June 8th – end of year party and reading

You watch them host, hand out door prizes, and even update this website. Now it’s time to hear your Rowers directors read some of their own work! And celebrate our series. But perhaps most importantly, it’s time to eat their FREE FOOD. Yes. It’s a party, you’re invited, so we hope you’ll join us on June 8th for the Rowers Directors Reading. Same time and place (the Central open at 6:30, starting at 7pm). Here are our bios:

Suzanne (Sue) Bowness is a freelance writer/editor who also teaches at Humber College. She published her first poetry collection, The Days You’ve Spent, in 2010. In 2006, she won the Ottawa Little Theatre’s National One Act Playwriting Competition. Sue is the Web Director of the Rowers Reading Series. Keep an eye on her at www.suzannebowness.com.

Kate Hang is a biology and English high school teacher who has been self-publishing zines for more than ten years. She has participated in Toronto zine fests and has been interviewed by the Toronto Star for her flarf poetry. Her second short film was released in July 2013 with afx productions, and she sings with the band 2.9.9.Bloor. Kate is the outgoing Administrative Director of the Rowers Reading Series.

Megan Swaine is a writer and game designer who holds an honours BA in Creative Writing from York University. She’s written video game narrative, trivia, blogs, comedy segments for a radio program, and two non-fiction books about gaming. Her secret love is poetry and she is currently serving as Treasurer for the Rowers Reading Series.

Heather J Wood wears many proverbial hast including that of writer, editor, copywriter, small press managing editor and Rowers Reading Series Artistic Director. She is the author of the coming of age novel, Fortune Cookie, and the young adult novel, Roll With It. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, most recently in The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop’s Modern Fables. She is the editor of the forthcoming international fiction anthology, Gods, Memes and Monsters from Skin Press in the UK. Once in a while, Heather updates her blog at www.heatherjwood.blogspot.ca

Bonus readers: our emeritus directors Catherine Graham and David Clink will also be dropping by!

David Clink is the former Board President/Artistic Director of the Rowers Reading Series, and former Artistic Director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. He is the author of three collections of poetry: Eating Fruit Out of Season (2008), Monster (2010), and Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu (2012). He has been published in over 50 journals and in several anthologies including Poet to Poet and I Found It At The Movies. David edited an anthology of environmental poetry called: A Verdant Green (2010) and his poem “A sea monster tells his story” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song.

Catherine Graham is the author of Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013), Winterkill (Insomniac Press, 2010), The Red Element (Insomniac, 2008), Pupa (Insomniac, 2003) and The Watch (Abbey Press, 1998). 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 and nominated for the ReLit Award. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies. She is the former Marketing Coordinator of the Rowers Series.


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