Featured poets: Jackleen Hanna & Kirby
Host: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre
Time: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Place: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7 Main Hall
Doors open 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up 6:30 p.m. Show 7 p.m.
Jackleen Hanna is passionate about life, words and books!!! Throughout her adult years, Jackleen has channelled her passion into the art of writing. It was her desire to keep the blank pages occupied with ink which carved out her niche for poetry. Jackleen is an award winning poet who published five poetry collections. She has written countless articles primarily for Arabic media, including Al Jazeera. Jackleen values freedom in all its forms which is reflected in her writings. She decidedly began to not only write words but she is now speaking them on Radio Channels as a cultural reporter and public speaker. She is an advocate for equality and women's rights. She was awarded the empowerment award for her writings about and for women’s rights. Her writings and poetry are recognized and respected internationally. The prestigious Moroccan University- Mohammed the Fifth legitimized her work of poetry as an academic tool. She has translated Canadian poetry Into Arabic and published it in Arabic magazines and newspaper. She interviewed Canadian writers such as John Ralston Saul and others.
She resides in Toronto as a freelance interpret and translator. As a writer she participates on many writing groups to build perspective and keep her fingers on the pages of the writing culture/s
Jackleen Salam is her Pen name. She emigrated from Syria in 1997 and has made Canada her beloved home.
KIRBY. Poet. Owner/publisher knife | fork | book. Earlier chapbooks Simple Enough. Cock & Soul. Bob’s boy. The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful. A Cocksucker’s Prayer (band camp). Recent work She’s Having a Doris Day (knife | fork | book, 2017). Matrix Magazine. The Rusty Toque Issue 13 (Pushcart Prize Nominee), National Poetry Month 2018. UPCOMING This Is Where I Get Off (Permanent Sleep Press, Spring 2019). White Christian Daze.