May 2 reading at The Steady

Rowers will be at a special location, The Steady, at 1051 Bloor St. W., on May 2. Join us for a wonderful evening of poetry and prose featuring Kevin Hardcastle, Tasneem Jamal, Larissa Lai, Priscila Uppal and Máire T. Robinson.

Start time at The Steady is 7pm, Readings begin at 7:15pm.

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.


Kevin Hardcastle

Kevin Hardcastle’s stories have been widely published and anthologized. Debris, his debut fiction collection from Biblioasis, was selected as one of Quill & Quire’s Books of the Year for 2015. Kevin lives in Toronto.



Tasneem Jamal Tasneem Jamal has worked as a journalist for over a decade at a number of Canadian newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and National Post. In 2014, her debut novel, Where the Air Is Sweet, was published to critical acclaim. That same year, the CBC named Tasneem one of 12 rising CanLit stars on its annual list of Writers to Watch. She lives in Kitchener, Ont., where she is working on a memoir, The Red, Forgiving Earth, to be published by HarperCollins Canada.


Larissa LaiLarissa Lai is the author of two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl, a poetry collection and several works of nonfiction. A recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers’ Award, she has been shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Tiptree Award, and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Lai is Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.


Priscila Uppal

Priscila Uppal is an internationally acclaimed Toronto poet, fiction writer, memoirist, playwright, and Professor at York University. Her acclaimed publications include Ontological Necessities and Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother. She has been nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize, The Governor-General’s Award and The Hilary Weston Prize. Dundurn Press published her first collection of short stories, Cover Before Striking, in 2015. In 2010 she was the CANFund poet-in-residence during the Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics. Time Out London dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.”

Maire T. RobinsonMáire T. Robinson is an Irish novelist and short story writer based in Dublin City. She was nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award in Emerging Fiction in 2012. In 2013, she won the Doire Press Chapbook Competition and her collection Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her widely acclaimed debut novel Skin, Paper, Stone was published by New Island in 2015.

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