Livewords Back to Business with Dimitry, Scheier, Smith and Petch LLB

LIVEWORDS SEPT 4 2014Livewords, Thursday, September 4, 2014 at The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth – 2nd floor – [map] – Click here to RSVP on Facebook

Doors at 7:30 pm - Readings from 8:00 pm – Open Mic follows the readings. 

!Livewords returns and we are very serious!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: late summer and kids are (mostly) off the streets, out of the patios and back in school. We welcome these precious few September days with: Shawna Dimitry, Cathy Petch, Jacob Scheier and Jim Smith. 

Hosted by Pelayo Matute

Plus our Back-to-Business Open Mic 

Free snacks. Good, well-priced beer, wine and liquors.

PWYC Donation Requested.

We have posted reader bios right here:

Shawna Dimitry doesn’t know how to stop moving, thinking, or writing. She is magic and mighty in the most musical and human ways. She works with Ian Todd and Karen Au to run a monthly poetry slam series known as YorkSLAM. Shawna is the 2014 YorkSLAM Grand Slam Champion. She’s very community minded, and adores every sector of the poetry scene. Nothing makes her happier then watching people get excited about words and ideas. She hopes her words and ideas matter to you.

Cathy Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster and musical saw player for The Silverhearts.  She has several handsome chapbooks and most recently published her poetry book “Late Night Knife Fights” with LyricalMyrical Press. She has been published by Descant, The Toronto Quarterly and Joypuke journals. She is a member of “The Dildettes” a queer spoken word/comedy troupe along with Regie Cabico and David Bateman. Petch was a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams. She is happiest onstage. Find her at

Jacob Scheier is a Toronto-based poet, journalist and essayist. He is the author of two full length poetry collections, Letter from Brooklyn (ECW Press 2013) and the Governor General’s Award winning More to Keep us Warm (ECW Press, 2007). This past spring Jacob placed “runner up” at the annual “Battle of the Bards,” and as a result will be a guest at International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront later this year. He is also the author of the non-fiction ebook, My Never-Ending Acid Trip, published by The Toronto Star (2013). Jacob is currently working on a personal essay collection. One of these essays”The Rabbi,” will be appearing in the fall issue of Brick and he also be working on this collection, as a writer in residence at the Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Pierre Berton House program in Dawson City, Yukon this spring. Jacob regularly facilitates workshops on writing about grief. His next ten week workshop course begins mid-September, 2014. For more information go to

Jim Smith spent 25 hard years in Kingston and escaped with the aid of bp Nichol, Wayne Clifford and Gary Geddes. He has written a whole bunch of books, the last of which are Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra and Back Off, Assassin: New and Selected Poems, both from Mansfield Press. Loves dogs and the idea of a socialist paradise.

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Livewords 2014 Autumn Lineup

Livewords Fall Line-UpThursday, October 2 

  • Shawn Micaleff
  • Guadalupe Muro
  • Daniel Tysdale
  • Heather Roberts Cadsby

Thursday, October 23

  • Jeffery Donaldson
  • Kateri Lanthier
  • Jim Johnstone
  • Blair Trewartha 

Thursday, November 6

  • Donato Mancini 
  • Lynn McClory
  • Jacob McArthur Mooney

Thursday, December 4

  • Ralph Kolewe
  • Sue Reynolds 
  • Paul Vermeersch
  • Jacob Wren

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Wait. There’s more!

A peak into the New Year:


Thursday, January 22, 2015

  • Dilys Leman 
  • Hoa Nguyen

Thursday, February 5, 2015

  • 7th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, March 5, 2015

  • Wanda Praamsma 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

  • Carousel Magazine Issue 35 Advance Launch Party

Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • Matt Rader
  • Elaine Woo

June 26 Barwin, Getty, Graham & Greckol

Livewords June 26Join us Thursday, June 26 2014 for our second of two June shows, as we welcome four fine & engaging poets: Gary BarwinAdam GettyLaurie D. Graham, Sonja Greckol 

Our Open Mic hosted by Shawna Dimitry will follow the readings. Sign-up at 7:30 pm.

Livewords, Thursday, June 26 at The Black Swan, 154 Danforth – 2nd floor – [map

Doors open at 7:30 PM – Readings from 8:00 PM - PWYC Donations go to support the event

Gary Barwinis a poet, fiction writer composer, visual artist and performer. His latest colletion of poetry is Moon Baboon Canoe from Mansfield Press. Click here for information on Gary Barwin’s newest book Mooon Baboon Canoe. 

Adam Getty was born in Toronto and currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He has had his poetry published in journals in both the USA and Canada. His first full length book, Reconciliation, won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry and was shortlisted for the 2003 Trillium Award. Repose was cited as one of the “best volumes of verse in 2008″ by the Winnipeg Free Press. Click here for more on Repose.

Laurie D. Graham‘s first book of poetry, entitled Rove, is out now with Hagios PressRove was recently shortlisted for theGerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. She is an editor ofBrick magazine and a regular reviewer for the Malahat Review, the Fiddlehead, and Room. Laurie holds a BA in English from the University of Alberta, a BFA in creative writing from the University of Victoria, and an MFA from the University of Guelph. Click here for more on Laurie D. Graham’s Rove.

Sonja Greckol began to write poetry when Mike Harris was re-elected in Ontario. Since, her work has appeared in Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, Dalhousie Review, CV2, Canadian Women’s Studies, Fiddlehead and Matrix. She coordinates poetry for Women and Environments International Magazine and has served as the Associate Representative on the National Council of the League of Canadian Poets (2006-08). She has taught college and university courses, studied order and disorder in jokes, done human rights and gender-based research and consulting, and does local activism
while she writes. Her long poem, ‘Emilie Explains Newton to Voltaire,’ was shortlisted for
the CBC Poetry Prize in 2008. Click here for more on her 2014 collection Skein of Days

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Livewords is curated and hosted by Edward Nixon.


June 5 Berry, De Giacomo, Lanthier and Lipsius

livewords June 5 2014Join us Thursday, June 5 2014 for our first of two June shows, as we welcome four fearsome & felicitous poets: Julie BerryRocco De GiacomoKateri Lanthier and Mike Lipsius. 

Our Open Mic hosted by Shawna Dimitry will follow the readings. Sign-up at 7:30 pm.

Livewords, Thursday, June 5 at The Black Swan, 154 Danforth – 2nd floor – [map

Doors open at 7:30 PM – Readings from 8:00 PM - PWYC Donations go to support the event

Click here to RSVP on Facebook

Livewords is curated and hosted by Edward Nixon.

Livewords hosts the “I Found it at the Movies” Toronto Launch – May 1

I_Found_It_at_the_MoviesWCoversPRINTWe are thrilled to host another event for our friends at Guernica Editons. Please join us on Thursday, May 1, 2014 as celebrate the Toronto launch of I Found it at the Movies: an anthology of film poems, edited by Ruth Roach Peirson.  

We will jubilate with readings by contributors:

Alex Boyd, Sue Chenette, Catherine GrahamMaureen Hynes, Tanis MacDonaldAlbert MoritzBlaise Moritz, Jim Nason, Lillian Necakov, Molly PeacockJacob ScheierJim Smith, Adam Sol, Richard Teleky, and Kurt Andre Zubatiuk.

@ The Black Swan, 154 Danforth – 2nd floor – [map

Doors open at 7:30 PM – Readings from 8:00 PM - PWYC Donations go to support the event

Click here to RSVP on Facebook

I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems

Ruth Roach Pierson (Editor)
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Guernica Editions, Fall 2014
224 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550718973
ISBN10: 1550718975
$25.00 Canada, $25.00 US


Although poetry is one of the oldest art forms and cinema one of the youngest, a symbiosis exists between the two — an interchange of metaphor, rhythm, point-of-view. No surprise, then, that so many contemporary poets write about film and the magnitude of its effect on modern life. Featuring work by some of the most acclaimed poets writing in Canada today (and three from the USA), I Found It at the Movies includes poems inspired by the full range of cinematic history — from silent films to blockbusters, from neo-realism to cartoon, from Fred Astaire to vampires, and from all around the world. Entering this collection is an experience as beguiling as a trip to the movies itself. Among the poets included: Margaret Atwood, Don McKay, Michael Ondaatje, Steven Heighton, David W. McFadden, Karen Solie, Marilyn Bowering, Julie Bruck, Stephanie Bolster and Ken Babstock.