June 6th reading

June brings another four fine features: Trevor Cole, Elise Levine, Steven Mayoff, Kevin Spenst. We hope you can join us!

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. Here are the bios:

Trevor ColeTrevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His journalism has garnered him twenty-five National Magazine Award nominations, of which he has won nine. His novels, which include most recently Hope Makes Love, have twice been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, been shortlisted for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. HarperCollins released his nonfiction book, The Whisky King, in spring 2017. Cole lives in Toronto.



Elise LevineElise Levine is the author of the story collection Driving Men Mad, the novel Requests and Dedications, and the new novel from Biblioasis, Blue Field. Her work has also appeared in Blackbird, Ploughshares, The Journey Prize Anthology, and Best Canadian Stories. Originally from Toronto, ON, she now lives in Baltimore, MD, and is Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins University.


Steven MayoffSteven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal and has been living in Prince Edward Island since 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada and the US. His story collection, Fatted Calf Blues, won a 2010 PEI Book Award and was praised in the Globe & Mail as showing “a strong imagination at work.” His first novel, Our Lady Of Steerage, was published in 2015.


spenstKevin Spenst, a Pushcart Poetry nominee, is the author of the poetry collections, Jabbering with Bing Bong and Ignite, and over a dozen chapbooks. He has performed at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and across the country. His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for both the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award, and has appeared in dozens of publications including Prairie Fire, CV2, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014. He lives and works in Vancouver, B.C. where he’s an enthusiastic participant in a number of writing communities.

May the 9th be with Rowers

It’s May! Time to feature Adrienne Gruber, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Jacob Scheier, and Elana Wolff. We hope you can join us!

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. Here are the bios:

Adrienne GruberAdrienne Gruber is the author of two full-length collections, Buoyancy Control (BookThug) and This Is The Nightmare (Thistledown Press), and three chapbooks, Intertidal Zones (JackPine Press), Mimic (Leaf Press) and Everything Water (Cactus Press). Her poetry has been short-listed for the CBC Literary Awards, Arc’s Poem of the Year contest and Descant’s Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem contest. Her poem “The Rope” was selected for publication in the anthology, The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010. Adrienne was the recipient of the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Mimic and her poem Gestational Trail won The Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest in 2015. Originally from Saskatoon, Adrienne currently resides in Vancouver with her partner and two daughters.

Armand Ruffo

Photo by Pearl Pirie

Armand Garnet Ruffo’s writing is strongly influenced by his Ojibway heritage. His publications include Water Lily Woman, a long poem (Textualis Press, 2017), Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism (Broadview, 2016), The Thunderbird Poems (Harbour, 2015) and Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (D&M, 2014), a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award. He currently lives in Kingston, Ontario and teaches at Queen’s University.



Jacob Scheier is a poet, essayists and journalist. He splits his time between Toronto and Columbus, Ohio where he is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at The Ohio State University. He has published two full-length poetry collections with ECW Press: Letter From Brooklyn (2013) and the Governor General’s Award winning More to Keep us Warm (2007). He is also the author of the nonfiction ebook My Never Ending Acid Trip , published by The Toronto Star . Jacob is the co-winner of New York Community Media Alliance award for best feature article and is a regular contributor of articles to Toronto’s NOW Magazine, He has been nominated for a Canadian National Magazine Award in the category of poetry and his poems have been published in journals and anthologies throughout North America and in England, and his personal essay. “The Rabbi,” appeared in a recent issue of the international literary journal, Brick .

Elana WolffElana Wolff is the author of five solo collections of poems, most recently Everything Reminds You of Something Else, and a collection of essays on poems. She has also co-authored with the late Malca Litovitz a collection of rengas, co-authored a chapbook with Susie Berg, co-edited with Julie Roorda a collection of poems written to poets and the stories that inspired them, and co-translated with Menachem Wolff poems from the Hebrew by Georg Mordechai Langer.  Her poetry has been translated and her poems and prose have garnered awards. She has taught English for Academic purposes at York University and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating social art courses.