Poetry Jazz Café - 224 Augusta Ave.
Poetry: 2 features and an open mic for 12! $5 admission includes light bites, great ambiance, and an opportunity to make your voice heard. This month's features are Charles C. Smith and Stanley Fefferman, both with new books out this year!
Stanley Fefferman is Professor Emeritus at York University. His recently published poetry collections are "Home Was Elswhere" (Quattro Books, 2017) and "The Heart of All Music" (Aeolus House, 2018). His current project is translating from German a volume of poems by Hermann Hesse, slated to be published in Spring 2020.” He enjoys performing his poems around Ontario.
charles c. smith is a poet, playwright and essayist who has written and edited twelve books. He studied poetry and drama with William Packard at New York University and Herbert Berghof Studios, drama at the Frank Silvera’s Writers’ Workshop in Harlem. He won second prize for his play Last Days for the Desperate from Black Theatre Canada, edited three collections of poetry (including the works of Dionne Brand, Marlene Nourbese Phillips, Claire Harris, Cyril Dabydeen, Lillian Allen, George Elliot Clarke), published four books of poetry and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Poetry Canada Review, the Quille and Quire, Descant, Dandelion, Fiddlehead and others. charles was the founder of the Black Perspectives Cultural Program in Regent Park and has received writing grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.
charles is the Executive Director of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario and Artistic Director of the wind in the leaves collective, an interdisciplinary performance group combining his poetry with music, dance and visual arts which he founded in 2009. He lectures at the Humber College post-graduate program in arts administration.
His new book of poetry travelogue of the bereaved was released in October 2014 along with his book of non-fiction The Dirty War: The Making of the Myth of Black Dangerousness. His chap book whispers was released in August 2014. he has published articles with Stanford Law and Policy, University of Toronto Press, Alberta Law Review, Captus Press and his writings on racial profiling and Black lives in Canada have been published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. His research has been commissioned by several institutions including the Canada Council for the Arts.