Off-site at Orbital Arts Gallery | 275 Augusta Ave | Kensington Market | Toronto
Doors open 6:30PM | Poetry 7-ish Access: Wheelchair accessible. No public washrooms.
DANIELLE LAFRANCE is a poet, librarian, and militant. Since 1983 she has mostly resided on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the author Species Branding (CUE, 2010) and Friendly Fire(Talonbooks, 2016) as well as the chapbook Pink Slip (SIC, 2013). From 2012 to 2016, she co-organized alongside Anahita Jamali Rad the feminist materialist reading and journal series, About a Bicycle. Recent attempts at Spanish-English poetry translations have been published on the online magazine inPeregrinos y sus Letras. She believes in putting an end to what she doesn’t like.
ANAHITA JAMALI RAD (for love and autonomy Talon Books, 2016) was born in Iran and lives on Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Anahita Jamali Rad’s work always engages with materiality, love, affect, ideology, violence, class, collectivity, desire, place, and displacement. Anahita Jamali Rad co-edited the critical materialist feminist journal About a Bicycle, which was produced by members of the women’s reading and discussion collective of the same name.
ANDREW MCEWAN is the author of repeater (a finalist for the 2013 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award) and numerous chapbooks, including Conditional and Can’t tell if this book is depressing or if I’m just sad. He lives in St. Catharines, Ontario.
JULIA POLYCK-O’NEILL is an artist, curator, critic, and writer. She is a doctoral candidate in Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program (Culture and Aesthetics), where she is completing a SSHRC-funded interdisciplinary and comparative critical study of contemporary conceptualist literature and art in Vancouver. She also co-curates (with Andrew McEwan) the Border Blur Reading Series in St Catharines. Her writing has been published in Feminist Spaces, Tripwire, Fermenting Feminisms (a project of the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, curated by Lauren Fournier), and The Avant Canada Anthology (forthcoming from WLU Press), and her debut chapbook, femme, was published in 2016 by above/ground press.
AARON TUCKER is the author of the forthcoming Virtual Weaponry: The Militarized Internet in Popular Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan) and irresponsible mediums: the chesspoems of Marcel Duchamp (Bookthug Press). He has also published two other previous books: Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan) along with the poetry collection punchlines(Mansfield Press). His current collaborative project, Loss Sets, translates poems into sculptures which are then 3D printed (http://aarontucker.ca/3-d-poems/); he is also the co-creator of The ChessBard, an app that transforms chess games into poems (http://chesspoetry.com). In addition, he teaches in the English department at Ryerson University where he is currently teaching essay writing and digital literacy to first year students. You can reach him atucker[at]ryerson[dot]ca.
DAVID WHITE is one of the contributing poets of Renga: A Collaborative Poem (Brick Books). In 1994 he competed his Ph. D. with the dissertation, “A Territory Not Yet On The Map”: Relocating Gay Aestheticism In The Age Of AIDS. He lives in London and is a Professor at Fanshawe College where he teaches Theatre History and Writing. The Lark Ascending is his first (solo) book of poetry.
About JESSICA HIEMSTRA’s The Holy Nothing (Pedlar Press, 2016). Most of Jessica Hiemstra’s new poems were written over several winters. They arrived both suddenly and slowly. To Hiemstra the poems of The Holy Nothing feel like the slake of a hard moment. Haiku poet Claudia Radmore says that Hiemstra’s poems want to be haibuns. There’s something so painfully unadorned and simple about her work, which isn’t simple-mindedness. Think of these poems as meditations.
LISE GASTON grew up on both sides of Canada, in Fredericton and Victoria, and has also lived in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, and Limerick, Ireland. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals across Canada, the United States, and Ireland, including Arc Poetry Magazine, European Romantic Review, The Fiddlehead, Lemon Hound, The Malahat Review, Matrix Magazine, Numero Cinq, and Prairie Fire. Her writing has won awards in Arc‘s Poem of the Year and How Poems Work contests, and has been selected for Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015. She is a graduate of English and Creative Writing programs at the University of Victoria and Concordia University in Montreal, and is now a PhD Candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley. She divides her time between Berkeley and Edmonton. Cityscapes in Mating Season is her first book.
EMILY IZSAK has been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Puritan, House Organ, Cough, The Steel Chisel, The Doris, and The Hart House Review. In 2014 she was selected as PEN Canada’s New Voices Award nominee. Her chapbook, Stickup, is available on woodennickels.org and her first full length collection, Whistle Stops, was published by Signature Editions in April 2017.
MICHAEL BELCHER has been a Permanent Resident of Montreal since 2009. In 2005, he received an Honours BA in Cultural Studies from McGill University, where he wrote and directed two plays for the McGill Drama Festival, and he completed his MA in English Literature at Concordia University in 2012. That same year, he directed his play Between Night and Day at Mainline Theatre, which was voted a Top 10 Play in Montreal Mirror’s Reader Poll 2012. His poetry has been published in the Headlight Anthology and his book and film reviews in Matrix magazine and the Image+Nation film festival. Michael currently teaches Creative Arts, Media Studies, and English Literature at College LaSalle. In addition to playwriting, his interests extend to all areas of creative writing, and he is currently finishing a novel.
SUE CHENETTE, classical pianist, poet, is the author of two collections of poetry with Guernica: The Bones of his Being (2012) and Slender Human Weight (2009.) She is one of five co-authors of the renga Weathering (Silver Maple Press, 2008), as well as three chapbooks: Solitude in Cloud and Sun, A Transport of Grief, and The Time Between Us, which won the Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award in 2001.
RUTH ROACH PIERSON has published four poetry collections: Where No Window Was, 2002, Aide-Mémoire, which was a Governor General Literary Award for Poetry finalist in 2008, CONTRARY in 2011, and Realignment (Palimpsest, 2015). In 2014 Guernica Editions published an anthology of film poems she edited entitled I Found It at the Movies. Aperture, her chapbook of poems written in response to the photography of Josef Sudek, was also released in 2014. Her most recent chapbook is Untranslatable Thought (Anstruther, 2016).
JACLYN PIUDIK Ph.D poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Crosscurrents,Barrow Street, The New Quarterly, Garden Variety Anthology,and Crave It, among others, and two chapbooks, Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautful Outlaw, 2013) The Tao of Loathliness (fooliar press 2005). Jaclyn is the recipient of a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets. Photos: Kirby. Art Bar. Palimpsest Press.