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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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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 30 --- Facebook Event

Gary Earl Ross
Novelist, playwright, poet, actor, director, and public radio commentator, Gary Earl Ross is a retired UB/EOC language arts professor and author of the books The Wheel of Desire, Shimmerville, and Blackbird Rising, and the plays Sleepwalker, Picture Perfect, The Best Woman, Murder Squared, The Scavenger's Daughter, Matter of Intent (winner of the Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America), The Mark of Cain, and The Guns of Christmas, onstage at Buffalo's Subversive Theater this December. His plays have been performed in Buffalo, Knoxville, New York, London, West Sussex, Manchester, and Shanghei. Visit his website : www.garyearlross.net.

Sonia Di Placido
Sonia Di Placido is a poet, actor/playwright from Toronto. A graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, 1996, & York University with Hons. Humanities, 2006. Sonia has two chapbooks: Vulva Magic, LyricalMyracle Press, 2004 and Forest Primitive, a book of Ekphrastic Poems, Aelous House, 2008. Other works and Creative Non-fiction have appeared in various anthologies. Some are: Poet-to-Poet, Guernica Editions, 2012, The Toronto Quarterly, 2011 Carousel 2013, Puritan Magazine & The White Wall Review 2014. Her latest book, Exaltation in Cadmium Red published in 2012 by Guernica Editions.

Elizabeth Greene
Elizabeth Greene has published three books of poetry, The Iron Shoes (2007), Moving (2010) and Understories (2014). Two poems in Understories were shortlisted for the Descant/Winston Collins Prize (2011, 2013). Her poems have appeared in literary magazines, including The Antigonish Review, FreeFall, The Literary Review of Canada, and Canadian Woman Studies, as well as anthologies, most recently I Found It at the Movies (2014) and Shy: An Anthology (2013). She edited and contributed to We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman, which won the Betty and Morris Aaron Prize for Best Scholarship on a Canadian Subject. In a pre-poetry life, she taught English at Queen's University. She lives in Kingston.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 7 --- Facebook Event

Barry Dempster*
Barry Dempster, twice nominated for the GG Award, is the author of fifteen collections of poetry. He won the Canadian Authors Association Chalmers Award in 2005 for his book THE BURNING ALPHABET. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Ontario Premiers Award for Excellence in the Arts. His most recent book of poetry, INVISIBLE DOGS, was released by Brick Books. His second novel, THE OUTSIDE WORLD, was published by Pedlar Press this past December.

Adam Sol
Adam Sol's fourth collection of poetry, Complicity, has just been published by McClelland & Stewart. His previous collections include Jeremiah, Ohio, a novel in poems which was shortlisted for Ontario's Trillium Award for Poetry; and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He has published fiction, scholarly essays, and reviews for a variety of publications, including Critique, The Globe and Mail, Lemonhound, and Joyland.com. He teaches at Laurentian University's campus in Barrie, Ontario, and lives in Toronto.

John Oughton
John Oughton has published five books of poetry (most recently Time Slip, new and collected poems from Guernica Editions).His first novel, Enough of Hate, will be published within a year. He has also produced several chapbooks, over 400 articles, reviews, blogs and interviews,. He is a member of the Long Dash writing group. As a photographer, he has had three solo exhibitions, and his images have appeared on book covers, in journals and e-zines. John works as Professor of Learning and Teaching at Centennial College and is completing a doctorate in Education at York U.


Pierre L'Abbe
Pierre L'Abbé was Director of the Art Bar from 1996 to 1998. He is the author of a book of poetry, Lyon (Letters, 1996) a novella in verse Ten Days in Rio (Watershed Books, 1998) as well as a book of stories, Kiss of the Beggar (Guernica, 2005) which was long-listed for the Relit award. He is the translator of Benjamin Fondane's Exodus: the face of poetic resistance under the Holocaust (Joseph Norman, 2008). He recently translated Palestine (Guernica, 2014) a novel by Hubert Haddad, one of France's best known contemporary writers. Palestine, in the French original, won numerous awards including the Francophonie prize; it follows the struggles of an Israeli soldier whose sympathies turn toward the Palestinians.

Jacob McArthur Mooney
Jacob McArthur Mooney hosts the bi-weekly Pivot Reading Series at The Press Club on Dundas St. West. His most recent collection, Folk (McClelland & Stewart, 2011), was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award, the Trillium Book Award in Poetry, and named to annual best-of lists by The Globe and Mail and The National Post.

Norman Allan
Norman has been writing poetry, when the muse has moved him, for yonks. Al Alvarez once said that his work lacked "fuck you!" It is a fault Norman hopes he has corrected. Leonard Cohen said he thought that Norman "had not transcended his bourgeois up-bringing." Fuck you. Any publishers in the audience, Norman is not widely published, hint hint. (He has three copies left of his second Lyrical Miracle printing.) Waleed Abdulhammed is amazing. A while ago, at the Trane Studio, Waleed's percussion was the cornerstone of their open stage house-combo. That's where Norman (hopes) that he learned his chops.


Sadiqa de Meijer*
Sadiqa de Meijer was born in Amsterdam and moved to Canada as a child. Her work has been published in a range of journals, including The Malahat Review, Geist and Poetry Magazine, as well as in the Best of Canadian Poetry in English series (Tightrope Books, 2008 Edition) and the international anthology Villanelles (Everyman's Library). Her first book of poems is Leaving Howe Island (Oolichan Books, 2013). A selection from the manuscript won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012.

Bruce Meyer
Bruce Meyer is author of 44 books including the recent The Seasons and Testing the Elements. He is Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie.

Richard Greene
Richard Greene is the author of four books of poetry. His collection Boxing the Compass won the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in 2010. George Elliott Clarke has compared Greene's new volume Dante's House to the work of Derek Walcott and described the long title-poem in terza rima as a "masterpiece" (Chronicle-Herald). Greene is also the author of an internationally acclaimed biography of Edith Sitwell, and is now writing an authorized biography of Graham Greene. He is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, and director of the MA in the Field of Creative Writing.


David Zaretsky
David Zaretsky was born in 1920 in Toronto Canada. His schooling consisted of eight years in grade school and a year in high school. At sixteen, not wanting to go to school, we went to work. One of his friends took him to see a play in which his friend was performing and this was when Mr. Zaretsky wrote the opening number for this play. He went on to write for many years. He collaborated with several different talented musicians but they like himself never could get a break in the music industry. But still he kept writing 'cause it's a love to which he became addicted to. It's when he reached a thousand compositions, he felt it was time he did something about it.

Ariel Gordon
Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her first book of poetry, Hump, won the 2011 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Most recently, her chapbook How to Make a Collage won Kalamalka Press' inaugural John Lent Poetry-Prose Award. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms. Her most recent collection of poetry is Stowaways (Palimpsest Press, 2014).

Patricia Young
Patricia Young has published eleven books of poetry, most recently, Summertime Swamp Love (Palimpsest Press, 2014). She has received numerous awards for her poetry including the CBC Literary Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, The Dorothy Livesay Award. Two of her collections have been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. She lives in Victoria, B.C.

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.