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

27-Feb-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

Tom Hamilton
Thomas Gannon Hamilton has been published in the Dalhousie, Hart House, Whetstone, OISE Transforms, Blood and Aphorisms and Blue Buffalo literary reviews. He has recited his work at The Art Bar, Linda Stitt's Words and Music Salon, Norm Cristofoli's Salon, The Bohemian Embassy, Cafe May, Crickets, The Calgary Featured Readers Series and the Toronto Urban Folk Art Salon which he founded, curates and hosts. Tom has conducted poetry workshops in Toronto Public and Separate schools under the auspices of the OAC and has participated in the artist's copperative Tizon in Managua Nicaragua. His thesis and documentary "Inside the Words: the rise of Dub Poetry" earned him an MA in Linguistic Anthropology and for his doctoral dissertation "A Poetics of Possibility: the lived experiences and literate practices of high school poets" he received a PhD from the Graduate Division of Educational Research, Ed. Department, University of Calgary. Tom's poetry books include "Bellicose Veins" and "Deer Crossing". A book of Dr. Hamilton's poems is forthcoming from Aeolis House Press.

Stanley Fefferman
Stanley Fefferman is an eclectic. Mentored by Louis Dudek at McGill, he worked with Barry Callaghan in Toronto and Allan Ginsberg in Boulder, trained in meditation under Chogyam Trungpa, studied photography with Michael Wood and Jack Dale, completed graduate studies in homeopathy with Jeremy Sherr, and certified as a Regression Therapist with Roger Woolger. Forty of his broadcasts aired on CBC National Radio. He has published a memoir, My Andrea, two academic textbooks, hundreds of performance photographs and essays on music in electronic media. Fefferman taught writing at Naropa University’s Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and in the Atkinson Creative Writing Program at York University where he is Professor Emeritus and a member of the Founders Club. Quattro Books is launching his poetry collection, Home Was Elsewhere in Spring ’17. He is currently working on a book of essays collected under the title: My Resinous Heart.

Ali Ibrahimi
Ali Ibrahimi uses poetry as a medium of resistance. Born in Afghanistan, he was forced to flee the Soviet occupation and the experience informs his view of power, conflict and capital expressed in his writings. He has organized antiwar events across the city and has involved in poetry initiatives including the Art Bar. Ali holds a Masters Degree in Biotechnology from the U of T, lives in Brampton and Brockville ("City of the Thousand Islands"), where he works in the pharmaceutical industry.

Plus an Open Mic Competition see www.artbar.org for details on how to enter

6-Mar-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Francine Lewis

Our Feature Readers:

Allan Briesmaster
Allan Briesmaster is a poet, editor and publisher who has been active on the Toronto-area literary scene for many years. He is the author of seven full-length books of poetry, including Against the Flight of Spring (Quattro Books, 2013) and River Neither (Aeolus House, 2015), and eight shorter books, the latest being the chapbook Pod and Berry, which came out in October, 2017. Allan has read his poetry, given talks, and hosted book launches at venues from Victoria to St. John’s. In June, 2017 he was awarded Life Membership in The League of Canadian Poets. He lives in Thornhill, Ontario.

Steven McCabe
Steven McCabe is the author of four full-length poetry collections. His work is included in a number of anthologies. His most recent book Never More Together is a ‘wordless poem’ comprised of 120 linocut prints. Since 2003 he has mounted three solo, and one two-person, visual art exhibitions. His Wordpress blog poemimage juxtaposes text alongside a parallel narrative of images. He has collaboratively created a half-dozen poetry films. Currently he is at work on a surrealistic novel as well as a collection of non-fiction stories featuring synchronicity, high strangeness, and humour. McCabe lives in Toronto.

Beverly Ellenbogen
Beverly Ellenbogen is a school psychologist whose work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Saranac Review and Modern Morsels: A Selection of Short Canadian Fiction and Poetry. She is also the author two collections of poetry with Guernica Editions, Footsteps on the Ceiling, published in 2010 and I Sleep in the Arms of your Eyes, due to be published this year. . Beverly enthusiastically divides her time amongst many activities and interests both professional and recreational in a way that suggests she either doesn’t understand the nature of time, or thinks she is more than one person. Nevertheless, she gamely thrives in a world of neuroscience, urban lakes at dawn, behaviour analysis, tiny figures made of polymer clay and the unstoppable momentum of parenting.

13-Mar-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Jeff Cottrill

Our Feature Readers:

Sheri-D Wilson
Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released four albums which combine music and poetry. She is known for her electric performance-style, making her a favorite of festivals around the world. She has read, performed & taught in festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa. 

Bruce W. Powe
B.W. Powe is the author of fourteen books of poetry and prose and a teacher. Some of his books include The Solitary Outlaw, The Unsaid Passing, These Shadows Remain, Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy, Where Seas and Fables Meet, and Decoding Dust. His new book, The Charge: in the Global Membrane, will be published by Neo Poiesis Press in the spring of 2018. He teaches at York University, and has spoken and presented his ideas over several years at the University of Catalunya in Barcelona. He lives in Canada and Spain.

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. His work has recently been accepted for publication in The Windsor Review and Canlit, and has most recently been published inPrairie Fire. Rocco’s poetry has also been featured on the CBC. He is the author of numerous chapbooks including, in 2008, Catching Dawn’s Breath. In 2009, his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us, was launched through Quattro Books. His latest collection, Every Night of Our Lives, was published with Guernica Editions in the fall of 2016. His third poetry collection, entitledBrace Yourselves, is coming out January 31st, 2018, through Quattro Books.

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

Your Host: Nancy Bullis

Our Feature Readers:

Discovery Night

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27-Mar-18 ,Mystic Night, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Brenda Clews

Our Feature Readers:

Clara Blackwood
Clara Blackwood is a poet and visual artist living in Toronto. She is the author of two poetry books, Subway Medusa (2007) and Forecast (2014), with Guernica Editions. She is currently working on a third collection focusing on the themes of trauma, healing and the shadow side of relationships.

Kath MacLean
Kath MacLean recently moved back to Toronto from Edmonton where she was a professor of English and creative writing for some years before rediscovering the joys of teaching kindergarten. Her first collection, for a cappuccino on Bloor was awarded the new muse writing award on both the east and west coast of Canada. Her second book, Kat Among the Tigers is based on the journals and letters of Katherine Mansfield. MacLean has also written three poetry videos including the award winning Doo-da and recorded a CD of performance poetry with composer Lane Arndt. In 2011 she received the inaugural Anne Green Award for best multimedia artist in Canada. Currently she is completing a poetry manuscript about H.D. and her psychoanalytical sessions with Freud in the 1930s. She is also working on a book of nonfiction about the Spanish flu of 1918 in Edmonton and Toronto.

Elizabeth Greene
Elizabeth Greene has published three collections of poetry, The Iron Shoes, Moving and Understories. Her novel, A Season Among Psychics, is scheduled to appear from Inanna in 2018. She has edited a selection of Adele Wiseman's poetry, The Dowager Empress, scheduled to appear from Inanna in 2018 or 2019. In an earlier incarnation, she taught English at Queen's University, including Contemporary Canadian Women Writers.

The Art Bar Poetry Series is recognized as the longest running
poetry-only reading series in Canada - 25 Years!

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