Join the Rowers Series for a magnificent evening of poetry and pose featuring Sam Cheuk, Michael Crummey, Patrick Friesen, Amber McMillan & Paul Vermeersch.
Doors open 6:30pm, readings start at 6:50pm sharp. Evening ends at 8:45pm.
We gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Writers’ Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets.
Sam Cheuk is the author of the poetry collection Love Figures (Insomniac, 2011). His work has been published in journals Fiddlehead, Malahat Review, Literary Review of Canada, Rattle, Prism International, among others. He holds an MFA in creative writing from New York University. He currently lives in Toronto, working on a graphic adaptation on a long poem and a theatre project working with the homeless.
Michael Crummey is a poet and storyteller and the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including Galore, which won the Commonwealth Prize for Canada. His most recent poetry collection is Under the Keel (House of Anansi, 2013) and his most recent novel is Sweetland (Doubleday, 2014). He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Patrick Friesen, is a former Winnipegger, who now lives in Victoria. He has published numerous books of poetry, a book of essays, a stage play and, with P. K. Brask, co-translations of several Danish poets. Friesen has also written stage and radio plays, text for dance, and has recorded two CDs of spoken word and improv music with Marilyn Lerner, and with Peggy Lee and Niko Friesen. Mother Tongue Publishing is bringing out his long poem a short history of crazy bone in spring 2015.
Paul Vermeersch is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium–award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010) and Don’t Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something(ECW, 2014). Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He has taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and Sheridan College, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He was, from 2001 to 2012, the Poetry Editor for Insomniac Press, and he is now Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto.