Happy new year everyone! Rowers welcomes you to 2018 with our first reading at a new space, Glad Day Bookshop at 499 Church Street on Monday, January 8th at an early start time of 6:00 pm. Glad Day will be our new venue, although we will be mostly resuming our first Tuesday timeslot this year. Please do check this website or our Facebook page to confirm each reading. And now the bios for Mugabi Byenkya, Adam Pottle and Michelle Winters.
Mugabi Byenkya was born in Nigeria to Ugandan parents and is currently based between Kampala and Toronto. Mugabi is a writer, poet, and rapper who honed his craft through writing workshops, poetry slams, cyphers and open mics from across North America and East Africa. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015, has been featured on Brittle Paper, The Good Men Project and his writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension. His debut novel, Dear Philomena, was published in 2017 and he recently concluded an 18 city North American tour in support of this.
Adam Pottle‘s writing focuses on the dynamic aspects of deafness and disability. His first book, the poetry collection Beautiful Mutants, was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Acorn Plantos Prize. His first novel, Mantis Dreams: The Journal of Dr. Dexter Ripley, won the 2014 Saskatoon Book Award, and his play, Ultrasound, premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2016. His most recent book, The Bus, won the Ken Klonsky Novella Award and was released in 2016.
Michelle Winters is a writer, painter, and translator from Saint John, N.B., living in Toronto. Her written and visual work embraces the absurd, explores the lushness of the industrial, and anthropomorphizes with gay abandon. Her stories have been published in THIS Magazine, Taddle Creek, Dragnet, and Matrix, and she was nominated for the 2011 Journey Prize. Her debut novel, I Am A Truck, was shortlisted for the 2017 Giller Prize.