Welcome back! Season Opener September 4

Join us at Glad Day Bookshop on Tuesday, September 4 for our 12th season opener! This special evening will include short readings by the Rowers team (Sue Bowness, Jennifer Foster, Megan Swaine and Heather Wood), plus featured authors Puneet Dutt, Barbara Sibbald and Andrea Thompson.

Just a reminder that we start at 6:45pm and readings begin at 7:00pm. 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.

Here are the reader bios:

Puneet DuttPuneet Dutt’s debut collection of poetry, The Better Monsters (Mansfield Press, 2017), was a Finalist for the 2018 Trillium Book Award For Poetry (English Language) and was Shortlisted for the 2018 Raymond Souster Award and was named one of “Ontario’s Best Books” in 2018 by NOW Magazine. Her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals, such as Canadian Literature, Event and World Literature Today, and in the anthology Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, with an introduction by Margaret Atwood. Her chapbook, PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), was a Finalist for the Breitling Chapbook Prize (Phantom Books). She holds a MA in English from Ryerson University and is an editorial board member at Canthius and a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective. Dutt was born in India and is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, and currently lives in Toronto with her husband and son. To reach out, follow her on Twitter @puneet_dutt.

Barbara Sibbald

Photo credit: Sean Sisk

Ottawa writer Barbara Sibbald is an award-winning investigative journalist and fiction author, who has published two books of nonfiction, three novels and, most recently, a collection of short fiction. Throughout the past 25 years, Barbara has continued to write short fiction. Ten short stories have appeared in literary magazines, two of which were nominated for the Journey Prize. Another won the Ottawa Magazine short story contest. She figured it was about time to gather those pieces together and so The Museum of Possibilities was published by The Porcupine’s Quill. The digital version of The Museum of Possibilities won the eLit Book Awards 2018, and the print was awarded Gold in the Foreword Indies 2017 Book Awards. Barbara lives with visual artist Stuart Kinmond in a hidden, in-fill house in downtown Ottawa.


Andrea ThompsonAndrea Thompson is a writer and educator who has performed her poetry across the country for over twenty years. In 1995 she was featured in the documentary Slamnation as a member of the country’s first national slam team and in 2005, her CD One was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award. She is the author of the novel Over Our Heads and co-editor of Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out. A graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA Creative Writing program, Thompson currently teaches poetry and spoken word through the Ontario College of Art and Design University and the University of Toronto’s Continuing Studies departments.  For more information: http://www.andreathompson.ca/



Season closer June 12!

Join us on June 12 for our last reading of the season! Doors open at 7:15 pm and the readings begin at 7:30pm. Glad Day Bookshop’s entrance (499 Church Street) 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.

charles smith by Bia Rohdecharles c. smith is a poet, playwright and essayist who has written and edited twelve books. He studied poetry and drama with William Packard, editor of the New York Quarterly Magazine, at New York University and Herbert Berghof Studios. He also studied drama at the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop in Harlem. He won second prize for his play Last Days for the Desperate from Black Theatre Canada, has edited three collections of poetry, has four published books of poetry, and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines.

StanleyFStanley Fefferman has recently published two collections of poems: new and selected poems (1978-2016) entitled Home Was Elsewhere (Quattro Books2017), and The Heart of All Music: Poems about Musicians and their Music (Aeolus House, 2018). He has taught creative writing in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Colorado, and at York University where he is Professor Emeritus.

CoraSireCora Siré is the author of three books including the poetry collection, Signs of Subversive Innocents. Her novel, Behold Things Beautiful, was a 2017 finalist for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. The Other Oscar was shortlisted for Quattro Books’ Ken Klonsky Novella Contest in 2015. Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry, Literary Review of Canada, The Puritan, Geist, carte blanche and Montréal Serai as well as in numerous anthologies such as The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2009 (Tightrope Books). She lives in Montreal. For details, please visit her website http://www.quena.ca.

HeatherSpearsCanadian writer and artist Heather Spears was educated at UBC, The Vancouver School of Art and the University of Copenhagen. She has lived in Denmark since 1962. She has held over 75 solo exhibitions and published 11 collections of poetry and 5 novels. Her latest poetry collection is I can still draw (2008) and her 2012 book, The Creative Eye is the first of a series on visual perception. She has illustrated numerous books and articles; and also draws courtroom, dance, theatre and childbirth. Specializing in drawing children, in particular premature and other threatened infants, she travels widely and has drawn in hospitals in the Middle East, Europe and America.

Kurt Zubatiuk picKurt Zubatiuk is a poet, psychotherapist, Mediaeval fencer and fantasy writer. His work has appeared in several anthologies including I Found it at The Movies, Gods, Memes and Monsters and the forthcoming Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology.