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



22-May-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Edward Nixon
Edward Nixon is the author of The Fissures of Our Throats (Guernica Editions, 2014) and four chapbooks. He curated two reading series, the Diamond Chery Reading Series (2006 - 2007) and Livewords (2008 - 2015). He's the proud father of two sons and lives with his partner Deborah in Toronto.

Merle Nudelman
Merle Nudelman is a poet, educator, and former lawyer. She has written five poetry books - Borrowed Light; We, the Women; The He We Knew; True as Moonlight; and The Seeker Ascends which was recently released. Merle's first collection, Borrowed Light, won the 2004 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and zines and her essays have been included in academic texts on poetic inquiry. Merle teaches memoir writing and gives workshops on healing through writing. She recently completed her first non-fiction book.

Michelle Brown
Originally from Victoria, BC, Michelle Brown lives in Toronto with her husband and three-legged dog Bo. Her work has previously appeared in Arc, CV2, Prism, The Malahat Review and The Walrus, amongst others. Previously shortlisted for the Young Buck poetry prize and longlisted for the CBC poetry prize, and published in journals across Canada, Safe Words (Palimpsest Press, 2018) is Michelle's first full-length collection.

29-May-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

Kristen A Smith
Kristen Smith is an avid writer and scholar currently pursuing doctoral studies at York University in English Literature. She was awarded the Graham Atlantic Writing Prize for her short collection of poetry, Voices. Additionally, Kristen was selected as one of six poets internationally to participate in the Writing With Style program at the Banff Centre. In addition to her academic publications, Kristen’s creative writing has been published in Canthius and SewerLid. In both her creative and her academic writing, Kristen explores the intersections of poetry, sound, and performance. She is currently completing her first full-length collection of poetry.

Tom Ratt
Winner of the Dicovery night Open Mic competition - Gordon Thomas Rattray Hannah , aka Tom Ratt. Made in Scotland,born in England,raised in Wales.lives in Toronto,dies eventually. Ready to share his quirky sense of humour with anybody who cares to listen

Andreas Gripp
Andreas Gripp is the author of 24 books of poetry, 16 chapbooks, and 3 books of fiction. His poems have recently appeared in the anthologies Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry in the 21st-Century (Lummox Press), Piping at the End of Days (Valley Press), and Moon Shine: A Canadian Poetry Collection (Craigleigh Press). His book Anathema was shortlisted for the Acorn-Plantos Award for Peoples Poetry. His latest book is Selected Poems 4th edition (Harmonia Press, 2018). He is the editor of Synaeresis: Arts & Poetry and lives in London, Ontario, with his wife and two cats.

05-Jun-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Steve Meagher
Steve Meagher grew up in Oakville, Ontario. His poems have appeared in Carousel, The Nashwaak Review and Ottawa Arts Review. His first book of poems, Navy Blue, was published in 2016 by Guernica Editions. He lives in Toronto.

Mike Lipsius
Mike Lipsius has a finger in many pies, from an educational background in journalism, to a day job in accounting software, and interests in literature, beer, baseball and other things. His last chapbook, Lessons in Gravity was published in 2014.

Jonathan Bennett
Jonathan Bennett is the author of seven books, the most recent of which is his new book of poems Happinesswise (ECW press, 2018). He is a winner of the K.M. Hunter Artists' Award in Literature. Jonathan Bennett's other writing has appeared in many periodicals and journals including: the Globe and Mail, Best Canadian Poetry, The Walrus, Southerly, Cordite, and Antipodes. Jonathan lives near Peterborough, Ontario.

12-Jun-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: tba

Our Feature Readers:

Brenda Sciberras
Brenda Sciberras’s first poetry collection Magpie Days (Turnstone Press) won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book at the Manitoba Book Awards 2015. She was also nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer 2015. Her poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary journals, as well as anthologies; A Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing (MWG, 2007), I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica, 2014) and Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees (LCP 2018.) Her second book of poetry titled; Starland was launch April 2018 with Turnstone Press. Brenda currently sits on the National Council as Manitoba representative for the League of Canadian Poets.

Keith Garebian
KEITH GAREBIAN was shortlisted for the Freefall Magazine Poetry Award and the Gwendolyn MacEwen-Exile Poetry Award in 2015, and the Gritlit Poetry Award in 2016. He has been a juror for the Gerald Lampert Award and other poetry competitions. Some of his poetry has been translated into French, Armenian, Hebrew, Romanian, and Bulgarian. Poetry is Blood is his seventh poetry collection.

Kate Rogers
Kate Rogers’ poetry collection, Out of Place (Aeolus House –Quattro Books) debuted in Toronto, Hong Kong and at the Singapore Writers Festival between July and November 2017. Here is a recent review from the LCP web site: http://poets.ca/2018/02/21/review-out-of-place-by-kate-rogers/ Kate was shortlisted for the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her poetry is forthcoming in Catherines, the Great (Oolichan) and has appeared in Twin Cities Cinema (Hong Kong-Singapore); Juniper; OfZoos; The Guardian; Asia Literary Review; Cha: an Asian Literary Journal; Morel; The Goose: a journal of Arts, Environment and Culture; Kyoto Journal and ASIATIC: International Islamic University of Malaysia.

19-Jun-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

D.S. Martin
D.S. Martin is the author of four poetry collections, including Ampersand (2018), & Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013) — both from Cascade Books. He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series, and has recently edited two anthologies — The Turning Aside: The Kingdom Poets Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry (2016), and Adam, Eve, & the Riders of the Apocalypse (2017). He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario; they have two adult sons.

Archna Sahni
Archna Sahni is a poet and educator who was born in India and made Toronto her home in 1992. First Fire (India) is her debut collection, and her second book of poems Another Nirvana will be released on 30 May 2018 by Mawenzi (Toronto). She received the Agha Shahid Ali Prize for Poetry, and Honourable Mention for E.J. Pratt Medal and Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in literary magazines, anthologies, and e-zines, including Voices Across the Ocean (Australia/India), Westerly (Australia), Muse India (India), dialog (India), Tuck Magazine (UK), South Asian Ensemble (Canada), and forthcoming in Poetry Pacific (Canada).

Ilyana Keohane
Ilyana Kuhling is an Irish-Canadian poet based in Limerick. In 2017, Ilyana was featured on the Poetry Day Ireland Mix-Tape and won the British Psychological Society’s annual poetry competition. In January of this year, Ilyana had two poems published in the Hennessy New Irish Writing segment of The Irish Times.




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