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

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

Richard Sanger
Richard Sanger’s new collection, Dark Woods, was published this year. His previous collections are Shadow Cabinet and Calling Home; his poems have appeared in many publications in Canada, the US and Britain, including the London Review of Books and Poetry Review. His plays include Not Spain, Two Words for Snow, Hannah’s Turn and Dive as well as translations of Calderon, Lope de Vega and Lorca. He has also published essays, reviews and journalism. He lives in Toronto.

Ricardo Sternberg
Ricardo Sternberg was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His poetry has been published in magazines such as The Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry (Chicago), Descant, American Poetry Review, The Walrus and Ploughshares. The Invention of Honey (1990, republished 1996) and Map of Dreams (1996) were published by Signal Editions of Vehicule Press and Bamboo Church (2003, republished 2006) and Some Dance (2014) were published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. Cyclops Press released a CD of his readings, Blindsight, in 1998.

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.

25-Sep-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Gianna Patriarca

Our Feature Readers:

Sonja Greckol
Sonja Greckol lives in Toronto and is grateful for subways and bike lanes wherever. Her long poem, 'No Line In Time' which opens her current book collection, won the 2017 Briar Patch Writing in the Margins Poetry Contest. She edits poetry for Women and Environmants International magazine. The granddaughter of East European settlers assigned to the Block Settlements in central Alberta, Greckol grew up on a farm and attended the University of Alberta. Her latest book No Line In Time explores this un|settlement in successive glimpses reaching back to medieval Spain gleaned from research and travel. Her iterating self unlayers how the 'emptied' territory came to be occupied.

Ben Gallagher
Ben Gallagher is a poet and essayist, who divides his time between Toronto ON and Scotch Village NS. He is currently in a PhD program at OISE, studying poetry curriculum and pedagogy, alternative arts education, and land. Recent work can be found in Juniper, Prairie Fire, The Puritan, Sewer Lid, Arc, (parenthetical), and Lion's Roar.

Jason Freure
Jason Freure is originally from Kitchener. He is the operations manager of The Puritan and Everyone Rides the Bus in a City of Losers is his first collection of poetry. He lives in the east end of Toronto with his two cats.

02-Oct-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Rosa Arlotto
Rosa Arlotto graduated from UofT Erindale College in languages. She is the author of a novel The Maestro and Margherita, two books of poetry, Record of a Modern Heart and Flower of Poison. She publishes periodically in quarterly magazine Literary Heist. She is currently one of the organizers of the Artbar Poetry reading Series.

Jim Nason
Jim Nason is the author of 6 books of poetry, 3 novels and a short story collection. His most recent book is Rooster, Dog, Crow

Caroline Szpak
Caroline Szpak is a writer of Polish ancestry based in Toronto. She studied writing at the University of Victoria and her poetry and fiction have appeared in journals across Canada. Slinky Naive (Anvil Press) is her debut collection. The title is a conjunctive reference to the term treatment naive, and the helical toy that slinks, entrancing and entranced down stairs, inclines, and inclinations.

09-Oct-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Lois Lorimer
Lois Lorimer is a poet, actor and teacher. Her poetry chapbook Between the Houses, was published by Maclean Dubois in Edinburgh in 2010 and her first collection, Stripmall Subversive was published in 2012. Her poems have appeared in leading literary journals, including: Arc, Literary Review of Canada, as well as in the anthologies The Bright Well (Leaf Press), and Connectivism (Variety Crossing Press). As an actor Lois Lorimer was a member of the Shaw Festival Company, working as well in film and radio drama. Born in Brockville, she now lives on the Scarborough Bluffs where she is finishing her second collection, and teaches educators about the values of Mindfulness.

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. The author of numerous poetry chapbooks and full-length collections, his latest, Brace Yourselves – on the representation of the individual as it relates to the Zeitgeist – was published in January, 2018, through Quattro Books. Rocco lives in Toronto with his wife, Lisa Keophila, a fabric artist, and his daughters, Ava and Matilda.

Maureen Harris
Poet and essayist Maureen Scott Harris was born in Prince Rupert, BC, grew up in Winnipeg, and has lived in Toronto since the 1960s. She’s been a freelance writer and editor, librarian, bookstore clerk, and production manager for Brick Books. Her publications include three collections of poetry and three chapbooks, as well as work in Canadian, American, British, and Australian journals. Her essay on the Don River won the WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize. With the River Poets she develops poetry walks through the city’s ravines and parks.

16-Oct-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

Al Moritz
A. F. Moritz has written more than twenty books of poetry, and has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Ingram Merrill Fellowship. His collection The Sentinel won the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 of the Year. His most recent collection is Sequence. He lives in Toronto.

Linda Frank
Linda Frank was born in Montreal but now lives in Hamilton. She has been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther award and the Natiional Magazine Award and is a past winner of the Bliss Carman award. Her latest book, Divided, was published with Wolsak and Wynn in the spring of 2018.

Marvyne Jenoff
Since beginning publication as a student in the 1960s, Marvyne Jenoff’s work has appeared in many Canadian literary journals. She is the author of three poetry books and one of experimental fiction: No Lingering Peace: Fiddlehead Press,1972; Hollandsong: Oberon Press, 1975; The Orphan and the Stranger: Wolsak & Wynn Publishers, 1985; The Emperor’s Body (fiction): Ekstasis Editions, 1995. Since then she has self-published several chapbooks with Twoffish Press from 2006. She is currently working on a book of poems to be called Bones' Business. Marvyne also exhibits her visual art in Toronto; see www.marvynejenoff.org.

23-Oct-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Emilia Nielsen
Emilia Nielsen’s debut book, Surge Narrows (Leaf Press, 2013), was a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Body Work, her second book of poetry, was published by Signature Editions in spring 2018. She is the author of the scholarly text Disrupting Breast Cancer Narratives: Stories of Rage and Repair forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press in spring 2019. She recently joined York University’s Department of Social Science as a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Health and Society program.

Lenea Grace
Lenea Grace is the author of A GENEROUS LATITUDE (ECW Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in The Walrus, Best New Poets, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Washington Square Review, CV2, and elsewhere. Lenea is the 2017 winner of The Walrus Poetry Prize Readers' Choice Award for her poem "Echo". She is a founding editor of The Mackinac.

Brian Dedora
Brian Dedora: Writing, publishing and performing in the 1970s and 80s foment of literary experimentation in Toronto, endured a twenty-year silence broken in 2008 to publish a string of books in an “increasingly audacious experiment in narrative” through a lens of gay sensibility and give hetero-normativity a thorough prodding. Brian Dedora’s novel/memoir A SLICE OF VOICE AT THE EDGE OF HEARING was a finalist for both the Relit Award and the George Ryga Prize followed by another “audacious experiment in narrative” A FEW SHARP STICKS, followed by LOT 351, and a book of his visual work from the 70’s and 80’s entitled EYE WHERE, all books through the Mercury Press and Teksteditions. Editorial Visor in Madrid and BookThug in Toronto published his latest work on the Spanish poet and playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca, titled LORCATION in a bilingual edition in 2015 along with TWO AT HIGH NOON published by Nomados Literary Press.




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