canadian events poetry reading splendid spring

Bow down, mister





knife | fork | book
at Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30  Poetry 7-ish
KELLEY AITKEN is a writer and artist. Canadian Shield, a collection of short stories informed by the Canadian wilderness was launched by Tightrope books in June of this year.  Her earlier collection, Love in a Warm Climate, The Porcupine’s Quill, ’98 was nominated for the Commonwealth prize, Best First Book, Canadian Caribbean Region. She is the co-editor of the anthology First Writes, The Banff Press, ‘05. She teaches drawing in the collections at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Aga Khan Museum. She is currently working on a collection of essays about drawing and museum space.
NANCY VIVA DAVIS HALIFAX was born on the North shore of New Brunswick. she has one poetry collection, hook (Hugh Maclennan Poetry series, McGill Queen’s University Press). she is currently at work on her second. her writing and thinking orients toward what flickers at the threshold. her life is entangled with a glorious array of sparkly embodied wonderfuls….
MAUREEN HYNES’s book, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award, and her fourth book of poetry, The Poison Colour, was shortlisted for both the Raymond Souster and Pat Lowther Awards in 2016. Her work has been included in over 20 anthologies, including Best Canadian Poems in English 2010 and 2016, and twice longlisted for the CBC Canada Reads poetry contest. Maureen is poetry editor for Our Times magazine. (
Originally from Ottawa, DILYS LEMAN is a Toronto poet and freelance writer and editor. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Winter Count, was released with McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2014. Cactus Press published her chapbook, The Lunacy Commission, in 2012. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various literary journals such as ArcGrainPrairie Fire and CV2.
SUE MACLEOD is a poet, fiction writer and freelance editor. Namesake, her first Young Adult novel, was published in 2013 to critical acclaim. Her third book of poetry, Mood Swing, with Pear, appeared in 2016. Sue has taught poetry at Dalhousie University and the Art Gallery of Ontario. A resident of Toronto until 2015, she now lives happily, but inconveniently, in Montréal.
SHEILA STEWART has two poetry collections, The Shape of a Throat (Signature Editions) and A Hat to Stop a Train (Wolsak and Wynn). She co-edited The Art of Poetic Inquiry (Backalong Books). Sheila’s poetry has been recognized by the gritLIT Contest, the Pottersfield Portfolio Short Poem Contest, and the Scarborough Arts Council Windows on Words Award. Her work has been published in such journals as The Antigonish Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Grain, Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, New Quarterly, Room, and Toronto Quarterly. She teaches at New College, U of T. Visit Sheila at

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