Join the Rowers Series at Supermarket on Tuesday, February 7th for a wonderful evening of poetry and prose. Supermarket’s back room doors open at 6:30 pm, readings begin at 7pm sharp and evening ends at 8:30pm. Admission is free and we pass a hat for a voluntary donations. Supermarket offers a great food menu, so come early and enjoy dinner before the readings! Here’s our fab lineup:
David Clink is a poet, poker player, and punster. His poem, “A sea monster tells his story,” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. His poetry has appeared in over 50 journals, including appearing in The Dalhousie Review six times, and in The Literary Review of Canada six times. He has two poetry collections published by Tightrope Books: Eating Fruit Out of Season and Monster. His third poetry collection, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu, was published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box in 2012. In November 2016, ChiZine Publications published David’s speculative poetry collection, The Role of Lightning in Evolution.
Melanie Mah was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and currently resides in Toronto. Her first book, the novel The Sweetest One, was published in June 2016 by Cormorant Books and is a coming-of-age story of the youngest daughter in a “cursed” Chinese family living in a rural Alberta community.
Lana Pesch’s story collection, Moving Parts, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2015, and was shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Awards. Her writing has appeared in Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II, Taddle Creek, and ELLE Canada. She was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012. Lana is an alumnus of the Banff Wired Writing Studio. She teaches creative writing for Sarah Selecky’s Story Is a State of Mind School and is a Video Producer and Communications Professional in Toronto.
Vanessa Shields’ first book, Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy—A Memoir, was published by Black Moss Press in 2011 to rave reviews. She edited the poetry anthology, Whisky Sour City, in 2013. She is the author of two poetry books, I Am That Woman (Black Moss, 2014) and Look At Her, (Black Moss, 2016). Shields is the Poetry Editor for the Windsor Review, and she writes a monthly blog for the League of Canadian Poets on being a writing parent. She is passionate about promoting poetry and the writing life, and is often on a jury (or two!) for major awards and/or contests.