Livewords March: House Reading with Goldstein, Joosten, Praamsma and Sol.

Livewords, Thursday, March 5, 2015

David GoldsteinJulie JoostenWanda Praamsma and Adam Sol.

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We welcome you to arrrive at 7:30 pm – Readings will begin at 8:05 pm

We’re a house reading this month. Join us in a welcoming house at 459 Grace Street, steps south of Bloor and Christie Station[map]

Some light snacks will be provided. Feel free to BYOB but some libations will be provided.

We’ll ask for donations toward libations and most importantly pass the PWYC hat for our readers! 

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READER BIOS:

David B. Goldstein’s poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout North America, including The Paris Review, The Malahat Review, filling Station, CV2, Epoch, Harp & Altar, Jubilat, 6×6, and Octopus. His first chapbook, Been Raw Diction, was published by Dusie Press in 2006. As a literary critic, food writer, and translator, he has published on a wide range of subjects, including Shakespeare, contemporary poetry, translation, cannibalism, philosophies of food, and the politics of Martha Stewart. His first book of criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England, is due out this fall. His translations from Italian poetry appear in The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, among other publications. Goldstein lives with his family in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of English at York University.

Julie Joosten lives in Toronto.  Her first book Light Light (Book Thug, 2013) was a finalist for the Governor General’s award. Her poems and reviews can be read in Lit,Lemon Hound, The Malahat Review, Jacket 2, and likestarlings.
Wanda Praamsma grew up in the Ottawa valley in Clayton, Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in Ottawater, 17 seconds, and Feathertale, and several literary non-fiction pieces have appeared in the Toronto Star, where she worked for several years as an editor. She has worked, studied, and lived at various points in Salamanca, Spain, Santiago, Chile, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and has travelled to many places in between and beyond, including Cuba, India, and the Balkans. Praamsma currently lives in Kingston, Ontario, and is working on an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia. a thin line between is her first book of poetry. Find Praamsma at www.whywandawrites.com, or connect with her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wpraamsma.
Adam Sol was born in New York and raised in New Fairfield, Connecticut. He graduated from Tufts University, from Indiana University with an M.F.A, and from the University of Cincinnati with a Ph.D. He has taught at York UniversityWilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Toronto Scarborough. He currently teaches at Laurentian University‘s campus in Barrie, Ontario. He lives in Toronto. He has published four collections of poetry Jonah’s promise: poems (Mid-List Press, 2000), Crowd of Sounds (Anansi, 2003), Jeremiah, Ohio (House of Anansi Press, 2008), and Complicity (McClelland & Stewart, 2014).

 

Winter – Spring Lineup – Livewords 2015

Here is our End of Winter and Spring Lineup for 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

  • David Goldstein
  • Julie Joosten
  • Wanda Praamsma 
  • Adam Sol 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

  • Carousel Magazine Issue 35 Advance Launch Party, with Robin Richardson, Blair Trewartha, and many more. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015 – National Poetry Month EXTRA

  • Marc Di Saverio
  • Nicole Grimaldi
  • Michael Prior
  • Matt Rader

Thursday, May 7, 2015

  • Brandy Ryan
  • Dale Smith
  • TBA

Thursday, June 4, 2015

  • Liz Howard
  • Jenny Sampirisi 
  • Elana Woolfe

Thursday, June 25, 2015 

  • 7th Anniversary Party – A night of curators and hosts.  

Livewords Jan 22 with Leman, Nguyen, Scherzinger & Tucker

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Livewords, Thursday, January 22, 2015 at betty’s basement (upstairs) at Betty’s, 240 King Street East – 2nd floor – [map]

We kick off 2015 with Dilys Leman, Hoa Nguyen, Claire Scherzinger and Aaron Tucker.

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Doors at 7:30 pm - Readings from 8:00 pm

Originally from Ottawa, Dilys Leman lives in Toronto and works as a writer in education research and international development. She has worked as an arts manager in professional theatre and dance, and was a member of a playwrights’ collective that staged new works for the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Her poetry sometimes takes the form of documentary drama, as in her debut collection,The Winter Count, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press (2014). Her chapbook, The Lunacy Commission, was published by Cactus Press in 2012 (Jim Johnstone, editor). Dilys’s poetry and short fiction have appeared in literary journals including Arc, Grain, Prairie Fire and CV2. She is a former winner of Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize (Honorable Mention) and Prairie Fire’s Fiction Prize (First Place).

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, TX, their home of 14 years. She is the author of nine books and chapbooks including As Long As Trees Last (Wave, 2012) and Red Juice: Poems 1998 – 2008 (Wave, 2014). She currently lives in Toronto where she curates a reading series, reads tarot, and teaches poetics. She can be found on the web at http://hoa-nguyen.com/

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. Find out more about Claire at http://www.clairescherzinger.com/#1

Aaron Tucker’s first book of poetry punchlines is being released byMansfield Press in Spring of 2015. An earlier version of punchlines was released by above/ground in the summer of 2013. His poetic works and reviews have been published across Canada. His previous chapbook, apartments, was shortlisted for the 2010 bpNichol Chapbook award. As well, he is the co-creator of the ChessBard, an app that translates chess games into poems that can be found atchesspoetry.com. His collection of essays Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in July of 2014. In addition, he is a professor in the English department at Ryerson Universitywhere he is currently teaching essay writing and digital literacy to first year students.

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year. Livewords returns January 22, 2015

Happy Holidays! Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season a grand and Happy New Year!

We’re back at Betty’s Basement on January 22, 2015 with Dilys Leman, Hoa Nguyen, Claire Scherzinger and Aaron Tucker.

 

Here is the rest of our Winter/Spring Schedule: 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

  • David Goldstein
  • Julie Joosten
  • Wanda Praamsma 
  • Adam Sol 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

  • Carousel Magazine Issue 35 Advance Launch Party

Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • Marc Di Saverio
  • Nicole Grimaldi
  • Matt Rader
  • Michael Prior

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Livewords December: Kolewe, Reynolds, Vermeersch & Wren

Livewords December 4 - book imagesLivewords, Thursday, December 4, 2014 at betty’s basement (upstairs) at Betty’s, 240 King Street East – 2nd floor – [map]

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Doors at 7:30 pm - Readings from 8:00 pm

featuring four strong textual voices:

Hosted by Edward Nixon

Betty’s features a large selection of craft and local beers and a full menu. 

PWYC Donation Requested.

Reader bios right here (as in below) now:

Ralph Kolewe R. Kolewe takes photographs, and writes. His photographs have been shown as part of the CONTACT photography festival in Toronto in 2009 and 2011, at several shows at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto from 2008 to 2011, and can be found in numerous private collections. His first book of poems, Afterletters, is available from BookThug. He lives in Toronto.

Sue Reynolds  is a writer, a writing instructor, former president of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region and former vice-chair of the national organization Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs. She has won awards for her poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and her YA novel Strandia. She has been leading writing workshops for female inmates at Central East Correctional Centre for 10 years and is currently practicing psychotherapy (under supervision) in pursuit of her license as a psychotherapist.

Paul Vermeersch is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium–award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010) and Don’t Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something (ECW, 2014). Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He has taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and Sheridan College, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He was, from 2001 to 2012, the Poetry Editor for Insomniac Press, and he is now Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto.

Jacob Wren makes literature, performances and exhibitions. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed and Polyamorous Love Song, a finalist for the 2013 Fence Modern Prize in Prose. The first two of these have also been published in French translation by Le Quartanier. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created the performances: En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize (1998), the HOSPITALITÉ / HOSPITALITY series including Individualism Was A Mistake (2008) and The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information (2011) and Every Song I’ve Ever Written (2012). He has also collaborated with Nadia Ross and her company STO Union. Together they co-wrote and co-directed Recent Experiences (2000) and Revolutions in Therapy (2004). International collaborations include: a stage adaptation of the 1954 Wolfgang Koeppen novel Der Tod in Rom (Sophiensaele, Berlin, 2007), An Anthology of Optimism (co-created with Pieter De Buysser / Campo, Ghent, 2008), Big Brother Where Art Thou? (a project entirely on Facebook co-created with Lene Berg / OFFTA / PME-ART, 2011) and No Double Life For The Wicked (co-created with Tori Kudo / The Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan, 2012.) He travels internationally with alarming frequency and frequently writes about contemporary art. Links: http://www.radicalcut.blogspot.com, http://www.everysongiveeverwritten.com, http://www.pme-art.ca, http://jacobwren.tumblr.com, https://twitter.com/EverySongIveEve, http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1841571.Jacob_Wren, http://www.lequartanier.com/auteurs/wren.htm

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