Join us Thursday, February 27, 2014 as livewords celebrates its 6th anniversary:
We are celebrating with 6 amazing readers who span the territories and chasms of poetry: Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson, Clara Blackwood, Brandy Ryan, Aisha Sasha John, Joe Dewar, and Jaclyn Piudik!
@ The Black Swan, 154 Danforth – 2nd floor – [map] – RSVP on Facebook
Doors at 7:30 PM – Readings from 8:00 PM – PWYC Donations go to the readers.
Hosted by Edward Nixon.
Come out celebrate the word with us on the 2nd floor of the Black Swan! We’ll have some free snacks and the Swan’s well-priced beer and liquor.
Clara Blackwood is a poet and visual artist. Her first poetry collection, Subway Medusa (2007), was the inaugural book in Guernica Editions’ First Poets Series, which features first books by poets thirty-five and under. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian and International journals. Forecast, her second book of poetry, is forthcoming from Guernica Editions in March 2014.
Joe Dewar is a Toronto based performance poet who toils in the film industry and aspires to be a loyal servant of the free and peaceful galactic imperium or perhaps not.
Greg Frankson a.k.a. Ritallin is a poet, activist and arts educator based in Toronto. In 2012, he was the runner-up at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and member of the Up From The Roots national champion slam team. He works as a consultant and professional artist, travelling across Canada and internationally as a touring performer and also providing creative services in schools, at conferences and with community-based organizations. He is also the resident poet on the CBC Radio One afternoon show Here and Now in Toronto.
Aisha Sasha John is a dance improviser and poet. She was born in Montreal, but spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, and currently lives in Toronto. John has a BA in African Studies and Semiotics from the University of Toronto and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her first book, The Shining Material, was published by BookThug in 2011. Her new book THOU is forthcoming from BookThug this April. Follow John at http://aishasashajohn.tumblr.com.
Jaclyn Piudik is author of two chapbooks, Of Gazelles Unheard, published in 2013 by Beautiful Outlaw, and The Tao of Loathliness, published by fooliar press in 2005, re-issued in a Second Edition in 2008. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, and journals, including Quattro Books’ Garden Variety Anthology, The New Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, and Barrow Street. She has edited three collections of poetry for award winning publisher Book Thug and is the recipient of a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing, and the Alice M. Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is currently completing Ph.D. in Medieval Literature.
brandy ryan studied poetry and poetics at UWO and U of T. she now works as a creative consultant in Toronto, where she writes poetry, watches hockey, and hangs out in art galleries. her work has appeared in Misunderstandings Magazine, ditch, Media Tropes, White Wall Review, and dear sir,. her first chapbook, full slip, was published by Baseline Press in the fall of 2013. she’s currently working on an ekphrastic / found art project, once/was, that involves old photographs and tidewrack from the streets of Toronto.