Rowers April 4 Reading

Join the Rowers team at The Central for an amazing April evening of poetry and prose featuring Lori Cayer, Lenore Keeshig, Max Layton & Lisa de Nikolits (see bios below).

Remember we are an early evening event! Start time is 6:45 pm, Readings begin at 7 pm.

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.

Here are our readers:

lcayerLori Cayer is the author of two volumes of poetry: Stealing Mercury and Attenuations of Force.

She is a former co-editor for Contemporary Verse 2 and is co-founder of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie.

She has previously served as the Manitoba rep for the League of Canadian Poets and currently sits as secretary on the League’s National Council.


lenorekLenore Keeshig (of the Wolf Clan) is a traditional storyteller, poet and an award-wining author from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation on the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula.

Currently, she works as a naturalist, leading guided-hikes and provides education programs about the natural and cultural history of the Saugeen/Bruce Peninsula and the Great Lakes.

One of her children’s books, Bird Talk, won the 1993—Living the Dream Book Award (an award commemorating Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.), and Running on the March Wind, her first full collection of poetry, was published by Quattro Books in 2015.


laytonBorn in Montreal in 1946, Max Layton now lives in Cheltenham, Ontario.

A published novelist and short story writer, Max went legally blind a decade ago. During that difficult period, he recorded his first CD of original songs and began the series of linked poems, which would become When The Rapture Comes (Guernica, 2012). His eyesight restored thanks to the miracle of modern medicine, Max bounced back with the release of two more albums of songs and the poetry book, In the Garden of I Am (Guernica, 2015).


lisadnLisa de Nikolits is the award-winning author of five published novels: The Hungry Mirror, West of Wawa, A Glittering Chaos, The Witchdoctor’s Bones and Between The Cracks She Fell.

Between The Cracks She Fell launched in Fall 2015 and was well reviewed by Quill & Quire and was on the recommended reading lists for Open Book Toronto and 49th Shelf. Between The Cracks She Fell was also reviewed by Canadian Living magazine and called ‘a must-read book of 2015’. All of her books have been published by Inanna Publications.

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