Rowers Jan 10

Join the Rowers Series at Supermarket on Tuesday, January 10 for a wonderful evening of poetry and prose featuring Joan Crate, Adebe DeRango-Adem, Jacob McArthur Mooney and Hoa Nguyen.

Note: we are an early evening event. Supermarket’s back room doors open at 6:30 pm, readings beging at 7pm sharp and evening ends at 8:30pm. Admission is free and we pass a hat for a voluntary donations. Supermarket offers a great food menu, so come early and enjoy dinner before the readings!

Accessibility: Supermarket just obtained a ramp for out front (although usage is to be confirmed) which can take up to 600 lbs. There are 3 steps. Washrooms are not fully accessible, although they can work for some. Closest accesible transit are the new Spadina streetcars. There is a Green Parking lot on Bellevue, which has some accesible parking spots and very limited parking on Augusta Avenue.

Rowers acknowledges financial assistance from The Ontario Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Toronto Arts Council, The League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada.

joan-crateJoan Crate was born in Yellowknife NWT and was brought up with pride in her Indigenous heritage. Her first book of poetry, Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson, has become a classic. Her first novel, Breathing Water, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award (Canada) and the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1989. Simon & Shuster released her most recent novel, Black Apple, in 2016. She lives with her family in Calgary.


adebeAdebe DeRango-Adem was called a young Canadian author to watch in 2016 by Canada’s current parliamentary poet laureate, the prolific George Elliott Clarke. A former student of Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka through the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Adebe is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Ex Nihilo (“nee-hill-oh”) and Terra Incognita. Ex Nihilo was nominated for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize. Terra Incognita, published in 2015, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther award. The book explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings both buried in the grand narratives of history and the everyday experiences of being mixed-race. Poems from the collection were also longlisted for the inaugural Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, as judged by award-winning American poet Claudia Rankine.

jakeJacob McArthur Mooney’s newest book is Don’t Be Interesting (M&S, 2016). His work has won the Arc Poem of the Year prize, and the Prairie Fire Bliss Carman Award, and been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Trillium Book Award in Poetry. This winter, he is entering the last of his five seasons as Host and Director of the Pivot Reading Series at The Steady Café on Bloor St.

hoaBorn in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied poetics at New College of California in San Francisco where she earned an MFA. She is the author of five books including, As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots. Nguyen teaches at Ryerson University’s Chang School, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, in the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in her own long-running, private poetics workshop. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Special December 13 Dead Poets Night

pink-graveJoin the Rowers team, the Art Bar Poetry Series, the Best Canadian Poetry Series and guest host David Clink for a special edition of the annual Dead Poets Night featuring poets from the Best Canadian Poetry Series (from Tightrope Books, series editors Molly Peacock & Anita Lahey).

Readers: Chad Campbell, Michael Fraser, Aaron Kreuter, Amber Homeniuk, Maureen Hynes, Amanda Jernigan, Jeff Latosik, Kilby Smith-McGregor, Cara-Lyn Morgan, Maureen Scott Harris, Robin Richardson, Catriona Wright.

The evening’s honoured deceased poets: Ted Hughes, Adelia Prado, Mahmoud Darwish, Elise Partridge, Elizabeth Brewster, Richard Outram, Philip Levine, PK Page, Bronwen Wallace, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, CD Wright.

Start time at Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave in Kensington Market) is 7pm for this event.