Rowers March 7 Reading

caroleg Carole Giangrande is a Toronto-based novelist, former CBC Radio journalist and author of nine books, including the award-winning novella A Gardener on the Moon, the novels An Ordinary Star and A Forest Burning, the short story collection, Missing Persons and the novellas Here Comes The Dreamer and Midsummer. Her essay “Goshawk” was Lyric Essay Award Winner in the Eastern Iowa Review, 2016, and her third novel,  All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, will be published in May. She’s recently completed another novel.


Bianca Lakoseljac is a published author of four trade books: two novels, Stone Woman and Summer of the Dancing Bear, a collection of stories, Bridge in the Rain, and a book of poetry, Memoirs of a Praying Mantis. She holds an MA in English from York University, and is the recipient of the Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in Literature. Over a ten year period, she taught communication at Ryerson University and Humber College.


sorayaSoraya Peerbaye
’s Tell: Poems for a Girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015), was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009) was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award.


caseyCasey Plett wrote the short story collection A Safe Girl To Love, winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction, and is a co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction & Fantasy From Transgender Writers, to be released Sept 2017 from Topside Press. She has written for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The New York Times ArtsBeat, The Walrus, Rookie, Plenitude, and The Winnipeg Free Press—among others. She currently serves as Publicity & Marketing Coordinator for Biblioasis Press and lives in Windsor, Ontario.

Rowers Feb 7 reading

Join the Rowers Series at Supermarket on Tuesday, February 7th for a wonderful evening of poetry and prose. Supermarket’s back room doors open 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. Supermarket offers a great food menu, so come early and enjoy dinner before the readings! Here’s our fab lineup:

David ClinkDavid Clink is a poet, poker player, and punster. His poem, “A sea monster tells his story,” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. His poetry has appeared in over 50 journals, including appearing in The Dalhousie Review six times, and in The Literary Review of Canada six times. He has two poetry collections published by Tightrope Books: Eating Fruit Out of Season and Monster. His third poetry collection, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu, was published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box in 2012. In November 2016, ChiZine Publications published David’s speculative poetry collection, The Role of Lightning in Evolution.


melaniemMelanie Mah was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and currently resides in Toronto. Her first book, the novel The Sweetest One, was published in June 2016 by Cormorant Books and is a coming-of-age story of the youngest daughter in a “cursed” Chinese family living in a rural Alberta community.




Lana Pesch’s story collection, Moving Parts, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2015, and was shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Awards. Her writing has appeared in Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II, Taddle Creek, and ELLE Canada. She was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012. Lana is an alumnus of the Banff Wired Writing Studio. She teaches creative writing for Sarah Selecky’s Story Is a State of Mind School and is a Video Producer and Communications Professional in Toronto.

vanessashieldsVanessa Shields’ first book, Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy—A Memoir, was published by Black Moss Press in 2011 to rave reviews. She edited the poetry anthology, Whisky Sour City, in 2013. She is the author of two poetry books, I Am That Woman (Black Moss, 2014) and Look At Her, (Black Moss, 2016). Shields is the Poetry Editor for the Windsor Review, and she writes a monthly blog for the League of Canadian Poets on being a writing parent. She is passionate about promoting poetry and the writing life, and is often on a jury (or two!) for major awards and/or contests.