Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Nov 2: Who's reading: dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Katerina Fretwell, Stan Rogal, Donato Mancini, angela rawlings,Laura Clarke, Ryan Pratt

This month's LitLive features some amazing writers from as far away as Vancouver and Iceland. We are also beginning a new initiative: we are reserving several places in the series to feature talented emerging writers. What are they emerging from? A vat of literary possibility? Coleridge soup? For our purposes, emerging means 'not having a full length book (yet)'. We are most excited to feature two emerging writers in this month's series—Laura Clarke and Ryan Pratt. 

There's some information about them and all the writers below.

angela rawlings’s research in acoustic ecology, counter-mapping, and ecopoetics informs her artistic output. She is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Canada, 2009) and held the prestigious position of Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence (Australia, 2012). In 2013, her work Áfall / Trauma was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights. rawlings’ 2012 digital publication Gibber amassed sound and visual poetry from Australian bioregions. Her literary debut Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006) received an Alcuin Award for Design; the book is currently being adapted for stage production by VaVaVoom, Bedroom Community, and Valgeir Sigurðsson. rawlings is an active collaborator and improvisation enthusiast. She works frequently with Maja Jantar and Matt Ceolin. She is also penning a reactive libretto for Longitude in collaboration with composer Davíð Brynjar Franzson and new media artists Davyde Wachell and Halldór Arnar Úlfarsson.

Stan Rogal was born in Vancouver and moved to Toronto in 1987. He is the author of fifteen books of fiction and poetry, and his plays have been produced across Canada. He was co-creator of Bald Ego Theatre, artistic director of Bulletproof Theatre and on the lit scene, he ran the legendary Idler Pub Reading Series for ten years. His 2011 collection is an amazing retrospective of his poetry work, Dance, Monster: Fifty Selected Poems!, published by Insomniac Press.

Katerina Fretwell’s seventh book, which includes her art, Class Acts, was published by Inanna in 2013. Kerry Clare included in her online article for 49th Shelf: “Most Anticipated Books for Fall 2013: Poetry” and Heather Spears, Governor General Award Winner, calls it “addictive ... one of the most authentic voices in contemporary Canadian poetry.” Class Acts confronts social injustice in Mary Wollstonecraft’s era during the French Revolution, in the 2008 meltdown and in her Fifties childhood during the McCarthy repression. Her poem “Kissing Cousins” was a finalist for Descant’s Winston Collins Poetry Prize 2012.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s poetry, essays, fiction and journalism have appeared in literary journals including The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, CV2, Vallum, Numero Cinq, Gastronomica and Prairie Fire, and in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines in Canada, the USA and Scotland. Her sixth book and first collection of poetry, Wildness Rushing In, was published by Hagios Press in 2014. Her first collection of short fiction, What Can’t Be Undone, will be published by Thistledown Press in 2015. Dee is a graduate of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Her essay collection, Bread & Water, was awarded second place in the Saskatchewan Writer’ Guild’s 2014 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award. Her fifth book, Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, earned Best Culinary Book at the 2013 High Plains Book Awards; Best Food Literature book (Canada-English) at the 2013 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards; and 3rd in Les Dames D’Escoffier’s 2014 MFK Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, open to women writers in North America and Great Britain. She’s at work on her first novel.

Donato Mancini

The interdisciplinary practice of Donato Mancini focuses mainly on poetry, bookworks, text-based visual art and cultural criticism. Two of his New Star books of procedural and visual writing, Ligatures (2005) and Æthel (2007) were each nominated for the ReLit Award, and Ligatures received honourable mention in the Alcuin Society book design awards. Other publications include 105 posbL resons 4t ;; of thot, an artist's book from BookThug (Toronto, 2010); Fact 'N' Value, a book edition from Fillip (Vancouver, 2011); Buffet World (New Star, 2010); You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence (BookThug, 2012); as well as poetic and critical writings in publications such as The Capilano Review, Open Letter, West Coast Line, Rampike, W, The West Wind Review, Parser, ditch, Area Sneaks, Poetry is Dead and Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing.

Laura Clarke grew up in Hamilton, and now lives and writes in Toronto. She is a graduate of University of Toronto’s MA in Creative Writing program and the winner of the 2013 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Her first full-length poetry collection is forthcoming from ECW press in 2015.

Ryan Pratt lives in Hamilton, Canada. A contributing writer for The Town Crier and Ottawa Poetry Newsletter, Ryan’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Quiddity, Bywords Quarterly Journal, Contemporary Verse 2, and In/Words Magazine, among others.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Readers for October 5th @ LitLive

Hailed as a “Writer to Watch” by the CBC, Spencer Gordon is the the author of Cosmo (Coach House Books, 2012), a short story collection called “startling and invigorating” by Quill and Quire, “rare [and] brave” by the National Post, “poignant and hilarious” by This Magazine, and “both heartwarming and heartbreaking” by The Winnipeg Review. He is also the author of the poetry chapbooks Conservative Majority (Apt. 9, 2013) and Feel Good! Look Great! Have a Blast! (Ferno House, 2011, shortlisted for the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook). He's co-founder/editor of the online literary magazine The Puritan and the defunct micro-press Ferno House.

Paula Eisenstein was born and raised in London, Ontario. She was a champion swimmer. She is contributor to and editorial member of Her prose was recently published in Black Moss Press’s The White Collar Anthology. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son. The novel, Flip Turn (Mansfield Press) is her first book.

Richard Scarsbrook is a Canadian author, teacher, and entertainer. He grew up in the tiny rural community of Olinda (near Leamington, Ontario) and now makes his home in Toronto where he teaches creative writing courses at Humber College and George Brown College. Richard's first novel was Cheeseburger Subversive (Thistledown Press, 2003). The sequel is Featherless Bipeds (Thistledown Press, 2006). Destiny's Telescope, a collection of short stories, was published in 2006 by Turnstone Press. His novel The Monkeyface Chronicles, was published in  2010 and was the winner of the Ontario Library Association's 2011 White Pine Award. Richard'a first book of poetry is Six Weeks (Turnstone Press, 2014). Scarsbrook's new book, The Indifference League (Dundurn) was released in this fall.

Michael Mirolla

Novelist, short story writer, poet, and playwright, Michael Mirolla's publications include a punk-inspired novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; two novels: Berlin (a Bressani Prize winner as well as a finalist for the Indie Book and National Best Book Awards), and The Facility, three short story collections: The Formal Logic of Emotion (translated into Italian), Hothouse Loves & Other Tales and The Giulio Metaphysics III; and three collections of poetry: Light and Time, the English-Italian bilingual Interstellar Distances — Distanze Interstellari, and 2013's The House on 14th Avenue. A new collection of short stories, Lessons In Relationship Dyads, is scheduled for publication with Red Hen Press in the U.S. His short story, "A Theory of Discontinuous Existence," was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology, while another short story, "The Sand Flea," was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poem, "Blind Alley," was shortlisted for the Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem in 2007. His short fiction and poetry has been published in numerous journals in Canada, the U.S. and Britain. Along with partner Connie Guzzo McParland, Michael runs Guernica Editions, a Canadian literary publishing house.

Julie Joosten  is originally from Georgia. She has an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from Cornell University.Her poems and reviews can be read in Jacket 2, Tarpaulin Sky, the Malahat Review, and The Fiddlehead.  Light Light is her first book. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and explores nature and human thought from the Enlightenment science of natural history to the contemporary science of global warming. She lives in Little Italy in Toronto.

Sharon BaltmanDr. Sharon Baltman began writing creatively at age 45, using a manual typewriter during a year-long stay on an Israeli kibbutz in an attempt to win a computer in a writing contest. She lost the competition, bought a computer and pursued the long path of studying the craft. Escape from the Beside is her first full-length book. She lives in Toronto working as a physician psychotherapist.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Readings Sept 7: A new season of LitLive

Rob Colman reading last season

LitLive begins its 21st season with six diverse writers reading from their books of short stories, poetry, novels, and possibly from new work.

It's really quite remarkable that we've have the opportunity to hear such writers each month—and for free!—in Hamilton, Ontario.

Our guests tell us that they love to read for LitLive. They tell us that our audiences are enthusiastic, receptive, and intelligent. They tell us that they like that we feature a wide range of genres and styles of writing and often mix major literary icons with emerging writers. They like the venue, Homegrown Hamilton, its ambience and its great food and drink. They find our hosts entertaining and well prepared. They like that we have a book table of their works for sale. They like the dapper sense of dress of the author of these blog posts. Ok. I lied about that last part.

But it is true that this season promises to be a excellent one, beginning with our first reading in September. Below you'll find bios about those readers and a list of ALL THE UPCOMING READERS for the entire season.

We hope to see you there!


Shannon Maguire grew up on the mouth of Lake Superior and now lives in Guelph Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in CV2, Ditch, Gultch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose (2009), as well as other places. She is the author of three chapbooks: Vowel Wolves & Other Knots (2011), Fruit Machine (2012), and A Web of Holes (2012). A selection of poems from fur(l) parachute, her debut book (BookThug 2013) was a finalist for the Manitoba Magazine Awards in the category of Best Poem or Suite of Poems (2012) and it was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (2011). fur(l) parachute was a finalist for the 2014 Goldie Award for Poetry. Her second collection of poetry is forthcoming from BookThug in April 2015.

David B. Goldstein's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout North America, including The Paris Review, The Malahat Review, filling Station, CV2, Epoch, Harp & Altar, Jubilat, 6x6, and Octopus. His first chapbook, Been Raw Diction, was published by Dusie Press in 2006. As a literary critic, food writer, and translator, he has published on a wide range of subjects, including Shakespeare, contemporary poetry, translation, cannibalism, philosophies of food, and the politics of Martha Stewart. His first book of criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare's England, is due out this fall. His translations from Italian poetry appear in The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, among other publications. Goldstein lives with his family in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of English at York University. His most recent poetry collection is Laws of Rest (BookThug, 2014)

Ellen S. Jaffe's second poetry collection, Skinny-Dipping with the Muse, was recently published  by Guernica Editions.  Ellen's previous books include poetry, a young-adult novel, and a book about writing, all of which have won awards.  Her work has been translated into Finnish and published in journals and anthologies.  She grew up in New York, moved to Canada in 1979, and has lived in Hamilton for 15 years.  Ellen is Hamilton Contributing Editor for Great Lakes Review, a journal for writers on both sides of the border. She teaches writing with Living for the Arts, and has received grants for writing and arts education from the Ontario Arts Council.  She and Lil Blume have co-organized three Jewish Literary Festivals in Hamilton.

Hugh Cook earned an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.  He’s retired from teaching Canadian Literature and Creative Writing at Redeemer University College in Ancaster. Hugh’s first book was Cracked Wheat and Other Stories (1985).  His second book, a novel titled The Homecoming Man, was published in 1989.  Then came a book of linked stories titled Home In Alfalfa, which was awarded first prize in the 1998 City of Hamilton Book Awards for fiction. Hugh’s latest book is a novel titled Heron River.

K.D. Miller’s stories and essays have appeared in a variety of Canadian literary magazines. Her work has been anthologized in Oberon’s Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Anthology, and has been broadcast by the CBC. She has published three collections of stories: A Litany in Time of Plague, Give Me Your Answer and The Other Voice; an essay collection, Holy Writ: A Writer Reflects on Creation and Inspiration; and a novel, Brown Dwarf.  Her latest collection of stories, All Saints, was published by Biblioasis in 2014.  All Saints was long-listed for the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and has been nominated for The Story Prize.

Laurelyn Whitt lives in Minnedosa, Manitoba and is a Professor of Native Studies at Brandon University. Her poems have appeared in various North American journals, including Nimrod International, The Tampa Review, Puerto Del Sol, The Malahat Review, PRISM International, Rattle, Descant and The Fiddlehead. She is the author of four award-winning poetry collections. Her recent book, Tether (Seraphim Editions), won the 2013 Lansdowne Prize. To tether is to join or hold together. Many things serve to tether: memory and history; language and listening; gravity and touch. Ultimately, tethering has to do with coherence and continuation, rather than separation or dissipation.


Ellen Jaffe
David Goldstein
Shannon Maguire
Laurelyn Whitt
K.D. Miller
Hugh Cook
Richard Scarsbrook
Paula Eisenstein
Michael Mirolla
Julie Joosten
Sharon Baltman
Spencer Gordon
dee Hobsbawn-Smith
Katerina Fretwell
Stan Rogal
Angela Rawlings
Jane Eaton Hamilton
David Chariandy
Jean Rae Baxter
John Terpstra
Waheed Rabbani
Shane Rhodes
Elizabeth Bachinsky
Kerry-Lee Powell
Phlip Arima
Eric Bronson
Bonnie Lendrum
Kate Hargreaves
M.A.C. Farrant
Kathy Page
Jim Nason
Bill Kennedy
Gary Barwin
Elisabeth de Mariaffi
George Murray
Nancy Jo Cullen
Diane Schoemperlen
Ray Robertson
Ariel Gordon
Andrew Forbes
Patrick Friesen
Michael Crummey
Kate Marshall Flaherty
Chad Norman
Yvonne Blomer
Norm Sibum
Michael Hingston
Dani Couture
Colette Maitland

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Who has read at LitLive from 2007 to 2014?

Funny you should ask, because:

A.F. Moritz Toronto
A.J. (Andrew) Somerset London ON
Aaron Giovannone St. Catharines
Adam Getty Hamilton
Adam Sol Toronto
Aisha Sasha John Toronto
Alexander Dolinin Hamilton
Alexander MacLeod Dartmouth NS
Alexandra Missett Hamilton
Alice Major Edmonton
Allan Briesmaster Toronto
Allison Baggio Whitby ON
Amanda Jernigan Hamilton
Amanda Leduc Hamilton
Amy Jones Toronto
Andreas Gripp London ON
Andrew Faulkner Toronto
Andrew Hood Guelph
Andrew Steinmetz Ottawa
Angie Abadou Fernie BC
Ann Elizabeth Carson Toronto
Ann Shin Toronto
Anne Compton Rothsay, NB
Anne McDonald Regina SK
Anne Simpson Antiginish NS
Antony Di Nardo Oshawa
Asa Boxer Montréal
Barbara Fradkin Ottawa
Barbara Pelman Victoria BC
Barry Dempster Holland Landing ON
Barry Webster Montréal 
Beatriz Hausner Toronto
Betsy Struthers Peterborough
Bill Howell Toronto
Bob Snider Toronto
Brad Smith Dunnville ON
Bren Simmers Squamish BC
Bruce Meyer Barrie ON
Camille Martin Toronto
Carey Toane London ON
Carmine Stamino Montréal
Catherine Graham Toronto
Catherine Owen New Westminster BC
Chris Banks Waterloo ON 
Chris Laing Hamilton
Chris Pannell Hamilton
Christian McPherson Ottawa
Christine McNair Ottawa
Christine Miscione Dundas
Christopher Willard Montréal
Claire Tacon Guelph ON
Clara Blackwood Toronto
Colin Morton Ottawa
Cornelia Hoogland London ON
D.S. (Don) Martin Brampton
Dannabang Kuwabong Hamilton
Daphne Marlatt Hamilton
Dave Haskins Grimsby
David Clink Toronto
David Day Toronto
David Derry Toronto
David Helwig Belfast PEI
David Laing Dawson Hamilton
David Seymour Toronto
Derek McCormack Toronto
Di Brandt Brandon MB
Domenico Capilongo Toronto
Don McKay St. John’s NF
Donna Langevin Toronto
Elaine Kalman Naves Montréal
Elizabeth Glenny Fort Erie
Elizabeth Harmer Toronto
Elizabeth Zetlin Owen Sound
Emily Holton Hamilton
Erin Mouré Montréal
Eva Stachniak Toronto
Eva Tihanyi St. Catharines
Eve Joseph Brentwood BC
F.B. Andre Vancouver BC
Farzana Doctor Toronto
Garry Gottfriedson Kamloops BC
Gary Barwin Hamilton
George A. Walker Toronto
George Amabile Winnipeg
George Bowering Vancouver
Glen Dresser Calgary
Gordon Johnston Otonabee ON
Gregory Betts Brantford
Heather Cadsby Toronto
Heather Wood Toronto
Helen McLean Toronto
Hilary Scharper Toronto 
Howard Richler Montréal
Ian Burgham Toronto
Ian Williams Brampton
Irene Marques Toronto
Isa Milman Victoria
J. Edward Chamberlin (Ted) Toronto. 
J.J. Steinfeld Charlottetown PEI
Jacob McArthur Mooney Toronto
Jacquie Buncel Toronto
Jake Doherty Owen Sound
James Deahl Sarnia
James Elliott Hamilton
Jan Conn Great Barrington, MA, USA
Jane Silcott Vancouver
Janet Turpin Myers Burlington
Jason Dickson London ON
Jay MillAr Toronto
Jean Rae Baxter Hamilton
Jeanette Lynes Saskatoon SK
Jeff Cottrill Toronto
Jeff Seffinga Hamilton
Jeffery Donaldson Stoney Creek
Jeffrey Luscombe Toronto
Jeramy Dodds Toronto
Jill Battson Cobourg
Jim Johnstone Toronto
Jim Nason Toronto
Jim Smith Toronto
Joanna Lawson Ancaster
Joanne Arnott Vancouver
Johanna Skibsrud Toronto
John B Lee Port Dover
John Calabro Toronto
John Donlan Godfrey ON
John Swan Hamilton
John Terpstra Hamilton
Jon Fiorentino Montréal
JonArno Lawson Toronto
Judah Denburg Hamilton
Judy Robinson Hamilton
Julie Berry St. Thomas ON
Julie McIsaac Brooklyn, NY, USA
K.D. Miller Toronto
Karen Connelly Toronto
Karen Houle Guelph
Karen Lewis East Amherst, NY, USA
Kate Braid Burnaby BC
Kate Cayley Toronto
Kate Marshall Flaherty Toronto
Kate Story Peterborough
Katherine Lawrence Saskatoon SK
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer Toronto
Keith Garebian Mississauga
Keith Inman Thorold ON
Kerry Schooley Hamilton
Kildare Dobbs Toronto
Klyde Broox Hamilton
Kyle Buckley Toronto
Leslie Shimotakahara Toronto
Lil Blume Toronto
Lillian Necakov-Avalos Toronto
Lilly Barnes Toronto
Linda Frank Hamilton
Lisa Moore St. John’s
Liz Worth Toronto
Lisa Ladouceur Toronto 
Lois Lorimer Toronto
Lolette Kuby Thornhill ON
Lorna Crozier Saanich BC
Luciano Iacobelli Toronto
Lynn Davies Fredericton NB
Marc di Savario Hamilton
Marcus McCann Toronto
Margaret Christakos Toronto
Marilyn Gear Pilling Hamilton
Mark Goldstein Toronto
Mark Lavorato Montréal
Mark Leslie Hamilton
Mary Ann Mulhern Windsor ON
Mary Ellen Csamer Kingston
Mary Frances Coady Toronto
Mary Lou Dickinson Toronto
Matt Lennox Toronto
Matthew Tierney Toronto
Maxianne Berger Montréal 
Michael Blair Montréal
Michael Elcock Sooke BC
Michael Winter Toronto
Mike Barnes Toronto
Mike Freeman Toronto
Mira McEwan Ithaca, NY, USA
Moez Surani Toronto
Monica Kidd St. John’s NF
Nadine McInnis Ottawa
Natalee Caple Calgary
Natalie Zina Walschots Toronto
Nico Rogers Englehart, ON
Nicole Dixon New Waterford NS
Nicole Martocić 
Nitin Deckha Toronto
Noah Richler Toronto
Nora Gould Consort AB
Pam Mordecai Kitchener ON
Patricia Westerhof Toronto
Patrick Friesen Vancouver
Patrick Lane Vancouver
Paul Sutherland Lincolnshire, England
Paul Tyler Ottawa
Penn Kemp London, ON
Philip Roy Halifax
Phlip Arima Toronto
R.W. (Bob) Megens Guelph
Randall Maggs Corner Brook NL
Raymond Beauchemin ON
Richard Scarsbrook Toronto
Rob Colman Newmarket ON
Robert Bringhurst Heriot Bay BC
Robert Moore New Maryland NB
Robert Sutherland Westport ON
Rocco de Giacomo Toronto
Rona Shaffran Ottawa
Ronna Bloom Toronto
Ross Belot Hamilton
Ross Pennie Ancaster
Roy Miki Vancouver
Royston Tester Toronto
Rozena Maart Guelph
Ruth Edgett Dundas
Ruth Roach Pierson Toronto
Ruth Walker Whitby
Safia Fazlul Toronto
Sally Cooper Hamilton
Sara Ries Buffalo, NY, USA
Sarah Klassen Winnipeg
Sarah Sheard Toronto
Scott Fotheringham Ottawa
Sean Johnston Kelowna BC 
Shaena Lambert Vancouver
Shane Neilson Guelph
Shane Rhodes Ottawa
Shari Lapeña Toronto
Sharon English English 
Sharon Nelson Montréal
Sheila James Ottawa
Sky Gilbert Hamilton
Slim Volumes Hamilton
Soraya Erian Hamilton
Stan Rogal Toronto
Stephen Brunt Hamilton
Stephen Gill Cornwall
Steve McCabe Toronto 
Steve McOrmond Toronto
Steve Pitt Rutherglen ON
Steven Heighton Kingston
Steven Mayoff Ellerslie, PEI
Stuart Ross Cobourg
Sue Chenette Toronto
Sue Goyette Halifax
Susan Glickman Toronto
Susan Helwig Toronto
Susan McCaslin Langley BC
Susan McMaster Ottawa
Ted Schmidt Toronto
Terri Favro Toronto
Thomas Trofimuk Edmonton
Tim Conley St. Catharines
Timothy Quinn Toronto
Todd Swift London UK
Ursula Pflug Norwood ON
Urve Tamberg Markham ON
Valentino Assenza Toronto
Valerie Nielson Stoney Creek
Vicki Delany Picton ON
Waheed Rabbani Grimsby
Wesley Bates Clifford ON

An amazing list of readers, eh?