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21-Aug-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

Allen Sutterfield
I came to Canada in 1967, a draft dodger from the U.S. My first collection of poems appeared in 1968, entitled THE MYTH OF WORDS. Self-published, to be sure! Poetry and writing have been lifelong pursuits, but collage and visual art also developed in the 70's and 80's, and inevitably visual-verbal mergence occurred. Professionally I was a teacher, in the US, Canada, Turkey and China, at all levels from pre-school through university. I've initiated many writing classes and reading series, have had many stories and poems published, in the US, Canada, Europe, India, and China. In 1991 I started the Art Bar Reading Series, and am very pleased that it continues to be a poetry success.

Pascal Dennis
Pascal Dennis is an award-winning business excellence author. https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B001JS3XTW?redirectedFromKindleDbs=true His books include Reflections of a Business Nomad: Stories & Poems From the Road, a collection of prose, observations, and fragments of conversation heard over Dennis’s many travels and unique experiences. Dennis offers a striking new perspective on global travel and business consulting. https://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Business-Nomad-Pascal-Dennis/dp/0987778609/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Suparna Ghosh
Suparna Ghosh has published three books of poetry - Sandalwood Thoughts, a collection of poems and drawings; Dots and Crosses, a prose poem, and Occasionally, which features poems in free verse and ghazals in classical Indo-Persian style, one of which has been translated into Urdu and set to music. Her poems have been published in local and international literary journals. Suparna was short-listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize and published in their Global Poetry Anthology. A grand prize winning poem was choreographed and staged in San Francisco. She has exhibited her paintings in Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Mumbai and New Delhi.

28-Aug-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Liz Howard
LIZ HOWARD’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, the first time the prize has been awarded to a debut collection. Her recent work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Camera Austria, and The Walrus. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph. She is of mixed European and Anishinaabe descent. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario, she is currently the Canadian Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary.

Greer Roberts
Greer Roberts was raised in Toronto. He has lived and worked in the Durham region since 2002. His first chapbook came out in 2014. "The Slaughters" (2018) is now available at the reading.

Sue Bracken
Sue Bracken is a Toronto poet. She lives in a house ruled by artists and animals. Her debut collection of poetry "When Centipedes Dream" was launched in May 2018 with Tightrope Books.

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

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Kevin P. Gilday
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Chris Pannell
Chris Pannell has published six books of poetry. His collection A Nervous City (released in 2013) won the Kerry Schooley Book Award the following year. His latest book of poetry, Love, Despite the Ache, won Poetry Book of the Year from the Hamilton Arts Council. He is a former treasurer and board member for the gritLIT Writers Festival and a former DARTS bus driver. He has hosted and volunteered with the Lit Live reading series in Hamilton for over ten years.

Ian Burgham
Ian Burgham, author of six poetry collections published in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, has performed his work throughout Canada, the UK and Mexico. His poems have appeared in more than 30 poetry journals in Canada, Australia, the USA and the UK. Burgham's reading tours have included London, UK (Canada House, the University of Westminster and the University of East London); Edinburgh (Edinburgh International Festival Fringe (2016, 2017), Scottish Arts Club and Summerhall Arts Centre); Glasgow (the University of Glasgow and St Mungo’s Mirrorball), Manchester (the Anthony Burgess Foundation and the Manchester Libraries); Northern Ireland’s Seamus Heaney HomePlace, the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, and the Bangor Festival in Bangor NI. In 2016 he took part in the 4th International Congress of Language and Literature in Linares, Mexico. He is a past winner of the Queen’s Well-versed Award and a past nominee for Canada’s Relit Award.

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

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Shannon Quinn
Shannon Quinn lives in Toronto. She is the author of two poetry collections, (Nightlight for Children of Insomniacs and Questions for Wolf). Her work has appeared in Arc, Room, Grain, CV2 and Prairie Fire. She has produced numerous audio documentaries for the CBC and works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

David Brock
David James Brock writes for theatre, opera, and poetry. His latest collection of poetry is titled Ten-Headed Alien and is a follow up from his 2014 debut Everyone is CO2 (both from Wolsak & Wynn). Recently, his play Wet was produced by Vancouver’s Itsazoo Productions. He is the co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera developed through Scottish Opera for singers with cystic fibrosis, and he is the librettist for the new opera project, Synesthesia IV, produced by Toronto’s Fawn Chamber Creative. Learn more about his work at www.davidjamesbrock.com

Bruce Hunter
Bruce Hunter is the author of a collection of short stories, an award-winning novel In The Bear’s House and five books of poetry including Two O'clock Creek which won the Acorn-Livesay-Plantos-Purdy Peoples' Poetry Award in 2011. Deafened as an infant, Bruce worked in blue-collar jobs for nearly fifteen years, as a labourer, Zamboni driver and gardener. In his late twenties, his poetry earned him a scholarship to the Banff School of Fine Arts to study with W.O. Mitchell and Irving Layton and he later attended York University. Now retired, Bruce taught for twenty four years at Seneca College as well as stints teaching Creative Writing at the Banff Centre and York University. In 2002, he was the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Writer in Residence at the Banff Centre. In the fall of 2007, he was Writer in Residence for the Richmond Hill Public Library.

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.

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