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The Art Bar Poetry Series is held in the second floor lounge (now called The Social Capital Theatre) at 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, it's a great place for poetry, and socializing after the show!

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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 9 - Facebook Event

Art Bar's Odes to Love or Anti-Love, Hosted by Myna Wallin
(A Night of Valentine poems)

"If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?"
-- Lily Tomlin

Sure, no one really knows what loves means, but like a stomach cramp, we know when it's there. We all know the gnawing emptiness of its opposite, too. With special lovelorn guests (TBA) and an extended open-mic, let's make this the most heartfelt evening of longing ever. Or not. Bring us your tirades or your most tender odes.

Sandra Kasturi
Sue Bowness
David Clink
Joel Giroux
Michael Fraser

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16 - Facebook Event

Marsha Barber
Marsha Barber is the author of two poetry books: What is the Sound of Someone Unravelling (2011) and All the Lovely Broken People (2015) published by Ottawa's Borealis Press. She has won many awards for her work and been longlisted for the national ReLit prize and shortlisted for the international Bridport Poetry Prize. Marsha has published in such periodicals as the Literary Review of Canada, The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, The Walrus and The Prairie Journal. She is on faculty at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Sharon Goodier
Sharon Goodier is a poet from Toronto, Canada. She has had poems published in Carte Blanche (Mtl), 11th Transmission (social realism), Dove Tales nature anthology (U.S.). She was longlisted for the Mary K Ballard award (U.S.) for a chapbook in 2014. She has published a fantasy story "The Year of the Donkey" in New Legends Anthology (U.S. 2016). She self-published a chapbook of social justice poetry "A Stone in My Shoe" in 2014. Recently, she won third place in the contest of Wax Poetry and Art. She has recently finished a mentoring program with poet Gerry Shikatani through the Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network. She is currently working on a book of photo poems which is available to peruse at this reading.

Tom Hoad
Thomas Hoad is a poet from in Niagara. His work has been featured in various publications such as Ditch Poetry and Full of Crow. Now, he travels as a spoken word poet. He is the founder of the St. Catharines Poetry Slam and a one-time representative of the Burlington Slam Project at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23 - Facebook Event

Derek Webster
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Derek Webster grew up in Beijing, Toronto and London. He received an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied with Carl Phillips, Erin Belieu and Yusef Komunyakaa. His poetry and prose have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, The Walrus, and Boston Review. The founding editor of Maisonneuve magazine, he lives in Montreal.

Rabbit Richards
Rabbit Richards is a New York born performance poet who is currently based in Montreal. Her stories and poetry blend the politics of race, love and gender with the emotional grounding of lived experience. She is a member of the Kalmunity Vibe Collective and a practiced improv artist. Richards is also the two time captain of Montreal's Throw Poetry Collective and the 2015 winner of the Underground Indies poetry slam. Richards is a story teller at heart, and a staple of the Montreal Poetry Community.

Arathana Bowes
Bio coming soon

TUESDAY MARCH 1 - Facebook Event

Liz Worth
Toronto and Beyond, was the first to give an in-depth account of Toronto's early punk scene. She has also released a poetry collection called Amphetamine Heart and a novel called PostApoc. You can reach her at www.lizworth.com, or on Twitter @LizWorthXO.

Monica Kidd
Monica Kidd's third book of poetry, The Year of Our Beautiful Exile (Gaspereau Press), explores the territory of loss with a sturdy set of boots and a "painterly eye." Her previous poetry books are Handfuls of Bone (2011) and Actualities (2007). She also writes fiction and non-fiction, and has won a number of journalism awards. She currently lives in Calgary where she works as a family doctor and looks after her young family.

Laura Burns
Laura is a wordsmith of various forms. As a poet, Laura has performed at readings and poetry salons in Toronto, and recently finished her first book of poetry entitled The Woman of the Apartment. As a playwright, Laura wrote Honk, If You Can Hear Me! (SummerWorks Theatre Festival selection). Songwriting led Laura to Normal, an album of original songs. She has also been known to write ringtones. Professional actor turned Chinese Medicine practitioner, Laura now works at two clinics in downtown Toronto. Laura operates on the belief that a fundamental aspect of health comes from an authentic expression of who we are.

TUESDAY MARCH 8 - Facebook Event

Shauntay Grant*
Writer, poet, and storyteller Shauntay Grant is the author of several books for young people, and the third Poet Laureate of Halifax (2009-11). Her awards and honours include a Best Atlantic Book Prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour Prize from Spoken Word Canada, and most recently a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing & Publishing from the Canada Council for the Arts. Shauntay is one of four Canadian authors selected by the Writers' Trust of Canada for its Berton House Writers Retreat in Dawson City, Yukon (2015-16 cohort). She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.

Jim Roberts
Jim Roberts has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. In Toronto in the late 1970s he set type by hand and printed it, and briefly published Zest, a xeroxed literary magazine. In the 1980s he bought and sold collectible books. In the 1990s and more recently, he proofread and copyedited far too many annual reports, and finally had enough money to travel. For all this time he was writing poetry. Wolsak and Wynn published his book From an argument I've taken with me. In 2012 Jim moved back to Victoria, and is completing several other collections.

Sam Turner
A professional gardener, married with two children, Sam Turner has won the Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Poetry Award (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2010), the William C. Woolfson Award for Literary Excellence (1998), and the SUNY McIllwain Award for Poetry (1983). Sam has led workshops at the New York Public Library and the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music. Published in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Little Magazine, Nadir.

TUESDAY MAY 3, 2016 - Facebook Event

Join the Art Bar Poetry Series in celebrating our
1991 seems like a lifetime ago - and for some, it is! Features tonight will include very special guests - stay tuned for details.

TUESDAY JUNE 28, 2016 - Facebook Event

Join us in poetry and memories at
The Art Bar Poetry Series Retirement Party!
Canada's longest running weekly poetry-only reading series has come to the end of it's run. It has been a wonderful journey, and we thank every single poet who has ever set foot on our stage for making this series so diverse, so passionate, and such a strong fixture in the Toronto arts scene. All great things must end, and it is with joy, not sorrow, that we move onward.
Features tonight will include very special guests - stay tuned for details.

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.