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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 AUGUST 25 - Facebook Event

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.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1 - Facebook Event

Kelly Pflug
Kelly Rose Pflug-Back is an award-winning writer, student, and social activist based in Toronto. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and journalism, have appeared before in places like Write, Counterpunch, the Toronto Star, This Magazine, Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, Strange Horizons, and many others. She has a bachelors degree in Human Rights and Human Diversity from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently pursuing an MA in Development and Refugee Studies from York University. Her book of poems, These Burning Streets, was published in 2011 with Combustion Books, and she is currently working on a second collection thanks to the generous funding of the Ontario Arts Council.

Robert Priest*
Robert Priest is a Canadian poet, children's author and singer/songwriter. He has written ten books of poetry, two children's novels, three children's albums, and four CDs of songs and poems.

Ewan Whyte
Ewan Whyte is a writer and translator. He has written for the Globe & Mail and Books in Canada. His poetry, essays, short stories and translations have been published in journals and magazines and he has read his translations of Catullus on public radio in the U.S. His translation of the poetry of Catullus was published in 2005. He has recently completed a translation of the odes of Horace and an original book of poetry. He lives in Toronto.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8 - Facebook Event

Joe Fiorito
Joe Fiorito is a Canadian journalist and novelist, currently a columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the author of one novel, The Song Beneath the Ice. He has also published four non-fiction books: Comfort Me with Apples - a memoir-cum-recipe book. He recently published Rust is a Form of Fire, a collection of poetic prose with Guernica Editions.

Stuart Ross
Stuart Ross is a Cobourg-based fiction writer, poet, editor, translator, and creative-writing instructor. He has been active in the Toronto literary scene since the mid-1970s. In 1987, he co-founded, with Nicholas Power, the Toronto Small Press Book Fair. In 2008, he became a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective, which puts on the annual Indie Literary Market and administers the bpNichol Chapbook Award. Stuart is the author of ten poetry collections, most recently A Hamburger in a Gallery (DC Books, 2015); Our Days in Vaudeville (Mansfield Press, 2013), for which he collaborated with 29 other Canadian poets; and You Exist. Details Follow. (Anvil Press, 2012).

Nancy Bullis
Nancy, who's been called a poetry warrior / missionary and a quirky performer, is the author of The Eel Ladder (WatershedBooks, 1999), and a chapbook called Leather Lattice (1994). She is a host of HOWL on CIUT 89.5 FM.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15 - Facebook Event

Kenneth Feltges
Kenneth Feltges is a talented teacher, poet, and photographer whose 45-year English-teaching career at Kenmore West Sr High & at Mt. St. Mary Academy was capped by 'Business First' magazine's naming him as a "Teacher of Merit" for WNY in 2012. Ken is a past winner of the Just Buffalo Literary Competition for poetry, and he has also won a 1st place ribbon for photography in the prestigious Lewiston Art Festival. 2012 saw the publication of 'Before Things Change', a book featuring both Ken's poems and his original photographs. He has also recorded a CD on which he reads 25 poems from his book. Ken is currently the "Writer-in-Residence" at Mt. St. Mary, & he especially enjoys introducing poetry to students of all ages. Ken lives in East Amherst, New York, with his wife Trudy to whom he has been married for 48 years.

Antony Di Nardo
Antony Di Nardo is a poet, teacher, and workshop leader. Formerly at International College in Beirut, he currently divides his time between Sutton, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of three collections of poems: Roaming Charges (Brick Books, 2015); Alien, Correspondent (Brick Books, 2010); and Soul on Standby (Exile Editions, 2010). His poetry appears in journals and anthologies, both in Canada and internationally.

Shawn McLeod
Shawn was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, though confesses he has never met Mike Myers. He supposes he was a bit of an underachiever most of his life, but likes to think that may have started to change when his first ever poem burst forth from heartache at the age of thirty-seven. James Dewar, who suggested Shawn pay a visit to the Renaissance Cafe and the Conspiracy of Poets. He discovered this Conspiracy to have been a truly remarkable group of people that have changed his life forever. Shawn is quite pleased to have recently been told that some of what he writes definitely "doesn't suck".

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 - Facebook Event

Raoul Fernandes
Raoul Fernandes lives and writes in Vancouver, BC. He was a finalist for the 2010 Bronwen Wallace Award for emerging writers and has been published in Prism International, The Malahat Review, CV2, and Event, among others. He is also an editor for the online poetry magazine The Maynard. His first collection of poems is "Transmitter and Receiver" from Nightwood Editions.

Edward Anki
Edward Anki lives in Toronto. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various magazines and journals, including Qwerty, The Chaffin Journal, Mad Poets Review, Plain Spoke, Jobbers, BareBackMagazine, and Left Behind: A Journal of "Shock" Literature. He has also been featured on both The Emerging Writers Reading Series and The BoneShaker Reading Series. Edward has previously performed stand-up comedy, earned a degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto, and worked far too many nights in bars and restaurants. His first published poetry collection, Remote Life, was released by BareBackPress in 2014.

Emma Lou Beckett
Emma Lou Beckett is a poet currently studying at York University in the Creative Writing program. She has worked for three years as a contributor and two years as editor-in-chief for Artichoke Magazine at York. She has been published by (parenthetical) magazine and she is the recipient of the bpNichol award at YorkU for accumulative achievements in creative writing.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29 - Facebook Event

Aaron Tucker
Aaron Tucker's first book of poetry punchlines was released by Mansfield Press in Spring of 2015. and his collection of essays Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in July of 2014. As well, he is the co-creator of the ChessBard, an app that translates chess games into poems that can be found at chesspoetry.com.

Roger Greenwald
Roger Greenwald attended The City College of New York and the Poetry Project workshop at St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery, then completed graduate degrees at the University of Toronto. He has won two CBC Literary Awards (poetry and travel literature) and has published two books of poems, Connecting Flight from Williams-Wallace in Toronto, and this past April, Slow Mountain Train from Tiger Bark Press in Rochester, New York. His translations include North in the World: Selected Poems of Rolf Jacobsen and Guarding the Air: Selected Poems of Gunnar Harding, as well as the novel A Story about Mr. Silberstein, by Erland Josephson.

Mark Abley
Mark Abley is a Canadian poet, journalist, and non-fiction writer. He is also the editor of collections of short stories and poetry, most recently A Woman Clothed in Words, a collection of published and previously-unpublished works by Anne Szumigalski. Mark's awards include a National Newspaper Award for critical writing, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the LiberPress Prize for international authors. His work has been three times shortlisted for the Quebec Writers' Federation poetry prize, and also for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal.

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.