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January 16th, 2017 - 8pm


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CANISIA LUBRIN was born in St. Lucia. Her work has appeared and is forthcoming in Arc, The Puritan, Room, CV2, Forget, This Magazine and others. A writing teacher at Humber College, Lubrin enjoys golden apples, is a member of the inaugural Open Book Advisory Board, the Humber Literary Review editorial board and has worked as an arts administrator and community programmer for nearly two decades. She holds an MFA from Guelph-Humber and her debut poetry collection is Voodoo Hypothesis, forthcoming from Wolsak & Wynn this fall.

ANDREW F. SULLIVAN is from Oshawa, Ontario. He is the author of the novel WASTE, a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2016, and the short story collection All We Want is Everything. Sullivan now makes his home in Toronto.

JULIE CAMERON GRAY newest book is Lady Crawford, from Palimpsest Press. She is the author of Tangle (Tightrope Books, 2013), and has previously published in The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Event, and in Best Canadian Poetry 2011(Tightrope Books, 2011). Originally from Northern Ontario, she currently lives in Toronto.

February 20th, 2017 - 8pm


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KIERAN O'BRIEN is a student at the University of Toronto, working on her MA in Creative Writing. She is currently working on a poetry collection about the adventures of her alter-ego Bad Cowgirl- under the supervision of André Alexis.

ROB COLMAN is a Newmarket, Ont.-based writer and editor. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Little Empires (Quattro Books 2012) and The Delicate Line (Exile Editions 2008). In 2015, his chapbook Factory was published by Frog Hollow Press. Colman received his MFA from UBC this year, poems from which have recently appeared in Hamilton Arts & Letters and Poetry Ireland Review.

SOPHIE MCCREESH is a writer living in Toronto. She recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Guelph University. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories and a novel.

March 20th, 2017 - 8pm


SUZANNA DEREWICZ is a writer based in Toronto, Canada. She has recently been published on Metatron's OMEGA blog, in Peach Mag, the Minola Review, and (parenthetical) among others, and has work forthcoming in Arc Poetry Magazine. Her debut chapbook Maggie Monologues was released in Fall 2016 by words(on)pages press.

JULIE MANNELL is a writer of poetry, fiction and essays, and an editor at Matrix Magazine. She is the recipient of the HarperCollins/Constance Rooke Scholarship, the Mona Adilman Poetry Prize and the Lionel Shapiro Award for Excellency in Creative Writing. Her work has been featured in the National Post, Toronto Star and Huffington Post, among others. At the moment, Mannell is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in English Literature and Philosophy. Originally from Fonthill, Ontario, she currently splits her time between Montreal and Toronto.

ADEBE DERANGO-ADEM was called a young Canadian author to watch in 2016 by Canada’s current parliamentary poet laureate, the prolific George Elliott Clarke. A former student of Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka through the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Adebe is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Ex Nihilo (2010) and Terra Incognita. Ex Nihilo was nominated for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize, while Her most recent book, Terra Incognita, published in 2015, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther award. The book explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings both buried in the grand narratives of history and the everyday experiences of being mixed-race. Poems from the collection were also longlisted for the inaugural Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, as judged by award-winning American poet Claudia Rankine. She is currently an English doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.

April 17th, 2017 - 8pm


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LIZ ROSS is the author of Kingdom (Palimpsest 2015). Her work has been published in a number of literary magazines, selected for inclusion in Best Canadian Poetry 2013, and longlisted for the CBC poetry prize. She grew up in Victoria and studied creative writing at VIU and UBC. She now lives in Toronto, where she’s at work on a series of personal essays and a book of poetry.

ALLY FLEMING is a poet and publicist for Anstruther Press. Her work can be found in the upcoming CAROUSEL 39, Sunrise with Sea Monsters, This Magazine, and in the chapbook What Happened Was: He Flew (serif of nottingham editions, 2011).

KILBY SMITH-MCGREGOR spent her early professional life making theatre. Her writing across genres has appeared in Brick, Conjunctions, and the Kenyon Review—among other publications—and been anthologized in Best Canadian Essays, and Best Canadian Poetry. She was recognized with the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s 2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph. Her first collection of poetry, Kids in Triage, is published by Wolsak & Wynn’s Buckrider Books imprint.

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