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

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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.

Livewords hosts the Carousel 33 Advance Launch April 3

Once again we are thrilled to host our friends at Carousel Magazine for the Advance Launch of Carousel Issue 33 during National Poetry Month!

Join us on Thursday, April 3


@ 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

An open mic will follow the readings – 1 poem – 3 minutes max – sign up at 7:30 pm.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook

Reader Bios:

PAUL CARLUCCI‘s stories have been published in CAROUSEL, Descant, Malahat Review and others. He’s the author of The Secret Life of Fission and loves his girlfriend very much.

MARK CONNERY is a Toronto cartoonist, writer and artist. His second book, Rudy, will be published this Spring by 2D Cloud.

W.A. DAVISON is a vaguely menacing swarm of tiny, flying insects living inside an abandoned shoe factory in downtown Toronto. The swarm claims to be some sort of ‘artist’, but then, doesn’t everyone? Some meager evidence to support the claim can be found at:

YI-SUNG OLIVER HO has published several books for children, and his poetry and non-fiction have appeared in various magazines, including Descant, The New Quarterly and PopMatters. His writing includes several comic book stories and collaborations with the Toronto sketch comedy group, The Buddy System.

DARREN BRADLEY JONES is a recent graduate of The University of Toronto’s Continuing Studies Creative Writing program, has published several short stories, and is presently hard at work on his novel which, he swears, is almost finished. He writes about himself in the first person only at the request of editors, and lives in Toronto with his partner Jeanette, and their daughter Yvaine.

KATIE JORDON recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph. Her debut chapbook of poetry, Commentary on a Non-Existent Self-Portrait, was published by Frog Hollow Press in the summer of 2012. She currently lives in Toronto, where she is working on her first full-length manuscript.

JASON PARADISO is an editor/poet/writer/artist. His name has appeared in several mastheads, including Descant’s where he is currently an acting co-editor-in-chief. He continues to work on his collection of poetry, Cut Lines & Pulled Quotes, created with rearranged headlines and decks from discarded periodicals.

CLAIRE SCHERZINGER is a graduate of OCAD University from the Drawing and Painting program. Her aim is to have a long and prosperous career in the international art scene that involves long nights drinking with friends and talking about politics, art, writing and science fiction.

Entering our 7th year on March 6 with MillAr, McInnes, Berg & Anderson.

livewords march 6 2014Join us Thursday, March 6, 2014 as livewords boldly sways into our 7th year.

We are celebrating with 4 amazing readers who span the territories and chasms of poetry: Jay MillAr, Jimmy McInnes, Susie Petersiel Berg, and a special guest appearance by Robert Anderson.

An open mic will follow the readings – 1 poem – 3 minutes max – sign up at 7:30 pm.

@ 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

Click on this link to download the flyer for the show Mar-6-livewords.

Livewords 6th Anniversary Show February 27

20131207_113540Join 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’ FranksonClara BlackwoodBrandy RyanAisha Sasha JohnJoe 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.

 Reader Bios

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

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 MagazineditchMedia 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.


Livewords December with Harris, Howard, Lanthier and Sampirisi

livewords Decemeber 2013Join us this  on Thursday, December 5, 2013 as livewords ebulliently traipses into the holiday season with four fabulous writers: 

Amy Lavender Harris, Liz Howard, Kateri Lanthier and Jenny Sampirisi 

We are thrilled to welcome back Liz, Kateri and Jenny, and even more chuffed to welcome Amy to Livewords for the first time. We will also have an Open Mic following the readings.

@ 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. Open Mic hosted by Shawna Dimitry.

Come out celebrate the word with us as we ae back on the 2nd floor of the Black Swan! We’ll have some free snacks and the Swan’s well-priced beer and liquor.

 Reader Bios

2011127-imagining_TOAmy Lavender Harris is the author of Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism and won the 2011 Heritage Toronto Award of Merit. Her next book, Acts of Salvage, explores what the contemporary city compels us to cling to or discard.

1479764_10102234200196972_1468989331_nLiz Howard, a native varietal of northern Ontario, has taken root in Toronto where she engages in cognition research and poetics. She is a member of the Influency Salon editorial group and co-cultivates the AvantGarden reading series. Her work has appeared in The Capilano Review, ditch, Matrix, and Misunderstandings Magazine. Skullambient, her first chapbook, was published by Ferno House Press in 2011. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the LitPop Award for poetry

9781927552179_FCKateri Lanthier was born in Toronto and has lived in St. Catharines, Sudbury and Kingston. She has a BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto. After working as an editor in educational publishing, she became a freelance writer for magazines, television and the web, specializing in design, architecture, decorative arts and fine art.  Her poetry has been published in literary journals and magazines in Canada, the United States and England, including Descant, Grain, Matrix, The Antigonish Review, Poetry Canada Review, Acta Victoriana, The U.C. Review, The Greenfield Review, Saturday Night, Quarry, The Toronto Quarterly, Writing Women and London Magazine, and she has served on the editorial board of Descant. Her collection Reporting from Night was published by Iguana Books in 2011. Her poem “THE COIN UNDER THE LEFTMOST SLIDING CUP” won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize and can be read here. Kateri Lanthier lives in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood with her husband and three children.

zsako_frogsJenny Sampirisi is a poet, novelist, and university instructor, living in Toronto. She is the author of the novel is/was (Insomniac Press) and experimental poetry narrative Croak (Coach House Books).