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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 JULY 21 - Facebook Event

Poetry & Music Night - Hosted by Cynthia Gould
Mostly open mic night - please bring a love song, and read it as a poem, just the lyrics without music.
Special Music Guest - Romeo Satin!

TUESDAY JULY 28 - Facebook Event

Kate Rogers
Kate Rogers' new collection is Foreign Skin (Aeolus House, 2015). She lectures in Literature and Media Studies at City University, Hong Kong. Her poetry about the Hong Kong protests has appeared in The Guardian and the Asia Literary Review. Other publication credits include the Kyoto Journal, ASIATIC: the Journal of English Language and Literature at the Islamic University of Malaysia, Contemporary Verse II, Orbis International and Many Mountains Moving. Kate's previous books are City of Stairs (Haven 2012) and Painting the Borrowed House (Proverse 2008). Kate is co-editor of the OutLoud Too anthology (MCCM 2014) and Not A Muse: the inner lives of women (Haven 2009).

Ian Burgham
Ian Burgham was born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Canada. He has lived in Scotland, where he attended the University of Edinburgh and, more recently, worked as an editor and publisher. His poetry books include A Confession of Birds (2003), The Stone-Skippers (2007), The Grammar of Distance (2010), and The Unquiet (2012). He has performed his work in many venues, published in a number of literary journals, and toured the UK, reading at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at Canada House in London. When not travelling he divides his time between Toronto and Kingston, Ontario. His new book is Midnight (Quattro Books, 2015).

Kate Marshall Flaherty
Kate Marshall Flaherty published her most recent book, "Stone Soup" with Quattro Books, the same year as "Reaching V," with Guernica Editions. She has been published in Canadian journalssuch as CV2, Descant, Grain, Malahat Review and Vallum, International Anthologies such as "Not A Muse: The Inner Livesof Women, A World Poetry Anthology", and American Journals such as "Saranac Review". She was Shortlisted for Descant's Best Canadian Poem, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, the RobertFrost Poetry Prize and Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award. She guides Golden Rule Leadership Retreats, Writing as a Spiritual Practice Workshops and yoga classes. She is proud to be the mother of three spirited young adults. Kate lives in Toronto, where she has been known to "poem" people during National Random Acts of Poetry weeks. She is now the Toronto Rep. for the League of Canadian Poets. Poetry is her lifeline.


Missie Peters *
Missie Peters is a Victoria-based spoken word artist and improviser. She is a two-time Victoria Slam Champion, a former Slam Master, and the founding Artistic Director of the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. She has written two full-length solo spoken word shows and has toured across Canada with her piece, "In the Future".

Bänoo Zan
Writer, translator, teacher, editor and poetry organizer Bänoo Zan has been writing poetry since the age of ten and has published more than 80 poems, translations, biographies, and articles. Two books of her poetry are due to be released in 2015 and 2016. She is the founder, and an organizer and host of Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night), the most diverse of its kind in Toronto. For more than two years, Shab-e She'r has been bridging the gap between diverse poetry communities, bringing together people from different ethnicities, nationalities, ages, disabilities, religions (or lack thereof), genders, sexual orientations, poetic styles, voices and visions.

Julia Yusupova
Julia Yusupova is a Toronto-based poetic starseed that labels herself an evolutionary visionary and a conscious dreamer. A poem and an essay of hers have appeared in two small publications by Angels Magazine and Poetry Explosion Newsletter. With a collection of poems entitled 'Résumé of a Mystic' under her galactic belt and bachelor degree in science, she is currently undertaking a creative writing post-graduate program at Humber College, under the mentorship of Olive Senior. With her writing, Julia aims to find harmony in the universal mystery and describes her followers as unconventional thinkers and unconditional lovers.


Vladmir Azarov
Vladmir Azarov is a Russian architect and Canadian poet. He was born in St. Petersburg and was raised in Kazakhstan where his family was politically exiled by the Stalinist regime. Along his love of architecture he has had a lifetime interest in poetry. Thirteen years ago he left Moscow for Toronto with German as a second language. After studying English for several years, he began to write poetry under guidance of poet Jay MillAr who became the first publisher of his books : Of Life and Other Small Sacrifices, Imitation, The Kiss of Mary Pickford, Voices in Dialogue. Now Vladimir Azarov has a creative connection with the House Exile Editions, where he recently published the book Strong Words Alexander Pushkin, Anna Akhmatova, Andrei Voznesensky, translated with Barry Callaghan. The books published also by Exile Editions -- Breaking Pastries, Seven Lives : Short Stories in Verse, Mongolian Etudes, Night Out, Dinner with Catherine the Great. Vladimir Azarov is a member of the Union of Russia, and The League of Canadian Poets.

Edward Carson
Edward Carson is twice winner of the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award in Canada and is the author of three books of poetry: Scenes, Taking Shape, and Birds Flock Fish School. He has served as Writer in Residence for Open Book Toronto, and his work has been long listed for the CBC Literary Awards. He recently completed his fourth poetry book, Knots. He has served as president of Penguin Canada, Pearson Technology Canada, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins Canada, and, while Vice President of publishing, founded the successful indigenous publishing list of Random House of Canada. At present he is Chief Business Officer & Program Director at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Suzanna Derewicz
Suzanna Derewicz is a spoken word poet, playwright, actor and theatre practitioner. Recently she has had poems published in issue 5 of the Quilliad, and featured at various Toronto and Glasgow based reading series. You can also see her as Jackie in the independent short film "Mum" and visit her WordPress and bandcamp (suzannaderewicz) for a peek at her latest writing and collaborative track making.


Adebe d.a.
Adebe DeRango-Adem (aka Adebe D.A.) is a writer and English Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection Ex Nihilo (2010), which was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in Literature--the world's largest literary prize for writers under 30--and editor, with Andrea Thompson, of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010). Titled after the Latin term for "unknown land," her latest collection, Terra Incognita, is a collection of poems that creatively explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings both buried in the grand narratives of history and the everyday experiences of being mixed-race.

Donna Langevin
Donna Langevin's latest poetry collections include In the Café du Monde, Hidden Brook Press 2008, and The Laundress of Time, Aeolus Press 2015. She won first prize in the TOPS Contest 2008 and also in the Cyclamens and Swords contest 2009. She was short-listed for the Descant 2010 Winston Collins prize and won second prize in the GritLIT Poetry Competition 2014. About Donna's plays: The Man with a Butterfly Hat was produced at the Toronto Alumnae Theatre for NIF, 2012. Welcome to Nuit Blanche was produced at the Ryerson 50+ Festival 2014. The Dinner won first prize in the one act play contest for the Eden Mills Writers' Festival 2014.

Domenica Martinello
Domenica Martinello is from Montreal, Quebec. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Interzones (words(on)pages, 2015), and is Head of Publicity for the literary journal The Puritan. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, Lemon Hound, carte blanche, outlandish zine, and Metatron, among others. Domenica now lives in Toronto, where she is working on a longer project about mythological sea women. Find her on Twitter @domenicahope, or combing her hair with a fork.


Natalie Zina Walschots
Natalie Zina Walschots is a PhD candidate at Concordia University, working on an interdisciplinary project about feminist criticism and video games. She is the author of DOOM: Love Poems For Supervillains (Insomniac Press. 2012) and Thumbscrews (Snare Books, 2007), and is presently working on a novel about the plight of henchpeople, a collection of polyamorous fairytales, and a series of poems written within the video game Bloodborne. As a free lance, she writes about heavy metal and other difficult music, gamer culture, comic books, CanLit, speculative fiction and horror, feminism, combat sports, RPGs and fan fiction, and has often been in the newspaper for swearing. Natalie lives in a wormhole between Toronto and Montreal.

John Wall Barger
John Wall Barger's poems appear in The Cincinnati Review, The Malahat Review: twice in The Montreal Prize Global Poetry Anthology, and twice in the Best Canadian Poetry series, including this year His second book (Hummingbird) was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award. The Book of Festus is his third. He lives in Dharamsala, India, with his wife.

Bob MacKenzie *
Bob MacKenzie's poetry has appeared in hundreds of publications across North America and as distant as Australia and India, including The Dalhousie Review, The University of Windsor Review, The Tower, and Ball State University Forum. He's published fourteen books of poetry and prose-fiction and his work has been in numerous anthologies. His poems have been reproduced by painters and sculptors; a public art gallery devoted a major exhibition to this art. Throughout his career and for eighteen years with Poem de Terre, Bob has performed his poetry live with original music and released seven albums with Poem de Terre.

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.