Thursday, January 29, 2015

Can you tell me about the readers for February?

Why, sure. But, before we do, here's the poster for the event again.

Adrienne Barrett is a writer and bricklayer. A graduate of Trent University and the University of British Columbia, she has seen her poetry published in Arc, Prairie Fire, and The Fiddlehead. Her work has also appeared on the longlist for the 2011 Montreal Prize. Born in Hamilton, she kicked around Peterborough, Vancouver, and Toronto before settling in Woodstock, Ontario. Her poetry collection, The House is Still Standing appeared with Goose Lane Editions in 2013.

Bill Kennedy and his colleague operate a website The Apostrophe Engine which is the source of poems in apostrophe, a book published by ECW Press in 2006. the home page of the Apostrophe Engine site presents the full text of a poem called “apostrophe”, written by Bill in 1993. In the digital version of the poem, each line is a hyperlink which generates an entire new poem with the help of a team of handy robots and the entirety of the internet.

Dani Couture is the author of three collections of poetry, GOOD MEAT (Pedlar Press, 2006) and SWEET (Pedlar Press, 2010), and YAW (Mansfield Press, 2014), and the novel ALGOMA (Invisible Publishing). SWEET was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine and nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; SWEET won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Dani also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize. Her writing has appeared in a number of publications including The Globe and Mail, Grain, The Walrus, Lemon Hound, Hazlitt, and two Best Canadian Poetry in English anthologies. She is the literary editor at This Magazine.

Jim Nason is the author of two books of poetry, If Lips Were as Red and The Fist of Remembering, the latter an emotionally rich and honest account of the death of his partner from cancer. Educated in Montreal (McGill), and Toronto (Ryerson and York), Jim Nason currently lives and works as a social worker in Toronto. His work, praised by writers such as John Ashbery in the United States and Laura Lush here, has appeared in many literary journals across North America. His latest work is Music Garden from Frontenac Press.

Kathy Page is the author of seven novels, including Alphabet (a Governor General's Award finalist in 2005), The Story of My Face (longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2002), and The Find (shortlisted for the ReLit Award in 2011), as well as many short stories, previously collected in As In Music. She recently co-edited In the Flesh (2012), a collection of personal essays about the human body, and has written for television and radio. Born in the UK, Kathy has lived on Salt Spring Island since 2001. Alphabet will be reissued by Biblioasis in Fall 2014.

Joel-Asa Miller was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Washington, DC. He drove a taxi, operated punch presses, welded iron castings and spent 10 years as an assembler in a General Motors plant outside of Milwaukee where he was also an active member of United Autoworkers of America. Joel left Milwaukee to earn the MFA in Film and Television at UCLA. Since moving to Montreal nearly 15 years ago, Joel numerous TV commercials, documentary and fiction film projects. He currently lives in Montreal where he writes short fiction and poetry based on the many interesting characters he’s met along the way.

Stephen Near is a playwright, producer, performer and educator living in Hamilton. His plays have been performed across Canada in a variety of festivals including Toronto Fringe, Hamilton Fringe, New Ideas and Summerworks. Stephen is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit and co-founded three theatre companies including the new Hamilton-based Same Boat Theatre. Stephen's critically-acclaimed, full-length horror drama Monstrous Invisible, about the life of author H.P. Lovecraft, was developed and co-produced by Theatre Aquarius as part of their New Play Development and TA2 Studio Series. Stephen teaches playwriting at Mohawk College in Hamilton and is the Operations Officer with the Hamilton Arts Council.

Monday, December 8, 2014

January's readers! Bonnie Lendrum, Nicholas Power, Kerry-Lee Powell, Phlip Arima, Eric Bronson, Kate Hargreaves!!!!

Kate Hargreaves is a writer and roller derby skater. Her first book, Talking Derby: Stories from a Life on Eight Wheels (2012), is a collection of short prose vignettes inspired by women's flat-track roller derby. Her poetry has been published in literary journals across North America, including Descant , filling Station, The Puritan, Drunken Boat, The Antigonish Review, Canada and Beyond, Carousel , and Rampike, in the anthologies Whisky Sour City (2012), Detours (2012), as well as in the Windsor Review's "Best Writers Under 35" issue. Hargreaves was the recipient of a Windsor Endowment for the Arts Emerging Literary Artist Award in 2011 and a Governor General's Gold Medal in Graduate Studies at the University of Windsor in 2012, where she obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English and Creative Writing. Kate grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario, but now lives in Windsor, where she works as a publishing assistant and book designer. Follow her on Twitter @TalkingDerby.

Bonnie Lendrum began creative writing in 2002, but her personal writing projects were soon hijacked by a community issue: a proposed industrial mining operation that would negatively affect the quality and quantity of her community's water supply. For ten years, writing time was re-directed to the production of annual reports, community flyers, web updates, and attendance at meetings. She was happy if she managed to write a few days per month on her own project…a series of linked short stories about a family managing their way through palliative care. The short stories never materialized, but a novel did. Autumn’s Grace was published in June 2013 by Inanna Publications and Education. Lendrum attained a BScN and an MScN from the University of Toronto. She worked in senior nursing roles in Ontario and Quebec teaching hospitals and volunteered extensively in health care and education.

Nicholas Power is a founding member of the Meet the Presses literary collective, and has performed with the storytelling duo The Wordweavers and the sound poetry ensemble Alexander’s Dark Band. He works as a psychotherapist in private practice. He has been published by Teksteditions (Melancholy Scientist), Underwhich Editions (wells), The Writing Space (a modest device), and Battered Press (No Poems). He has been editing and publishing with his own Gesture Press for 30 years.

Phlip Arima is the author of five books, the most recent being Pin Pricks (Quattro Books). He has also produced an audio CD, and directed and performed a poetry/music/dance collaboration for part of the Figure of Speech series at Majlis Multidisciplinary Arts. His work has been adapted to stage by Newfoundland's Neighbourhood Dance works in collaboration with RCA Theatre, and to video by Vision Television. He is a former Artistic Director of the Art Bar poetry series and was a co-organizer/host of The Basement Reading series. For more about Phlip and to read samples of his work please visit

Kerry-Lee Powell was born in Montreal and grew up in Antigua, Australia and the United Kingdom. Her work has appeared in The Spectator, Ambit and the Virago Press Writing Women series. In 2013, she won The Boston Review fiction contest and The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons prize for short fiction. Her debut collection of poetry is forthcoming from Biblioasis Press in 2014. A short story collection and a novel are forthcoming from HarperCollins.

Eric Bronson is a visiting professor in the Humanities Department at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy (2011), Poker and Philosophy (2006), Baseball and Philosophy (2004), and co-editor of The Hobbit and Philosophy (2012), and The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy (2003). He was producer and co-editor for the film, My Lazy White Friends, winning Best Documentary awards at the Hermosa Beach Film Festival, Atlantic City Film Festival, Newport Beach International Film Festival, Saguaro Film Festival and an Audience Award winner at the Brooklyn Film Festival. In 2007 he served as the "Soul Trainer" for the CBC radio morning show, "Sounds Like Canada."

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

December reading: Jean Rae Baxter, John Terpstra, Waheed Rabbani, Stuart Ross, David Lee, and Marilyn Gear Pilling

Jean Rae Baxter was born in Toronto, grew up in Hamilton, and spent many years in the Kingston area. She started writing seriously after a career in education.  Her first three young adult historical novels, all set during the American Revolution, focus on the impact of that war on three disparate populations: the white colonists, the native people, and the black slaves. All three novels won or were shortlisted for awards in Canada and the United States. Her new book, The White Oneida, published by Ronsdale Press in September 2014, explores the dream of the First Nations to gain a country of their own. For adult readers, Jean has published two collections of short stories and a literary murder mystery. Since 1996 she has lived in Hamilton. She is one of the organizers of Lit Live.

Marilyn Gear Pilling lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and is the author of eight
books of poetry and short fiction. Her most recent poetry is A Bee Garden
(Cormorant, 2013) and her most recent fiction is linked stories, On Huron's
 (Demeter, 2014). Her work in three genres has won and been shortlisted
for many national awards, and has won 11 Hamilton Arts Council Literary
Awards. She has read her work widely across Canada and at "Shakespeare &
Company" in Paris, France.

David Lee's most recent book The Battle of the Five Spot was launched last
spring at the New School in New York City. He has just returned from the
Sound Changes conference in Amsterdam, where he presented on the Artists'
Jazz Band, who are the subject of his PhD dissertation for the University of
Guelph. His books include the novel Commander Zero and the award-winning
Chainsaws: A History. At LitLive David will be talking about horror,
Hamilton, improvisation and fiction, and he will read from The Midnight
, his upcoming "Lovecraftian YA novel," coming this spring from Wolsak
& Wynn.

John Terpstra's poetry and non-fiction has been short-listed for the Governor General's Award, the Raymond Souster Award, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction and the BC Award for Canadian Non-fiction, and has won the CBC Radio Literary Prize for Poetry, the Bressani Poetry Prize, and several Hamilton Arts Book Awards. He'll be reading from latest book of non-fiction, The House With the Parapet Wall. It's about his mom, and his neighbourhood. He lives in downtown Hamilton, and works out of a shop in his backyard as a cabinetmaker and carpenter.

Stuart Ross published his first literary pamphlet on the photocopier in his dad’s office one night in 1979. Through the 1980s, he stood on Toronto’s Yonge Street wearing signs like “Writer Going To Hell,” selling over 7,000 chapbooks. He is the author of fourteen books of fiction, poetry and essays, most recently Our Days in Vaudeville (Mansfield Press), collaborations with 29 other poets from across Canada. His many chapbooks include three released in 2014: Nice Haircut, Fiddlehead (Puddles of Sky Press), A Pretty Good Year (Nose in Book Publising) and In In My Dream (BookThug). In spring 2014, Stuart publishes a new full-length poetry collection, a book of personal essays, and a co-translation of a Montreal poet. Stuart is a member of the improvisational noise trio Donkey Lopez. He lives in Cobourg, Ontario, and blogs at

Waheed Rabbani was born in India, near Delhi. He obtained his bachelor's
degree from Loughborough University in England and a Master's degree from
Concordia University in Canada. Although and engineer by profession,
Waheed's other love is reading and writing historical fiction that led him
to receive a Creative Writing Certificate from McMaster University and
embark on his writing journey. Waheed and his wife, Alexandra, are residents
of the historic town of Grimsby, on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Waheed's writing project is a series of historical fiction novels titled:
The Azadi Trilogy. The series cover the exciting events and turmoil that
enflamed India from 1857 to 1947, and led to her independence. Those
incidences engulf the characters of this story at that time, and then later
their descendant's lives, again in the 1960s. 

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.