Free Times Cafe
Jade Wallace Jade Wallace is a writer from the Niagara Fruit Belt currently working in law and trying to be a good Draft Reading Series collective member in Toronto, Ontario. Jade’s short fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in Canada, India, the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Sweden, and New Zealand, including in Studies in Social Justice, The Dalhousie Review, The Nashwaak Review, Feathertale, A New Ulster, Acumen, The Chaffey Review, The Town Crier, Pac’n Heat: A Noir Homage To Ms. Pac-Man from AGP Books, Breakfast in a Day from Death Cookie Soup, as well as in chapbooks from Grey Borders Books. Rituals of Parsing (2018), a collection of poems, is available now from Anstruther Press. Jade plays ukulele in The Leafy Greens, a band that has been incorrectly described as “psychedelic stoner metal.”
Susan Glickman Susan Glickman is a lapsed academic who teaches creative writing and works as a freelance editor, primarily of academic books. Yes, she loves punctuation. For the last three years she has also been a full-time art student at Central Technical School in Toronto, which gave her the confidence she needed to illustrate her last novel, The Discovery of Flight. Her hobbies are gardening, walking the dog, and making soup.
D.M. Marchand-Lafortune DM Marchand-Lafortune is an actor, advocate, educator, photographer, poet, singer-songwriter, actor, videographer and visual artist. She is a smart, powerful woman who can command any stage. She was born to a single Cree–Métis mother and Jewish father in downtown Toronto in 1950s. Her paternal grandparents, holocaust survivor, refused to accept the relationship. When she was born her mother and her were homeless. As an orphan she has lived Fanon’s claim: “I must understand everything because I belong nowhere.” This understanding informs all her work and has meant she has a finely tuned sense of communication for inclusion. She is working on her first book of poetry – Orphans and The Other Little Things That Matter.