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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!

Effective immediately Greg Frankson is no longer a member of the Art Bar Poetry Series' board of directors. He will no longer host Art Bar evenings, and will not be permitted to attend Art Bar events.

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Dead Poets Society Night
Hosted by David Clink
No open stage. A hat will be passed.

15 readers will be reading for 5-6 minutes each

from the works of dead poets:
Valentino Assenza [Nik Beat]
Suzanne Bowness [Carl Sandburg]
Philip Cairns [Dory Previn]
Roseanne Carrara [Louise Bogan]
George Elliott Clarke [Amiri Baraka]
Margaret Code [Philip Larkin]
Devon Gallant [Stephen Crane]
yaqoob ghaznavi [The Shumalite]
Cynthia Gould [Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)]
Aaron Kreuter [Denise Levertov]
Bruce Meyer [Daniel Abse and Pablo Neruda]
Edward Nixon [Kenneth Koch]
Mary Rykov [Audre Lorde]
Sheila Stewart [Bronwen Wallace]
Daniel Scott Tysdal [A. M. Klein]

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No Art Bar on December 23 & 30

Happy Holidays!


Art Bar Team Reading & Brand New Readers night!
The Art Bar Team will be doing short readings, followed by an open mic reserved for those poets reading publically for the first time ever. New Year, New Readers!
More details soon


James Arthur*
James Arthur's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Brick, Poetry, The New Republic, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012 as a Lannan Literary Selection. James grew up in Toronto and now lives in Baltimore, where he teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Johnny MacRae
The 2013 Victoria Spoken Word Festival Poet of Honour, Johnny MacRae is a mouthy poet and sometimes barefoot beard. In 2011, he won the inaugural Canadian Underground Individual Poetry Slam. He has represented Vancouver (2009/2010) and Victoria (2013) at the national level as a slam poet, and has been a two-time finalist at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. For the past four years, he has toured North America relentlessly, both solo and as a member of 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac.

Molly Peacock
Molly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet and best-selling biographer who has just ventured into fiction. Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions is her newest work, with 26 sumptuous illustrations by Kara Kosaka, published by McClelland and Stewart. Her latest work of nonfiction is the best-selling The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72, and her latest book of poetry is The Second Blush. She is the Series Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, and the subject of Jason Guriels' recent monograph Molly Peacock: A Critical Introduction.

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.