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, February 5, 2015

  • 7th Anniversary Celebration

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
  • Elaine Woo

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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]

- Click here to RSVP on Facebook

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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Betty’s Basement – 2nd floor at Bettys on King - http://www.bettysonking.com/

Livewords November: Leslie, Mancini, McClory & Mooney

20140918_141837-EFFECTSLivewords, Thursday, November 6, 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

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:

Alex Leslie’s new poetry book, The things I heard about you (Nightwood Editions, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for Innovative Poetry. Leslie has also published a collection of stories, People Who Disappear (Freehand, 2012), which was shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award and a 2013 Relit Award; as well as a chapbook of microfictions, 20 Objects for the New World (Freehand, 2011). Alex’s writing has won a Gold National Magazine Award for personal journalism and a CBC Literary Award for fiction. Recent projects include editing the Queer issue ofPoetry Is Dead magazine, which brought together different approaches to Queer poetics from across Canada.

Donato Mancini is the author of several books of procedural and visual poetry, including the acclaimed Buffet World (2010), and of the controversial critical book You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence (2012). His new book of poetics, Loitersack (2014), carries forward his ongoing interrogation of the social organisation, languages and ideologies of poetry culture, now in the varied, playful forms poetry, poetics, laughter, theory and theory theatre.

Lynn McClory has published poems in ditch magazine, The Puritan, Ars Medica and other paper and online poetry mags. She attended Influency, a Toronto Poetry Salon, from 2006-2012 and was a member of the editorial group for http://influencysalon.ca/. Lynn had a career as a bookseller at a collective bookstore in Toronto, and as founder of a publishers’ sales and promotion agency for US university presses. Having recently been pleased to receive the prestigious title of really great grandmother, Lynn is astonished by time.

Jacob McArthur Mooney’s last book was Folk (M&S, 2011). He hosts the Pivot Reading Series and is currently editing the 2015 edition of Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope).

Winter – Spring Lineup – Livewords 2015

Here is our Winter Spring Lineup for 2015 – it’s looking like a great New Year.
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Thursday, December 4

  • Ralph Kolewe
  • Sue Reynolds 
  • Paul Vermeersch
  • Jacob Wren

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

  • 7th Anniversary Celebration

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
  • Elaine Woo

Livewords Extra October: Donaldson, Johnstone, Lanthier & Trewartha

Livewords October 23-2014-picLivewords, Thursday, October 23, 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

4 finely wrought forms of doing poetry brought to you by: 

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:

Jeffery Donaldson is a poet and author of Once Out of Nature (McClelland & Stewart, 1991), Waterglass (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999), Palilalia (McGill-Queen’s, 2008) and Echo Soundings: Essays on Poetry and Poetics (Palimpsest Press 2014). He teaches a graduate course in metaphor theory and another in modern and contemporary American poetry. Author of articles on a variety of contemporary American and Canadian poets, including James Merrill, Richard Howard, Robert Lowell, Mark Strand, Elizabeth Bishop, and Anne Compton, he has also co-edited (with Alan Mendelson) a collection of essays entitled Frye and the Word: Religious Contexts in the Writings of Northrop Frye (U of T, 2004). An advocate of Inquiry and problem-based learning in the Humanities, his current research involves metaphor, evolution, and cognitive theory.

Jim Johnstone is a Canadian writer, editor, and physiologist. He’s the author of four books of poetry: Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014), Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011), Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008), and the subject of the critical monograph Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone by Shane Neilson and Jason Guriel. He’s the winner of several awards including a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award and This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Currently, Johnstone is the Poetry Editor at Palimpsest Press, and an Associate Editor at Representative Poetry Online. He lives in Toronto.

Kateri Lanthier has a BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Her poetry and reviews have been published in print and online journals in Canada, the U.S. and England, including Green Mountains Review, Great Lakes Review, London Magazine, Descant and Hazlitt. Her first book is Reporting from Night (Iguana, 2011). Her poem “The Coin Under the Leftmost Sliding Cup” won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize, is included in The Best of Walrus Poetry and will appear in Best Canadian Poetry 2014.

Blair Trewartha is a Toronto-based poet whose work has appeared in Carousel, Prism, CV2, Event, Existere, and Qwerty. His first full length collection, Easy Fix is published this fall with Palimpsest Press. He has published 2 chapbooks, Break In, (Cactus Press in 2010) and Porcupine Burning (Baseline Press 2012). Formerly co-host of the Toronto reading series, The Vagabond Trust, and a co-editor of Misunderstandings Magazine, he currently lives in Sudbury.