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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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Look for our table at WORD ON THE STREET Sunday Sept 21st!

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9 --- Facebook Event

David B. Goldstein
David B. Goldstein's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout North America, including The Paris Review, The Malahat Review, filling Station, CV2, Epoch, Harp & Altar, Jubilat, 6x6, and Octopus. His first chapbook, Been Raw Diction, was published by Dusie Press in 2006. As a literary critic, food writer, and translator, he has published on a wide range of subjects, including Shakespeare, contemporary poetry, translation, cannibalism, philosophies of food, and the politics of Martha Stewart. His first book of criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare's England, is due out this fall. His translations from Italian poetry appear in The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, among other publications. Goldstein lives with his family in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of English at York University.

Harry Giles (Discovery Night Winner)
Harry Giles is a poet, performance-maker and producer from Orkney. He's currently based in Edinburgh, where he co-ordinates the spoken word events series Inky Fingers, co-directs the live art platform ANATOMY, and is part of the team running the Forest Café arts space. His pamphlets Visa Wedding (2012) and Oam (2013) are published by Stewed Rhubarb; he is the former BBC Scotland slam champion (2009); and his participatory performance work has been commissioned and programmed by venues and festivals including the Ovalhouse, Arches LIVE, and Sprint. Credits, videos, and texts about it all can be found at www.harrygiles.org.

Tammy Armstrong*
Tammy Armstrong's writing has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada, US, Europe, UK, and Algeria. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, the Governor General's Award, and short-listed twice for the CBC Literary Prize. She has recently completed her PhD in literature from the University in New Brunswick where she explored Atlantic Canadian poetry at the animal encounter. Armstrong currently resides on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 16 --- Facebook Event

Steve Venright
Steve Venright is a visual artist and author whose books include Spiral Agitator (Coach House Books, 2000) and Floors of Enduring Beauty (Mansfield Press, 2007). Through his Torpor Vigil Records label he has released such extraordinary recordings as The Tubular West by singer-composer Samuel Andreyev, and Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor (More Outrageous Recordings of the World's Most Renowned Sleeptalker). Steve was born in Sarnia, Ontario in 1961. At the age of twenty, he crossed the plains of Southwestern Ontario and has resided in Toronto ever since.

Vanessa Shields
Vanessa Shields has made her home, her family and her work life flourish in Windsor, ON. Her passion for writing was discovered at a very young age through the vein of writing in a journal. Her first book, Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy -- A Memoir, was published by Black Moss Press in 2011 to rave reviews. In April 2013, Shields edited a poetry anthology entitled, Whisky Sour City (Black Moss Press). I Am That Woman, her first book of poetry, was published in November 2013, also by Black Moss Press. Her poetry, short stories and photography has been published in various literary magazines. Shields has read her poetry as far as Paris, France and as close as her living room. She mentors, guest speaks and teaches creative writing. She also created Poetry On Demand, on-the-spot poetry that helps make poetry fun and accessible for all.

Edward Anki
Edward Anki is a Toronto-based writer who is presently assembling a full-length collection of his poetry. His poems have appeared in various magazines and journals, including Qwerty, The Chaffin Journal, Plain Spoke, and Mad Poets Review. He was also recently featured on The Emerging Writers Reading Series in Toronto, Canada. Edward has previously written and performed stand-up comedy, earned a degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto, and worked far too many nights in bars and restaurants.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 --- Facebook Event

Julie Roorda
Julie Roorda is the author of three volumes of poetry, most recently Floating Bodies (2010), all published by Guernica Editions. She has also published a collection of short stories entitled Naked in the Sanctuary (Guernica, 2004) and Wings of a Bee (Sumach, 2007), a novel for young adults. She works full-time as a freelance writer and editor.

Christina Foisy
Originally from Montreal, Christina Foisy is a Toronto-based writer and PhD candidate in Humanities at York University. Through sound art and oral history, her award-winning research attempts to listen to the cultural memory (and amnesia) of electroshock therapy in transcultural mental health discourse. Her literary essays and poetry deal with grief, memory and the ethics of forgiveness. Currently featured in POIESIS, Canadian Woman Studies and the Journal of Motherhood Research Initiative, she is working on a full-length poetry manuscript entitled: Hauntology.

Rafi Aaron
Rafi Aaron's new manuscript of prose poetry is entitled; "In the Days of the Cotton Wind and the Sparrow". His book Surviving the Censor--The Unspoken Words of Osip Mandelstam (Seraphim Editions, 2006) won the Jewish Book Award for poetry in 2007. His play "Mandelstam", based in the book, won awards at the Toronto Fringe New Play Competition in 2007 and 2008. The New Quarterly #128, Fall 2013 issue contains an in-depth interview with Rafi about his creative process. The Toronto Star has described Rafi as a poet "who allows simple, fresh, vivid words to cut individual jewels out of the material of language." www.rafiaaron.com

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 30 --- Facebook Event

Gary Earl Ross
from Buffalo... bio soon.

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.

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.