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September 27, 2016

Your Host: Stanley Fefferman

Our Feature Readers:

Stephanie Yorke:
Stephanie Yorke writes poetry, fiction, and words for music. She has published a book and quite a few individual works in magazines and journals. She lives in Johannesburg, but is on the Toronto Island for the month of September.

Roger Greenwald:
ROGER GREENWALD attended The City College of New York and the Poetry Project workshop at St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery, then completed graduate degrees at the University of Toronto. He has won two CBC Literary Awards (poetry and travel literature), as well as many awards for translation from Scandinavian languages. He has published two books of poems, Connecting Flight and Slow Mountain Train.

Stedmond Pardy:
Stedmond Pardy is a Left handed Poet, & Proud high school dropout, " ....He has had two one man Shows held at Reg Hartt's, "The Cineforum," appeared on Howl 89.5 FM three times, and has read his work at various venues around the city..He is the Author of Two Chapbooks of Poetry, & Has just released a Cd of Poetry called "Drugs". The quotes, "an Artist is an Instrument through which the Universe reveals itself" and "word poetry is for everyman, but Soul poetry, alas, is not heavily Distributed", are the words he TRIES to live by.

October 4, 2016

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Richard Osler:
Richard Osler was born in Toronto and now lives in Duncan on Vancouver Island, where he facilitates poetry writing retreats and, also, weekly poetry workshops at The Cedars, an addiction recovery centre. His chapbook of short poems Where the Water Lives was published by Leaf Press in 2012. His poems have appeared in many journals. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Malahat Open Season Awards in poetry and in 2015 he was longlisted for the PRISM International Poetry Prize. His other writing includes chapters in The Rock Rabbit and the Rainbow: Laurens van der Post Among Friends and The Latest Morningside Papers by Peter Gzowski.

Maureen Hynes:
Maureen Hynes's poetry collection, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets's Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry by a Canadian. Subsequent collections are Harm's Way, Marrow, Willow. Her most recent book, The Poison Colour, was nominated in 2016 for both the Pat Lowther and the Raymond Souster Awards. Her poetry has been included in over 20 anthologies, including Best Canadian Poems in English (2010), and twice longlisted for the CBC Canada Reads poetry contest. Maureen teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies and is poetry editor for Our Times magazine. www.maureenhynes.com

Kate Marshal Flaherty:
Kate Marshall Flaherty has poems published in Canadian journals such as CV2, Descant, Grain, Malahat Review, and Vallum, American journals Saranac Review and Nimrod, and international anthologies including Not A Muse: Women's Poetry Around the World. She was shortlisted for Descant's Best Canadian Poem, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, and the Robert Frost Poetry Prize. Her previous books include where we are going (Piquant Press) and Reaching V (Guernica Editions), and her latest book is Stone Soup (Quattro Books). She guides Golden Rule Leadership Retreats and "Writing from Within: Writing as a Spiritual Practice" workshops, and teaches yoga/meditation in Toronto. She is a certified creative writing guide in the AWA (Amherst Writers and Artists) Method.

October 11, 2016

Your Host: Ali Ibrahimi

Our Feature Readers:

Robin Richardson:
Robin Richardson is the author of two collections of poetry, and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work is forthcoming in POETRY, and has appeared in Tin House, Partisan, Joyland, The North American Review, and Hazlitt, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been shortlisted for the CBC, Walrus, and Lemon Hound Poetry Prizes. Richardson's latest collection, Sit How You Want, is forthcoming with Véhicule Press. Poems from the collection have been adapted to song by composer Andrew Staniland for The Brooklyn Art Song Society, and premiered in 2016 in New York.

Jenny Samprisi:
Jenny Sampirisi is the author of Croak, a dramatic poem about Frogs and Girls morphing together, and Is/Was, a novel about a town disrupted by a missing child. She is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for literature. She is a lecturer at Ryerson University where she teaches English literature and creative writing.

Adebe DeRango-Adem:
Adebe DeRango-Adem was called a young Canadian author to watch in 2016 by Canada's current parliamentary poet laureate, the prolific George Elliott Clarke. A former student of Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka through the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Adebe is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Ex Nihilo ("nee-hill-oh") and Terra Incognita. Ex Nihilo was nominated for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize, while Her most recent book, Terra Incognita, published in 2015, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther award. The book explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings both buried in the grand narratives of history and the everyday experiences of being mixed-race. Poems from the collection were also longlisted for the inaugural Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, as judged by award-winning American poet Claudia Rankine.

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