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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Next reading March 5

Join the Rowers team on Tuesday, Mar 5 for a marvellous March evening of poetry and prose featuring Ayesha Chatterjee, H. B. Hogan, Kai Cheng Thom, and Zoe Whittall.

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.

AyeshaCBorn and raised in India, Ayesha Chatterjee has lived in England, the USA and Germany, and now calls Toronto home. Her poetry has appeared in journals across the globe as well as being featured by the (Great) Indian Poetry Collective and on the official website of Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke.

Bottles and Bones (2017) is Chatterjee’s second full-length collection, published by Bayeux Arts, which also published her first collection, The Clarity of Distance in 2011.

 

 


HB_Hogan_photoB. Hogan is a writer in Toronto. Her fiction has been published in Taddle Creek, This Magazine, and subTerrain. She has a chapbook with Proper Tales Press. This Keeps Happening (Invisible) is her first short story collection.

 

 

 

 


kai cheng 2Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performer, healer, wicked witch and lasagna lover based in Toronto, unceded Indigenous territory. Her work has appeared on pages and stages across the continent, in such venues as the Verses International Poetry Festival, the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. A two-time Lambda Literary Award Finalist and the winner of the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging Writers, Kai Cheng is the author of three books: the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, the poetry collection a place called No Homeland, and the children’s book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea. 


Zoe WhittallZoe Whittall‘s latest novel, The Best Kind of People, spent 26 consecutive weeks on the Globe bestseller list, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, was Indigo Best Book of the Year, Heather’s Pick, Globe and Mail Best Book, Toronto Life Best Book of 2016, Walrus Magazine Best Book of 2016. The film/TV rights have been optioned by Sarah Polley who will write and direct. She has two previous novels and three collections of poetry, and has written for the televisions shows Degrassi, Schitt’s Creek, and The Baroness Von Sketch Show. She won the KM Hunter award for literature, and a Lambda Literary award for her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible. Her debut, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of the top ten novels of the decade by CBC Canada Reads. She has published three books of poetry, Precordial Thump, The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life and The Emily Valentine Poems.