Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd Floor Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Bänoo Zan is a poet, poetry curator, editor, judge, mentor and librettist. Her 1st collection of poetry, Songs of Exile, was released in 2016 by Guernica Editions and shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her 2nd collection, Letters to My Father, was published in 2017 by Piquant Press. Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath was reprinted in Iran in 2010. Bänoo Zan has published more than 170 individual poems and poetry-related pieces.
Richard Blackburn is a Toronto-based actor and writer. Originally from Idaho, he has lived in Canada since 1975. His work has appeared previously in Spring Rain, Poet Lore, Fine Madness, and Voices 2019.
A.M. Matte is a poet, author and playwright first published at age 11. Laureate of the O’Neill-Karch award, her plays have been produced across Ontario. Recent publications include short stories in literary magazines Virages, Ancrages, Tripping the Tale Fantastic, and Luna Station Quarterly and collections Where Pigeons Roost and Other Stories, and Ce que l’on divulgue.
Margaret Code is a poet of redemption whose work has appeared in Garm Lu, Lichen, Best American Poets, Labour of Love, This Time Around: Coastline, Poetrain Anthology, Memory & Loss, Chickadee and Voices.: A TWC Anthology. She is President of the T.O. Writers’ Co-op & Director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. She will read poems from her Multicultural Festivals Series.