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October 25, 2016, 8:00 pm

Your Host: Sharon Goodier

Our Feature Readers:

Al Moritz
A. F. Moritz has written more than twenty books of poetry, and has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Ingram Merrill Fellowship. His collection The Sentinel won the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 of the Year. His most recent collection is Sequence. He lives in Toronto.

Donna Langevin
Donna Langevin's poems have been published in Arc, Antigonish Review, CV2, Descant and Grain. She won first prize in the TOPS Contest (Spring theme, 2008) and third prize in the Food for Thought Anthology, 2016.Winner of the Cyclamens and Swords contest in 2009, she was short-listed for Descant's Winston Collins Best Poem of the Year, 2010 and won second prize in the GritLIT Poetry Competition in 2014. Donna Langevin's recent poetry collections include In the Café du Monde, Hidden Brook Press, 2008 and The Laundress of Time, Aeolus Press, 2015. Her plays The Dinner and Bargains in the New World won the Eden Mills Festival script competitions in 2014 and 2015.

Ariane Blackman
Ariane Blackman has been writing poetry since she was about seven. Her first book of published poems, No One Sleeps, was published by LyricalMyrical Press in 2012 - a long time after those first early poems. She is currently working on a memoir about her mother who survived the Second World War in Poland and Russia through her courage and quiet instinct.

November 1, 2016, 8:00 pm

Your Host: Stanly Fefferman

Our Feature Readers:

Tom Hamilton
Founder and host of the Toronto Urban Folk Art Salon, Tom has been featured at Linda Stitt's and Norm Cristofoli's Words and Music Salons, The Bohemian Embassy, Café May and the Calgary Readers Series. He has been an Ontario Arts Council Poet in the Schools and has worked in the Salvadoran Artist's Cooperative "Tizon" as well as for the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture. With University of Calgary Endowment funding, he produced "Inside the Words", which traced the rise of Dub Poetry and predicted the spoken word revolution. For this, he received an MA to add to his BA in Anthropology, which focused on comparative oral and literate culture. His PhD research into the literate practices of school- age poets earned him a Doctorate in Education. Dr. Hamilton had been published in the Dalhousie, Hart House, Whetstone, Blue Buffalo, Transforms, Blood & Aphorisms lit. reviews. His books of poetry, "Bellicose Veins" and "Deer Crossing" are available online from Book Baby, Amazon/Kindle and Chapters/Indigo.

Niki Koulouris
Niki Koulouris was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her poetry and prose has appeared in The Cortland Review, Space, Metro Magazine, Subtext Magazine and The Age. A beer enthusiast, she has been known to start spontaneous lists on napkins of her top India Pale Ales. Niki lives in Toronto. Shortlisted for the 2014 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and the ReLit Award, The sea with no one in it is her first book.

Rudy Fearon
Rudy Fearon is a past member of the Art Bar Reading series. He works with the University of Toronto where his papers is being archived by the Tomas Fisher Rare books Library. His books are also published in ebook format by Amazom Kindle.

November 8, 2016, 8:00 pm

Your Host: TBA

Our Feature Readers:

Claire Kelly
Claire Kelly's first full-length collection, Maunder, will be available from Palimpsest Press in Spring 2017. She has curated a chapbook of emerging Edmonton poets for Frog Hollow Press's City Series, which is available for purchase at www.froghollowpress.com. She lives and writes in Edmonton.

David Clink
David Clink is a poet, poker player, and punster. His poem, "A sea monster tells his story" won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. His poetry has appeared in over 50 journals, including appearing in The Dalhousie Review six times, and in The Literary Review of Canada six times. He has two collections published by Tightrope Books: Eating Fruit Out of Season and Monster. His third collection, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu, was published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box in 2012. In 2016, Chizine Publications will be publishing David's speculative poetry collection, The Role of Lightning in Evolution.

Jessica Hiemstra
Jessica Hiemstra is a visual artist and poet widely published in literary journals. She was the winner of the Malahat Review's 2010 Open Season Award for Non-Fiction, a finalist for the 2010 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem, and the winner of the 2009 Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival poetry award. Most recently, Jessica edited and corralled poems along with Gillian Sze for the anthology Translating Horses - the line, the thread, the underside (Baseline Press, 2015). The Holy Nothing is her third trade collection. She's working on a novel she hopes to finish before she dies.

November 15, 2016, 8:00 pm

Your Host: TBA

Our Feature Readers:

Lois Lorimer
Lois Lorimer is a poet, actor and teacher. Her poetry chapbook Between the Houses, was published by Maclean Dubois in Edinburgh in 2010 and her first collection, Stripmall Subversive was published in 2012. Her poems have appeared in leading literary journals, including: Arc, Literary Review of Canada, as well as in the anthologies The Bright Well (Leaf Press), and Connectivism (Variety Crossing Press). As an actor Lois Lorimer was a member of the Shaw Festival Company, working as well in film and radio drama. Born in Brockville, she now lives on the Scarborough Bluffs where she is finishing her second collection, and teaches educators about the values of Mindfulness.

Stanley Fefferman
Stanley Fefferman is writer and educator. Among his publications are:Writing Space (1998), My Andrea (2013), The Healing Fiction (1996), Drugs and World Literature (1972), and Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in Canada (1986). Forty of his broadcasts have aired on CBC National Radio. Hundreds of his essays on music have appeared in electronic media out of Canada and the U.K.. He taught writing at Naropa University's Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and founded the Atkinson Creative Writing Program at York University where he is Professor Emeritus. In Spring 2017 Quattro Books will publish his poetry collection Home Was Elsewhere. He is currently working on a collection of essays gathered under the title My Resinous Heart.

Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor is originally from Saskatchewan and has lived in Toronto since 1987. He graduated from The University of Saskatchewan, majoring in English Literature, minoring in Fine Art. He belongs to The Renaissance Revival literary group, as well as two other writers' groups. He writes poetry and prose. For his livelihood, Charles works as a painter/renovator and has his own company.

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