Georgia Wilder and I Chat about "Authenticity Through the Rise of the First Person Voice in Academia and the Arts," her upcoming book as one of Canada's top 3 poets, and her wildly successful Wild Writers reading series in Kensington Market.
Brenda Clews, eclectic performer, visual artist, poet, and video-grapher
Chat about following your muse, her collection Tidal Fury, and her first novel, Fugue in Green, which reflects on abusive family relationships. Brenda will be one of the new co-hosts for the longstanding Toronto staple, Linda Stitt's Word & Music Salons at the Tranzac Club
Keynote Speaker & Motivational Op-Ed Writer Frank Veri on Rewiring the Brain after Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury:
Frank and I talk about his journey through traumatic brain injury 30 years ago, how he discovered you could “rewire” your brain before the term even existed in the neuro-science field, and his foray from the financial world into the arts, as an author and motivational keynote speaker, to being asked to write a course for the United Nations’ Noble University. Frank tells us how anyone can succeed, find financial freedom, while following their dreams.
Pat Connors, GTA poet and host of the world-wide event: 100,000 Poets for Change on art and global affairs:
Pat and I talk about his Canadian connection to the American founders of 100,000 Poets for Change, his upcoming 7th annual event with some of the GTA’s biggest names reading live on Sept 22 2018, his cause to raise money for the Attawapiskat Youth Advocate Shannen Koostachin; his 2017 launch for Bottom of the Wine Jar in Holguín Province, and why Cuba is close to his art and heart.
Find out more about Shannen’s Dream at First Nations Caring here.
Host of 89.5 CIUT FM Howl’s Radio & GTA spoken word veteran Valentino Assenza, gives us his unique vantage point on the art scene, from two cultures and over twenty years:
Valentino has been an integral part of the GTA Spoken Word scene for over 20 years. Each year, his youth was split between Sicily and Toronto. Valentino talks about the cultural impact on art, the dynamics of the art scene, and what it’s like to be the host of Toronto's most important independent radio station. Plus, Val gives us a first-ever sneak-peak from his upcoming collection with Piquant Press.
Canadian legend, singer, songwriter, and poet Max Layton on his latest work, Leonard Cohen, his mother’s forerunning art, and his next album:
Max and I chat about his unconventional childhood, how Leonard Cohen taught him guitar, his latest poetry collection, his upcoming album, and how his mother’s visual art is being honoured for the first time as one of Canada's most under-appreciated female artists at Carlton University in Ottawa on November 01, 2018.
Watch to find out how you can get a signed copy of Max’s works and attend one of the most important events of the year.
Professional Entertainer and Author Kim Cayer on the art of reading prose live and the serious side of her sassy and hilarious novels:
Kim’s profession as an entertainer, background as an actor, and acclaimed writer and sell-out performer with her award-winning play Memories of Marilyn, gives us her secrets to grabbing the audience with the first line of your book and how to get into character when reading prose live—one of the hardest art forms to perform. We also chat about the serious side of her salacious and sassy novels, which touch on topics such as homelessness, battered women, elder abuse, and the over-sexualization of women in the media industry.
Event host, poet, and visual artist Sheila Tucker on The Cultural Appropriation of Art and her Poetry&Prose reading series:
The cultural appropriation of art has long been one of Sheila’s unique interests—Sheila’s world travels, post-grad studies gives us a unique insight into this most relevant topic of our times. Sheila also tells us about her upcoming works and her popular Poetry&Prose reading series in Oakville, and how you can attend.