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The Art Bar Poetry Series is now held in the second floor lounge of 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, we are very comfortable in our new home!

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Jimmy McInnes
Jimmy McInnes was born and raised on Ontario's Bruce Peninsula. His first chapbook, Begin Speech With, was released by Ferno House in the fall of 2013. His poetry has appeared in various journals including This Magazine, ditch, The Puritan, Descant, and The Capilano Review Web Folio. His work has been shortlisted for the Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. He lives in Toronto, where he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and is currently employed as a political hack. A More Perfect [ is his first book.

Teresa Ott
Teresa Ott is a writer and office manager in Toronto. She has been trying, sporadically and intermittently, to write a book for the better part of a decade. In 2014, she was shortlisted for Arc Poetry Magazine's Poem of the Year Award, and she is the winner of the 2015 Art Bar Discovery Night.

Nikki Reimer
Nikki Reimer's poetry has appeared in anthologies from New York to Winnipeg. A writer concerned with emotional ecology, Reimer has published two books -- DOWNVERSE and [sic] -- chapbooks and essays. She is a contributing editor to Poetry is Dead and a founding director of the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society. Visit her website (reimerwrites.com), or Calgary, where she lives.


Elizabeth Bachinsky *
Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Hottest Summer in Recorded History (Nightwood Editions, 2013). Her poetry has been adapted for stage and screen and has been nominated for awards including the Pat Lowther Award, The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, and the Governor General's Award for Poetry. She lives in New Westminster, BC, where she is an instructor of creative writing and the Editor of EVENT magazine.

Gillian Cott
Gillian Cott is an avid traveler and a passionate writer. She grew up in Windsor, Ontario where she received her Bachelors in English Language and Literature followed by her Bachelors in Education. Once she completed her degrees, she left Canada to live on a creative development site in rural Burgundy, France, called La Roche d'Hys. While she was there, she found her strong voice and a passionate love. The latter changed her life trajectory and brought her to Montreal, Quebec. In her time there, she learned about love, heartbreak, friendship, and loneliness. Following the end of her relationship, she began a blog to heal (www.gilliancott.com). Her first book Make Me Remake Me: Writing Myself Across Two Continents, based on her blog, will be launched in April 2015. She now lives in Victoria, BC.

Anna Veprinska
Anna Veprinska is a poet, photographer, and musician. Her first book of poetry and photography, Sew with Butterflies, was published with Steel Bananas last year. Her work has been published in various Canadian and British publications. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in English at York University, researching empathy in contemporary crisis poetry. She plays first mandolin in the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra.


Robert Colman
Robert Colman is a Newmarket-based writer and editor. His poems have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, and in two full-length collections. His most recent published work is a chapbook called Factory, published by Frog Hollow Press this year.

Ian French
IF is a Spoken Word Poet, songwriter, husband, father and friend. His poems channel the wisdom of Spirit, the rage of the wounded and the yearning that resides in every human heart. IF is a member of the 2013 National Championship 'Toronto Poetry Slam' team, winner of 2013 Buffalo International Slam, has led workshops and appeared at numerous festivals including the esteemed 'Word on the Street', and 'Words Aloud' Festivals. IF writes his best poetry while walking and can often be seen wandering the streets of Toronto, gesticulating wildly and muttering to himself.

Tracy Hamon
Tracy Hamon was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She holds an MA in English from the University of Regina. Her first book of poetry, This Is Not Eden (Thistledown Press, 2005) was a finalist for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Portions of her latest collection Interruptions in Glass won the 2005 City of Regina Writing Award and were also shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2010. Most recently she was long-listed for the 2012 CBC Poetry Award.


Patrick Friesen *
Patrick Friesen, former Winnipegger, now lives in Victoria. He has published numerous books of poetry, a book of essays, a stage play and, with P. K. Brask, co-translations of several Danish poets. Friesen has also written stage and radio plays, text for dance, and has recorded two CDs of spoken word and improv music with Marilyn Lerner, and with Peggy Lee and Niko Friesen. His most recent book was A Dark Boat (Anvil Press, 2012). Mother Tongue Publishing will bring out his long poem a short history of crazy bone in April of 2015.

Stan Rogal
Stan's work has appeared in numerous magazine and journals in Canada, the US and Europe, most recent being: Rampike, The Dalhousie Review, Existere, The New Quarterly, Front & Centre (final issue -- was it me????) The author of 19 books: 4 novels, 4 story (most recent, Obsessions, 2014) and 11 poetry collections (most recent, after words -- which he'll read from tonight). Also a produced playwright. Guernica has accepted a collection of stories for publication in 2018, let's hope he lives long enough to see it. His hobbies include telekinesis and disco bowling.

A. F. Moritz
A. F. Moritz's most recent book is a long poem, Sequence (House of Anansi Press). His poetry has received various notices, including the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize of Poetry magazine, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, the ReLit Award, the Raymond Souster Award of the League of Canadian Poets. Three of his books have been finalists for the Governor General's Award. His poems have appeared frequently in Poetry, Hudson Review, Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Southwest Review, Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, etc.

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.