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AbleHamilton & Lit Live Poetry Showcase

  • 27 Dundurn Street North Hamilton, ON, L8R 3C9 Canada (map)

Staircase Cafe Theatre

The AbleHamilton Festival has teamed up with the amazing Lit Live Reading Series to bring you an evening of disability poetics in Hamilton.


CONCETTA PRINCIPE is a writer of poetry, non- fiction, and fiction. She has published scholarship on Lacan, trauma and culture. Her latest publication is a chapbook of poems with Frog Hollow Press titled Conversion- or a Theory (2019). Her most recent book-length collection of poems This Real (Pedlar Press) was long-listed for the League of Canadian Poet’s Raymond Souster Award in 2018. She has three other books of poetry, the first of which won the Bressani Award for poetry in 2001, a book of fiction, and an academic monograph. Her creative work has appeared in a variety of literary journals including The Malahat Review, Matrix, Grain, The Capilano Review and is forthcoming in Hamilton Arts and Literature Review. She lives with depression and anxiety and currently teaches literature, theory and creative writing at Trent University.

MATT RADER is the author of several collections of poems, a book of stories, and most recently, Visual Inspection (Nightwood 2019), a book-length lyric essay on poetry, access, and our embodied-lives. Rader’s work has appeared in journals, magazines, websites, and anthologies across North America, Europe, and Australia. Core faculty in the Department of Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, he lives in Kelowna, BC.

ELIZABETH TESSIER is from Hamilton, Ontario. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Religious Studies, both from McMaster University. Her work is also informed by her 30 years working in Hamilton museums and her current life with early onset Parkinson’s. She has previously published in Hamilton Arts & Letters and in Evenings on Paisley Avenue: Seven Hamilton Poets. Her self- published collection, inspired by her years at Dundurn Castle, The Words They Cannot Say, was edited by her friend and mentor Marilyn Gear- Pilling and includes photos taken for the work by Jeff Tessier, her very supportive husband. Together they have four wonderful kids.

TOM PRIME is attending Western University for his PhD in English. He has an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria (Specializing in Poetry). He has a BA at Western University. He has been published in Carousel, Ditch, Fjords Review, The Northern Testicle, The Rusty Toque, and Vallum. His first chapbook, A Strange Hospital, was published on Proper Tales Press. His latest chapbook, Gravitynipplemilkplanet Anthroposcenesters, was published on above/ground press. His debut full-length collection of poetry is a collaboration with Ontario poet Gary Barwin, entitled A Cemetery for Holes, forthcoming from Gordon Hill Press in Fall 2019.

The Staircase is wheelchair accessible.

Earlier Event: November 1
Poetics/Ethics: New Work by Queer Poets
Later Event: November 5
Rowers Pub Reading Series