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--> December 13th, 2016, 7:00 pm

Dead Poets Night

In conjunction with Rowers Series and the Best Canadian Poetry Series

Your Host: David Clink

Change of Venue for this night only :

Supermarket Restaurant and Bar
268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L9

December 20, 2016, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Hosts: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Puneet Dutt
Puneet Dutt holds a MA in English from Ryerson University. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), which was a Finalist for the 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has been published in a number of journals and in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She resides in Toronto with her husband, where she is a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective and is a member of the Arts and Letters. Follow her on twitter @Puneet_Dutt.

Suparna Ghosh
Suparna Ghosh is a writer and painter. She has published three books of poetry - Sandalwood Thoughts, a collection of poems and drawings, Dots and Crosses, a prose poem with sketches, and Occasionally, a collection of verses. She has released a CD version of Dots and Crosses and a CD based on a ghazal, written and sung in Indo-Persian style. Her writing has been published locally and internationally. Her poem was choreographed and staged at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. She has exhibited her paintings in Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Mumbai, New Delhi.

Ashley-Elizabeth Best
ASHLEY-ELIZABETH BEST is from Cobourg, Ontario. She has poetry appearing in The Rusty Toque, Tampa Review, CV2, and Branch Magazine. She recently placed first for poetry in This Magazine's Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2012 and was the poetry runner up for subTerrain Magazine's Lush Literary Awards 2012. She has a chapbook published with Cactus Press called Slow States of Collapse. Currently she lives and writes in Kingston.

January 10, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: T.B.A.

Our Feature Readers:

Lucy Brennan
Lucy Brennan emigrated from Ireland. She lived for twelve years in Montreal, before moving to Toronto and then Whitby, Ontario. She has now returned to Toronto. She received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing in 1992 from Warren Wilson College, North Carolina. Her poetry has been published in Canada, Ireland, the U.S.A. and the U.K. and her first collection is entitled Migrants All. She is included in The White Page / An Bhileog Bhán, Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets, published by Salmon Publishing (Ireland, 1999 and re-issued) Lucy produced a CD of stories and poems, The Tellings and Mad Sweeney. Lucy is also a playwright. Her play, Daughter of the House, was produced in Toronto in April/May 2008. She is happiest when entertaining an audience, whether with stories, poetry or as an actor.

Barry Callaghan
Barry Morley Joseph Callaghan (born July 5, 1937) is a Canadian author, poet and anthologist. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Exile Quarterly. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he is the son of late Canadian novelist and short story writer, Morley Callaghan. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Marc di Saverio
Marc di Saverio hails from Hamilton, Ontario. His poems and translations have appeared in such outfits as Maisonneuve, Hazlitt and CNQ. In 2015, CNQ Magazine called his first book of poems, Sanatoriums Songs, "the greatest poetry debut from the past 25 years." He was awarded the City of Hamilton Arts Award For Best Emerging Writer in 2016. Forthcoming with Vehicule Press is Ship of Gold: The Essential Poems of Emile Nelligan.

January 17, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: T.B.A.

Our Feature Readers:

Claudio Duran
Canadian citizen as of October 1978. He came in exile from Chile in October, 1973 through the Canadian Embassy in Chile. At present, Senior Scholar, Department of Philosophy, York University. He has published 7 books of poetry.

Vanessa Shields
Shields' third book, 'Look At Her' (Black Moss Press) launches in 2016 and is getting rave reviews. Her poetry has been called: raw, feminist, important and life-changing. She lives in Windsor, Ontario with her family. She is the creator and host of Mouth Piece Storytelling, a storytelling series, and she is also the poetry editor for the Windsor Review. For all things Vanessa, please visit: www.vanessashields.com.

Diana Manole
As a native Romanian poet and writer, Diana Manole has published nine collections of poems and/or plays and has won fourteen literary awards. Since making Canada her new country, her poetry (translated from Romanian with Adam J. Sorkin or written in English) has appeared in literary magazines in Canada, the US, the UK, and South Africa. Her poems have also been translated into and published in French, German, Polish, Spanish, and Albanian, while her translations of Canadian poetry were printed in major Romanian magazines. In September 2016, one of her poems has been featured in English and French on the website of the Canadian Parliament’s Library as Poem of the Month.

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