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



20-June-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Francine Lewis
Francine P. Lewis is a former team member with The Art Bar Poetry Series. She has had poetry published in magazines and anthologies including The Art Bar Anthology, Existere, Rampike, ChiZine.com and Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales. She has also published one chapbook of poetry, Eurydice Dreams (2009), finished one poetry collection and working on a second. Her short stories have appeared in the children’s science fiction anthology, Tales from the Wonder Zone: Odyssey, and in the anthology, DARK DREAMS: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers. She has written a science fiction novel and is currently working on a novella, which she hopes to finish this summer.

Bruce Meyer
Bruce Meyer is author of more than 50 books of poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction. He was twice winner of the Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize. His latest book is 1967: Centennial Year (Black Moss Press).

David Silverberg
Dave Silverberg is a poet, producer, host, journalist, arts educator, workshop leader, professional egg nog drinker. His first book of poetry Bags of Wires was published by LyricalMyrical Press and his forthcoming book of poetry will be published by ChiZine. He has performed poetry across Canada and Europe, and his mom is real proud he did a TED Talk. Find him at davidsilverberg.ca

27-June-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Brandon Pitts
Brandon Pitts is a prominent figure in the US Pacific Northwest and Ontario poetry scenes, packing houses with his dynamic readings. He was inducted into the prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an "Emerging Voice" for fiction. He followed this with his novel Puzzle of Murders (2011) and then a poetry collection Pressure to Sing (2012). Tender in the Age of Fury, his second collection of poems, was published by Mosaic Press in 2016 to wide critical praise and is already in its third printing.

Ariel Balevi
Ariel Balevi is an oral storyteller whose repertoire derives from the Sufi, literary,and folklore traditions of Iran, Turkey, and Central Asia. Ariel performs these stories in English, using verse or proverb from the language of origin of the story. Ariel has performed both locally and internationally, sometimes with Western or traditional Persian musicians. In his performances Ariel strives to present the universality of these narratives, unfamiliar to some audiences, and in doing so bring about mutual respect and understanding among different cultural traditions.

David Stones
David Stones is a Toronto and Stratford based poet, performer and spoken word artist. He published his first collection of poetry, Infinite Sequels, in 2013, subsequently transforming the work into a one-man show of the same name. His second collection of poetry, Such A Frail Book Of Endings, will be released later this year, as well as a chapbook, On Turning Into Raymond Souster. David is a member of the Ontario Poetry Society and an Associate Member of the League Of Canadian Poets. Visit David and his blog at DavidStonesPoet.com

4-July-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Emily Izsak
Emily Izsak recently completed the University of Toronto’s MA in English and Creative Writing program. Her work has been published in Arc, the Puritan, House Organ, Cough, Dusie, The Doris, and Maple Tree Literary Supplement. In 2014, she was selected as PEN Canada’s New Voices Award nominee. Her first full length collection, Whistle Stops, was released in April from Signature Editions.

Stevie Howell
Stevie Howell is an Irish-Canadian writer & worker. She is the poetry editor at This Magazine, & an MFA candidate at NYU. Her second book of poetry is forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart.

Noah Wareness
Noah Wareness lives with his friends in the city. He writes by hand.

11-July-17, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host:Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Sonia Di Placido
Sonia Di Placido is a poet and writer, completing her MFA from UBC. A graduate of the Ryerson University Theatre School with an Honours BA in Humanities from York University, Sonia has experience as a Supernumerary with the Canadian Opera Company, is a member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers and The League of Canadian Poets. She has published chapbooks, poetry, profile pieces, interviews and has written reviews for literary print/online journals and various anthologies: Poems and Reviews can be found in Carousel, The Puritan, Jacket2, Canthius and The California Journal of Women Writers. Exaltation In Cadmium Red, her first book was published in 2012. A second book of poetry is forthcoming with Guernica Editions in 2018.

Julia Pileggi
Julia Pileggi is a published writer, spoken word poet, theatre artist, and educator residing in Vancouver. Julia blends humour, authenticity, and musicality in her writing and performance. She shares and inspires vulnerability, giving voice to themes including self-worth, relationships, family, and (more times than intended) food. Currently ranked in the top 10 at the 2017 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, Julia is a member of the 2017 Van Slam team, and competed on both the Van Slam Team at NPS, and the Slamapalooza slam team at CFSW in 2016. Julia is one half of the five year long writing project www.thesefiveminutes.com

Zach DaCosta
Zach Da Costa is a new writer without many official qualifications or achievements. He has featured at the Art Bar once before and has won the poetry themed challenge at Hot Sauced Words on multiple occasions. He is currently working on a novel about life in Toronto, where he lives with his cats Gin and Nelson.

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

Your Host: Jeff Cottrill

Our Feature Readers:

Zachary Jones
Zak Jones is a creative writing student at the University of Toronto studying under soon to be dead but still important women and men. His poetry is a confused empathetic experiment shouted at bars and salons over the city. He loves his mother and loves his brother and will have a book out when he's good and ready. Jones poetry can be recited appropriately to friends and enemies so bring both and see both in him. The To

Kate Sorbara
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Mugabi Byenkya
Mugabi Augustine Ateenyi Olatokumbo Byenkya was born in Nigeria to Ugandan parents and has spent his life living across Africa, Asia and North America. Mugabi is a writer, poet and rapper who has honed his craft through writing workshops, poetry slams, cyphers and open mics across North America and East Africa. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015, has been featured on The Good Men Project, The Mighty and his writing is used to teach International High School English reading comprehension. His debut novel, Dear Philomena, was published in 2017.

25-Jul-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Daryl Whetter
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Jonathan Moody
Jonathan Moody received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Cave Canem fellow. He is the author of Olympic Butter Gold, which won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, and The Doomy Poems. His poetry has appeared in African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, The Common, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review Online, and various other journals. He lives in Fresno, Texas, with his wife and son and teaches English at Pearland High School.

Janice Colbert
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01-Aug-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

John Nyman
John Nyman’s first book of poetry, Players, was shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Award. John lives in Toronto, writes and workshops with the &, (“ampersand comma”) poetry collective in Guelph, Ontario, and is currently completing a PhD in Theory and Criticism at Western University.

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
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Mick Burrs
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