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The Art Bar Poetry Series is now held in the second floor lounge of 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, we are very comfortable in our new home!

Effective immediately Greg Frankson is no longer a member of the Art Bar Poetry Series' board of directors. He will no longer host Art Bar evenings, and will not be permitted to attend Art Bar events.

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TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18 --- Facebook Event

Yvonne Blomer*
Yvonne Blomer was born in Zimbabwe and came to Canada when she was two years old. Her first collection in this moment, the world was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Yvonne has also published two chap books Landscapes and Home: Ghazals (Leaf Press, 2011) and Bicycle Brand Journey (JackPine Press, 2012), and is the co-editor of Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press, 2013) out of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series, of which she is the Artistic Director. In 2014 her third full collection of poems As if a Raven was released with Palimpsest Press.

Edward Nixon
Edward Nixon was born and grew up in British Columbia, primarily in Victoria. With his family he spent some of his childhood in Portland, Oregon, B.C.'s Cariboo region, Vancouver and Kamloops. Since 1984 he has lived in Toronto. Edward has published four chapbooks: Nights in the City of the Dead (Aeolus House 2006); Arguments for Breath (lyricalmyrical 2007); Free Translation (Cactus Press 2009), and Instructions for Pen and Ink (Cactus Press 2010). He's had poems published in Rampike, Misunderstandings Magazine and other magazines. He's hosted and curated the Toronto reading series livewords since 2008. From 2006 through 2007 he hosted and programmed the Diamond Cherry Reading Series. This fall his first full length collection The Fissures of our Throats came out from Guernica Editions.

Michael Boughn
Michael Boughn is the author of numerous books, including three volumes of poetry published by BookThug: 22 Skidoo / SubTractions -- Opus minus one; Cosmographia: a post-Lucretian faux micro-epic (short listed for the GG Award for poetry in 2011); and Great Canadian Poems for the Aged Vol. 1 Illus. Ed. City -- Book One, Singular Assumptions is forthcoming from BookThug. With Victor Coleman, he edited Robert Duncan's The H.D. Book which was published by the University of California Press. He was immortalized in the Globe and Mail as "an obscure, veteran poet with a history of being overlooked . . .."

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25 --- Facebook Event

Adam Abbas
Adam Abbas is more interested in what's muttered after the phone call than the phone call itself. His poetry book A State A Statue A Statute is out now from the Steel Bananas Art Collective, and his poetry and fiction can be found in publications such as Lantern, Static Zine, and The Continuist. He lives in Toronto. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Adam_M_Abbas

Kayla Czaga
Kayla Czaga won The Fiddlehead's 2014 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize and The Malahat Review's 2012 Far Horizons Award for poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Walrus, ARC, The New Quarterly, Best Canadian Poetry 2012, and others. Her first collection of poetry (FOR YOUR SAFETY PLEASE HOLD ON) is forthcoming this fall with Nightwood Editions. She lives and writes in Vancouver where she is completing her MFA at UBC.

Julie McNeill
As an early member of the Bohemian Embassy Poets' Workshop (later Phoenix) Julie McNeill is part of an era of poets and writers who also started in 1976. Her work has appeared in periodicals and anthologies, a chapbook Ching, the Well (1976) and a book, Four Red Crescent Moons, published by Wolsak and Wynn (1998). Readings have always been her preference over publishing. But she has a passion for words that moves beyond poetry to typesetting and design -- which is her day-job that includes designing books for publishers including Quattro, Wolsak and Wynn and Seraphim Editions. Julie lives in the Toronto's Beach area where she is active in community concerns and enjoys creating an outrageous bonnet every year for the local Easter parade.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 2 --- Facebook Event

Emerging Poets Night
Hosted by Josh Smith
Lee Sweeney
Lee Sweeney is a human being. She is both a pursuer of philanthropy and a pusher of misanthropy, but feels blessed to have that sort of contradiction in her life. She is a generation Y Poet who thinks that ink on paper still trumps finger on keyboard, but she doesn't judge. After a friend suggested that she share her work with others, she agreed to, but waited for years to do so because she feels procrastination is a way of life.

Jenya Doudareva
Jenya Doudareva has always craved precision and clarity, which is why she became an engineer and eventually an emerging poet. She works in healthcare IT and is an editor for Weird Canada, which is a platform for celebrating DIY and grassroots Canadian arts. Jenya is hoping to eventually be a published poet, and is aware that a paper on irradiating brain tumours does not count towards that goal.

Julia Saltz
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Julia Saltz now resides in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Writers' Lab, Julia's work has featured on CBC's "Live Through This", and appeared in Chatelaine Magazine. Julia's poetry earned her the Stanley Fefferman Prize for Creative writing at York University, and has been recorded in song by New Zealand folk singer Vanessa McGowan on her 2012 release, "Mermaids & Whiskey".

TUESDAY DECEMBER 9 --- Facebook Event

Merle Nudelman
Merle Nudelman is a Toronto poet, educator, and former lawyer. She has written four books of poetry, all of which were published by Guernica Editions. Her first collection, Borrowed Light, won the 2004 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry. True as Moonlight, her fourth book, was released in May, 2014. Merle's poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and zines and have garnered various prizes. She teaches memoir and poetry writing and gives workshops on healing through writing. Merle is poetry editor of the literary journal Parchment.

Julie Cameron Gray
Julie Cameron Gray is originally from Sudbury, Ontario. She is the author of Tangle (Tightrope Books, 2013), two chapbooks (The Distance Between Two Bodies [Cactus Press, 2006] and Coordinating Geometry [Emergency Response Unit,2010]) and has previously published in The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Event, PRISM International, Carousel, and in Best Canadian Poetry 2011(Tightrope Books, 2011). She currently lives in Toronto.

David Clink
David Clink is the former Board President and Artistic Director of the Rowers Pub Reading Series, and former Artistic Director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. David's poetry has appeared in 50+ journals and 15+ anthologies. He was co-publisher of Believe Your Own Press, which published twenty quality chapbooks, including WCDR Chapbook contest winner Resident Alien by Teresa Dunat Banks. His poem, "A sea monster tells his story" won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. He edited an environmental poetry anthology. David wrote three poetry books: Eating Fruit Out of Season (2008); Monster (2010); and, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu.(2012).


Dead Poets Night
Hosted by David Clink
Details soon

No Art Bar on December 23 & 30

Happy Holidays!


Art Bar Team Reading & Brand New Readers night!
The Art Bar Team will be doing short readings, followed by an open mic reserved for those poets reading publically for the first time ever. New Year, New Readers!
More details soon

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.