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------------------- January 17, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Claudio Duran
Canadian citizen as of October 1978. He came in exile from Chile in October, 1973 through the Canadian Embassy in Chile. At present, Senior Scholar, Department of Philosophy, York University. He has published 7 books of poetry.

Vanessa Shields
Shields' third book, 'Look At Her' (Black Moss Press) launches in 2016 and is getting rave reviews. Her poetry has been called: raw, feminist, important and life-changing. She lives in Windsor, Ontario with her family. She is the creator and host of Mouth Piece Storytelling, a storytelling series, and she is also the poetry editor for the Windsor Review. For all things Vanessa, please visit: www.vanessashields.com.

Rosa Arlotto
Rosa Arlotto began writing in her early 20's and wrote her first novel The Maestro and Margherita published on e-book by L.R. Hartley and Lulu.com. In 2005 A Record of a Modern Heart her first book of poetry was published by PublishAmerica currently known as America Star prulishers followed by a second book of poetry Flower of Posion in 2006. She wrote periodically essays and short stories for quarterly magazine EventsQuarterly. Rosa received 2 Edition Choice Awards for Outstanding Achievement for two of her poems Spirits of the Higher World and The Voice (The calling). Rosa's short stories appear in Moosemeat Chaptbooks. Her poems can be read on www.authorsden,com www.bookies,com.

January 24, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Mike Lummis

Our Feature Readers:

Steve Venright
Steve Venright is a visual artist and author whose books include Spiral Agitator (Coach House Books, 2000) and Floors of Enduring Beauty (Mansfield Press, 2007). Through his Torpor Vigil Records label he has released such extraordinary recordings as The Tubular West by singer-composer Samuel Andreyev, and Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor (Yet More Outrageous Recordings of the World’s Most Renowned Sleeptalker). Steve was born in Sarnia, Ontario in 1961. At the age of twenty, he crossed the plains of Southwestern Ontario and has resided in Toronto ever since.

John Oughton
Born in Guelph, Ontario, John is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Time Slip, a mystery novel, Death by Traingulation, and over 400 blogs, reviews and articles. He worked closely with Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. He is a member of the Long Dash writing group, and a photographer with one-man shows and book and magazine covers to his credit. He lives in the Beaches.

Stephen Humphrey
Stephen Humphrey is a writer, broadcaster and occasionally a poet. He is responsible for three science documentaries for CBC Radio's IDEAS: Generation Mars", Once Upon a Planet" and Dancing in the Dark" about the intelligence of bees, short-listed for the prestigious New York Festival Award. Odes to Solitary Bees" a series of five-line tanka about lesser-known indigenous bees and wasps, have appeared in videos, on scrolls and wood-burned into an audio bee booth" at the High Park Nature Centre. He's currently working on Jewel and the World Hammer", a space opera to be published in 2018.

January 31, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Adebe D. A.

Our Feature Readers:

Luciano Iacobelli
LUCIANO IACOBELLI IS A NATIVE TORONTONIAN , WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF 4 full length poetry books, including THE EXAMINED LIFE, published in Decemberv2016 by Guernica Editions. He is co owner of Quattro Books and sole owner of Lyricalmyrical press.

Barry Olshen
Barry has lived in Toronto for half a century. He is Professor Emeritus, Senior Scholar at Glendon college, York University, and is currently working as a registered psychotherapist in private practice. Both of these careers inform his poetry.

Karen Mulhallen
Karen has published and lectured in Canada, the States and Europe on literature and art. She has published 22 books and many essays .. Her new book of poems will be published by Tightrope Books in March of 2017. She will read from Seasons in an Unknown Key and from other poems

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