Nov 7th readers!

November kicks off with four fab readers at Supermarket! A Rowers’ welcome to Marianne Apostolides, Michelle Elrick, Julia McCarthy, and Clea Roberts.

As usual, Supermarket’s back room doors open at 6:30 pm, readings begin at 7:00 pm sharp and the evening ends at 8:30 pm. Admission is free and we pass a hat for voluntary donations.

Here are the bios:


Photo credit: Melanie Gordon

Marianne Apostolides is the author of six books, three of which have been translated. Her latest book, Deep Salt Water, is surrealistic memoir about loss, abortion, and the oceans; her previous work of non-fiction, Voluptuous Pleasure: The Truth about the Writing Life, was listed among the ‘Top 100 Books of 2012’ by Toronto’s Globe & Mail. She is a recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and the 2017 K.M. Hunter Award winner.



Image made By Scott Munn

Photo credit Scott Munn

Michelle Elrick is the author of To Speak (The Muses’ Company, 2010). Her poetry has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Event, Poetry Is Dead and on CBC television and she was a finalist in the CBC Poetry Prize in 2015. then/again (Nightwood Editions) is Elrick’s second collection of poetry. She lives and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia.



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Photo credit: Mary Anne McCarthy

Julia McCarthy is originally from Toronto, ON. She spent a decade living in the U.S., most notably in Alaska and Georgia. She also lived in Norway and spent significant time in South Africa before returning to Canada and settling in rural Nova Scotia where she worked as a potter to support her poetry habit. She is the author of two previous poetry collections: Stormthrower (Wolsak and Wynn, 2002) and Return from Erebus (Brick Books, 2010), the latter of which received the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. Her 2017 collection, All the Names Between, is a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award.


Clea_RobertsClea Roberts lives on the outskirts of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Her debut collection of poems, Here Is Where We Disembark (Freehand Books, 2010), was a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award, was nominated for the ReLit Award, and was translated into German and Japanese. Her second collection, Auguries, was released with Brick Book in 2017. Clea’s poems have been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, Europe, the United States, and Australia. She facilitates a workshop on poetry and grief through Hospice Yukon and is the Artistic Director of the Kicksled Reading Series.



October 3rd: First fall readers

It’s a fresh new fall season at Rowers and we’re hoping you can join us for a great lineup at Supermarket in Kensington Market, featuring Nathan Adler, Joanne Arnott, Christopher Levenson and Allan Weiss.

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:

adlerNathan Adler is the author of Wrist, an Indigenous monster story written from the monster’s perspective (Kegedonce Press). He is a writer and artist who works in many different mediums, including audio and video, drawing and painting, as well as glass. He is Anishinaabe and Jewish, a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, and a MFA candidate for Creative Writing from UBC. Nathan was awarded a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award in the spring of 2017.

arnottJoanne Arnott is a Métis writer and arts activist, originally from Manitoba, at home on the west coast. Her first book, Wiles of Girlhood, won the Gerald Lampert Award in 1992 and her most recent book, Halfling spring: an internet romance, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award. A grand multipara, a mentor, editor, and blogger, Joanne is currently the poetry editor for EVENT Magazine.



levensonChristopher Levenson, who taught English literature and Creative Writing at Carleton University, Ottawa until his retirement in 1999, and was co-founder and first editor of Arc magazine, is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently A Tattered Coat upon a Stick (Quattro Books, Toronto, 2017). His previous book, Night Vision, was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for poetry in 2014.  Since 2007 he has lived in Vancouver where he helped revive and run the Dead Poets Reading Series.

weissAllan Weiss was born in Montreal and lives in Toronto, where he teaches English and Humanities at York University. He is the author of two fiction books, Making the Rounds and Living Room, as well as several nonfiction books. He is the Chair of the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy, and edited a volume of proceedings of that conference, The Canadian Fantastic in Focus.