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The Art Bar is held at the fabulous
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320 College Street,
(College/Spadina)

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



12-Feb-19 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: 00-Jan-00

Our Feature Readers:

Dave Brydges
David C. Brydges is a poet/pioneer, cultural acupuncturist, and community builder, whose visionary mission is to bring the world more poets, poetry, and poetry adventures. While living in the wilds of his imagination. David is a passionate pollinator for poetry and eternal autodidact whose motto is "Doctora Ignorantia."

Nick Matthews
"Nicholas Matthews has just been kicked out of Ryerson university for taking too many semesters off and is wondering if his credits will still be retained if he decides to reapply. He completed just shy of two years for a psychology undergraduate degree and when asked what he does for a living replies:  ""line cook"" even though he quit his job in a kitchen a while ago and doesn't plan to return to the food industry. Overall, he's a bit scatter-brained but finds comfort in writing poetry, meditating, and drinking heavily. He accepts his life is not ideal but then realizes the conditions for happiness are malleable. "

Mercedes Killeen
mercedes killeen is a Toronto-based writer and editor. Her work has been published widely in periodicals such as Shameless Magazine, The Innis Review, Half a Grapefruit Magazine, and The UC Review, among others. Her first chapbook, tulips, was published by Grey Borders Books in 2016, with a second edition released in 2018. Her second collection of poetry, Using a spoon as a knife, is forthcoming from Grey Borders Books in late 2019. She is also currently writing a new manuscript entitled Poems for my mother. Her work often explores themes of mental illness, sex/sexuality, queer identity, and trauma.

19-Feb-19 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: 00-Jan-00

Our Feature Readers:

Stanley Fefferman
"Stanley Fefferman  has recently published two collections of poems: new and selected poems (1978-2016) entitled Home Was Elsewhere (Quattro Books, 2017), and The Heart of All Music: Poems about  Music and Musicians (Aeolus House, 2018). He has taught creative writing in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Colorado, and at York University where he is Professor Emeritus. His work in progress is a translation from the German of the poetry of Hermann Hesse to be entitled, The Seasons of Life."

Jody Chan
Jody Chan is a writer and organizer based in Toronto. They are the poetry editor for Hematopoeisis and Winter Tangerine Creative Associate. They have received fellowships from VONA and Tin House, and they are the winner of the 2018 Third Coast Poetry Contest and 2018 St. Lawrence Book Award. Their first chapbook is published with Damaged Goods Press. Their poems can be found in BOAAT, Yes Poetry, Nat. Brut, The Shade Journal, and elsewhere. They can be found online at https://www.jodychan.com/ and offline in bookstores or dog parks.

Steve McCormond
"Steve McOrmond’s most recent book is Reckon (Brick Books 2018). Responding to a poem from Reckon that appeared on Poetry Daily, comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted a perceptive one-liner review: “Steve McOrmond’s new poem, ‘Pure Outrage,’ is really funny and, if you read it right, kind of scary.” Musician Ron Sexsmith writes, “The isolation and confusion of the modern age come to life in Steve McOrmond’s new book Reckon in a way that is disquieting and strangely comforting at the same time.” Steve is the author of three previous collections of poetry, most recently The Good News about Armageddon (Brick Books 2010), which appeared on a number of book critics’ “Best of 2010” lists and was shortlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award. His second collection, Primer on the Hereafter (Wolsak and Wynn 2006), was awarded the Atlantic Poetry Prize. His debut collection, Lean Days (Wolsak and Wynn 2004), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, which recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian. His work has also been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets and Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he lives in Toronto. www.stevemcormond.com "

26-Feb-19 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rudy Fearon

Our Feature Readers:

Sarah Kabamba
"We are surrounded by stories and poetry, Sarah Kabamba just wants to share some of them with you. She was the winner of Room Magazine's 2017 Emerging Writer Award and was shortlisted for the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in Room Magazine, The New Quarterly, HA&L Magazine, Canthius, and In/Words Magazine and Press. She completed her undergrad in Law and Legal Studies, with a minor in English. She is of Congolese origins, and now lives in Ottawa, where she is completing her Masters degree. "

Michael Fraser
"Michael Fraser is published in numerous journals and anthologies. He’s in Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013 & 2018. He’s won various contests including: Freefall’s 2014 and 2015 Poetry Contests, the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize, and Exile’s 2018 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition. His latest book is To Greet Yourself Arriving (Tightrope Books, 2016). "

Sankofa Ajuba
Brother Sankofa was born in Manchester, Jamaica. He sees himself as an Afrikan Child who is firmly committed to learning about Afrika and her peoples wherever they reside in the world. Sankofa is a community worker, a poet, a teacher, a radio host and socio-economic business owner. Sankofa writes to provoke, incite and awaken unconscious minds to the reality of Afrikan peoples, the oppressed and dispossessed.

05-Mar-19 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: 00-Jan-00

Our Feature Readers:

James Millhaven
"James Millhaven was born in St. Catharines in 1987. He is the author or three chapbooks and one collection--New and Used published 2017--and one act play (Untitled #33) performed as part of Niagara's In the Soil festival in 2015.

For various reasons he can still be found in St. Catharines, usually avoiding his deadlines."

David Alexander
David Alexander is the author of After the Hatching Oven, published last spring by Nightwood Editions. His poems have appeared in Prairie Fire, The Humber Literary Review, the Literary Review of Canada, Big Smoke Poetry, and other fine journals and magazines. He volunteers for The Puritan and works for The Word On The Street Toronto.

Maida Sosa-Valezquz
"Maida Sosa-Velazquez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and raised in Toronto, Canada. She majored in Professional Writing at York University and completed the school’s competitive Creative Writing program. Since graduating, Maida has written a number of short stories and poems. She also regularly performs spoken word pieces that detail her varied experiences as a woman. In 2018, she published her first chapbook, Mind the Tracks, with Grey Borders Books, and is now working on an anthology of short horror stories. She hopes to turn her love of storytelling into several book tours and a speaking career."




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