Wednesday April 4th Reading (note different day)

Join the Rowers team on April 4! Note the different day. Our 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.

VeenaphotoVeena Gokhale, an immigrant shape shifter, started her career as a journalist in Bombay. This “tough, tantalizing” city inspired Bombay Wali and other stories, published by Guernica Editions in 2013. Veena came to Canada on a fellowship, returning to do a Masters. After immigrating, she worked for non-profits. Her new novel, Land for Fatimah, is partly inspired by the two years she spent working in Tanzania. Veena has published fiction and poetry in anthologies and literary magazines and received writing grants. She lives in Montreal.


jameslindsayJames Lindsay is the author of the poetry collection, Our Inland Sea, and the chapbook, Ekphrasis! Ekphrasis! He is the founder of Pleasence Records, a Toronto-based record label and interviews poets about poetry for Open Book.

 

 


ElePawelskiEle Pawelski managed human rights projects in Kabul, Afghanistan, and other danger-pay-locales for a decade before returning home to Toronto. She has published stories in the Nashwaak Review and The Globe and Mail. She still keeps a bag packed for spontaneous trips. The Finest Supermarket in Kabul is her first book.

 

 


katesutherlandKate Sutherland was born in Scotland, grew up in Saskatchewan, and now lives in Toronto, where she is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is the author of two collections of short stories: Summer Reading (winner of a Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book) and All In Together Girls. How to Draw a Rhinoceros, Sutherland’s first book of poems, was published Book*hug in the fall of 2016.

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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.