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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)


Lea Harper is the author of two collections of poems, All that Saves Us and Shadow Crossing (Black Moss Press), and four recordings. Her songs have received a Juno nomination and won a Canadian Reggae Award. She performs with the Jazz/poetry ensemble, Alchemy, and is currently living on a lake in the Haliburton Highlands, north of Toronto where she is completing her first novel.

Dilys Leman, Originally from Ottawa, Dilys has lived in Toronto since 2008. Her first poetry book, The Winter Count, was released with McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2014. She has a chapbook, The Lunacy Commission, with Cactus Press (2012). Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in literary magazines such as ARC, Grain, CV2 and Prairie Fire. Dilys is a member of the River Poetry Walks for Toronto's Don and Humber Rivers. Several of her water poems are forthcoming in a collection of scholarly essays, The Wonder of Water: Lived Experience, Policy and Practice (University of Toronto Press). She works as a writer and editor, teaches therapeutic yoga to older adults, and facilitates a poetry and yoga group dubbed the Bawdy/Body Poets.

Dominique Bernier-Cormier was born in Quebec, but grew up in Moscow, Paris, and Beijing, where he father worked as a foreign correspondent for CBC Television. Bernier-Cormier won the Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem in 2017 for “Fabric.” His poems have also been shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, Arc’s Poem of the Year Award, CV2's Young Buck Poetry Prize, and a National Magazine Award. His chapbook, Englishing, was published by Frog Hollow Press in spring 2017. He is now a poetry editor for Rahila's Ghost Press. Correspondent is his first book.

Earlier Event: October 29
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Later Event: October 30
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