February 6th reading

Feburary will see our second reading in our new space, Glad Day Bookshop at 499 Church Street! We’re back to our usual Tuesday, February 6th, and usual start time of 7:00 pm. If you like our Facebook page, that’s another great way to stay connected with the series. And now the bios for readers Marc Di Saverio, Nora Gold, Catherine Graham and Cornelia Hoogland:

marc dsMarc di Saverio hails from Hamilton, Ontario. His poems and translations have appeared in such outfits as Maisonneuve, CNQ, and Hazlitt. In Issue 92 of Canadian Notes and Queries Magazine, poet and critic Shane Neilson called Di Saverio’s Sanatorium Songs (2013), “the greatest poetry debut from the past 25 years.” In 2016 he received the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Best Emerging Writer. In 2017, his work was broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, his debut became a best seller in both Canada and the United States, and he published his first book of translations: Ship of Gold: The Essential Poems of Emile Nelligan (Vehicule Press). Forthcoming in Spring 2019 is his epic poem, Crito Di Volta (Biblioasis). He is currently writing his first novel, the Daymaker, and his second book of translations, L’Infinito: The Selected Poems of Giacomo Leopardi.

NoraGoldbyChris-FramptonNora Gold is a prize-winning author who’s written three books: The Dead Man (2016), Fields of Exile (winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award and praise from Cynthia Ozick), and Marrow and Other Stories (winner of a Canadian Jewish Book Award and praise from Alice Munro). Gold is also the founder and editor of the prestigious online literary journal, JewishFiction.net. Formerly a tenured professor, she is now the Writer-in-Residence and an Associate Scholar at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at OISE, University of Toronto, where she started and coordinates the Wonderful Women Writers Series.

catherinegrahamCatherine Graham is the author of The Celery Forest (Wolsak and Wynn, Buckrider Books), a CBC Books Top 10 Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013, now in its second printing), Winterkill (Insomniac Press, 2010), The Red Element (Insomniac Press, 2008), Pupa (Insomniac Press, 2003) and The Watch (Abbey Press, 1998). Her first novel Quarry was published with Two Wolves Press. Winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW competition and an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, her books have been shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, CAA Poetry Award, nominated for the ReLit Award and she has appeared on CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. Her writing has been published in literary journals in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland and has been frequently anthologized.

CorneliaHooglandCornelia Hoogland’s seventh book of poetry, Trailer Park Elegy (Harbour, 2017), is an elegiac long poem. Woods Wolf Girl was a finalist for the Relit Best Book of 2011. Sea Level was short-listed for the 2012 CBC Nonfiction Awards, and Tourists Stroll a Victoria Waterway, was shortlisted for the 2017 CBC Poetry Awards. www.corneliahoogland.com.


First reading of 2018: note permanent new space, temporary new day and early start time

Happy new year everyone! Rowers welcomes you to 2018 with our first reading at a new space, Glad Day Bookshop at 499 Church Street on Monday, January 8th at an early start time of 6:00 pm. Glad Day will be our new venue, although we will be mostly resuming our first Tuesday timeslot this year. Please do check this website or our Facebook page to confirm each reading. And now the bios for Mugabi Byenkya, Adam Pottle and Michelle Winters.

Mugabi ByenkyaMugabi Byenkya was born in Nigeria to Ugandan parents and is currently based between Kampala and Toronto. Mugabi is a writer, poet, and rapper who honed his craft through writing workshops, poetry slams, cyphers and open mics from across North America and East Africa. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015, has been featured on Brittle Paper, The Good Men Project and his writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension. His debut novel, Dear Philomena, was published in 2017 and he recently concluded an 18 city North American tour in support of this.

Adam PottleAdam Pottle‘s writing focuses on the dynamic aspects of deafness and disability. His first book, the poetry collection Beautiful Mutants, was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Acorn Plantos Prize. His first novel, Mantis Dreams: The Journal of Dr. Dexter Ripley, won the 2014 Saskatoon Book Award, and his play, Ultrasound, premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2016. His most recent book, The Bus, won the Ken Klonsky Novella Award and was released in 2016.


Michelle WintersMichelle Winters is a writer, painter, and translator from Saint John, N.B., living in Toronto. Her written and visual work embraces the absurd, explores the lushness of the industrial, and anthropomorphizes with gay abandon. Her stories have been published in THIS Magazine, Taddle Creek, Dragnet, and Matrix, and she was nominated for the 2011 Journey Prize. Her debut novel, I Am A Truck, was shortlisted for the 2017 Giller Prize.