March 7 Reading

Join the Rowers team for our marvelous March event featuring Gary Barwin, Shauntay Grant, Elizabeth Ross and Carrie Snyder. (see bios below)

Remember we are an early evening event! Doors open at the Central at 5:30 pm. Readings begin at 6:30pm sharp, evening ends at 8:15pm.

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.

gbarwinGary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and the author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and books for kids. His most recent books are the short fiction collection, I, Dr Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457 (Anvil) and the poetry collection, Moon Baboon Canoe (Mansfield), which won the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry. His novel, Yiddish for Pirates, will appear in April 2016 from Random House Canada. A PhD in music, Barwin was 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence at Western University. He has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities and lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

ShauntayShauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has shared her blend of poetry and music internationally at festivals and events, and as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate in 2010. Her children’s memoir Up Home (Nimbus 2008) won a 2009 Best Atlantic Book Award, and her stage play Steal Away Home won the 2011 Jury Award for Outstanding Drama at the Atlantic Fringe Festival. She was selected by the Writers’ Trust of Canada for its 2015-16 Berton House Writers’ Retreat program.


Elizabeth Ross was born in Victoria, BC. Her poems have been published in a number of Canadian literary magazines and anthologies, including the Malahat Review, the Fiddlehead, and Best Canadian Poetry. In 2013, she was longlisted for the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize. Her first collection of poetry, Kingdom, was published by Palimpsest Press in 2015. She is a former editor of PRISM international. She currently lives in Toronto.

csnyderCarrie Snyder is the author of three books of literary fiction, including, most recently, Girl Runner, which was published by House of Anansi in 2014 and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust prize for fiction; Girl Runner is also being published in the US, the UK, and in translation in 10 foreign territories. Her second book, The Juliet Stories, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for fiction in 2012, and her first, Hair Hat was short-listed for the Danuta Gleed Award for short fiction in 2005. She lives in Waterloo with her family.

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