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



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

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Kelly Norah Drukker

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Kelly Norah Drukker is the author of Small Fires (McGill-Queenİs University Press), a debut collection of poems that won the 2016 A.M. Klein Poetry Prize, the 2016 Concordia University First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de MontrŬal. Her work has appeared in The Malahat Review, Contemporary Verse 2, enRoute Magazine, The Island Review, and The SHOp, and won second prize in the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. Kelly was born in Montreal, and grew up Quebecİs Laurentian region. She has worked as an English teacher in the UK, Switzerland, and France, and now lives in Montreal, where she is pursuing a doctorate in Humanities at Concordia University

Lisa Richter
Lisa Richter is a Toronto-based poet and English as a second language. Her poetry has appeared in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, The Literary Reviews of Canada, Canthius, The Toronto Quarterly, among others. She was longlisted for the 2015 CBC Poetry Prize, and her chapbook, Intertextual, was published by Pooka Press in 2010. Her first full-length collection of poems, Closer to Where We Began, is now available from Tightrope Books.

Ron Charach
Ron Charach is the author of 12 books, 10 of them poetry, and one dystopian novel, cabana the big, a uniquely Canadian response to all things Trump. Ron will read from his new book, Prosopagnosia, (means face blindness).

2-May-17, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Bruce Hunter
Bruce Hunter is the author of three books of poetry, a collection of short stories and the award-winning novel In The Bearİs House. Deafened as an infant, he worked in blue-collar jobs for nearly fifteen years, including variously as a labourer, Zamboni driver and gardener before and after attending Malaspina College. In his late twenties, he studied with W.O. Mitchell at the Banff School of Fine Arts and attended York University.For the past twenty years, he has taught English and Liberal Studies at Seneca College as well as stints teaching Creative Writing at the Banff Centre and York University. In 2002, he was the Writersİ Guild of Albertaİs Writer in Residence at the Banff Centre. In the fall of 2007, he was Writer in Residence for the Richmond Hill Public Library.

Susanna Derewicz
Suzanna Derewicz is a writer based in Toronto, Canada. She has recently been published on Metatron's OMEGA blog, in Peach Mag, the Minola Review, nationalpoetrymonth.ca, In/Words Magazine, (parenthetical), untethered, and The Quilliad. Her debut chapbook Maggie Monologues was released in Fall 2016 by words(on)pages press.

Vincent Colistro
Vincent Colistro's poems have appeared in Arc, Haziltt, CV2, The Walrus, Geist and elsewhere. He was a prize-winner in the 2012 Short Grain contest, and was nominated for National Magazine Award for Poetry in 2014. Late Victorians (Signal Editions, 2016) is his first book. He lives in Toronto.

9-May-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Lindsay Cahill
"Lindsay Cahill lives in Toronto, Ontario. Their writing has been featured in publications across North America including Jonathan Ballİs "Why Poetry Sucks: an anthology of humorous experimental Canadian poetry". They have independently published and curated almost two hundred writers and artists worldwide most recently for PALEBLUE: a spacey zine and mixtape (2015). Their chapbook BORG EMOJI: robot sleep studies was released earlier this year by Words On Pages Press. They were the recipient of the 2016 John Lent Poetry and Prose Award, and their chapbook, THE MOVEMENT OF THE TRIANGLE, is forthcoming from Kalmalka Press in Summer, 2017."

Emilio Puerta
Emilio Puerta has been dabbling with the pen for over a decade, attempting to show his ever evolving eclectic range of poems to the world with gradual success. Since first appearing in the public eye in 2014, he has been progressively gathering up a type of following worthy of the status of a people's poet. Though still legitimately unpublished, ever invictus in his stance, Emilio is always happy to take the stage and recite to any ear willing to listen, any mind willing to think, and any soul willing to tag along on the adventure.

Elizabeth Ross
Liz is the author of Kingdom (Palimpsest 2015).ƒ€Her work has been published in a number of literary magazines, selected for inclusion in Best Canadian Poetry 2013, and longlisted for the CBC poetry prize. She lives in Toronto, where she's at work on a series of linked memoirs and a second book of poetry.

16-May-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Johnny MacRae
Johnny MacRae is a mouthy poet. A former regional and national slam champion, he has toured all over Canada and the United States, performing at slams and readings, as well as poetry, music, and theatre festivals. In 2013, he was named Victoria Spoken Word Festival Poet of Honour.

Margaret Code
A poet since 1995, Margaret has been published in Garm Lu, Lichen, Best American Poets, Labour of Love, This Time Around: Coastline, Big Pond Rumours, Voices, various anthologies and Chickadee. In 2013 she won an audience-voted Best Originals contest and in 2015 took second in the Big Pond Rumours contest. Recently she tied for Best Poem in a Hot Sauced Words Poetry Themed Challenge. Margaret attends multiple poetry events in Toronto, delighted in the journey on the Winnipeg-Vancouver PoeTrain in spring 2015 and has been active on the board of the Art Bar Poetry Series for several years.

Pierre L'AbbŬ
Pierre LİAbbŬ was Director of the Art Bar from 1996 to 1998. He is the author of Lyon (Letters, 1996) in which the poet journeys through the modern city and talks to characters from its Roman past. In Ten Days in Rio, a novella in verse (Watershed Books, 1998) the wealth and depravity of the city is the backdrop for three characters on a quest for self-discovery. The stories in Kiss of the Beggar (Guernica, 2005), which was long-listed for the Relit award, present an exploration into the darker side of human nature. Pierre is the translator of Benjamin Fondaneİs Exodus: the face of poetic resistance under the Holocaust (Joseph Norman, 2008). He also translated Palestine (Guernica, 2014) a novel by Hubert Haddad, one of France's best known contemporary writers.

23-May-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Sarah Varnam
Sarah Varnam is a writer, editor, and artist, as well as the founder of The Quilliad Press and the Apple of my Odd Eye artist collective. Her work has been published in Third Wednesday, The Quarterday Review, Litbreak, and Transition Magazine, among other journals, and she recently received Writers' Reserve grants for two poetry collections in progress, EveningBITE and Palate Poems, which she will be reading from.

Mary Corkery
Mary Corkery has worked in social justice and international development organizations, most recently KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives where she was director for eight years. Now retired, Mary writes poetry, volunteers in support of refugees, and is chair of The Catherine Donnelly Foundation. Her poems are published in journals including: Room, Descant, The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, Existere, The Nashwaak Review, The Dream Catcher (U.K.), Kindred (U.S.A.), as well as in Writing at Wintergreen (2012 anthology edited by Helen Humphreys) and Sound Me When Iİm Done, a 2016 anthology edited by Lorna Crozier.

Marilyn Potter
Originally from Winnipeg, Marilyn Potter is an award-winning poet and writer now living in Toronto. Her poems have appeared in both Canadian and international literary journals and anthologies. Marilyn is a past winner of the Art Bar Discovery Night, the Betty Drevniok Award, and was shortlisted for Arcİs Poem of the Year. Her haiku, awarded ŞBest Canadian Poemş in the Cherry Blossom Festival, was translated into Japanese, and carved in stone in Vancouverİs Van Dusen Garden. She will read selections from Leave-Taking (Inanna 2016), her debut poetry collection.


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