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The Art Bar is held at the fabulous
Free Times Cafe,
320 College Street,
(College/Spadina)

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Our New Schedule - - - - and Win cash on the Open Mic



March 28, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Susie Berg
Susie Berg was the co-curator of the Plasticine Poetry reading series for 2 years. She has just launched her second full-length poetry collection, All This Blood, with Piquant Press. Her work has appeared in anthologies and in various publications in print and online. Along with her first full-length collection, How to Get Over Yourself, she is the author of two chapbooks, a Lyrical Myrical chapbook written with the award-winning poet Elana Wolff, and an online poetry happening, The Starbucks Poetry Project.

Carmelo Militano
Carmelo Militano is a Winnipeg poet & novelist. His collection 'Ariadne's Thread' won the F.G.Bressani poetry award in 2004. His novel 'Sebastiano's Vine' was short listed for the Margaret Laurence fiction prize 2014. Militano also hosts a the P.I. New Poetry Show CKUW 95.9 where he interviews poets from across Canada.

Laurence Hutchman
Laurence Hutchman has published 10 books of poems, including Beyond Borders, Reading the Water, Personal Encounters and Two Maps of Emery. He also co-edited Coastlines The Poetry of Atlantic Canada and edited In the Writersİ Words: Conversations with Eight Canadian Poets. He received the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence and many grants and awards. Recently, he retired from teaching English literature at the UniversitŬ de Moncton in Edmundston and how lives with his wife, the artist and poet, Eva Kolacz in Oakville.

April 04, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Phlip Arima
Phlip Arima is a Toronto poet with five books, an audio CD and numerous videos to his credit. His poetry videos were produced by Vision Television and subsequently aired on Bravo. His fiction has been adapted to stage by Newfoundland's Neighbourhood Dance Works in collaboration with RCA Theatre. His third book, Broken Accidents, was shortlisted for a ReLit Award. He is a former Artistic Director of the Art Bar Poetry Series, was a co-organizer/host of The Basement Reading series, and was one of the rotating hosts for the Syntactic Sunday series. To read more of his work please visit www.phliparima.com.

Ian Burgham
Ian Burgham is the author of six collections of poetry published in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. He has performed his work throughout Canada and the UK. His poems have appeared in more than 25 poetry journals in Canada, Australia, the USA and the UK including The Literary Review of Canada, Gutter (UK), Contemporary Verse 2, Queenİs Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, Five Bellİs Review (Aus). Burgham has read at a number of venues in London UK, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Stratford-Upon-Avon. In 2016, he read at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, and later, at the 4th International Congress of Language and Literature in Mexico. He is a past winner of the Queenİs Well-Versed Award and a past nominee for Canadaİs Relit Award.

Debbie Okun Hill
Debbie Okun Hill is a Canadian poet/blogger with work published in such literary journals as Descant, Existere, Philadelphia Poets, The Windsor Review, and Vallum. Her first poetry collection Tarnished Trophies was published by Black Moss Press in 2014. She is the recipient of two Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve Grants and has read her work in Canada and the US. She was a co-host for Sarnia's Spoken Word open mic event for 8 years and enjoys promoting the work of other writers.

11-Apr-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rudy Fearon

Our Feature Readers:

John Terpstra
"Author of nine books of poetry and four creative non-fiction. Winner of the Bressani Prize and the CBC Radio Literary Prize for Poetry. Short-listed for the RBC Taylor Prize, BC Prize for Canadian Non-fiction, Raymond Souster Prize for Poetry. Received a City of Hamilton Arts Award for Writing in 2016. One of his poems, ""Giants"", is a Project Bookmarks plaque located on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking downtown Hamilton, where he lives and works as a cabinetmaker and carpenter."

Sharon Berg
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Betsy Struthers
Betsy Struthers has published nine books of poetry, one of which, Still, won the 2004 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, three novels, and a book of short fiction; she also co-edited and contributed to a book of essays about teaching poetry. A past president of the League of Canadian Poets, her poems and fiction have been published in many literary journals and anthologies and she has read her work and conducted workshops coast to coast in Canada as well as in Australia and the United States. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

18-Apr-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Adebe D. A.

A tribute to the great Leonard Cohen

. . . . . With readings by . . . . .

Adebe DeRango-Adem
Carolyn Smart
Clara Blackwood
Jacqueline Valencia
George Elliot Clarke
Moez Surani
Richard Glen Lett
Robin Richardson
Stanley Fefferman
Honey Novik


25-Apr-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Kelly Norah Drukker
Kelly Norah Drukker was born in Montreal, and has taught English in Switzerland, France, the UK, and Ireland. Her first collection of poems, Small Fires (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016) was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montreal, the A.M. Klein Poetry Prize, and the Concordia University First Book Prize. Kelly's work has appeared in The Malahat Review, Contemporary Verse 2, enRoute Magazine, The Island Review, and The SHOp. Her poetry has won a CBC Literary Award and a Norma Epstein Prize for Creative Writing. Kelly lives in Montreal, where she is pursuing a doctorate in Humanities at Concordia University.

Lisa Richter
Lisa Richter is a Toronto-based poet and English as a second language. Her poetry has appeared in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, The Literary Reviews of Canada, Canthius, The Toronto Quarterly, among others. She was longlisted for the 2015 CBC Poetry Prize, and her chapbook, Intertextual, was published by Pooka Press in 2010. Her first full-length collection of poems, Closer to Where We Began, is now available from Tightrope Books.

Ron Charach
Ron Charach is the author of 12 books, 10 of them poetry, and one duystopian novel, cabana the big, a uniquely Canadian response to all things Trump..


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poetry-only reading series in Canada - 25 Years!


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