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25-Jul-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Daryl Whetter
Darryl Whetter is a novelist, short-story writer, poet, critic and professor. His debut collection of stories, A Sharp Tooth in the Fur, was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. His debut book of poems, Origins, received a starred review from Quill & Quire. His novels include the bicycle odyssey The Push & the Pull and the multi-generational pot-smuggling epic Keeping Things Whole. A former CBC Radio books panellist, he reviews for The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The National Post, etc. He has taught creative writing and literature at four different Canadian universities. Currently, he is a visiting professor in Singapore, where he is the inaugural director of the first creative writing masterís program in Southeast Asia.

Jonathan Moody
Jonathan Moody received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Cave Canem fellow. He is the author of Olympic Butter Gold, which won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, and The Doomy Poems. His poetry has appeared in African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, The Common, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review Online, and various other journals. He lives in Fresno, Texas, with his wife and son and teaches English at Pearland High School.

Janice Colbert
Janice Colbert is a Toronto based poet and professional artist. After a career as a fashion designer she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in drawing and painting. Her experience in the visual informs her poetry. Her poetry is published in Literary Review of Canada, Prairie Fire, Three Volume VI (U of T Press) and her chapbook Rose and Brine (Frog Hollow Press.) Janice completed the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto and recently completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. www.janicecolbert.com

01-Aug-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

John Nyman
John Nymanís first book of poetry, Players, was shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Award. John lives in Toronto, writes and workshops with the &, (ďampersand commaĒ) poetry collective in Guelph, Ontario, and is currently completing a PhD in Theory and Criticism at Western University.

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco has authored 17 collections of poetry since 1976. He was a seminal figure in Canadian Multiculturalism with his edition of the first anthology of Italian-Canadian writers and through his collaborative work with the Multiculturalism Directorate, the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Mick Burrs
Mick Burrs (born April 10, 1940) is a Canadian poet who currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. He was born and raised in California, and after leaving the United States to avoid the Vietnam War, he spent much of his life in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He won the 1998 Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry for a volume of his collected works, "Variations on the Birth of Jacob". This book was published under his birth name, Steven Michael Berzensky, as was a comprehensive collection of his poetry, "The Names Leave the Stones: Poems New and Selected" (2001 Canada, 2002 United States). He is a former editor of Grain magazine.

08-Aug-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Hot Sexy, Wicked
(Invitation only)
Dress accordingly!

15-August-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rudy Fearon

Our Feature Readers:

Pearl Pirie
Pearl Pirie is director of the Tree Reading Series and†is president of haiku group†KaDo.†A host of Literary Landscape on CKCUfm.com, she runs phafours press and Studio Nouveau†for workshops & pop-up readings. Chalkpaths is her manuscript service.†Pirie's 3rd full collection†the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, 2015), won Lampman Award.

Chuck Carlise
CHUCK CARLISE is the author of the collection, In One Version of the Story (New Issues, 2016), and two award-winning chapbooks, Casual Insomniac (Bateau 2011) and A Broken Escalator Still Isnít the Stairs (Concrete Wolf 2011). He was awarded the InPrint/Paul Verlaine Poetry Prize and has been anthologized in Best New Poets in both 2012 and 2014. His poems and essays appear in Southern Review, Pleiades, Haydenís Ferry Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He completed his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston in 2012 and currently lectures on writing and cultural studies at UC-Santa Cruz.

Darrell Epp
Darrell Epp is a poet, freelance journalist, and playwright whose work has appeared widely in magazines around the world, including Maisonneuve, Poetry Ireland, Sub-Terrain, andThe Saranac Review. Born in Toronto, he currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario where he earns a living locking up trains for CN Rail.

The Art Bar Poetry Series is recognized as the longest running
poetry-only reading series in Canada - 25 Years!

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