May the 9th be with Rowers

It’s May! Time to feature Adrienne Gruber, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Jacob Scheier, and Elana Wolff. We hope you can join us!

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:

Adrienne GruberAdrienne Gruber is the author of two full-length collections, Buoyancy Control (BookThug) and This Is The Nightmare (Thistledown Press), and three chapbooks, Intertidal Zones (JackPine Press), Mimic (Leaf Press) and Everything Water (Cactus Press). Her poetry has been short-listed for the CBC Literary Awards, Arc’s Poem of the Year contest and Descant’s Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem contest. Her poem “The Rope” was selected for publication in the anthology, The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010. Adrienne was the recipient of the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Mimic and her poem Gestational Trail won The Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest in 2015. Originally from Saskatoon, Adrienne currently resides in Vancouver with her partner and two daughters.

Armand Ruffo

Photo by Pearl Pirie

Armand Garnet Ruffo’s writing is strongly influenced by his Ojibway heritage. His publications include Water Lily Woman, a long poem (Textualis Press, 2017), Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism (Broadview, 2016), The Thunderbird Poems (Harbour, 2015) and Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (D&M, 2014), a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award. He currently lives in Kingston, Ontario and teaches at Queen’s University.



Jacob Scheier is a poet, essayists and journalist. He splits his time between Toronto and Columbus, Ohio where he is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at The Ohio State University. He has published two full-length poetry collections with ECW Press: Letter From Brooklyn (2013) and the Governor General’s Award winning More to Keep us Warm (2007). He is also the author of the nonfiction ebook My Never Ending Acid Trip , published by The Toronto Star . Jacob is the co-winner of New York Community Media Alliance award for best feature article and is a regular contributor of articles to Toronto’s NOW Magazine, He has been nominated for a Canadian National Magazine Award in the category of poetry and his poems have been published in journals and anthologies throughout North America and in England, and his personal essay. “The Rabbi,” appeared in a recent issue of the international literary journal, Brick .

Elana WolffElana Wolff is the author of five solo collections of poems, most recently Everything Reminds You of Something Else, and a collection of essays on poems. She has also co-authored with the late Malca Litovitz a collection of rengas, co-authored a chapbook with Susie Berg, co-edited with Julie Roorda a collection of poems written to poets and the stories that inspired them, and co-translated with Menachem Wolff poems from the Hebrew by Georg Mordechai Langer.  Her poetry has been translated and her poems and prose have garnered awards. She has taught English for Academic purposes at York University and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating social art courses.



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!”. 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.