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

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

Kate Sorbara
Kate Sorbara is the author of the chapbook, Burnt River. Her poems have been published in various journals, including The Quilliad, Northern Cardinal Review, and Juniper - A Poetry Journal. She facilitates poetry workshops in Toronto and at The Rochester Folk Art Guild. She is working on her next poetry collection.

Claudio Duran
Claudio Duran arrived in Canada as an exile following the military coup in Chile on September 11, 1973. In 1974 he became a Professor of Philosophy and Social Science at York University where he remains as a Senior Scholar.

Kelley Aitken
Bio: Kelley Aitken is a writer and artist. Canadian Shield, a collection of short stories informed by the Canadian wilderness was launched by Tightrope books in June of 2016 and earned an IPPY (Independent Publishers Prize of the Year) bronze medallion for fiction, Canada East Region and has been shortlisted for the 2017 ReLit awards. Her earlier collection, Love in a Warm Climate, The Porcupine’s Quill, ’98 was nominated for the Commonwealth prize, Best First Book, Canadian Caribbean Region. She is the co-editor of the anthology First Writes, The Banff Press, ‘05. With Maureen Scott Harris, she launched The Raven and the Writing Desk in 2007, a chapbook of Maureen’s haiku and Kelley’s wash drawings. She teaches drawing and painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Aga Khan Museum and on annual plein air trips to Europe. She is currently working on a collection of poetry “A Larger Wheel” and essays about drawing and museum space. An excerpt: “A Tree, an Elephant, Departure” was published as a chapbook by Field Notes, in 2015.

31-Jul-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Jaclyn Piudik
Jaclyn Piudik authored To Suture What Frays (Kelsay Books 2017) and two chapbooks, Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautiful Outlaw 2013) and The Tao of Loathliness (fooliar press 2005/8). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including New American Writing, Columbia Poetry Review, Burning House and CV2. She received a NY Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Academy of American Poets’ Sellers Award. Piudik edited three poetry collections for award-winning Canadian publisher Book*hug. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto.

Phlip Arima
Phlip Arima is a Toronto poet with five books and an audio CD to his credit. His work has been adapted to stage by Newfoundland's Neighbourhood Dance Works in collaboration with RCA Theatre, and to video by Vision Television. He was an Artistic Director of the Art Bar Poetry Series, a co-organizer/host of The Basement Reading Series, and a host for Syntactic Sundays. To read more of his work please visit www.phliparima.com.

Rob Welch
Rob Welch doesn't have an extensive poetry bio. You may know him as part of the Art Bar team. His ambition is to write 3 good poems and so far he feels he has one. Rob has featured at a few reading series. He's been in the poetry community for about 15 years.

07-Aug-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

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

Myna Wallin
Myna Wallin has published three books: A Thousand Profane Pieces (Tightrope Books, 2006), Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar (Tightrope Books, 2010), and this spring, Inanna Publications published Anatomy of an Injury, Myna's second poetry collection. Her short story, "Canadoll," about a male sexbot was published by Exile Editions in That Dammed Beaver: Canadian Humour, Laughs and Gaffs.

April Bulmer
April Bulmer's most recent book is called "Out of Darkness, Light" (Hidden Brook Press, 2018). It is her 10th book. Her work has appeared in such prestigious journals as "The Malahat Review," "ARC," "Event" and PRISM international. She holds three Master's degrees in creative writing, religious studies and theological studies and is known for her spiritually-driven poems. April recently won first prize in the Mystical, Whimsical Poetry Chapbook Competition. She was also shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her second book. April is originally from Toronto, but has lived in Cambridge, Ontario near Kitchener for over 20 years. Her earlier career was in the area of mass communications and she held positions at TVOntario and Maclean's magazine.

14-Aug-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Maureen Hynes
Maureen Hynes’s poetry collection, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry by a Canadian. Subsequent collections are Harm’s Way, Marrow, Willow. Her most recent collection, The Poison Colour, was shortlisted in 2016 for both the Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster Awards. Her poetry has been included in over 20 anthologies, including twice in Best Canadian Poems in English, and in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, 2017. Maureen is poetry editor for Our Times magazine. www.maureenhynes.com

Ronna Bloom
Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The More (Pedlar Press, 2017). Her poems have been recorded for the a CNIB and translated into Spanish and Bengali. She has collaborated with musicians, filmmakers, doctors, academics, spiritual leaders, and architects. Her poem. "The City" has been painted on King Street by PLANT Architects for the summer of 2018 as part of the King Street Pilot Project. Ronna is currently Poet in Community at the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Sinai Health System. www.ronnabloom.com


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