Livewords October 2: Cadsby, Micallef, Muro & Tysdal

Oct-2-livewords-2014-pictureLivewords, Thursday, October 2, 2014 at betty’s basement (upstairs) at Betty’s, 240 King Street East – 2nd floor – [map] – Click here to RSVP on Facebook

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

- A Casual Open Mic follows the readings. 

Brunch Non-Fiction, Fiction & Poetry brought to you by: 

Hosted by Edward Nixon

Plus our Autumnal Open Mic 

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

PWYC Donation Requested.

We have posted reader bios right here:

Heather Cadsby was born in Belleville, Ontario and moved to Toronto at a young age. She obtained a BA degree from McMaster University and taught elementary school for a number of years. In the 1980s she helped organize poetry readings at the Axle-Tree Coffee House in Toronto. A co-founder of the poetry press Wolsak and Wynn, for seveeral years she served as a director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. Her fourth book Could be was published by Brick Books in 2010.

Shawn Micallef (@shawnmicallef) is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and Full Frontal T.O., a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize–winning magazine Spacing. Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College. In 2002, while a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that has spread to over twenty-five cities globally. Shawn was the Toronto public Library’s Writer in Residence in fall 2013.

Guadalupe Muro is an Argentinian writer, producer and artist. Her first collection of poems, Con quién dormías? was published in 2007. Air Carnation is her first novel. She is currently working with musicians to compose a soundtrack to the novel, a project called “Songs for Runaway Girls,” which can be heard at Muro lives in Sc. de Bariloche, a small town in Patagonia, where she directs the collaborative literary project “Las Cartas de Guadalupe.” Follow Muro at and

Daniel Scott Tysdal (born May 26, 1978) is a Canadian poet whose work approaches the lyric mode with an experimental spirit. Tysdal was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and was raised on a farm. He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Regina (Saskatchewan) in 2003, an M.A. (English) from Acadia University (Nova Scotia) in 2006, and an M.A. (English in the Field of Creative Writing) from The University of Toronto in 2008. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada and is a lecturer in creative writing at The University of Toronto Scarborough. His first collection of poetry, Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (2006), received the 2004 John V. Hicks Manuscript Award and the 2006 Anne Szumigalski Award (Saskatchewan Book Award for Best Book of Poetry). Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough was also shortlisted for the 2006 Brenda MacDonald Riches Award (Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book), and won the 2007 ReLit Award. Tysdal’s second book of poetry,The Mourner’s Book of Albums, was published by Tightrope Books in October 2010. His most recent book The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.  



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

  • Alex Leslie
  • 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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

  • 7th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, March 5, 2015

  • Julie Joosten
  • Wanda Praamsma 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

  • Carousel Magazine Issue 35 Advance Launch Party

Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • Matt Rader
  • Elaine Woo

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

LIVEWORDS SEPT 4 2014Livewords, Thursday, September 4, 2014 at The Social Capital Theatre (AKA Black Swan Tavern), 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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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

Click here to RSVP on Facebook

Livewords is curated and hosted by Edward Nixon.