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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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Steven McCabe
Steven McCabe is a poet, painter, printmaker and digital fine artist. For 20 years he worked as an artist-educator visiting hundreds of classrooms. He is the author of four full-length poetry collections. His work appears in numerous anthologies. In 2014 he created a wordless poem of 100+ linocuts published by The Porcupine's Quill press. His poetry video collaborations can be found on his YouTube channel. His Wordpress blog poemimage juxtaposes digital art with the texts of Canadian and International poets. Currently he is creating a short film using images from his new wordless book Never More Together.

Ruth Roach Pearson *
Since retiring from OISE/UT in 2001, where she taught women's history and feminist, race-critical and post-colonial studies, Ruth Roach Pierson has published four poetry collections: Where No Window Was (BuschekBooks, 2002), Aide-Mémoire (BuschekBooks, 2007), finalist in 2008 for the GG in Poetry, CONTRARY (Tightrope Books, 2011), and Realignment (Palimpsest Press, 2015). She also has to her publishing credit the anthology of film poems she edited entitled I Found It at the Movies (Guernica Editions, 2014) and Aperture (Rufus Books, 2014), a chapbook of poems written in response to the photography of Josef Sudek.

Karen Press
K. I. Press grew up in Edmonton and in the Peace River country of northern Alberta. She now lives in Winnipeg. Her previous work have received much critical praise and been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther and ReLit Awards. Exquisite Monsters is Karen's fourth collection of poetry.


Damian Rogers
Damian Rogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit and has lived in Toronto for more than 10 years. She is the author of Dear Leader (Coach House Books, 2015) and Paper Radio (ECW Press, 2009). Rogers is the poetry editor at House of Anansi Press, the creative director of Poetry in Voice/Les voix de la poésie, and co-host with Jason Collett of the music and literary performance series the Basement Revue

Elizabeth Ross
Elizabeth Ross grew up in Victoria, BC. She completed a BA with majors in English and creative writing at Vancouver Island University, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, where she was poetry editor of PRISM International. Her work has been published in a number of literary magazines and selected for inclusion in Best Canadian Poetry 2013. She lives in Toronto with her family and reaches writing at OCAD University.

Mahlikah Aweri
Mahlikah Awe:ri , Enml'ga't-Saqama'sgw, Walking Woman, is a First Nations drumtalk-poetic-rapologist; musician; hip hop MC; arts educator; radio show host; artivist, curator and the recently appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development in Regent Park; based in Toronto, with Nova Scotian Roots. Mahlikah is also a founding member of Red Slam Collective Indigenous Hip Hop Movement, 2013 nominees of the inaugural TD Diversity Arts Award. In 2011, Awe:ri released the spoken word EP Serpent's Skin; currently published in five literary anthologies, she was nominated for the KM Hunter OAC Literary Arts Award in 2013 and is a 2015 Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow.


Shirley Camia
Shirley Camia is a Toronto broadcaster and journalist, born in Winnipeg to first-generation Filipino immigrants. She has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, sleeping alongside the rice fields of rural Japan and falling in love with Canada's far north. She lives and writes in Toronto. Against the backdrop of the changing seasons, Shirley Camia's The Significance of Moths is a graceful exploration of home and memory through the eyes of the migrant and the migrant child. As lives are displaced by new landscapes, where does home exist? In the land or in the mind? For new Canadians and their children there is no easy answer. In the journey to form identity, The Significance of Moths confronts the ghosts of "what was" with the here and now.

Marc di Saverio
Marc di Saverio hails from Hamilton, Ontario. His poetry and translations have appeared in such outfits as Maisonneuve, Canadian Notes and Queries, and Hazlitt. In 2011, Simply Haiku Magazine named him "one of the top ten world's finest English language haiku poets." In 2013, his debut book of poems, Sanatorium Songs, was published to critical acclaim. Forthcoming with Vehicule Press and Frog Hollow Press, respectively, are The Selected Poems of Emile Nelligan, and Crito, an epic poem.

Jessica Bebenek
Jessica Bebenek is a Toronto poet and writer with work appearing in Prairie Fire, Grain, The Puritan, and Little Brother, among other places. She is the founder of the micro-press Grow & Grow and the author of three chapbooks, most recently Kettle Song. This fall, she will begin an MA in English & Creative Writing at Concordia University to continue work on her first full collection of poetry, tentatively titled No One Knows Us There. But mainly right now she bakes.

Gein Wong
Gein Wong is a prolific interdisciplinary director, curator, poet and video artist who creates expansive performance experiences that enhance emotion, feeling and understanding. She is the recipient of the Ken McDougall Director's award and an Inaugural Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow. Gein conceived and directed Say Their Names, Remember, a 500-person performance piece that opened the Ai Wei Wei exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2014, she was commissioned by World Pride to create a large scale immersive performance experience that commemorated the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Gein is the Artistic Director of the interdisciplinary performance company Eventual Ashes, and the community arts minded Asian Arts Freedom School, an associate artist at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and a co-owner of the world's oldest queer bookstore, Glad Day Bookshop.


Margaret Christakos
Margaret Christakos is a walker in the field of letters, and remains attached to this earth. She is the author of nine collections of poetry and a novel. Her most recent book is Multitudes, from Coach House in 2013.

Carolyn Marie Souaid
Carolyn Marie Souaid is the author of six books of poetry. Her work has been shortlisted for a number of literary awards, including the A.M. Klein Poetry Prize and the Pat Lowther Award. She was born and raised in Montreal, where she still makes her home. This World We Invented is her seventh poetry collection.

Lorraine Gane
Lorraine Gane was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and grew up in Toronto. Selections from Lorraine's first poetry book, Even the Slightest Touch Thunders on My Skin (Black Moss Press, 2002), were shortlisted for the Canadian Literary Awards in 1997 and the League of Canadian Poets chapbook contest. Among her publications since moving to Salt Spring Island, B.C., are three chapbooks (Earthlight, The Phantom Orchid, and Beauty and Beyond: Songs of Small Mercies) and two more full-length volume of poems, The Way the Light Enters (Black Moss Press, 2014) and The Blue Halo (Leaf Press, 2014). Lorraine is now working on a another collection of poems, a memoir and a book about writing.


James Dewar
James Dewar is a publisher, producer, emcee, editor, teacher and writer. He has won the Teaching Excellence Certificate from Durham College and also facilitates poetry and fiction workshops throughout the Metropolitan Toronto area. As the publisher of Piquant Press he has edited and published over a dozen books and co-edited six poetry anthologies. Through Stone's Throw Publication Services, he has guided scores of writers in the editing, design and printing of self-published books. The Garden in the Machine, his first book of poetry, was published in 2007 by Hidden Brook Press. His poetry and short fiction have been published in several anthologies and literary journals. James has performed his work live on CBC Radio, Rogers TV and several university radio stations, and is popular poetry performance artist.

Paul Vermeersch
Paul Vermeersch is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium--award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010) and Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something (ECW, 2014). Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General's Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He has taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and Sheridan College, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. He was, from 2001 to 2012, the Poetry Editor for Insomniac Press, and he is now Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto.

Adam Zachary
Adam Zachary is a Maritime-blooded Toronto-raised poet, musician, photographer, autodidact of literature, and editor in chief of the Hart House Review. Recent work has appeared in Parenthetical, Acta Victoriana, Untethered, and in a few other places under various pseudonyms. (This is not a pseudonym.) A first chapbook of poetry and short fiction is slowly underway.


Klyde Broox
Klyde Broox is a Jamaican born dubpoet, based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he is considered "an influential literary entity." Broox, a 1992 University of Miami James Michener Fellow, won the 2005 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Literature, and the John. C. Holland Award for Arts Achievement in 2011. He hosts PoeMagic, a popular, monthly, openstage series. Klyde has published two poetry volumes, Poemstorm, (Swansea, Wales, 1989) and My Best Friend is White (McGilligan Books, 2005) Arts Hamilton/Seraphim Editions Best Poetry Book, 2006. "Steeped in both old and new-world oral and scribal traditions; Broox invites audiences to experience poetry as social communion."

RC Weslowski
RC Weslowski is the 2014 Canadian Underground Indie Poetry Slam Co-Champion, 2012 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion, the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Haiku Death Match Champion, the 2010 U.S. National Poetry Slam Haiku Death Match Runner Up, The 2009 Vancouver Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion and a Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Team Slam Champion in 2006. RC's work has recently been published in two separate anthologies of poetry including "The Nights are Twice as Long" from Goose Lane Editions and "Red Reads First" by Sargent Press. RC has also been published in CV2, Quills and The Liar. His one person show "The Cruelest Phone Book in the World" will be performed at the Toronto Fringe Festival this July.

Alexander Tkachuk
Alexander Tkachuk is a Montreal-based writer and spoken word artist. His poems have appeared on The Hobart magazine website and he has competed twice at CFSW. Alex believes that a meaningful life must hold more than just happiness and that life is meaningless without kinship and history. Alex is currently working on his first book of poetry "Dangerous Ideas".


Kathryn Mockler
Kathryn Mockler is a writer, poet, and screenwriter. She is the author of the poetry books The Purpose Pitch (Mansfield Press, "a stuart ross book," Spring 2015), The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012), and Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). Her writing has been published in Found Press, Geist, This Magazine, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Currently, she is the Toronto editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction and the publisher of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque. She teaches creative writing at Western University.

Kate Cayley
Kate Cayley has written a collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End (Brick Books), which was shortlisted for the ReLit Award, and a short story collection, How You Were Born (Pedlar Press). She has also written a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror (Annick Press), which won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. She has been a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre since 2009, and has written two plays for Tarragon, After Akhmatova and The Bakelite Masterpiece. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their three children.

JC Bouchard
JC Bouchard was born in Elliot Lake, a former mining town in northern Ontario. His poetry has appeared or forthcoming in The Quilliad, Arc, In/Words, (parenthetical), Rappahannock Review, and more. In 2013, one of his poems was long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize and another received Honourable Mention for the John Newlove Poetry Award from Bywords. He is the author of two chapbooks: "Portraits" (In/Words Press) in 2014, and "Wool Water" (words(on)pages), forthcoming in 2015.


Jim Johnstone
Jim Johnstone is a Canadian writer, editor, and physiologist. He's the author of four books of poetry: Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014), Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011), Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008); and the subject of the critical monograph Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone by Shane Neilson and Jason Guriel. He's the winner of several awards including a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead's Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Matrix Magazine's LitPop Award and This Magazine's Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Currently, Johnstone is the poetry editor at Palimpsest Press, and an associate editor at Representative Poetry Online. He lives in Toronto.

Kateri Lanthier
Kateri Lanthier holds a BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto. Her poetry and reviews have been published in journals in Canada, the United States and England, including Green Mountains Review, Great Lakes Review, Hazlitt, London Magazine, Leveler, Canadian Poetries, EVENT and The Fiddlehead. Her first collection is Reporting from Night (Iguana Books, 2011). She won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize for her poem "The Coin Under the Leftmost Sliding Cup," which was also included in The Best of Walrus Poetry and Best Canadian Poetry 2014. Her next collection is forthcoming from Signal Editions, Vehicule Press.

dalton derkson
dalton derkson is a punk poet from the prairies, currently residing in Toronto. He runs Hurtin' Crüe Press, a D.I.Y. collective through which he promotes fellow Canadian poets and self-publishes too many chapbooks. Upon arriving in the city, he was superkicked by The Party Animal and quite frankly, his poems haven't been the same since. For proof, check out his recent work in ottawater, SPANK the CARP, and In/Words Magazine or find him on Twitter @dirtyderk.

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.