May 7 reading

Join the Rowers team for a magnificent May evening of poetry and prose featuring Edward Brown, Rebecca Higgins, Matthew Walsh, and Yilin Wang.


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.

Ed BrownEdward Brown’s short story collection, Playing Basra, was published by Exile Editions in 2008. In 2016 he released On Toronto Train Bridges. Mr. Brown co-wrote the stage production, Many Rivers To Cross as well as several other performances. His writing has appeared in various publications including The Dalhousie Review, The Globe and Mail, Exile, The Literary Quarterly, Spacing, and other publications. He was nominated for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize and won the Carter V. Cooper Fiction Prize. In 2018 he published the nonfiction work, I Am a Pedestrian.


Rebecca_Higgins by Hayley_AndoffRebecca Higgins has lived and worked in Ireland, Honduras, and Brazil. She has a background in social work and has worked in mental health education since 2011. Her short stories have appeared in such publications as The Toronto Star and The Antigonish Review. The Colours of Birds (2018) is her first book of short fiction. She lives in Toronto.






Matthew WalshMatthew Walsh hails from the eastern shore of Nova Scotia and has twice travelled by bus across Canada. Their poems may be found in the Malahat Review, Arc, Existere, Matrix, Carousel, and Geist. Walsh now lives in Toronto and their poetry collection, These are not the potatoes of my youth, was released by Goose Lane in March 2019.






Yilin WangYilin Wang is a writer, editor, and translator who lives on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver, Canada). She has also lived in China, in Scotland, and on other parts of Turtle Island. Her award-winning writing has appeared in the anthology, The Best of Abyss & Apex Vol 2, and in such journals as Grain, CV2, Business Insider, Matador Network, and The Tyee. Yilin is a member of the Room Magazine editorial collective.


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