd Annual Battle of the Bards. The author of numerous chapbooks including Catching Dawnİs Breath (2008), his work has appeared in Descant, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead and Queenİs Quarterly. Roccoİs poetry has also been featured on the CBC, and from 2008 to 2014, he participated on the council for the Art Bar Poetry Series. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Lisa, and daughters Ava and Matilda.

March 21, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Kate Marshall Flaherty

Our Feature Readers:

Mark Sampson
Mark Sampson has published two novels, Off Book (Norwood Publishing, 2007) and Sad Peninsula, (Dundurn Press, 2014), a short story collection, The Secrets Men Keep (Now or Never Publishing, 2015), and a poetry collection, called Weathervane, (Palimpsest Press, 2016). His new novel, The Slip, is forthcoming from Dundurn Press in 2017. Mark has published many short stories and poems in literary journals across Canada, including in The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Nashwaak Review, The Puritan, This magazine, Pottersfield Portfolio, and FreeFall. Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, he currently lives and writes in Toronto.

Jane Byers
Jane Byers lives in Nelson, British Columbia. Acquired Community, her second book of poems, was published in October 2016 by Caitlin Press-Dagger Editions. Her debut poetry collection, Steeling Effects is published by Caitlin Press (March, 2014). She is the recipient of the 2014 Richard Carver Emerging Writer Award and an honourable mention in the 2013 Lena Wilson Endicott Poetry Prize. She has had poems and essays published in various literary journals in Canada, the U.S. and England, including Grain, Descant, Plenitude, The Antigonish Review, Rattle and Best Canadian Poetry 2014.

Nicole Saltz

T.B.A.

March 28, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Susie Berg
Susie Berg was the co-curator of the Plasticine Poetry reading series for 2 years. She has just published her second full-length poetry collection, and is also the author of 3 chapbooks and an online poetry happening, The Starbucks Poetry Project.

Carmelo Militano
Carmelo Militano is a Winnipeg poet & novelist. His collection 'Ariadne's Thread' won the F.G.Bressani poetry award in 2004. His novel 'Sebastiano's Vine' was short listed for the Margaret Laurence fiction prize 2014. Militano also hosts a the P.I. New Poetry Show CKUW 95.9 where he interviews poets from across Canada.

Laurence Hutchman
T.BA.


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