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



24-Apr-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rudy Fearon

Our Feature Readers:

Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Shazia Hafiz Ramji received the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was a finalist for the 2016 National Magazine Awards. Her writing has appeared in Quill & Quire, Vallum, Metatron’s OMEGA, The Puritan, and Canadian Literature. Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia (Anstruther Press, 2017) and her debut book of poetry, Port of Being, is forthcoming from Insomniac Press in spring 2018. She lives in Vancouver, BC where she teaches creative writing and works as an editor.

Aaron Kreuter
Aaron Kreuter writes, works, and lives in Toronto. He is the author of the poetry collection Arguments For Lawn Chairs (Guernica Editions), and the forthcoming short story collection You and Me, Belonging (Tightrope Books). He has had worked published in journals and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry, Vallum, Arc, Poetry is Dead, and SubTerrain. He was shortlisted for the Malahat Review's 2016 Novella Contest, and got third place in Word on the Street's inaugural DiverCity contest.

Kevin Shaw
Kevin Shaw was born and raised in London, ON. His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as The Malahat Review, CV2, Arc, PRISM International, Grain, and The New Quarterly. His debut collection, Smaller Hours, was published by icehouse poetry in Fall 2017.

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

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Ellen S. Jaffe
Ellen S. Jaffe grew up in New York City, immigrated to Canada in 1979, and has lived in Hamilton since 2000. Her poetry collection, Skinny-Dipping with the Muse (Guernica Editions, 2014) was nominated for a 2015 Hamilton Literary Award. Her other books are Water Children, Feast of Lights (a y/a novel), and Writing Your Way, on writing practice. Her writing has appeared in anthologies including Crossing Lines: Poets Who Came to Canada in the Vietnam War Era and Jack Layton: Art and Action and journals including CV2 and Fireweed, and has been translated into Finnish. She also teaches creative writing.

Paul Hoy
Paul Hoy is a poet residing in Jerseyville, Ontario. His poetry is shaped by the natural landscape and the wilderness of northern Canada. Paul, whose poetry is about love and loss, describes himself as “serious romantic.” In his poetry, the world is his love object, and is part of a larger poem, the poem that is the restless life of the poet. He admires the poetry of Jim Harrison, Jack Gilbert and Seamus Heaney. His favourite lines, from Jim Harrison, go like this: “I’ve decided to make up my mind / about nothing, to assume the water mask, / to finish my life disguised as a creek…” Paul studied English Literature at the University of Toronto and has worked as a writer in the software industry for nearly twenty years. Paul will see his first collection of poetry published with Vocamus Press this summer. Paul’s favourite canoe stroke is the stationary bow draw.

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.

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

Your Host: Jim Johnstone

Our Feature Readers:

Carmine Starnino
Carmine Starnino is the deputy editor at The Walrus. He is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Leviathan (Gaspereau, 2016), and This Way Out (Gaspereau, 2009), which was nominated for the Governor General's Award in Poetry.

Puneet Dutt
Puneet Dutt holds a MA in English from Ryerson University. Her debut collection of poetry, The Better Monsters, was published by Mansfield Press in Fall 2017. She is also the author of the chapbook PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), which was a Finalist for the 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. She lives in Toronto with her husband.

Conor Mc Donnell
Conor Mc Donnell is a poet, pediatrician, and practitioner of Krav Maga. He's the author of two chapbooks: Safe Spaces (Frog Hollow Press, 2017), and The Book of Retaliations (Anstruther Press, 2015).

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

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

James Deahl
James Deahl was born in Pittsburgh in 1945, and grew up in that city as well as in the Laurel Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains. He is the author of twenty-seven literary titles, the five most recent being: Red Haws To Light The Field (2017), To Be With A Woman (2016), Landscapes (with Katherine L. Gordon, 2016), Unbroken Lines (2015), and Two Paths Through The Seasons (with Norma West Linder, 2014). A cycle of his poems is the focus of a one-hour TV special, Under the Watchful Eye (Silver Falls Video Productions, 1993). The audiotape of Under the Watchful Eye was released by Broken Jaw Press in 1995. These have been reissued on CD and DVD by Silver Falls. Since 1970 he has lived in Canada where he writes and edits full-time. Deahl is the father of Sarah, Simone, and Shona

Sarah Tolmie
Sarah Tolmie published Trio with MQUP in 2015, and The Art of Dying in 2018. Her work appears regularly in TNQ. She is also the author of The Stone Boatmen, NoFood and Two Travelers, all with Aqueduct Press.

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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
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