First reading of 2018: note permanent new space, temporary new day and early start time

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 ByenkyaMugabi 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 PottleAdam 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 WintersMichelle 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.


Dead Poets Society Night – December 19

Rowers Reading Series and the Art Bar Poetry series are co-presenting the 15th annual Dead Poets Society Night at 7:00 pm on December 19 at Supermarket. The event is hosted by poet David Clink. Poetry of dead poets is read in tribute by live writers from the community. Hope to see you there! Here are the readers and poets:

Live Readers

Suzanne Bowness; Lara Bozabalian; Philip Cairns; Ron Charach; David Chilton; Carolyn Clink; Patrick Connors; James Dewar; Sonia Di Placido; Kate Marshall Flaherty; Michael Fraser; Devon Gallant; Cynthia Gould; Catherine Graham; Nancy Jane Bullis Greer; Amber Homeniuk; Stephen Humphrey; Andréa Jarmai; Sandra Kasturi; Francine P. Lewis; Lois Lorimer; Carol Malyon; Bruce Meyer; Edward Nixon; John Oughton; Gianna Patriarca; Ruth Roach Pierson; Sue Reynolds; Stan Rogal; Mary Rykov; David Silverberg; Josh Smith; Halli Villegas; Myna Wallin; Elana Wolff; Heather Wood.

Dead Poets

Anna Akhmatova; Yosano Akiko; John Ashbery; W. H. Auden; Margaret Avison; Nik Beat; Elizabeth Bishop; Roberto Bolaño; Kildare Dobbs; Gord Downie; Rishma Dunlop; T. S. Eliot; Maggie Estep; Connie Fife; Robert Frost; Phyllis Gotlieb; Ernest Hemingway; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Ted Hughes; Zaccheus Jackson-Nyce; Maxine Kumin; Irving Layton; Pat Lowther; Antonino Mazza; Marilyn Monroe; Susanna Moodie; Vladimir Nabakov; Kenneth Patchen; Irina Ratushinskaya; Adrienne Rich; Libby Scheier; Rosemary Tonks; Richard Wilbur; C. D. Wright; James Wright; W. B. Yeats.