Last reading of the season: June 4th

Join the Rowers team for a splendid June evening of poetry and prose featuring Cassandra Blanchard, Derek Mascarenhas, Anubha Mehta, and Judy Rebick (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.

Here are the bios:

Cassandra BlanchardCassandra Blanchard was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and is part of the Selkirk First Nation. She attended the University of British Columbia and received a Bachelor of Arts. Fresh Pack of Smokes is her first book. She currently lives on Vancouver Island.

 

 


Derek MascarenhasDerek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist and runner up for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. He has works published in places such as The Dalhousie ReviewSwitchbackThe Fieldstone ReviewMaple Tree Literary SupplementCosmonauts Avenue, The Rusty Toque, Joyland, and The Antigonish Review. Derek Mascarenhas is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington, Ontario. A backpacker who has traveled across six continents, Derek currently resides in Toronto.


Anubha MehtaAnubha Mehta is a Canadian writer and artist who was born in India. With a doctorate in Political Science, and two decades of Canadian public service experience, Anubha has been awarded for her leadership work with diverse communities. Her book, The Politics of Nation Building and Art Patronage (2012), was a culmination of years of her research in late 1990s. Her short stories and poems have been published in several Canadian magazines and journals and reflect her travels and life lived on both sides of the globe. She currently lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Peacock in the Snow is her debut novel. www.AnubhaMehta.com

 

 


Judy RebickJudy Rebick is a life-long feminist activist, journalist, and writer.  She is the founder of rabble.ca, a former President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, a leader of the pro-choice movement and author of six books, most recently a memoir, Heroes in My Head (House of Anansi, 2018). Follow her on twitter @judyrebick

 

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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.

NOTE: THIS EVENT STARTS EARLY AT 6:30PM. EVENT ENDS AT 7:45PM DUE TO A BOOK LAUNCH FOLLOWING THE READINGS.

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.