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Art Bar - Poetry Reading Series and Open Stage

  • 320 College Street Toronto, ON, M5T 1S3 Canada (map)

at the Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street (just west of Spadina)


Emilia Nielsen’s debut book, Surge Narrows (Leaf Press, 2013), was a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Body Work, her second book of poetry, was published by Signature Editions in spring 2018. She is the author of the scholarly text Disrupting Breast Cancer Narratives: Stories of Rage and Repair forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press in spring 2019. She recently joined York University’s Department of Social Science as a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Health and Society program.
Lenea Grace is the author of A GENEROUS LATITUDE (ECW Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in The Walrus, Best New Poets, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Washington Square Review, CV2, and elsewhere. Lenea is the 2017 winner of The Walrus Poetry Prize Readers' Choice Award for her poem "Echo". She is a founding editor of The Mackinac.

Brian Dedora: Writing, publishing and performing in the 1970s and 80s foment of literary experimentation in Toronto, endured a twenty-year silence broken in 2008 to publish a string of books in an “increasingly audacious experiment in narrative” through a lens of gay sensibility and give hetero-normativity a thorough prodding. Brian Dedora’s novel/memoir A SLICE OF VOICE AT THE EDGE OF HEARING was a finalist for both the Relit Award and the George Ryga Prize followed by another “audacious experiment in narrative” A FEW SHARP STICKS, followed by LOT 351, and a book of his visual work from the 70’s and 80’s entitled EYE WHERE, all books through the Mercury Press and Teksteditions. Editorial Visor in Madrid and BookThug in Toronto published his latest work on the Spanish poet and playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca, titled LORCATION in a bilingual edition in 2015 along with TWO AT HIGH NOON published by Nomados Literary Press.

Earlier Event: October 23
Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXVII
Later Event: October 23
Poetry Cabaret #1