April 2 reading

Join the Rowers team for an amazing April evening of poetry and prose featuring Sarah Henstra, Doyali Islam, Sheniz Janmohamed, and Michael Rowe. (see bios below)

Note: Start time 6:45pm, readings begin at 7pm. 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. Admission is free. A jar is passed for voluntary donations.

Rowers acknowledges financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council. Individual features may be funded The League of Canadian Poets’ Canada Poetry Tours or The Writers’ Union of Canada’s National Public Readings Program.

sarah-henstraSarah Henstra’s latest novel, The Red Word (2018), was published in the US by Grove Atlantic and in Canada by ECW. It won the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. The UK edition will be published in 2019 by Tramp Press. Her previous novel Mad Miss Mimic (Penguin Canada, 2015) is an historical tale for young adults. A new YA novel, We Contain Multitudes, is coming from Penguin Random House (Canada) and Little, Brown (US) in Spring 2019.

Doyali IslamDoyali Islam is the poetry editor of Arc Poetry Magazine. Her poems have been published in Kenyon Review Online and Best Canadian Poetry. In 2017, she was a guest on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition. Her second poetry collection is heft (McClelland & Stewart, March 2019).



Sheniz JanmohamedSheniz Janmohamed (MFA) is a firm believer in fostering community through collaboration, compassion and creativity. In her own practice, she strives to embody words through performance, land art and writing in the ghazal form. A poet, artist educator and land artist, Sheniz’s work has been featured at venues around the world, including the Jaipur Literature Festival, Alliance Française de Nairobi and the Aga Khan Museum. She is also the author of two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010) and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014). Sheniz visits dozens of schools and organisations each year to teach, perform, and inspire creativity in her students. In 2015, Sheniz was awarded the Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming Creative Teaching Scholarship, and holds an Artist Educator Mentor certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).

Michael RoweMichael Rowe was born in Ottawa, and has lived in Beirut, Havana, and Paris. He is the author of the novels Enter, Night (2011), Wild Fell (2013), and October (2017.) A French edition of Wild Fell was published by Editions Bragelonne in Paris in 2016. An award-winning journalist and essayist, he is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Below the Belt (1995), Looking For Brothers (1999), and Other Men’s Sons (2004.) He has won the Lambda Literary Award, the Queer Horror Award, and the Randy Shilts Award for Nonfiction. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, the International Horror Guild Award, the Sunburst Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. He was for 17 years a first-tier correspondent for the legendary horror film magazine Fangoria, which he credits as the best job he ever had. As the creator and editor of the anthologies Queer Fear (2000) and Queer Fear 2 (2002), Clive Barker hailed him in as having “changed forever the shape of horror fiction.”


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