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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 NOVEMBER 24 Facebook Event

Trevor Abes
Trevor Abes is a poet, arts writer and member of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team. Find his interviews and essays in The Toronto Review of Books, Torontoist and Sequential. Find his poetry in untethered magazine, (parenthetical) and The Toronto Quarterly. Say hello at trevorabes.com

Naomi Guttman
Naomi Guttman's book Reasons for Winter received the A.M. Klein Award for Poetry. Wet Apples, White Blood, won the Adirondack Literary Award for Best Book of Poems of 2007. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has been a resident at Yaddo and the Chateau de Lavigny. A novella-in-verse, The Banquet of Donny & Ari: Scenes from the Opera, was published by Brick Books in 2015.

SPIN El Poeta
SPIN was born in Guatemala in the midst of a brutal 36 year war. Politicized by the experience of becoming a refugee the day after his eleventh birthday. Raised with excellence by his mother. SPIN embarked on a journey to vindicate their suffering & learn the history of the country where his innocence was stolen by US foreign policies. His work is infused with his lived experiences and those of the communities he has built family ties with. SPIN is the Toronto Poetry Slam 2015 Grand Slam Champ and has been delivering arts based workshops to youth for 10+ years.


Emerging Poets Night
Hosted by Cynthia Gould

Desmond Watts
Desmond Watts is of the many young professionals that calls downtown Toronto home. But When he's not working, you can find this U of T grad immersing himself in all things poetry. Whether it be watching slam poets on YouTube, writing poems on the transit, or reciting poems in the shower. Desmond looks forward to sharing more about his love affair with poetry with you at the Artbar. He hopes his poems will be a source of encouragement and inspiration.

Arina Kharlamova
Arina Kharlamova writes to understand the beauty of suffering and the brutal complexity of ordinary life. She loves horrible hip hop and excellent feminist verse. Her poetry has most recently been published in (parenthetical), and she is a past presenter at PechaKucha Markham, TEDxMarkham Public Library, and Diaspora Dialogues. Find her at akharlamova.com and @akharlamova on Twitter.

Virus the Poet
Virus the Poet has recently been published by the Poetry Institute of Canada for the poem, "Home". He is also working on his first book of poetry. You can check out his work on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Virusthepoet.com. He has performed in various venues across the GTA, from Up from the Roots and Toronto Poetry Slams at the Drake Hotel as well as Speak Miami in Miami. He grew up in Toronto and began writing during his time at Ryerson University.

These short features will be followed by an extended open mic - please bring 2 poems, you'll have up to 5 minutes of mic time!


Pearl Pirie
Pearl Pirie's next collection the pet radish, shrunken is with BookThug, March, 2015. Author of been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010) and Thirsts (Snare, 2011) which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Pirie has over a dozen chapbooks, most recently today's woods (above/ground, 2014) & polyphonic choral of civet tongues and manna (unarmed, 2014). Host of Literary Landscape on CKCUfm.com, she organized Ottawa's Tree Seed Workshops 2009-2014.

Monica Kidd
Monica Kidd's most recent book of poetry, The Year of Our Beautiful Exile (Gaspereau Press, 2015), explores wide the territory spanning evolution, medicine, motherhood, the constancy of change, and the small moments that make a life. Her previous literary works include two novels, a book of non-fiction, and two collections of poetry, Actualities and Handfuls of Bone. She has worked as a filmmaker, a seabird biologist and as a reporter for CBC Radio, where her documentaries won numerous awards. Though she hails from the prairies, she considers Newfoundland her home, where she lived for nearly 20 years before heading back west for work. Kidd lives in Calgary, Alberta, where, as well as writing, she works as a medical doctor.

Marsha Barber
Marsha Barber is the author of two poetry books: What is the Sound of Someone Unravelling (2011) and All the Lovely Broken People (2015) published by Ottawa's Borealis Press. She has won many awards for her work and been longlisted for the national ReLit prize and shortlisted for the international Bridport Poetry Prize. Marsha has published in such periodicals as the Literary Review of Canada, The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, The Walrus and The Prairie Journal. She is on faculty at Ryerson University in Toronto.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 15 Facebook Event

13th annual Dead Poets Society Night
at the Art Bar Poetry Series
held at The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.
(just E of Broadview Subway Station)

Hosted by David Clink

Tuesday, December 15th. 8 pm.
No open stage. A hat will be passed.

15 readers (9 currently confirmed)
will be reading for 5-6 minutes each
from the works of dead poets:

Patrick Connors (Irving Layton)
Alana P. Cook (Rabia Basri)
Pelayo Matute (Federico García Lorca)
Shane Neilson (Robert Lowell)
John Oughton (Hafiz of Shiraz)
Ruth Roach Pierson (Theodore Roethke)
Josh Smith (Jimmie Gilliam)
Jody Nyasha Warner (William Stafford)
Bänoo Zan (Simin Behbahani)

- No Art Bar on these nights - Happy Holidays!


Art Bar Team Reading Night!
Readings from the Art Bar Team and your show hosts:
Valentino Assenza, Margaret Code, Alana P. Cook, Cynthia Gould, Rahul Gupta, Stephen Humphrey, Francine P. Lewis, Lee Sweeney

NEW YEAR, NEW READERS - Tonight's open mic is for people reading poetry in public for the first time ever! Please bring one poem under 3 minutes in length, and start the new year with a bang by sharing your work on our stage!

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.