Marvellous March 6 reading

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.

MaryamMMaryam 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.


GarryGarry 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.


JimRobertsheadshotJim 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).

daneswanDane 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.


February 6th reading

Feburary will see our second reading in our new space, Glad Day Bookshop at 499 Church Street! We’re back to our usual Tuesday, February 6th, and usual start time of 7:00 pm. If you like our Facebook page, that’s another great way to stay connected with the series. And now the bios for readers Marc Di Saverio, Nora Gold, Catherine Graham and Cornelia Hoogland:

marc dsMarc di Saverio hails from Hamilton, Ontario. His poems and translations have appeared in such outfits as Maisonneuve, CNQ, and Hazlitt. In Issue 92 of Canadian Notes and Queries Magazine, poet and critic Shane Neilson called Di Saverio’s Sanatorium Songs (2013), “the greatest poetry debut from the past 25 years.” In 2016 he received the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Best Emerging Writer. In 2017, his work was broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, his debut became a best seller in both Canada and the United States, and he published his first book of translations: Ship of Gold: The Essential Poems of Emile Nelligan (Vehicule Press). Forthcoming in Spring 2019 is his epic poem, Crito Di Volta (Biblioasis). He is currently writing his first novel, the Daymaker, and his second book of translations, L’Infinito: The Selected Poems of Giacomo Leopardi.

NoraGoldbyChris-FramptonNora Gold is a prize-winning author who’s written three books: The Dead Man (2016), Fields of Exile (winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award and praise from Cynthia Ozick), and Marrow and Other Stories (winner of a Canadian Jewish Book Award and praise from Alice Munro). Gold is also the founder and editor of the prestigious online literary journal, Formerly a tenured professor, she is now the Writer-in-Residence and an Associate Scholar at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at OISE, University of Toronto, where she started and coordinates the Wonderful Women Writers Series.

catherinegrahamCatherine Graham is the author of The Celery Forest (Wolsak and Wynn, Buckrider Books), a CBC Books Top 10 Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013, now in its second printing), Winterkill (Insomniac Press, 2010), The Red Element (Insomniac Press, 2008), Pupa (Insomniac Press, 2003) and The Watch (Abbey Press, 1998). Her first novel Quarry was published with Two Wolves Press. Winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW competition and an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, her books have been shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, CAA Poetry Award, nominated for the ReLit Award and she has appeared on CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. Her writing has been published in literary journals in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland and has been frequently anthologized.

CorneliaHooglandCornelia Hoogland’s seventh book of poetry, Trailer Park Elegy (Harbour, 2017), is an elegiac long poem. Woods Wolf Girl was a finalist for the Relit Best Book of 2011. Sea Level was short-listed for the 2012 CBC Nonfiction Awards, and Tourists Stroll a Victoria Waterway, was shortlisted for the 2017 CBC Poetry Awards.