It was a true pleasure having Kate Eichhorn and Aisha Sasha John read for us at Of Swallows, Their Deeds, and the Winter Below as our third Wild Occasional Bloom last Friday. Many thanks to Kate and Aisha, and special thanks to Jenny Sampirisi of BookThug and Jason Rovito of Of Swallows for all their hand in making this event a success.

It’s probably about time that we announce our next event. We hope you can make it!

Tuesday, April 19 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm

The Ossington

61 Ossington Avenue

Toronto, ON

Bill Kennedy

Bill Kennedy is the Artistic Director of the Scream Literary Festival in Toronto and runs Stop14 Media, a new media consultancy. Update (Snare Books 2010) is his second book with Darren Wershler and other literary robots.

Angela Szczepaniak

A doctoral candidate at the University at Buffalo, Angela Szczepaniak is neck-deep in a dissertation on innovative poetry, detective fiction, and comic books. Her first book is a novel-in-poems, called Unisex Love Poems. In addition to publishing poetry and critical essays, she recently participated in a hygiene themed poetry-art project with LOCCAL, and as a result her visual poetry can be found on placards in some of the finest public restrooms in Seattle. Her books of visual fictions, The QWERTY Institute (an annual report) and The QWERTY Institute of Cosmetic Typographical Enhancement, are forthcoming very soon.  At the moment, she lives in Toronto, where she thinks about being ravaged by time’s withered claw.

Eric Foley

Eric Foley’s fiction and poetry have been published in numerous places. He is a previous winner of Geist Magazine and the White Wall Review’s Postcard Story contests, and has been a finalist for the Random House Creative Writing Award and the Hart House Literary Contest. Eric misses watching movies at the old Cinematheque Ontario in Jackman Hall; third row, left of centre. He “likes” Toronto, but thinks a lot about living elsewhere. He is currently enrolled in Guelph-Humber’s MFA program in creative writing.

This event will feature poets who have yet to be published in book form.

Renovated sonnets. Modernism refurbished. Long form. Perhaps even Walt Whitman, interrogated.

Tuesday, February 8th @ The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue, Toronto,ON) 6:30-9:30

Fenn Stewart

Fenn Stewart

Fenn Stewart’s work has appeared in The Capilano Review, and more is forthcoming, in Open Letter, this Spring.

Zarmina Rafi is from Lahore, Pakistan. She has a B.A. from McGill University, Montreal, and a M.A. from Concordia University, Montreal. She writes in Urdu and English, and is presently working on a long poem about Muslim girlhood. She has previously worked as an editor and educator, and is the recipient of the Chester McNaughten Prize for Creative Writing (2004), Summer Writing Scholarship at the University of Edinburgh (2005), and the Humber School for Writers Summer Scholarship (2010).

David Peter Clark

David Peter Clark is attempting to exist, and is currently scouring the realms of poetry for possible portals.  He is merrily falling apart if anything at all. He can promise ghosts, but not his own attendance. He wants you to eat well.


Greetings, AvantGardeners!

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.

Cara Benson

innovative, edgy, experimental, text and sound based work that explores language as a problematic rather than a mere vehicle for representation





FALL 2010


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.)



FRIDAY OCTOBER 8, 6:30-9:30pm @ THE OSSINGTON (61 Ossington Ave.)



FRIDAY OCTOBER 22, 6:30-9:30 Cordova Milk Bar



MONDAY NOVEMBER 15, 6:30-9:30pm @ THE OSSINGTON (61 Ossington Ave.)





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.

Fenn Stewart

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.