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



21-May-19 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: 00-Jan-00

Our Feature Readers:

Sacha Archer
Sacha Archer is a writer that works in numerous mediums as well as being the editor of Simulacrum Press (simulacrumpress.ca). Archer has two full-length collections of poetry, Detour (gradient books, 2017) and Zoning Cycle (Simulacrum Press, 2017), as well as a number of chapbooks, the most recent being TSK oomph (Inspiritus Press, 2018), Contemporary Meat (The Blasted Tree, 2018) and Autopsy Report (above/ground press) as well as Houses forthcoming from No Press. His book Framing Poems is forthcoming from Timglaset. Archer lives in Burlington, Ontario.

Smokii Sumac
Smokii Sumac is a proud member of the Ktunaxa nation. He is a PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University where his research centres on "coming home" stories from a Ktunaxa adoptee and two-spirit perspective. Smokii’s work has been published in Write Magazine, and under his former name (he is a man of many names) in Canadian Literature, Aanikoobijigan//Waawaashkeshi and on coffee sleeves as one of the winners of Peterborough's e-city lit’s artsweek contest in 2014. He currently shares his time between Nogojiwanong (Peterborough), and Ithaca, NY.

Elana Wolff and Peter Jickling
Elana Wolff has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and instructing social art courses with the City of Vaughan. Elana’s poems and creative nonfiction have been published widely in Canada, and internationally, and have garnered awards. Her sixth solo collection of poems, SWOON, is forthcoming in 2020 with Guernica Editions.
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Peter Jickling is a poet, playwright, and journalist from Whitehorse, Yukon. He holds a philosophy degree from the University of Lethbridge. His play, Syphilis: A Love Story, was first mounted in 2011 and subsequently toured Western Canada, winning Best Comedy at the 2013 Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival. In October 2016 he wintered in Toronto. Here he wrote his first poetry collection, Downtown Flirt.

28-May-19 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: 00-Jan-00

Our Feature Readers:

Giovanna Riccio
Giovanna Riccio is a Toronto poet whose work has appeared in national and international print and online publications and in numerous anthologies. Her poems have been translated into Italian, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has participated in varied literary events at Blue Met, The Edinburgh Fringe, Seamus Heaney Homeplace and The University of Calabria, to name a few. Giovanna is the author of Vittorio (Lyricalmyrical Press, 2010) Strong Bread (Quattro Books, 2011) and Plastic’s Republic (Guernica Editions, 2019).

Mark Laliberte
"Mark Laliberte is a Toronto-based artist-writer-designer-curator with an MFA from the University of Guelph. He has exhibited extensively in galleries across Canada and internationally, curates the experimental comics site 4panel.ca, and edits the hybrid art/lit mag CAROUSEL. He has had poems and pageworks appear in publications big and small, including (PARENTHETICAL), Humber Literary Review, Ink Brick, Poetry, prairie fire, Prefix Photo, subTerrain and Vallum. Recent publications include asemanticasymmetry (Anstruther Press), BookBook (above/ground) and Explosive Comic (Swimmers Group). Laliberte is also a member of MA|DE, a collaborative writing partnership, with a debut chapbook, Test Centre, forthcoming with ZED Press. marklaliberte.com + popnoir.bigcartel.com + ma-de.ca "

Peter Norman
Peter Norman has published a novel, “Emberton,” and four poetry collections, most recently “Some of Us and Most of You Are Dead.” He is a past finalist for the Trillium Poetry Book Award and the K.M. Hunter Artist Awards.

04-Jun-19 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: 00-Jan-00

Our Feature Readers:

Wubit Zewdu
"My name is Wubit Zewdu. I am a full time student, full time worker and a writer. I have a bachelor degree in Folklore and Journalism from the University of Addis Ababa and I have a poetry book in Amharic language called ""TEKUR ENA NECH"" or ""Black and white"". The book was published in 2017 in Toronto, Canada. I started writing since I was a child and that is my greatest passion in life; in fact, most often it is easier for me to express my feeling with my writing than speaking. For the future I have a plan to translate my book as well as to write in English language."

Mori McCrae
Mori McCrae is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. She moved to Niagara in 1990 where she had her first solo exhibition at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Shortly afterwards she began exhibit her work at the Jordan Art Gallery, as one of its founding members. She has been awarded several residencies, to Iceland and Ireland where she began to write poetry, and explore the possibility of a synthesis between words and visual art. Mori has also produced a significant body of public and private portraits, subject matter she also explores through poetry.

Cassidy McFadzean
Cassidy McFadzean was born in Regina, graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently lives in Toronto. She is the author of two poetry collections: Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart 2015), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Drolleries (M&S 2019). Her work has appeared in magazines across Canada and the US, and she has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, The Walrus Poetry Prize, and recently won second place in PRISM international’s Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction.




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