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Speakeasy Summer

  • 1007 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M6H 1M1 Canada (map)

Wise Bar

Speakeasy has never done a summer reading before... until now! This Speakeasy will also be the last one hosted by M.L. Gamboa so come out for an extra special evening with a sweet sweet lineup ~

JULIE MANNELL is an author of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph where she received the HarperCollins and Constance Rooke scholarships. She has won the Lionel Shapiro Award for excellence in creative writing (fiction) and the Mona Adilman Prize in Poetry. In 2017, she was named one of the top 30 poets under 30 by In/Words Magazine. Her work has been featured in various publications. Mannell grew up in Fonthill, Ont., and spent nearly a decade in Montreal. She currently lives in Toronto.

CHRISTINE H. TRAN reifies! Born to Vietnamese refugees in Scarborough, she has put her SSHRC-funded M.A. in English to use by churnalizing reviews, poetry, and clickable content for places such as untethered, alt. theatre magazine, Train, Half A Grapefruit, and more. This fall, Christine will be starting her PhD in Information at University of Toronto, where she will also be a Massey College Resident Junior Fellow. Christine also an Honorary Helper Elf at Brick: A Literary Journal and dreams of finally calming down.

DENIZ KARAMAN is the founder and member of Trash, an anti-fascist art and culture magazine and collective. They were published once and spoke on a panel once, and then thought better of it. Deniz was part of the longest post-secondary strike in colonial canadian history. Deniz also went viral on the Internet for tipping off a racist's MAGA hat.

M.L. GAMBOA (LEAN) is a Filipinx writer from Baliuag, Bulacan. They are an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and currently host Speakeasy Reading Series. They are also part of Pluma Collective, a group of Filipinx writers in Canada. Their writing can be found in Living Hyphen, Sewer Lid, Hart House Review, PRUDEmag, and elsewhere. They are at work on their first poetry chapbook and a novel about competitive gaming subcultures.


Speakeasy is a PWYC reading. All proceeds will go towards the readers and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. However, the venue has a capacity of 40 people.

Wise Bar has an accessibility ramp at its entrance and one wheelchair accessible washroom.

Earlier Event: August 12
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Later Event: August 13
In Her Voice: Summer Readings