Join the Rowers team on March 6 for a marvellous March evening of poetry and prose featuring Maryam Manteghi, Garry Thomas Morse, Jim Roberts, Dane Swan (see bios below).
Note: start time is 7pm. Readings begin at 7:15pm. Glad Day Bookshop’s entrance is wheelchair accessible. The washroom is partially accessible. The nearest TTC subway station is Wellesley and street parking is available.
Rowers acknowledges financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Toronto Arts Council, The League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada.
Maryam Manteghi is the author of the memoir, The Street of Good Fortune. By heritage and conviction a Baha’i, Maryam’s ethnic mix includes Jewish, Persian, and Kurdish and she’s fluent in several languages. She has worked for United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and clerked in The Hague with the International Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia. Based in the Toronto-area, she currently runs her own law firm.
Garry Thomas Morse is a two-time nominee for the Governor General’s Award for his poetry collections, Discovery Passages and Prairie Harbour, and a two-time nominee for the ReLit Award for his speculative fiction novels, Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus and Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour. Though a resident of Winnipeg, Morse is currently living at Massey College and serving as the Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto. His new book of poetry is Safety Sand.
Jim Roberts never went back to academia after university. Instead he moved to Toronto, set type and printed it by hand, bought and sold books, helped to found the Squid Inc. poetry workshop, and later travelled in the highlands of South America and the Himalayas. His ﬁrst book of poetry was From an argument I’ve taken with me (Wolsak and Wynn, 2000). More recently he was a finalist for the Malahat’s 2016 Open Season Award and was published in its recent 50th anniversary issue. He appears in Refugium, Yvonne Blomer’s anthology about the Pacific. He now lives in Victoria. His recent chapbook is Left Shoulder Voices (Frog Hollow, 2017).
Dane Swan is the author of 4 books including 2 poetry collections and an upcoming novella. His second book of poetry, A Mingus Lullaby, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Prize for poetry. He Doesn’t Hurt People Anymore is Dane’s first published work of fiction and features 7 short stories of redemption, resilience, and revenge.