Rowers Feb 7 reading

Join the Rowers Series at Supermarket on Tuesday, February 7th for a wonderful evening of poetry and prose. Supermarket’s back room doors open at 6:30 pm, readings begin at 7pm sharp and evening ends at 8:30pm. Admission is free and we pass a hat for a voluntary donations. Supermarket offers a great food menu, so come early and enjoy dinner before the readings! Here’s our fab lineup:

David ClinkDavid Clink is a poet, poker player, and punster. His poem, “A sea monster tells his story,” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. His poetry has appeared in over 50 journals, including appearing in The Dalhousie Review six times, and in The Literary Review of Canada six times. He has two poetry collections published by Tightrope Books: Eating Fruit Out of Season and Monster. His third poetry collection, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu, was published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box in 2012. In November 2016, ChiZine Publications published David’s speculative poetry collection, The Role of Lightning in Evolution.


melaniemMelanie Mah was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and currently resides in Toronto. Her first book, the novel The Sweetest One, was published in June 2016 by Cormorant Books and is a coming-of-age story of the youngest daughter in a “cursed” Chinese family living in a rural Alberta community.




Lana Pesch’s story collection, Moving Parts, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2015, and was shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Awards. Her writing has appeared in Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II, Taddle Creek, and ELLE Canada. She was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012. Lana is an alumnus of the Banff Wired Writing Studio. She teaches creative writing for Sarah Selecky’s Story Is a State of Mind School and is a Video Producer and Communications Professional in Toronto.

vanessashieldsVanessa Shields’ first book, Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy—A Memoir, was published by Black Moss Press in 2011 to rave reviews. She edited the poetry anthology, Whisky Sour City, in 2013. She is the author of two poetry books, I Am That Woman (Black Moss, 2014) and Look At Her, (Black Moss, 2016). Shields is the Poetry Editor for the Windsor Review, and she writes a monthly blog for the League of Canadian Poets on being a writing parent. She is passionate about promoting poetry and the writing life, and is often on a jury (or two!) for major awards and/or contests.

Rowers Jan 10

Join the Rowers Series at Supermarket on Tuesday, January 10 for a wonderful evening of poetry and prose featuring Joan Crate, Adebe DeRango-Adem, Jacob McArthur Mooney and Hoa Nguyen.

Note: we are an early evening event. Supermarket’s back room doors open at 6:30 pm, readings beging at 7pm sharp and evening ends at 8:30pm. Admission is free and we pass a hat for a voluntary donations. Supermarket offers a great food menu, so come early and enjoy dinner before the readings!

Accessibility: Supermarket just obtained a ramp for out front (although usage is to be confirmed) which can take up to 600 lbs. There are 3 steps. Washrooms are not fully accessible, although they can work for some. Closest accesible transit are the new Spadina streetcars. There is a Green Parking lot on Bellevue, which has some accesible parking spots and very limited parking on Augusta Avenue.

Rowers acknowledges financial assistance from The Ontario Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Toronto Arts Council, The League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada.

joan-crateJoan Crate was born in Yellowknife NWT and was brought up with pride in her Indigenous heritage. Her first book of poetry, Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson, has become a classic. Her first novel, Breathing Water, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award (Canada) and the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1989. Simon & Shuster released her most recent novel, Black Apple, in 2016. She lives with her family in Calgary.


adebeAdebe DeRango-Adem was called a young Canadian author to watch in 2016 by Canada’s current parliamentary poet laureate, the prolific George Elliott Clarke. A former student of Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka through the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Adebe is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Ex Nihilo (“nee-hill-oh”) and Terra Incognita. Ex Nihilo was nominated for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize. Terra Incognita, published in 2015, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther award. The book explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings both buried in the grand narratives of history and the everyday experiences of being mixed-race. Poems from the collection were also longlisted for the inaugural Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, as judged by award-winning American poet Claudia Rankine.

jakeJacob McArthur Mooney’s newest book is Don’t Be Interesting (M&S, 2016). His work has won the Arc Poem of the Year prize, and the Prairie Fire Bliss Carman Award, and been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Trillium Book Award in Poetry. This winter, he is entering the last of his five seasons as Host and Director of the Pivot Reading Series at The Steady Café on Bloor St.

hoaBorn in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied poetics at New College of California in San Francisco where she earned an MFA. She is the author of five books including, As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots. Nguyen teaches at Ryerson University’s Chang School, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, in the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in her own long-running, private poetics workshop. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.