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 www.cathypetch.com
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 jacobscheier.org
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.
Also check these links out:
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