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



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

Your Host: Puneet Dutt

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.

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

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Lea Harper
Lea Harper is the author of two collections of poems, All that Saves Us and Shadow Crossing (Black Moss Press), and four recordings. Her songs have received a Juno nomination and won a Canadian Reggae Award. She performs with the Jazz/poetry ensemble, Alchemy, and is currently living on a lake in the Haliburton Highlands, north of Toronto where she is completing her first novel.

Dilys Leman
Originally from Ottawa, Dilys has lived in Toronto since 2008. Her first poetry book, The Winter Count, was released with McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2014. She has a chapbook, The Lunacy Commission, with Cactus Press (2012). Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in literary magazines such as ARC, Grain, CV2 and Prairie Fire. Dilys is a member of the River Poetry Walks for Toronto's Don and Humber Rivers. Several of her water poems are forthcoming in a collection of scholarly essays, The Wonder of Water: Lived Experience, Policy and Practice (University of Toronto Press). She works as a writer and editor, teaches therapeutic yoga to older adults, and facilitates a poetry and yoga group dubbed the Bawdy/Body Poets.

Dominique Bernier-Cormier
Dominique Bernier-Cormier was born in Quebec, but grew up in Moscow, Paris, and Beijing, where he father worked as a foreign correspondent for CBC Television. Bernier-Cormier won the Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem in 2017 for “Fabric.” His poems have also been shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, Arc’s Poem of the Year Award, CV2's Young Buck Poetry Prize, and a National Magazine Award. His chapbook, Englishing, was published by Frog Hollow Press in spring 2017. He is now a poetry editor for Rahila's Ghost Press. Correspondent is his first book.

06-Nov-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

John Terpstra
John Terpstra is a Hamilton poet who has won and been short-listed for a number of awards, for both poetry and creative non-fiction. His latest book of poetry is "Mischief" (Gaspereau Press). "Daylighting Chedoke" (Wolsak & Wynn), a non-fiction (poetic) exploration of a creek hidden under the streets of Hamilton, is scheduled for release in Fall 2018. He spends his off-hours working as a carpenter and cabinetmaker.

Margaret Christakos
Margaret Christakos has published nine collections of poetry, a novel and a creative memoir. Last year A Selected of her poetry was published by WLU Press, titled Space Between Her Lips. This fall Margaret is in residence at University College at U of T and teaching creative writing parttime at Ryerson.

Greg Santos
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13-Nov-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

Sue Chenette
Sue Chenette, a classical pianist as well as a poet, grew up in northern Wisconsin and has made her home in Toronto since 1972. She is an editor for Brick Books, and the author of The Bones of His Being (Guernica Editions, 2012) and Slender Human Weight (Guernica Editions, 2009), as well as three chapbooks: Solitude in Cloud and Sun, A Transport of Grief, and The Time Between Us.

Roger Greenwald
ROGER GREENWALD attended The City College of New York and the Poetry Project workshop at St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery, then completed graduate degrees at the University of Toronto. He has won two CBC Literary Awards (poetry and travel literature) and many awards for translations from Scandinavian languages. He has published two books of poems: Connecting Flight and Slow Mountain Train.

Paola Ferrante


20-Nov-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Terry Trowbridge

Our Feature Readers:

Andrew McEwan
Andrew McEwan is the author of the books If Presed and repeater (a finalist for the 2013 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award) and numerous chapbooks, including Conditional and Can’t tell if this book is depressing or if I’m just sad. He lives in St. Catharines.

Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016) and the co-editor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). Her second book Trauma Head (forthcoming 2018) has already been shortlisted for the Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and contains some poems from the chapbook of the same name (Trauma Head, Otter Press, 2017). Elee founded Thursdays Writing Collective, a beloved non-profit organization for Downtown Eastside writers and through its ten years she edited and published nine of its anthologies. She is originally from Boston. www.eleekg.com

Kath MacLean
Kath is an award winning multi-media artist. Recently she moved back to Toronto from Edmonton where she was a professor of creative writing. Tonight she will launch her third book of poetry, Translating Air (McGill-Queen's) based on the H.D.'s sessions with Freud during the 1930s.




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