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The Art Bar Poetry Series is held in the second floor lounge (now called The Social Capital Theatre) at The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue, just east of Broadview Subway Station. With a great stage and sound system, air conditioning, comfy leather armchairs and a full bar at the back of the room, it's a great place for poetry, and socializing after the show!

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TUESDAY JUNE 30 - Facebook Event

Klyde Broox *
Klyde Broox is a Jamaican born dubpoet, based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he is considered "an influential literary entity." Broox, a 1992 University of Miami James Michener Fellow, won the 2005 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Literature, and the John. C. Holland Award for Arts Achievement in 2011. He hosts PoeMagic, a popular, monthly, openstage series. Klyde has published two poetry volumes, Poemstorm, (Swansea, Wales, 1989) and My Best Friend is White (McGilligan Books, 2005) Arts Hamilton/Seraphim Editions Best Poetry Book, 2006. "Steeped in both old and new-world oral and scribal traditions; Broox invites audiences to experience poetry as social communion."

RC Weslowski *
RC Weslowski is the 2014 Canadian Underground Indie Poetry Slam Co-Champion, 2012 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion, the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Haiku Death Match Champion, the 2010 U.S. National Poetry Slam Haiku Death Match Runner Up, The 2009 Vancouver Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion and a Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Team Slam Champion in 2006. RC's work has recently been published in two separate anthologies of poetry including "The Nights are Twice as Long" from Goose Lane Editions and "Red Reads First" by Sargent Press. RC has also been published in CV2, Quills and The Liar. His one person show "The Cruelest Phone Book in the World" will be performed at the Toronto Fringe Festival this July.

Alexander Tkachuk
Alexander Tkachuk is a Montreal-based writer and spoken word artist. His poems have appeared on The Hobart magazine website and he has competed twice at CFSW. Alex believes that a meaningful life must hold more than just happiness and that life is meaningless without kinship and history. Alex is currently working on his first book of poetry "Dangerous Ideas".

TUESDAY JULY 7 - Facebook Event

Kathryn Mockler
Kathryn Mockler is a writer, poet, and screenwriter. She is the author of the poetry books The Purpose Pitch (Mansfield Press, "a stuart ross book," Spring 2015), The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012), and Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). Her writing has been published in Found Press, Geist, This Magazine, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Currently, she is the Toronto editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction and the publisher of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque. She teaches creative writing at Western University.

Kate Cayley
Kate Cayley has written a collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End (Brick Books), which was shortlisted for the ReLit Award, and a short story collection, How You Were Born (Pedlar Press). She has also written a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror (Annick Press), which won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. She has been a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre since 2009, and has written two plays for Tarragon, After Akhmatova and The Bakelite Masterpiece. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their three children.

JC Bouchard
JC Bouchard was born in Elliot Lake, a former mining town in northern Ontario. His poetry has appeared or forthcoming in The Quilliad, Arc, In/Words, (parenthetical), Rappahannock Review, and more. In 2013, one of his poems was long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize and another received Honourable Mention for the John Newlove Poetry Award from Bywords. He is the author of two chapbooks: "Portraits" (In/Words Press) in 2014, and "Wool Water" (words(on)pages), forthcoming in 2015.

TUESDAY JULY 14 - Facebook Event

Jim Johnstone
Jim Johnstone is a Canadian writer, editor, and physiologist. He's the author of four books of poetry: Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014), Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011), Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008); and the subject of the critical monograph Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone by Shane Neilson and Jason Guriel. He's the winner of several awards including a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead's Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Matrix Magazine's LitPop Award and This Magazine's Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Currently, Johnstone is the poetry editor at Palimpsest Press, and an associate editor at Representative Poetry Online. He lives in Toronto.

Kateri Lanthier
Kateri Lanthier holds a BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto. Her poetry and reviews have been published in journals in Canada, the United States and England, including Green Mountains Review, Great Lakes Review, Hazlitt, London Magazine, Leveler, Canadian Poetries, EVENT and The Fiddlehead. Her first collection is Reporting from Night (Iguana Books, 2011). She won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize for her poem "The Coin Under the Leftmost Sliding Cup," which was also included in The Best of Walrus Poetry and Best Canadian Poetry 2014. Her next collection is forthcoming from Signal Editions, Vehicule Press.

dalton derkson
dalton derkson is a punk poet from the prairies, currently residing in Toronto. He runs Hurtin' Crüe Press, a D.I.Y. collective through which he promotes fellow Canadian poets and self-publishes too many chapbooks. Upon arriving in the city, he was superkicked by The Party Animal and quite frankly, his poems haven't been the same since. For proof, check out his recent work in ottawater, SPANK the CARP, and In/Words Magazine or find him on Twitter @dirtyderk.


Poetry & Music Night - Hosted by Cynthia Gould
Mostly open mic night - please bring a love song, and read it as a poem, just the lyrics without music.
Special Music Guest - Romeo Satin!


Kate Rogers
Kate Rogers' new collection is Foreign Skin (Aeolus House, 2015). She lectures in Literature and Media Studies at City University, Hong Kong. Her poetry about the Hong Kong protests has appeared in The Guardian and the Asia Literary Review. Other publication credits include the Kyoto Journal, ASIATIC: the Journal of English Language and Literature at the Islamic University of Malaysia, Contemporary Verse II, Orbis International and Many Mountains Moving. Kate's previous books are City of Stairs (Haven 2012) and Painting the Borrowed House (Proverse 2008). Kate is co-editor of the OutLoud Too anthology (MCCM 2014) and Not A Muse: the inner lives of women (Haven 2009).

Ian Burgham
Ian Burgham was born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Canada. He has lived in Scotland, where he attended the University of Edinburgh and, more recently, worked as an editor and publisher. His poetry books include A Confession of Birds (2003), The Stone-Skippers (2007), The Grammar of Distance (2010), and The Unquiet (2012). He has performed his work in many venues, published in a number of literary journals, and toured the UK, reading at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at Canada House in London. When not travelling he divides his time between Toronto and Kingston, Ontario. His new book is Midnight (Quattro Books, 2015).

Kate Marshall Flaherty
Kate Marshall Flaherty has poems published in Canadian journals such as CV2, Descant, Grain, Malahat Review, and Vallum, American journals Saranac Review and Nimrod, and international anthologies including Not A Muse: Women's Poetry Around the World. She was shortlisted for Descant's Best Canadian Poem, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, and the Robert Frost Poetry Prize. Her previous books include where we are going (Piquant Press) and Reaching V (Guernica Editions), and her latest book is Stone Soup (Quattro Books). She guides Golden Rule Leadership Retreats and "Writing from Within: Writing as a Spiritual Practice" workshops, and teaches yoga/meditation in Toronto. She is a certified creative writing guide in the AWA (Amherst Writers and Artists) Method.


Missie Peters *
Missie Peters is a Victoria-based spoken word artist and improviser. She is a two-time Victoria Slam Champion, a former Slam Master, and the founding Artistic Director of the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. She has written two full-length solo spoken word shows and has toured across Canada with her piece, "In the Future".

Bänoo Zan
Writer, translator, teacher, editor and poetry organizer Bänoo Zan has been writing poetry since the age of ten and has published more than 80 poems, translations, biographies, and articles. Two books of her poetry are due to be released in 2015 and 2016. She is the founder, and an organizer and host of Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night), the most diverse of its kind in Toronto. For more than two years, Shab-e She'r has been bridging the gap between diverse poetry communities, bringing together people from different ethnicities, nationalities, ages, disabilities, religions (or lack thereof), genders, sexual orientations, poetic styles, voices and visions.

Julia Yusupova
Julia Yusupova is a Toronto-based poetic starseed that labels herself an evolutionary visionary and a conscious dreamer. A poem and an essay of hers have appeared in two small publications by Angels Magazine and Poetry Explosion Newsletter. With a collection of poems entitled 'Résumé of a Mystic' under her galactic belt and bachelor degree in science, she is currently undertaking a creative writing post-graduate program at Humber College, under the mentorship of Olive Senior. With her writing, Julia aims to find harmony in the universal mystery and describes her followers as unconventional thinkers and unconditional lovers.


Vladmir Azarov
Vladmir Azarov is a Russian architect and Canadian poet. He was born in St. Petersburg and was raised in Kazakhstan where his family was politically exiled by the Stalinist regime. Along his love of architecture he has had a lifetime interest in poetry. Thirteen years ago he left Moscow for Toronto with German as a second language. After studying English for several years, he began to write poetry under guidance of poet Jay MillAr who became the first publisher of his books : Of Life and Other Small Sacrifices, Imitation, The Kiss of Mary Pickford, Voices in Dialogue. Now Vladimir Azarov has a creative connection with the House Exile Editions, where he recently published the book Strong Words Alexander Pushkin, Anna Akhmatova, Andrei Voznesensky, translated with Barry Callaghan. The books published also by Exile Editions -- Breaking Pastries, Seven Lives : Short Stories in Verse, Mongolian Etudes, Night Out, Dinner with Catherine the Great. Vladimir Azarov is a member of the Union of Russia, and The League of Canadian Poets.

Edward Carson
Edward Carson is twice winner of the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award in Canada and is the author of three books of poetry: Scenes, Taking Shape, and Birds Flock Fish School. He has served as Writer in Residence for Open Book Toronto, and his work has been long listed for the CBC Literary Awards. He recently completed his fourth poetry book, Knots. He has served as president of Penguin Canada, Pearson Technology Canada, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins Canada, and, while Vice President of publishing, founded the successful indigenous publishing list of Random House of Canada. At present he is Chief Business Officer & Program Director at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Claire Caldwell
Bio soon.


Adebe d.a.
Adebe DeRango-Adem (aka Adebe D.A.) is a writer and English Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection Ex Nihilo (2010), which was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in Literature--the world's largest literary prize for writers under 30--and editor, with Andrea Thompson, of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010). Titled after the Latin term for "unknown land," her latest collection, Terra Incognita, is a collection of poems that creatively explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings both buried in the grand narratives of history and the everyday experiences of being mixed-race.

Donna Langevin
Donna Langevin's latest poetry collections include In the Café du Monde, Hidden Brook Press 2008, and The Laundress of Time, Aeolus Press 2015. She won first prize in the TOPS Contest 2008 and also in the Cyclamens and Swords contest 2009. She was short-listed for the Descant 2010 Winston Collins prize and won second prize in the GritLIT Poetry Competition 2014. About Donna's plays: The Man with a Butterfly Hat was produced at the Toronto Alumnae Theatre for NIF, 2012. Welcome to Nuit Blanche was produced at the Ryerson 50+ Festival 2014. The Dinner won first prize in the one act play contest for the Eden Mills Writers' Festival 2014.

Domenica Martinello
Domenica Martinello is from Montreal, Quebec. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Interzones (words(on)pages, 2015), and is Head of Publicity for the literary journal The Puritan. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, Lemon Hound, carte blanche, outlandish zine, and Metatron, among others. Domenica now lives in Toronto, where she is working on a longer project about mythological sea women. Find her on Twitter @domenicahope, or combing her hair with a fork.


Natalie Zina Walschots
Natalie Zina Walschots is a PhD candidate at Concordia University, working on an interdisciplinary project about feminist criticism and video games. She is the author of DOOM: Love Poems For Supervillains (Insomniac Press. 2012) and Thumbscrews (Snare Books, 2007), and is presently working on a novel about the plight of henchpeople, a collection of polyamorous fairytales, and a series of poems written within the video game Bloodborne. As a free lance, she writes about heavy metal and other difficult music, gamer culture, comic books, CanLit, speculative fiction and horror, feminism, combat sports, RPGs and fan fiction, and has often been in the newspaper for swearing. Natalie lives in a wormhole between Toronto and Montreal.

John Wall Barger
John Wall Barger's poems appear in The Cincinnati Review, The Malahat Review: twice in The Montreal Prize Global Poetry Anthology, and twice in the Best Canadian Poetry series, including this year His second book (Hummingbird) was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award. The Book of Festus is his third. He lives in Dharamsala, India, with his wife.

Bob MacKenzie *
Bob MacKenzie's poetry has appeared in hundreds of publications across North America and as distant as Australia and India, including The Dalhousie Review, The University of Windsor Review, The Tower, and Ball State University Forum. He's published fourteen books of poetry and prose-fiction and his work has been in numerous anthologies. His poems have been reproduced by painters and sculptors; a public art gallery devoted a major exhibition to this art. Throughout his career and for eighteen years with Poem de Terre, Bob has performed his poetry live with original music and released seven albums with Poem de Terre.

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

* These readers are sponsored by the Canada Council.