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.

December 6 reading

Join the Rowers Reading Series on Tuesday, December 6 for a stellar evening of poetry and prose featuring Frances Boyle, Charlene Challenger, Robert Colman and Mary Lou Dickinson. (see bios below)

Note: we are an early evening event. Doors open at Supermarket at 6:30 pm, readings begin at 7pm sharp and evening ends at 8:30pm. Admission is free and we pass a hat for a voluntary donations.

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.

francesboyleFrances Boyle is the author of the poetry collection, Light-carved Passages from BuschekBooks, and a chapbook, Portal Stones, which won the Tree Reading Series chapbook contest.  Her poems and short stories have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and the U.S., including Fiddlehead, Grain, Room, The New Quarterly, Canthius, Vallum, Arc, Prairie Fire, CV2, ByWords, Flat Singles Press and Moonset. Other prizes she’s received include This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt (first place for poetry and third place for fiction in the same year) and the Diana Brebner Prize. She is a member of Arc Poetry Magazine’s editorial board.

charlenechallengerCharlene Challenger is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School. Her first book, The Voices in Between, was shortlisted for an Aurora Award and longlisted for a Sunburst Award. Her second book, The Myth in Distance, was released in the fall of 2016. She lives in Toronto with her husband, their son and their dog.





robertcolmanRob Colman is a Newmarket, Ont.-based writer and editor. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Little Empires (Quattro Books 2012) and The Delicate Line (Exile Editions 2008). In 2015, his chapbook Factory was published by Frog Hollow Press. Colman received his MFA from UBC this year, poems from which have recently appeared in Hamilton Arts & Letters and Poetry Ireland Review.




dickinsonclourMary Lou Dickinson grew up in northern Quebec and migrated to Toronto via Montreal and Michigan. She studied Arts at McGill University and Library Science at University of Toronto before discovering workshops and residencies in creative writing. Her fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals and broadcast on CBC Radio. She is the author of three books: the short fiction collection One Day It Happens and the novels Ile d’Or and Would I Lie to You?