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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



23-May-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Sarah Varnam
Sarah Varnam is a writer, editor, and artist, as well as the founder of The Quilliad Press and the Apple of my Odd Eye artist collective. Her work has been published in Third Wednesday, The Quarterday Review, Litbreak, and Transition Magazine, among other journals, and she recently received Writers' Reserve grants for two poetry collections in progress, EveningBITE and Palate Poems, which she will be reading from.

Mary Corkery
Mary Corkery has worked in social justice and international development organizations, most recently KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives where she was director for eight years. Now retired, Mary writes poetry, volunteers in support of refugees, and is chair of The Catherine Donnelly Foundation. Her poems are published in journals including: Room, Descant, The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, Existere, The Nashwaak Review, The Dream Catcher (U.K.), Kindred (U.S.A.), as well as in Writing at Wintergreen (2012 anthology edited by Helen Humphreys) and Sound Me When Iİm Done, a 2016 anthology edited by Lorna Crozier.

Marilyn Potter
Originally from Winnipeg, Marilyn Potter is an award-winning poet and writer now living in Toronto. Her poems have appeared in both Canadian and international literary journals and anthologies. Marilyn is a past winner of the Art Bar Discovery Night, the Betty Drevniok Award, and was shortlisted for Arcİs Poem of the Year. Her haiku, awarded ŞBest Canadian Poemş in the Cherry Blossom Festival, was translated into Japanese, and carved in stone in Vancouverİs Van Dusen Garden. She will read selections from Leave-Taking (Inanna 2016), her debut poetry collection.

30-May-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Kevin Spenst
Kevin Spenst, a Pushcart Poetry nominee, is the author of Jabbering with Bing Bong, Ignite (both with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Ward Notes (the serif of nottingham), and Flip Flop Faces and Unexpurgated Lives (JackPine Press). His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for both the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and has appeared in dozens of publications including Prairie Fire, CV2, the Rusty Toque, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014.

Sarah de Leeuw
Poet and creative non-fiction author Sarah de Leeuw has a PhD in Cultural-Historical Geography; her work as an activist, scholar, and writer focuses on marginalized northern and Indigenous geographies, health and social inequities, and colonial violence.

Robert Colman
Rob Colman, MFA, is a Newmarket, Ont.-based writer and editor. He has published two full-length poetry collections, Little Empires (Quattro Books 2012) and The Delicate Line (Exile Editions 2008). His most recent publication is a chapbook called Factory (Frog Hollow Press 2015).

6-June-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Adebe D. A.

Our Feature Readers:

Gianna Patriarca
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Banoo Zan
BÙnoo Zan is a poet, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 120 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books. Songs of Exile, by Guernica Editions and Letters to My Father, by Piquant Press have been released in Canada in 2016 & 2017. She is the founder of Shab-e Sheİr (Poetry Night), Torontoİs most diverse poetry reading and open mic series. It is a brave space that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions.

Domenico Capilongo
Domenico Capilongo lives in Toronto and teaches High School Creative writing ad karate. He has had work published in national and international literary journals. His first two books of poetry, I thought elvis was italian and hold the note, and short fiction collection, Subtitles, have been short-listed for several awards. His latest book of poetry, send, is about the way we communicate.o(

14-June-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Bob Milner

Our Feature Readers:


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Luciano Iacobelli
LUCIANO IACOBELLI IS A NATIVE TORONTONIAN , WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF 4 full length poetry books, including THE EXAMINED LIFE, published in Decemberv2016 by Guernica Editions. He is co owner of Quattro Books and sole owner of Lyricalmyrical press.

Oliver cusimano
For at least a year he'd thought his name hid in itself a sign to Penelope, but December 2016 he looked further and now says it more exactly indicates Telemachus. Nearing the end of book five...

Anne Forsythe Moore
of others, 'in between spaces' and places called home. Many poems have transformed to songs. Anne applied her poems, songs and short stories to her doctoral thesis and throughout her teaching career. Upon retirement she once again took ip the pen. This is her first book since Whalebines become harps ( 1998/99).

20-June-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: T.B.A

Our Feature Readers:

Francine Lewis
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Bruce Meyer
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David Silverberg
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The Art Bar Poetry Series is recognized as the longest running
poetry-only reading series in Canada - 25 Years!


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