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Our New Schedule - - - - and Win cash on the Open Mic



26-Sep-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Jim Johnstone
Jim Johnstone is a Toronto-based poet, critic, and editor. He is the author of 5 books of poetry, including The Chemical Life (Véhicule Press, 2017) and Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014). In 2016, he won Poetry's Editors Prize for Book Reviewing.

Norman Cristofoli
Norman Cristofoli has published seven chapbooks or poetry, prose and short stories. He has also produced two CDs of his poetry with musical contributions from a number of musicians who just wanted to hear music with his stuff. Years ago, Norman used to call himself a poet. However, he finally realized that one should never be so presumptuous as to classify oneself. He notes that insight from Duke Ellington. Now, he just consider himself as a man who writes stuff.

Josh Smith
Josh Smith of Buffalo has been a fixture on the Toronto poetry scene since his first appearance at the Art Bar Poetry Series in 2010. He has since joined the series’s board of directors, and in 2012, he was named Buffalo’s best poet and best spoken word artist. I sat down (at my computer, and exchanged emails) with Josh before his November 13 visit to the Brockton Writers Series.

03-Oct-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Hiram Larew
Larew's poems have appeared widely, most recently in Honest Ulsterman, Amsterdam Quarterly and Shot Glass. He's a retired food security specialst.

Susan McCaslin
Susan McCaslin will be launching Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna) in Toronto on Sept. 27. Her previous volume is Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cézanne (Quattro, 2016). She has published a memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Inanna, 2014) and a volume of essays, Arousing the Spirit (Wood Lake, 2011). Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2011) was short-listed for the BC Poetry Book Prize and first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award. Susan lives outside Fort Langley, BC, where she initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project to help save an endangered rainforest. www.susanmccaslin.ca

David Day
Author of over 50 books of poetry, ecology, history, natural history, fantasy, mythology and fiction, David Day's books - for both adults and children - have sold over three million copies in twenty languages. He has also written for a multitude of international newspapers, magazines, theatre companies and television networks.

10-Oct-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Myna Wallin

Our Feature Readers:

Spencer Gordon
Spencer Gordon is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Cosmo (Coach House Books, 2012). Fall 2017 sees the launch of his debut collection of poetry, Cruise Missile Liberals (Nightwood Editions, and a blewointment Book). He is also co-founder of The Puritan, the decade-old literary journal. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, EVENT, THIS Magazine, Poetry Is Dead, The Winnipeg Review, CNQ, Broken Pencil, Joyland and many other periodicals and anthologies, including Best Canadian Sports Writing (ECW, 2017). He lives in Toronto.

Anne Campbell
Regina writer Anne Campbell’s work -- poetry, fiction and non-fiction -- includes her sixth book, The Fabric of Day, new and selected poems; the award-winning Regina’s Secret Spaces: love and lore of local geography, and most recently , Biblio Files, a history of the Regina Public Library. Readings of her work have taken her across Canada, the USA and to Britain; her music, with composer Tom Schudel, has been performed internationally. She was one of the first writers to receive the City of Regina Writing award. Anne was born in northern Saskatchewan in a Red Cross Outpost Hospital.

Benjamin Hertwig
Benjamin Hertwig's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, NPR, THIS, Prairie Fire, Alberta Views, The Sun Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, and the Literary Review of Canada, among others. He is a former winner of the Glass Buffalo Poetry Prize, the Prairie Fire Non-Fiction Contest, and the recipient of a National Magazine Award. His debut poetry collection, Slow War, is out with McGill-Queen's.

17-Oct-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Wendy Donawa
Wendy Donawa, formerly a museum curator and academic in Barbados, now lives on the West Coast and participates in Victoria's lively poetry scene. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and online publications across Canada. She was a finalist in The Malahat Review's 2013 Open Season Competition, and 2015 runner-up in the inaugural Cedric Literary Awards. She has published three chapbooks, most recently The Gorge: A Cartography of Sorrows (JackPine Press, 2016), an artisan collaboration with paper artist Terry Ann Carter. Thin Air of the Knowable (Brick Books, 2017) is her first collection.

Tonja Gunvaldsen-Klaassen
Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen was raised on the prairies and now lives on the Atlantic coast. She’s published three collections of poetry and a chapbook. Her poems are recorded with Norman Adams on cello, and have been exhibited at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. She’s read at the OBEY music convention and collaborates sporadically with other poets and visual artists.

Wendy McGrath
Wendy McGrath’s most recent project is BOX—an adaptation of her eponymous long poem. BOX is a genre-blurring collaboration of jazz, experimental music, and voice with the group “Quarto & Sound.” McGrath has written three novels and two books of poetry. Her most recent poetry collection, A Revision of Forward (NeWest Press 2015), is the culmination of a decade-long collaboration with printmaker Walter Jule. She is currently at work on several projects including the final novel in her “Santa Rosa Trilogy,” a poetry collection, a collection of essays, as well as another production with Quarto & Sound.

24-Oct-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Ruth Roach Pierson
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David Bateman
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Margo LaPierre
Margo LaPierre is a Canadian poet and visual artist. She completed her BA in Philosophy and is currently completing a Publishing certificate at Ryerson University. She has been mentored by poets Hoa Nguyen and Elana Wolff. Her poems have been published in CAROUSEL, The Feathertale Review, filling Station, Bywords Literary Quarterly, Petal Journal, Echolocation, and EAT IT: A Literary Cookbook of Food, Sex and Women’s Writing. Her poem “Bear Skin Rug” won the silver award for Poetry at the Alberta Magazine Publishers Awards. She lives in Toronto.

07-Nov-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: 00-Jan-00

Our Feature Readers:

Elana Wolff
Elana Wolff’s poems and prose have appeared in publications in Canada and internationally and have garnered awards. She’s the author of five solo poetry collections, most recently Everything Reminds You of Something Else. Her essay, “Paging Kafka’s Elegist,” won The New Quarterly 2015 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and is included in Tightrope Books Best Canadian Essays 2016. “Kafka at the Cemetery,” was shortlisted for The Malahat Review 2016 Constance Rooke Prize; another of her Kafka-project pieces was recently published in New Madrid Journal (US). Elana divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating social art courses.

Rebecca Papucuru
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Norman Allan
Norman has been writing poetry for a long time when the muse allows, and he loves some of the work he has produced, and he is going to share some of his favorite poems with you. First though he wants me to tell you about the Renaisance Revival, a poetry workshop that meets on the third wednesday of the month: that's tomorrow. He has fliers.




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