April 4: Poetry Month Reading

April is amazing at the Rowers Series! On Tuesday April 4 we’re presenting Poetry Month Mini Feature Jeff Cottrill with authors Jasmine D’Costa, Pamela Mordecai and Molly Peacock.

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.

Here are the bios:

jeffcottrillJeff Cottrill has been psychologically traumatizing the Toronto literary scene for more than fifteen years. Award-nominated journalist by day, spoken-word artist and classic-film nerd by night, he likes to make audiences laugh, cringe or both. Jeff’s performance style is influenced by slam conventions, but subverts them with wit, ironic humour and a satirical tone. He has headlined gigs throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and France. Jeff has authored four chapbooks and recorded three CDs; his most recent CD is titled “This Album is NIT FENNY!”. TorontoPoets.com once called him “One of the funniest spoken-word artists in Canada.”

Jasmine D'CostaJasmine D’Costa work has been published and reviewed nationally and internationally. Her first book, Curry is Thicker than Water, was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Prize, and nominated for the White Pine Award. Her manuscript for what would become her newest book, A Matter of Geography, was shortlisted for the Tuscany Prize in 2015. She was also shortlisted story for the Dastaan International Prize (2015). Jasmine is the past Writer-in-Residence of the Heliconian Club, Canada and will take over as Vice-President in 2016-17. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

pamelam.jpgPamela Mordecai writes poetry, fiction and plays. Her poems have been shortlisted for the Canada Writes CBC Poetry Prize and the Bridport Prize (U.K.). Her novel Red Jacket was shortlisted for the 2015 Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and her most recent poetry collection is de book of Mary. She is the recipient of the Institute of Jamaica’s Centenary and Bronze Musgrave Medals, the Vic Reid Award for Children’s Writing, and the Burla Award. Pamela lives in Kitchener, ON.


MollyPeacockMolly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet who writes biography, memoir, and fiction. Her newest work of fiction is Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions, with illustrations by Kara Kosaka. She is also the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, both from McClelland and Stewart. Her 2017 book of poetry is The Analyst, poems about psychoanalysis, poetry, and painting, from W.W. Norton in the US and Biblioasis in Canada. She is the subject of Jason Guriel’s monograph, Molly Peacock: A Critical Introduction and is also the Series Editor of the annual Best Canadian Poetry anthology.

Rowers Reading March 7

Join the Rowers Series at Supermarket on Tuesday, March 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:


Carole Giangrande is a Toronto-based novelist, former CBC Radio journalist and author of nine books, including the award-winning novella A Gardener on the Moon, the novels An Ordinary Star and A Forest Burning, the short story collection, Missing Persons and the novellas Here Comes The Dreamer and Midsummer. Her essay “Goshawk” was Lyric Essay Award Winner in the Eastern Iowa Review, 2016, and her third novel,  All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, will be published in May. She’s recently completed another novel.


Bianca Lakoseljac is a published author of four trade books: two novels, Stone Woman and Summer of the Dancing Bear, a collection of stories, Bridge in the Rain, and a book of poetry, Memoirs of a Praying Mantis. She holds an MA in English from York University, and is the recipient of the Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in Literature. Over a ten year period, she taught communication at Ryerson University and Humber College.


sorayaSoraya Peerbaye
’s Tell: Poems for a Girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015), was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009) was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award.


caseyCasey Plett wrote the short story collection A Safe Girl To Love, winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction, and is a co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction & Fantasy From Transgender Writers, to be released Sept 2017 from Topside Press. She has written for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The New York Times ArtsBeat, The Walrus, Rookie, Plenitude, and The Winnipeg Free Press—among others. She currently serves as Publicity & Marketing Coordinator for Biblioasis Press and lives in Windsor, Ontario.