Tis the season for a reading – Dec 5th

Our December 5th reading features Michael Fraser, Chris Gilmore, Anne McDonald and Ursula Pflug! As usual, Supermarket’s back room doors open at 6:30 pm, readings begin at 7:00 pm sharp and the evening ends at 8:30 pm. Admission is free and we pass a hat for voluntary donations.

michaelfraser_author_photo_by_ Krystyna_WesolowskaMichael Fraser is a Toronto high school teacher, poet, and writer. He has been published in various national and international journals and anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013. His manuscript, The Serenity of Stone, won the 2007 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest and was published in 2008 by Bookland Press. He won the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize and was also the winner of FreeFall’s 2014 and 2015 poetry contests. His second poetry collection, To Greet Yourself Arriving, was released by Tightrope Books in 2016.

gilmoreChris Gilmore has published stories, essays, and reviews in several periodicals, including The New Quarterly, Matrix, and The Puritan. He has a Master’s in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto and was recently nominated for the Journey Prize. He lives and works in Toronto. Nobodies (Now or Never Publishing) is his first collection of short fiction.


Anne_McDonaldAnne McDonald is an award-winning author. Her novel To the Edge of the Sea won the Saskatchewan First Book Award. Her play Lullabies and Cautions was showcased at the 2016 Spring Festival of New Plays, and her most recent book is Miss Confederation. Her work has appeared in literary journals, Canada’s History, and on CBC Radio. Anne teaches theatre and creative writing. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.


ursulaUrsula Pflug is the award-winning author of the novels Green Music, The Alphabet Stones, the flash-fiction novel, Motion Sickness (illustrated by SK Dyment), the story collections After the Fires and Harvesting the Moon, and the young adult novel, Mountain. She edited the anthologies They Have To Take You In and Playground of Lost Toys (with Colleen Anderson). She has been shortlisted or nominated for the Sunburst Award, the Aurora Award, the Pushcart Prize, the 3-Day Novel Contest, the Descant Novella Award, the KM Hunter Award, and the ReLit Award among others. She lives in Norwood, Ontario.


Nov 7th readers!

November kicks off with four fab readers at Supermarket! A Rowers’ welcome to Marianne Apostolides, Michelle Elrick, Julia McCarthy, and Clea Roberts.

As usual, Supermarket’s back room doors open at 6:30 pm, readings begin at 7:00 pm sharp and the evening ends at 8:30 pm. Admission is free and we pass a hat for voluntary donations.

Here are the bios:


Photo credit: Melanie Gordon

Marianne Apostolides is the author of six books, three of which have been translated. Her latest book, Deep Salt Water, is surrealistic memoir about loss, abortion, and the oceans; her previous work of non-fiction, Voluptuous Pleasure: The Truth about the Writing Life, was listed among the ‘Top 100 Books of 2012’ by Toronto’s Globe & Mail. She is a recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and the 2017 K.M. Hunter Award winner.



Image made By Scott Munn

Photo credit Scott Munn

Michelle Elrick is the author of To Speak (The Muses’ Company, 2010). Her poetry has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Event, Poetry Is Dead and on CBC television and she was a finalist in the CBC Poetry Prize in 2015. then/again (Nightwood Editions) is Elrick’s second collection of poetry. She lives and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia.



Julia_Mccarthy_by_Mary_Anne_ McCarthy

Photo credit: Mary Anne McCarthy

Julia McCarthy is originally from Toronto, ON. She spent a decade living in the U.S., most notably in Alaska and Georgia. She also lived in Norway and spent significant time in South Africa before returning to Canada and settling in rural Nova Scotia where she worked as a potter to support her poetry habit. She is the author of two previous poetry collections: Stormthrower (Wolsak and Wynn, 2002) and Return from Erebus (Brick Books, 2010), the latter of which received the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. Her 2017 collection, All the Names Between, is a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award.


Clea_RobertsClea Roberts lives on the outskirts of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Her debut collection of poems, Here Is Where We Disembark (Freehand Books, 2010), was a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award, was nominated for the ReLit Award, and was translated into German and Japanese. Her second collection, Auguries, was released with Brick Book in 2017. Clea’s poems have been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, Europe, the United States, and Australia. She facilitates a workshop on poetry and grief through Hospice Yukon and is the Artistic Director of the Kicksled Reading Series.