Here we are on wordpress and excited to reveal our fall line-up. In the coming months we hope this will be a place to continue the conversations that start at the readings themselves, but for now all we can do is entice you to venture out.
innovative, edgy, experimental, text and sound based work that explores language as a problematic rather than a mere vehicle for representation
SEASON OPENER! (from field to cruel constraint) LAURIE D GRAHAM & NATALIE ZINA WALSCHOTS with guest Fenn Stewart
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 6:30-9:30pm @ THE OSSINGTON (61 Ossington Ave.)
THE TENSIONS OF PROXIMITY NANCY JO CULLEN & RACHEL ZOLF with guest Sara Pinder
FRIDAY OCTOBER 8, 6:30-9:30pm @ THE OSSINGTON (61 Ossington Ave.)
WILD OCCASIONAL BLOOM #2 CARA BENSON with SONJA GRECKOL and JOAN GUNTHER
FRIDAY OCTOBER 22, 6:30-9:30 Cordova Milk Bar
SOUND THEATRES ADAM SEELIG & MARK GOLDSTEIN with guest Ralph Kolewe
MONDAY NOVEMBER 15, 6:30-9:30pm @ THE OSSINGTON (61 Ossington Ave.)
MORE SOUND THEATRES a.rawlings & KATHLEEN BROWN
THURSDAY DECEMBER 16 location TBA
all of our regular shows are followed by an open-stage with a 5 minute max
Bios (in order of appearance):
Laurie D Graham’s poetry, fiction, and reviews have been published or are forthcoming in Event, Other Voices, Vallum, CV2, The Puritan, and The Malahat Review. She grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta, and now lives in Toronto, where she is Assistant Editor for Brick, A Literary Journal, and an instructor at Humber College. Her first, yet-to-be-published collection of poems is called Field and Other Poems.
Laurie D Graham
Natalie Zina Walschots
Natalie Zina Walschots’ first book of poetry, Thumbscrews, was published by Snare Books in 2007. Her newest manuscript, Supervillains, is nearly complete. Her work has recently appeared in Rampike, A4, Open Letter, Misunderstandings Magazine, Last Supper, ditch and dANDelion. Natalie completed her MAin English/Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. She has served as the Managing Editor of bothfilling Station and dANDelion magazines. She also co-curated the Flywheel reading series from 2005 to 2008. She currently serves as a board member for Toronto’s Draft reading series,and as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Scream Literary Festival. She has recently served as a writer-in-residence through the NOW HEAR THIS! (the literacy outreach arm of the Descant Arts & Letters Foundation) S.W.A.T. program. She spends the rest of her time permanently damaging her liver and her hearing, attending metal shows and writing concert reviews for Hellbound.ca and Metallus Maximus. Her base of operations is located in Toronto. She lives in a menagerie with a princess, a pirate, three cats, and a dog.
Fenn Stewart used to live in Montreal and Vancouver, and she probably will again, someday. For now she reads and writes in a tall skinny house in Toronto. Her backyard is full of kale, and a squirrel lives in her bedroom wall. Recently, Fenn’s work has appeared in The Capilano Review and Peter F. Yacht Club; more is forthcoming, this fall, in Open Letter.
Nancy Jo Cullen is the author of three collections of poetry with Calgary’s Frontenac House Press. Her first collection Science Fiction Saint was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Stephan G. Stephansson Award and the Alberta Book Publisher’s Award for best trade fiction. Her second book Pearl won the Alberta Book Publishers Trade Fiction Book Award and was short listed for the WO Mitchell Calgary Book pries. Her third collection, released in April 2009 is untitled child. Nancy Jo has recently completed her MFA at the University of Guelph-Humber. She is at work on a short story collection titled The 14th Week in Ordinary Time.
Nancy Jo Cullen
Rachel Zolf’s fourth full-length book of poetry, Neighbour Procedure, was released by Coach House Books in spring 2010. Previous collections include Human Resources (Coach House), which won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, Masque (Mercury), Shoot & Weep (Nomados) and Her absence, this wanderer. Zolf’s work appears in such anthologies as Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics, Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry and a forthcoming anthology of conceptual writing from Les Figues Press. She was the founding poetry editor for The Walrus magazine and has edited several books of poetry. Born in Toronto, Zolf is presently living in New York and engaged in a collaborative MFA entitled The Tolerance Project: http://thetoleranceproject.blogspot.com/
Sarah Pinder is a writer, teacher and recovering academic living in Toronto. A zine maker of more than a decade, her work has been shortlisted for the Expozine Small Press Awards and NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto. You can find her writing in the anthology She’s Shameless, as well as journals like Room, Canadian Woman Studies and invisible city, and Montreal’s Distroboto art vending machines. Once an editor for Existere, Sarah now reviews for Broken Pencil magazine.
Cara Benson is author of a book of interconnected pre-elegiac prose poems for humans animals plants and earth called (made), now out with BookThug. Protean Parade, a book-length meditation on historical, biological and cosmological evolution, is forthcoming early 2011. She teaches poetry in a NY State Prison and is a member of Black Radish Books, an international poet-publisher collective which attempts to make all decisions by bumpy consensus. Benson’s “Quantum Chaos and Poems: A Manifest(o)ation” co-won the 2008 bpNichol Award. She edited the interdisciplinary book Predictions for Chain Links and edits the online text and image journal Sous Rature. She will be teaching a workshop through Toronto New School of Writing on October 23, 2010 http://tnsow.com/courses/problems/
Adam Seelig is a poet, playwright, stage director, and the founder of One Little Goat Theatre Company in Toronto. Born and raised in Vancouver, Seelig has also lived in Northern California, New York and Jerusalem. His previous plays include All Is Almost Still (New York 2004) and Antigone : Insurgency (Toronto 2007). He is the recipient of a Commonwealth Fellowship and a Stanford Golden Grant for his work on Samuel Beckett’s manuscripts, and his writings appear in various publications, including World Literature Today, Modern Drama, Filling Station, BafterC, jwcurry #381 and Poetry Magazine. His new book of poetry, Every day in the morning (slow), will be out from New Star this fall. And here’s a link to the previous book, Talking Masks, from BookThug.
Toronto writer Mark Goldstein has suffered no visible education. An avid small presser, he issues limited editions under the Beautiful Outlaw imprint. After Rilke, his first collection, was published in the summer of 2008. Tracelangage is his second book. Tracelanguage is a serial poem made up of six cycles all of which correspond with Paul Celan’s 1967 book of poetry, Atemwende. Here, his work is re-inscribed via a transmutation of word material found or developed from within the original text. These poems are elegiac in nature. A language of landscape figures prominently in the work, one where the ‘trace’ of Tracelanguage gauges Celan’s music amid the rubble of its German, post Shoa.
a. rawlings is a Canadian poet and multidisciplinary artist. The recipient of the bpNichol Award for Distinction in Writing (2001), angela has worked with many arts organizations, including The Mercury Press, Lexiconjury Reading Series, Theatre Gargantua, and the TV series Heart of a Poet. She also instructs text and sound workshops for the Toronto Public Library, Learning through the Arts, and Ryerson University. Working with derek beaulieu and Jason Christie, angela co-edited Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (Mercury, 2005). Her first book, Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006), was featured in The Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of 2006; it went on to receive an Alcuin Award for Design and was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Wide slumber was recently translated from page to stage for Harbourfront Centre’s Hatch: Emerging Performance Projects in Toronto. angela is currently researching sound, text, and movement, with special emphases on vocal/contact improvisation and acoustic ecology. She lives in Toronto.
Kathleen Brown’s fiction and poetry has most recently been published in The Fiddlehead, The Capilano Review and CV2. Her plays have been produced in New Brunswick through the NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival and in Toronto at the Factory Studio. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick and is currently completing a Creative PhD at the University of Calgary. Kathleen is a co-Artistic Director of the national writers workshop group, The Vagabond Trust, and runs the Vagabond Trust reading series in Toronto with Blair Trewartha, Georgia Webber and Darrah Teitel. She is the Editor for dandelion magazine, and the recipient of the 2009 Lina Chartrand Award from CV2. When she’s not in Writers 1 and 2 at Gibraltar Point, she’s looking for horses in the Western Wilds, or for whales in the Merry Times.