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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!


Julie Bruck (CC)
Julie Bruck is the author of two previous books, The End of Travel (1999), and The Woman Downstairs (1993). Her recent work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review and The Walrus, among other publications. A Montreal native, she lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. Monkey Ranch is her third poetry collection.

Brian Day
Brian Day grew up in British Columbia and took degrees in English at Trent University and the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the E.J. Pratt Medal for Poetry. His poetry has appeared in various anthologies, including Seminal: The Anthology of Canada's Gay Male Poets, and in journals such as Descant, Arc, and The Malahat Review. He is the author of four books of poetry published by Guernica Editions, including The Daring of Paradise. Brian Day teaches at an elementary school in downtown Toronto.

Jason Dickson
Jason Dickson is the author of Glenn Piano by Gladys Priddis (Bookthug, 2010), The Hunt (Bookthug, 2006), and Clearance: Selected Journals of Dr. Michael Purdon, Parapsychologist (Bookthug, 2002). He lives in London, Ontario, where he works as a bookseller at Attic Books.


Karen Connelly
Karen Connelly is the author of ten books of award-winning poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Much of her work explores exile, dissident politics, and linguistic immersion, particularly in Burma, Thailand, and Greece. Her most recent book Come Cold River confronts both familial and political legacies of violence against Canadian women and children. She is the author of the acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage winner of Britain's Orange Broadband New Writers Prize, Touch the Dragon, winner of the Governor General's Award, Burmese Lessons, a love story, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the BC National Award for Nonfiction. She has also won the Pat Lowther Award Poetry Award.

Vivian Demuth
Vivian Demuth's recent poetry book, Fire Watcher (Guernica Editions, 2013) was a finalist for the 2013 Banff Mountain Fiction and Poetry Award. Vivian is also the author of an ecological novel, Eyes of the Forest (Smoky Peace Press, 2007). Her second novel, Bear Warden, is forthcoming from Inanna Publications in Toronto. Vivian's poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Europe and has been broadcast on CBC radio. In summers, she hosts an annual Poetry on the Peaks event near a mountain fire lookout where she works.

Eliot Katz
Eliot Katz is the author of seven books of poetry, including Unlocking the Exits (1999) and Love, War, Fire, Wind: Looking Out from North America's Skull (2009). In 2013, he published two prose e-books: Three Radical Poets: Tributes to Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Adrienne Rich; and The Moonlight of Home and Other Stories of Truth and Fiction. He was a coeditor, with Allen Ginsberg and Andy Clausen, of Poems for the Nation, a collection of contemporary political poems that Ginsberg had been compiling before his death. Along with Danny Shot, Katz was a cofounder and former co-editor of the long-running Long Shot literary journal. Called another classic New Jersey bard by Ginsberg, Katz has worked for many years as an activist for a wide range of peace and social-justice causes.


Eric Schmaltz
Eric Schmaltz is an intermedia language artist and researcher. His work has appeared in various places online and in print including Jacket2, Open Letter, Rampike, Poetry is Dead, dead (g)end(er), and ditch,. He is also a regular contributor to Lemon Hound's reviews section. His first chapbook MITSUMI ELEC. CO. LTD: keyboard poems was published by above/ground press in 2014 and his chapbook EVERYDAY IS BLACK FRIDAY is forthcoming from Gauss PDF. Eric lives in Toronto where he co-curates AvantGarden.

Andrea Thompson
Writer and spoken word artist Andrea Thompson has performed her work at venues across North America and overseas for the past twenty years. Andrea is the co-editor of the anthology Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, the author of the poetry collection Eating the Seed, and creator of the Urban Muisc Award nominated CD, One. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Guelph's MFA Creative Writing program, and currently teaches Spoken Word through the Ontario College of Art and Design's Continuing Studies department. Her first novel is due out in the spring of 2014 with Inanna Publications.

Stan Rogal
Stan's work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies over the years in Canada, the US and Europe, some in translation. He is the author of 19 books: 4 novels 4 story and 11 poetry collections. His latest book is a collection of stories titled, "Obsessions" with Leaping Lion Press. A new book of poems will appear in October this year with Guernica, titled: "after words." He is also a mostly unproduced playwright, but keeps at it anyway, like a madman, or a fool.


Mindi St. Amand
Mindi St. Amand is originally from Tay Township. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Pale Love Turned Bright (2006) and A Long Time Ago (2014). She studied journalism at Humber College and creative writing at the University of Toronto. She wrote about music for online magazines Scene and Heard, Chart Attack, Soul Shine, Lithium, and BlogTO. Her short story Theodore Pashion was published in Bleach Magazine (2003), and her upcoming short fiction piece Bobby: Before and After will be published by Dead Beats Literature in 2014. She currently organizes Blue Coffee, a poetry and fiction reading series in Toronto.

Rudyard Fearon
Rudyard Fearon has published four collections of poetry: Free Soil, Spin, Noise in my mind, and his most recent published late last year Lost Tongues. He has appeared on video twice, including the popular television documentary series Heart of a Poet which currently being sold on Rudy is a longtime member of the Art Bar board.

Devon Gallant
Devon Gallant is the founder and publisher of Cactus Press and the author of 11 chapbooks of poetry, including ABRACADABRA. His works have previously appeared in Carousel, Misunderstandings Magazine, and the Belleville Park Pages. As well as being a poet, Devon is also a chaos magician, pronoiac, and devotee of Narayani Amma. His forthcoming collection S(tars) & M(agnets) is an experimental 'book of poems' which blends shamanism, eroticism, and concrete poetry.


Lindsey Cahill
(Bio coming soon)

Don McKay
Don McKay is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Paradoxides (McClelland & Stewart, 2012). He has won two Governor General's Awards for Poetry and has been shortlisted twice for the Griffin Poetry Prize, most recently for Camber: Selected Poems (McClelland & Stewart, 2004), which was a Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year. McKay is also known as a poetry editor, and he has taught poetry in universities across the country.

Kevin Hehir (CC)
Kevin Hehir is a teacher, writer, and performer from St. John's, NL He has published critical and creative work on subjects ranging from Plato to NATO. Hehir's visual poetry can be found in October is Dada Month: the complete Nietzsche's Brolly broadsheets (Nietzsche's Brolly, 2009), and sound poetry at Ubuweb Visual, Concrete and Sound. Hehir is also an active member of the Downtown Academy of Improvisers and the sound art band >>0<< (pronounced noice).

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.