Events 2017

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(DISCLAIMER: Information is updated on a regular basis but please double check with the organization of each respective event to ensure the details haven’t changed before you head out. – November 4, 2017)

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MY CURRENT READINGS AND WORKSHOPS: 2016-2017

EVENTS:

DECEMBER 19, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents “Dead Poets Night with Rowers Reading Series”. Guest host: TBA. 8 p.m. NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THIS EVENING ONLY: Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue. Cover charge.

DECEMBER 16, 2017 in SARNIA: Judith and Norma Alix Art Gallery presents “Writing is the Window to the Heart” with author Kara Ghobhainn Smith. Participants will ‘pen a letter to deployed troops or a veteran before they leave’. Registration required. Admission charge with lunch included.

DECEMBER 12, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents “The Hot Sauce Words returns for the Anti-Pageant show. Be there or be square. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

DECEMBER 6, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest John “David” White followed by an open mic 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

DECEMBER 6, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents David Huebert, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

DECEMBER 5, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Carolyn Van Der Meer, Cornelia Hoogland, and Dayle Furlong. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

DECEMBER 4, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 29, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 28, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Shane Neilson, Glen Downie, and Nichola Nicki Ward. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

NOVEMBER 28, 2017 in SARNIA: Introducing “A: The Artists Stage” an open mic of stories, rants, poems or songs 6 to 8 p.m. The Lions Den, Lambton College.

September 26, 2017 in Sarnia

NOVEMBER 27, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 23, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #15 with Penn Kemp and Marta Croll-Baehre, This first pop-up event will include the launch of Kemp’s new anthology Performing Women: Playwrights and Performance Poets featuring six essays by prominent Canadian women playwrights and performance poets, 8 to 9 p.m. at 42 Adelaide Street North.

NOVEMBER 22, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London presents Roo Borson and Rob Taylor. Pre-reading workshop with a discussion about Bowering’s poems begins at 6:30 p.m. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Road. Admission free.

NOVEMBER 22, 2017 in WINDSOR: Cross Border Book Tallk with Karen Dionne. Hosted by Vanessa Shields. 6 to 9 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East

NOVEMBER 22, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Roo Borson, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 21, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Rob Taylor, Chris Banks and Catherine Graham. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

NOVEMBER 20, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. 127 Christina Street S.

NOVEMBER 20, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 19, 2017 in SARNIA: Local historical fiction writer Bob McCarthy will launch his new book The Book of Bob: Stories Remembered, 1 to 2 p.m. at the Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street. Hosted by The Book Keeper. Admission is free. Open to the public.

November 19, 2017 in Sarnia - Bob's launch

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2017 in SARNIA: The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts presents the Sarnia  launch and Canadian contributors’ reading of the California-based anthology Lummox Number Six. Out-of-town readers include Patrick Connors, Jennifer L. Foster and David Haskins. Local readers James Deahl, Debbie Okun Hill, Norma West Linder, Rhonda Melanson, Lynn Tait, and Grace Vermeer,  1 to 3 p.m. Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Admission: Free.

LUMMOX Six Sarnia launch November 18, 2017 at the Lawrence House

NOVEMBER 15, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents “Mystery Night with Linwood Barclay and Ian Hamilton” 7 to 9 p.m. Sarnia Riding Club, 980 Riding Club Land. Advanced tickets required. Space limited.

NOVEMBER 15, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Jess Taylor, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 14, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Susan Alexander, Michelle Elrick, and Christopher Doda. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

NOVEMBER 13, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. 127 Christina Street S.

NOVEMBER 13, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 12, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Autumn Harvest Poetry Festival. Members reading plus open mic for non-members. 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mah Tay and Lounge, 241 St. Paul St. Free admission.

NOVEMBER 11, 2017 in SARNIA: The Sarnia launch of the chapbook Drawing from Experience (Big Pond Rumours Press, 2017) by Debbie Okun Hill plus guest readings by out-of-town and former Lambton County writers Ryan Gibbs and Anne Kavanagh Beachey.  There will also be an open mic. Emcee will be Bob McCarthy. Sign-up at the door. 2 to 4 p.m. Coffee Lodge, 400 Exmouth Street. Open to the public.

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NOVEMBER 8, 2017 in TORONTO: Palimpsest Press launches their 2017 books with authors Jon R. Flieger, Yvonne Blomer, Brian Bartlett, Angela Hibbs and poetry editor Jim Johnstone. 7 p.m. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Romcesvalles Avenue. Admission is free.

November 8, 2017 in Toronto

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents former Toronto Maple Leaf Doug Gilmour, author of Killer. Book signing only. 7 to 9 p.m. The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 in LONDON: IFOA Ontario Lit On Tour and Brown and Dickson presents author Gary Barwin. He will read from his latest work and be interviewed by Jason Dickson, 7 to 8 p.m. 609 Richmond St. Advance tickets required.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents L.E. Stirling, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 7, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Elana Wolff, Rebecca Papucuru, and Norman Allan. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 in TORONTO: The Porcupine’s Quill presents the book launch of The Essential John Reibetanz selected by Jeffery Donaldson, 6 to 8 p.m. Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 1:30 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com NOTE START TIME CHANGE FROM 2 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M.

NOVEMBER 5, 2017 in LONDON: A reading by graphic novelist Chester Brown, author of Lois Riel and Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus. 1 to 2 p.m., Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North.

NOVEMBER 5, 2017 in LONDON: Tanya Talaga and Liz Howard in conversation with Andy Verboom. Hosted by Words Fest London 12 noon, Museum London, Lecture Theatre

NOVEMBER 4 and 5, 2017 in LONDON: Souwesto Book Expo and Workshop featuring 30 plus tables of authors, publishers, and book-related representatives plus three different workshops each day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, upstairs gallery, Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North.

November 4 and 5, 2017 Souwesto Book Expo in LondonNOVEMBER 4, 2017 in WYOMING: The Lambton County Library presents its Used Book Fair 9 to 12 noon at the Library Headquarters, 787Broadway Street

NOVEMBER 3 to 5, 2017 in WATERLOO/KITCHENER: The New Quarterly presents the sixth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival. Numerous times and locations. Featured guests include Alison Pick, Kathleen Winter, Stacey May Fowles, Mark Kingwell, Evelyn Lau, Robert Rotenberg, Helen Humphreys, Michael Redhill, and more. Admission charge.

NOVEMBER 3 to 5, 2017 in LONDON: words: the literary and creative arts festival “celebrates all things wordy: books, poetry, song, children’s literature, writing for the screen and stage, new media, spoken word performances and much more.”

November 3 to 5, 2017 in London

NOVEMBER 3, 2017 in LONDON: The opening reception of the fourth annual words: the literary and creative arts festival 2017. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North Advanced tickets required.

NOVEMBER 2 to 5, 2017 in SARNIA: The South Western International Film Festival. Save the dates. More info: TBA.

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COMPLETED EVENTS

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 in WINDSOR: The Literary Arts Windsor (LAW) 2017 Fall Event Series presents “Deconstructing the Analyst: Molly Peacock in Conversation with Lorraine Steele” 7 p.m. SHO Art, Spirit, & Performance, 628 Monmouth Road, Unit 6. There is an admission fee (for non-LAW members) at the door.

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 in WINDSOR: The launch of You Are Among Monsters (Pamimpsest Press, 2017) by Jon R Flieger and a reading by poet Amicar John Nogueira, 7 to 9 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyndotte Street East

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 in WYOMING: Military Used Book Fair includes print and video resources for military, army, and navy donate from a local collector. 1 to 8 p.m. Lambton Country Library  Headquarters, 787 Broadway Street.

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in HAMILTON: Several Canadian contributors to the California-based LUMMOX anthology will be sharing their work. Readers include: James Deahl, Jennifer L. Foster, Ellen S. Jaffe, Donna Langevin, John. B. Lee, Norma West Linder, Deborah A. Morrison, and Lynn Tait. Doors open at 7 p.m. Readings begin at 7:15 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn Street North. Admission free.

LUMMOX Six launch dates November 2017

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Joshua Schuster followed by an open mic 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The St. Catharines Public Library and the Canadian Authors Association presents an evening of readings by fiction and creative non-fiction writers, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mills Room at the St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street.

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in GODERICH: The Reading Room poetry series presents the season-ending open mic for Goderich and Huron County and area poets. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Goderich Branch Library, 52 Montreal Street

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Catherine Hernandez, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 in LONDON: The Write Place and The Centre for Creativity presents a Visiting Author Reading with poet Laurie Graham, 1:30 p.m. at the Spriet Learning Commons, Student Life Centre, Western University.

OCTOBER 31, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Clementine Morrigan, Renee Roman Nose, and Rafi Aaron. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

OCTOBER 31, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LVI presents featured poets Ayesha Chatterjee and Johnny D Trinh followed by an open mic. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. Church of St. STephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street. There is an admission charge.

OCTOBER 31, 2017 in CHATHAM: The Veranda Presents “Edgar Allan Poe, Live in Chatham”. This 45 minute event will consist of a reading of Poe’s poem “The Raven”, his short story “The Facts in The Case of M. Valdemar) and a brief biography of the writer. The presenter will be Clair Culliford. Note there will be four presentations: 2 p.m. at Chatham-Kent Public Library, 120 Queens Street; 5:30 p.m. at Cup of Joes, 131 King Street; 7:30 p.m. William Street Café, 28 William Street; and 9 p.m. at Friendz Restaurant and Lounge, 216 King Street. Admission is free.

OCTOBER 30, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents the launch of Said the Cannibal: Poems with Bite by Laurie Smith. 7 to 10 p.m. Walkerville Artists’ Co-op, 1974 Wyandotte Street East.

OCTOBER 30, 2017 in THUNDER BAY: IFOA Ontario Lit On Tour and the Thunder Bay Public Library welcomes authors Gary Barwin, Terry Fallis, Grace O’Connell, and Jean E. Pendziwol. 7 to 8 p.m. Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1080 Keewatin Street. There is an admission fee and advance tickets required.

OCTOBER 30, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 1:30 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com NOTE START TIME CHANGE FROM 2 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M.

OCTOBER 28, 2017 in TORONTO: The League of Canadian Poets presents a fundraiser and exclusive screening of Window Horses, a feature-length animated film that “showcases the power of language and poetry across generations and the world”. 6 to 10 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West. Advanced tickets required.

OCTOBER 28, 2017 in SARNIA: Coles Author Fest featuring 17 of the 27 contributing authors from the book From This Day Forward 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coles Lambton Mall.

October 28, 2017 in Sarnia

OCTOBER 26, 2017 in TORONTO: The Quilliad’s Issue 9 Launch and Costume Party, Doors open at 7 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Paupers Pub, 539 Bloor Street West. Cover charge includes a copy of the issue.

OCTOBER 26, 2017 in TORONTO: The Toronto Urban Folk Art Salon presents the launch of Pod and Berry, a new chapbook by Canadian poet Allan Briesmaster plus a reading by poet Carla Hartsfield. Local singer-songwriters will also perform 6 to 8 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road, south of Eglington.

Pod and Berry by Allan Briesmaster Front Cover October 26, 2017 launch in Toronto

Canadian poet Allan Briesmaster will launch his new chapbook Pod and Berry, October 26 at the Mount Pleasant Library in Toronto.

OCTOBER 26, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #14 with Blair Trewartha and Leah Kuiack, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street.

OCTOBER 25, 2017 in LONDON: Poet Andy Verboom performs an original piece of work in response to the current art installation, The Wide Skirt, 7 p.m. The ARTS project, 203 Dundas Street.

OCTOBER 25, 2017 in WINDSOR: The Harvest Poetry Gathering featuring Phillip Crymble, Debbie Okun Hill, Peter Hrastovec, and Vanessa Shields. Made possible with assistance from The League of Canadian Poets and it’s Canada Poetry Tours program.  Doors Open at 6 p.m. Poetry begins at 6:45 p.m.  Pease note the change in location from Kingsville to Windsor: Riverside Pie Café, 5560 Wyandotte, St. East. Free Admission.

October 25, 2017 in Windsor

OCTOBER 24, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers ruth pierson, David Bateman, and Margo LaPierre. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

OCTOBER 24, 2017 in SARNIA: Hockey Hall of Famer, Canadian politician, and best-selling author Ken Dryden will read from and discuss his latest book Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey Hosted by The Book Keeper. 7 to 9 p.m. Sarnia Public Library Auditorium, 124 Christina Street South. Advanced tickets will be required.

OCTOBER 24, 2017 in SARNIA: Introducing “A: The Artists Stage” an open mic of stories, rants, poems or songs 6 to 8 p.m. The Lions Den, Lambton College. NOTE: CANCELLED DUE TO THE CURRENT STRIKE AT THE COLLEGE. THE NEXT OPEN MIC IS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 28, 2017

OCTOBER 23, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 1:30 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com NOTE:  START TIME CHANGE FROM 2 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M.

OCTOBER 21, 2017 in WINDSOR: BookFest Windsor and IFOA Ontario Lit On Tour presents Kia Corthron and Christopher Paul Curtis, a discussion about Corthron’s debut novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter.  Also presented in partnership with Biblioasis, and Capital Theatre Windsor. 7 to 10 p.m. 121 University Avenue. West. Advance tickets.

OCTOBER 21, 2017 IN ST. CATHARINES: The launch of The Banister Poetry Anthology featuring winners of this contest organized by the Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association. 2 to 4 p.m. Mills Room of the St. Catharines Central Library, 54 Church Street

OCTOBER 21, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association presents its next workshop in the Author Series with Caroline Whitfield speaking about ‘settings’. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rotary/Bankers Room, St. Catharine’s Library. Register before October 16, 2017.

OCTOBER 20 to 22, 2017 in WINDSOR: BookFest Windsor. More details TBA.

OCTOBER 20, 2017 in LONDON: The London launch of Smaller Hours (Goose Lane Editions, 2017), the debut poetry collection of London born and raised Kevin Shaw. Special guests: Madeline Bassnett, Tom Cull, and Andy Verboom, 7 to 9 p.m. 211 King Street

OCTOBER 18, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London presents Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen and Ben Ladouceur. Pre-reading workshop with a discussion about Bowering’s poems begins at 6:30 p.m. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Road. Admission free.

October 18, 2017 in London

OCTOBER 18, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Ben Ladouceur, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Wendy Donawa, Tonja Gunvaldsen-Klaassen, and Wendy McGrath. Guest host: Rob Welch. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in TORONTO: An H of an Evening for bpNichol, a tribute to this performer plus the announcement of the shortlist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. 7 to 10 p.m. Supermarket, 265 Augusta Avenue

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in LONDON: Western University presents The Walrus Talks Belonging featuring seven speakers discussing citizenship, community, and what it means to come together and belong. Doors Open: 6:30 p.m. Walrus Talks begin at 7 p.m. Reception to follow.  London Music Hall, 185 Queens Street. Advance tickets required.

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in WINDSOR: The City of Windsor and Windsor’s Poet Laureate Marty Gervais present Poetry at the Manor – volume 5 with Marty Gervais, Laurence Hutchman, Kim Fahner, John B. Lee, Deirdre Kessler, and Tom Cull. 7 to 9 p.m. Willistead Manor, 1899 Niagara Street, Free admission.

October 17, 2017

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in TORONTO: The Boneshaker Reading Series presents Christopher Doda and Elana Wolff 7 to 8:30 p.m. 1748 St. Clair Avenue.

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in OTTAWA: ARC Poetry Magazine presents a reading by the finalists for the Archibald Lampman Award plus featured readings by the winners of the Diana Brebner Prize competition  8 to 10 p.m. Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in SARNIA: Sarnia Lambton Business Week, Libro Credit Union, and The Book Keeper presents Charles Bronfman in Conversation with Howard Green.  11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Best Western Plus Guildwood Inn, 1400 Venetian Boulevard. Advance tickets required.

OCTOBER 16, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. 127 Christina Street S.

OCTOBER 16, 2017 in SARNIA: Memoir Class @ Your Library This 6 week course is open to ALL ages and will help you get started on telling your story. During the course the process of writing and the options for publication will be discusses. Pre-registration required. Classes held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mall Road Library, 1362 Lambton Mall Road.

OCTOBER 16, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

OCTOBER 15, 2017 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café presents featured readers: Domenico Capilongo and Paul Edward Costa. Open mic with sign-up at the door. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

OCTOBER 15, 2017 in LESLIEVILLE TORONTO: The Draft Reading Series presents poet Elana Wolff who will read from her newest poetry collection Everything Reminds You of Something Else. Additional readings by authors Rebecca Fisseha, Susan Helwig, and Carianne Leung 3 to 6 p.m. The Dock on Queen, 932 Queen Street East

OCTOBER 15, 2017 in STRATFORD: SpringWorks: indie theatre & arts festival! Three Quattro Books authors (Allan Briesmaster, Stanley Fefferman, and Penn Kemp) read from their new books. 2 p.m. Gallery Stafford, 54 Romeo Street South. Reserved seats. Admission free.

October 15, 2017 in Stratford

OCTOBER 14, 2017 in SARNIA:  Lee Bice-Matheson, author of the Paige Maddison Series will host a book-signing 12 noon – 4 p.m. Coles, Lambton Mall, 1380 Lambton Mall Road

OCTOBER 14, 2017 in LONDON: Indie Author Day hosted by Coles Masonville Place. Join local indie authors in-store as they talk about their journey and offer advice to help others. All ages. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 1680 Richmond Street N.

OCTOBER 12, 2017 in WINDSOR: Poets Micheline Maylor and D. A. Lockhard will read from their upcoming books, 7 to 10 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East

OCTOBER 11, 2017 in WINDSOR: Think Globally, Write Locally: An Introduction to Freelance Writing is a workshop facilitated by Grant Munroe and co-presented with BookFest Windsor. There is a fee to participate. Advanced registration required. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Arts Council Windsor and Region, 1942 Wyandotte Street East (at Devonshire).

OCTOBER 10, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Spencer Gordon, Anne Campbell, and Benjamin Hertwig. Guest host: Myna Wallin. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. NOTE TIME AND VENUE CHANGE: 7 p.m. Cloak and Dagger Irish Pub. 394 College Street. Cover charge.

OCTOBER 9, 2017  in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. 127 Christina Street S. (CANCELLED DUE TO CANADIAN THANKSGIVING WEEKEND.)

OCTOBER 9, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com NOTE: CANCELLED. LIBRARY CLOSED DUE TO CANADIAN THANKSGIVING DAY

OCTOBER 6, 2017 in LONDON: Baseline Press London Launch 2017: Poetry collections by Sam Cheuk (Toronto), Joseph Mulholland (Toronto), Matt Robinson (Halifax), Andy Verboom (London), and Chuqiao Yang (Toronto) plus guest reader Kevin Shaw who will read from his forthcoming collection Small Hours (Goose Lane Editions). 6 to 8 p.m. DNA Artspace Gallery, 123 Dundas Street

OCTOBER 4, 2017 in WINDSOR: Launch of The Dusty Bookcase by Brian Busby 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East.

OCTOBER 4, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Kevin Shaw followed by an open mic 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

OCTOBER 4, 2017 in GODERICH: The Reading Room Poetry Series with featured poet Andy McGuire, author of Country Club (Coach House Books) and Sputniks (Baseline Press) Also includes an open mic. Goderich Branch Library, 52 Montreal Street.

OCTOBER 4, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents George Ellioet Clarke, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

OCTOBER 3, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Hiram Larew Susan McCaslin, and David Day. Guest host: Margaret Code. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

OCTOBER 3, 2017 in GUELPH: Off The Page: A Writer’s Open Mic – October Edition 7 p.m. Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas Street. Hosted by Guelph Spoken Word

OCTOBER 3, 2017 in WINDSOR: The Literary Arts Windsor (LAW) 2017 Fall Event series: “Marty Gervais presents FIVE TOWNS: Reading, book sales, and signing” 10 a.m. First Floor Lobby Lens (Met) Campus and 2 p.m. Goyeau Lobby, Mezzanine Level, Ouellette Campus, Windsor Regional Hospital.

Autumn 2017 in Windsor

OCTOBER 2, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

OCTOBER 1, 2017 in TORONTO: LITER-ART- 1 2017 A Neighbourhood Arts Events with featured performers: Honey Novick, Peggy Lampotang, Andy Heintzman, Aiesha, Tony Hanik, bill bissett, Glen Hornblaste, Ghadeer Malek, and Kristyn Dunnion. 5 to 7 p.m. Stella’s Lunch Box, 145 Lauder Ave. (Toronto south of St. Clair and east of Dufferin) Special thanks to St. Clair Arts Network, The Ontario Poetry Society, and The Creative Vocalization Studio. Free Admission.

October 1, 2017 in Toronto

OCTOBER 1, 2017 in TORONTO: Guernica’s Fall Launch celebrates their newest releases! Featured books: Polish(ed) edited by Kasia Jaronszyk and Malgorzata Nowaczyk; Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment by Claude Lalumiere; Red Haws to Light the Field by James Deahl; The Mezogiomo Social Club by Ercole Gaudioso; Rooms by Louise Dupre translated by Karen Ocana; Absurdity, Woe is Me, Glory Be by J. J. Steinfeld; J. J. Steinfeld: Essays on His Work by Sandra Singer; The Heart is Improvisational edited by Carol Lipszyc; and Cambodia and the Year of UNTAC by Tom Riddle. 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue. Free admission.

Oct 1 2017 Book Launch in Toronto

SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 1, 2017 in TORONTO: Nuit Blanche presents an all night performance as Jessica Bebenek translates T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” into a 500-line knitted tapestry poem. Watch the artist knit and purl stitches based on the stressed and unstressed beats of the poetry. 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Freight Elevator at 401 Richmond Street West.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 in TORONTO: 100,000 Poets for Change (Check list of readers below.) 1:10  to 5:03 p.m.  Bond Pub, 2350 Dundas Street W. Come when you can, leave when you must.

September 30, 2017 in Toronto

 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 in HAMILTON:  “Under the Influence of Dub” hosted by Turner Park Library and featuring poets Klyde Broox and Kelsey Knight. Come out and experience the typewriter as an instrument of dub. 2 to 3 p.m. Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Road East.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 in WINDSOR: The Literary Arts Windsor (LAW) 2017 Fall Event series presents “The Business of Books in Windsor: A Conversation with Marty Gervais and Daniel Wells”. 7 p.m. SHO Art, Spirit, & Performance, 628 Monmouth Road, Unit 6. There is an admission fee (for non-LAW members) at the door.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 in HAMILTON: Time and Place: a cultural quarterly anthology launch 8 p.m. Staircase Café Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street North.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 in LONDON: Poet Laureate Presents “Crossings”, a showcase of collaborative and cross-discilplinary arts, commissioned the Public Art Symposium (September 27 to 29) and curated by Tom Cull and Angie Quick. 7 p.m. Cocktail reception featuring live jazz music and food. Performances begin at 8 p.m. There is a charge for this event.  The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Daniel MacIvor, Western’s Writer-in-Residence and an award winning playwright and screenwriter plus Sydney Brooman, Western’s Student Writer-in-Residence. 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 in LONDON: Adventures in Poetry and Flash Fiction: a Fall Workshop hosted by The Write Place at King’s University College. The Write Place’s Creative Writing Specialist, Dr. Dorothy Nielson is hosting this free workshop. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Kings’ University College, 266 Epworth Avenue

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Jim Johnstone. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 in OTTAWA: The Tree Reading Series presents Jeannette Lynes and David Groulx. 6:45 to 9 p,.m. 1072 Bank Street.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r Poetry Series presents two out of-town indigenous poets TBA plus 20 (3-minute) open mic slots for poetry, spoken word, songs or any other genre in any language or accent. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.  Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street. Admission charge.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 in SARNIA: Introducing “A: The Artists Stage” an open mic of stories, rants, poems or songs 6 to 8 p.m. The Lions Den, Lambton College.

September 26, 2017 in Sarnia

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 in TORONTO: The Word On The Street & Magazine Festival will feature 120 events on 17 stages. Over 200 Canadian authors will read from their latest releases plus Marketplace is considered to be the world’s largest outdoor bookstore.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Poetry Workshop – Bring 8 copies of your poem for discussion. Maximum length, one page. Limited enrolment. 3 to 5 p.m. For more info and/or to register contact Stan at burfield@live.com:

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 in SARNIA: CBC Radio star and marketing guru Terry O’Reilly will speak about his latest book This I Know: Marketing Lessons from Under the Influence. This free event is hosted by The Book Keeper and Blackburn Radio. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. (A buffet continental breakfast will be served.) Dante Club, 1330 London Road. Advance registration is required before September 19.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 in COBOURG: Cobourg Poetry Workshop presents An Evening of Poetry with Wally Keeler and guest poets Allan Briesmaster and Stanley Fefferman Interlude music from the guitar of Phillip Hughes Doors open at 7 p.m. Readings start at 7:30 p.m. Free admission.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 in LONDON: Biblioasis presents the Fall South Ontario Tour with news books/readings: In the Cage by Kevin Hardcastle, What Can You Do by Cynthia Flood, Red, Yellow, Green by Alejandro Saravia, Class Clown by Pino Coluccio, and Peninsula Sinking by David Hubert. Doors open at 7 p.m. Readings 7:30 p.m. Attic Books, 2nd floor, 240 Dundas Street. Free Admission. (NOTE TIME MOVED TO 7:30 p..m. to accommodate folks attending the Couplets event. See below.)

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 in TORONTO: Vallum Contemporary Poetry presents the “Lies & Duplicity” launch featuring Julie Mannell, Antony Di Nardo, David Brandford, Bill Howell, Josh Stewart, Zach Pearl, j tare barlow, and JoAnn Balingit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings start at 7 p.m. Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 in NIAGARA FALLS: Night of Art 2017 hosted by Grey Borders at their booth 6 p.m. – Michelle Marcotte, 6:30 p.m. – Kees Kapleyn, 7 p.m. – Nafee Faigou, 7:30 p.m. – Catherine Graham, 8 p.m. – Stan Skrzeszewski; and 8:30 p.m. – Amanda Tulk. City of Niagara Falls Museums, 5810 Ferry Street.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #13 with Shane Neilson and Emma Croll-Baehre, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London presents George Bowering. Pre-reading workshop with a discussion about Bowering’s poems begins at 6:30 p.m. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Road. Admission free.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents George Bowering, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

Autumn 2017 in London

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Klara du Plessis. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 in TORONTO: The Common Readings “September Edition” features Andy Verboom, David Huebert, and Sarah Feldbloom 8 to 11 p.m. Belijar Café, 2072 Dundas St. W.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. 127 Christina Street S.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 in CAMBRIDGE: The launch of More Tales from an Old Hespeler Girl by Becky Alexander with Jay Alexander, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Hespeler Heritage Centre, 11 Tannery Street E.

September 17, 2017 in Cambridge

SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 in NIAGARA ON THE LAKE: NOTL Writers’ Circle presents a writing workshop on Villians, Vagabonds, and Vendettas (How to Write Bad Characters). Advance registration required and there is a fee. Workshop leader Ruth Walker, author of the novel, Living Underground. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community Centre

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 in TORONTO: 100,000 Poets for Change Toronto 2017 hosted by Pat Connors Featured readers: Brenda Clews, Donna Langevin, Marsha Barber, Josie Di Sciascio Andrews, Janina La Papita, Max Layton, Georgia Wilder, Dane Swan, Lillian Allen, and Robert Priest. No Open Mic. 6 to 10 p.m. May, 876 Dundas Street West

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The Saturday Morning Author Series with guest Ellen S. Jaffe and the seminar topic “Where Do Poets Get Their Ideas?” Discussion and a fun exercise for beginners and experienced writers.  Hosted by the Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association and the St. Catharines Public Library. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street, Rotary/Bankers Room. Advanced registration required.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 in TORONTO: The Boneshaker Reading Series presents featured guests Karen Connelly, Stuart Ross, and Samantha Berstein, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 1748 St. Clair Avenue West.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Michael Boughn. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. 127 Christina Street S.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café presents featured readers: Allan Briesmaster (Toronto poet and publisher of Quattro Books) and Stanley Fefferman (Toronto poet and Quattro Books author). Open mic with sign-up at the door. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 in EDEN MILLS: The Eden Mills Writers Festival (Main Event) noon to 6 p.m. various locations in the Village of Eden Mills. Admission charge.

September 9, 10, 25, 2017

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest David W. Janzen followed by an open mic 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 in GODERICH: The Reading Room Poetry Series with featured poet Andreas Gripp launching his new book Panthera Leo and other poems (Harmonia Press, 2017). Also includes an open mic. 52 Montreal Street.

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Jason Irwin and Jen Ashburn. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Poetry & Prose Open Mic presents featured guest performer Catherine M Thompson, a Capella singer-songwriter and poet. 6:30 to 9 p.m. The King’s Arms, 323 Church Street.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 in HAMILTON: LitLive Literary Readings presents fiction readers: Kyp Harness (Wigford Remembers), David Neil Lee (The Midnight Games), and Douglad Diaczuk (Chalk) PLUS poetry readers: D.D. Stymeist (The Bone Weir), and James Lindsay (Our Inland Sea), 7:30 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St. N.

AUGUST 29, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LIV hosted by Banoo Zan. Featured poets Puneet Dutt and Justin Lauzon plus open mic; Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street. Cover charge.

AUGUST 27, 2017 in LONDON: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Sultry Summer Poetry Gathering featuring members’ readings, book launches, and an open mic for non-members. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street North. Free admission. Sign-up for readers at the door.

AUGUST 26, 2017 in SARNIA: Book signing with Joy Kita, author of Fable Nation & Fable Nation 2. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Coles Lambton Mall, 1380 London Road

AUGUST 26, 2017 in LONDON: Imagination Station: Creative Poetry with Brittany R. (For ages 10 and up) Hosted by For the Love of Art London. 11 a.m. to noon Arts Centre, 758 Wonderland Road.

AUGUST 24, 2017 in TORONTO: Anstruther Press presents new chapbooks from Stewart Cole, Ally Fleming, and S. Takatsu. Guest reader Marc di Saverio will also launch Jar of Fireflies (Inspiritus Press, 2017) 7 to 9 p.m. Knife Fork Book at Rick’s Café in Kensington, 281 Augusta Avenue.

AUGUST 24, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #12 with David Stones and Ryan Gibbs, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street.

August 24, 2017 in London

Couplets featured guests David Stones and Ryan Gibbs, August 24, 2017 in London, Ontario, Canada.

AUGUST 22, 2017 in SARNIA: Sarnia-Lambton’s Sesquicentennial Celebration featuring out-of town poets Pat Connors, Marty Gervais, and John B. Lee and local writers Norma West Linder, Bob McCarthy, and Lynn Tait. Hosted by James Deahl. 7 to 9 p.m. at John’s Restaurant Famous Room, 1643 London Line. Admission is free and open to the public.

AUGUST 21, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN STAGE FOR JULY AND AUGUST.)

AUGUST 18, 2017 in TORONTO: Book Launch Party for The Marrow Thieves. Readings by Gregory Scofield, Farzana Doctor, comedy by Stephanie Pangowish, handdrumming by Joshua Smoke. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street. Free admission.

AUGUST 15, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Pearl Pirie. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

AUGUST 14, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN STAGE FOR JULY AND AUGUST.)

AUGUST 14, 2017 LIVEVALLUM POETRY FACEBOOK PAGE: ON  Montreal-based poets Klara du Plessis and Jeramy Dodds in conversation re: their forthcoming books: Ekke (Palimpsest Press, 2018) and Drakkar Noir (Coach House Books, 2017). 7 to 8 p.m.

AUGUST 13, 2017 in TORONTO: Canada Cuba Literary Alliance (CCLA) and Lit Festival 2:30 to 6 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

AUGUST 12, 2017 in CHATHAM: Singer/songwriter/musician Gregger Botting (a regular open mic performer at Sarnia’s Spoken Word events) is the featured performer, 8:30 to 11 p.m. at Sam’s Percolator, 85 Thames Street.

AUGUST 10, 2017 in SARNIA: Singer/songwriter/musician Gregger Botting (a regular open mic performer at Sarnia’s Spoken Word events) is the featured performer, 7 to 9 p.m. at Coffee Lodge, Exmouth location.

AUGUST 10, 2017 in LONDON: A Biblioasis Open House Book Party: London: 150 Cultural Moments by Vanessa Brown and Jason Dickson, 7 to 9 p.m. Brown & Dickson, 609 Richmond Street. Free admission.

August 10, 2017 in London

AUGUST 8, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents The Hot Sexy, Wicked (invitation only) Dress appropriately. Guest host: Margaret Code.  8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

AUGUST 7, 2017 in LONDON: London Writers Society second annual Authors Day, features best selling local authors in retirement, crime lit, historical fiction. Author presentations 1 to 2 p.m.  Book signings noon to 4 p.m. London South Chapters, 1037 Wellington Road

AUGUST 2, 2017 in GODERICH: The Reading Room Poetry Series features Carrie Lee Connel, Goderich Poet and Writer, author of Persona Grata by an open mic for local poets. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 2nd floor, Huron County Library, Goderich Branch, 52 Montreal Street.

AUGUST 1, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers John Nyman, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, and Mick Burrs. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 29, 2017 in TORONTO: Love Poetry Festival honouring Milton Acorn and Gwen MacEwen featuring George Elliott Clarke, Patrick Connors, James Deahl & Norma West Linder, Karen Muhallen, Charles C. Petch, Robert Priest, Banoo Zan with emcee Michelle Alfano. 5 to 7 p.m. Queen Books, 914 Queen Street East.

July 29, 2017 in Toronto

JULY 29, 2017 in LONDON: Imagination Station: Creative Poetry with Brittany R. (For ages 10 and up) Hosted by For the Love of Art London. 11 a.m. to noon Arts Centre, 758 Wonderland Road.

JULY 29, 2017 in LONDON: The River Writes through Us: Walking the Antler with Tom Cull. London’s poet laureate will guide people along the Thames River and offer a series of creative writing activities. Two tours offered: one at 10:30 a.m. to noon and the other at 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Advanced registration is required through Museum London.

JULY 27, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #11 with John B. Lee and Julie Berry, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street.

JULY 26, 2017 in TORONTO: Aeolus House presents the launch of Out of Place by Hong Kong-based Poet Kate Rogers with guest readers K.D. Miller and Chris Pannell, 7 p.m. at the Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue. Admission is free.

Quattro Books Presents

JULY 26, 2017 in GUELPH: Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Sneak Peek with international best seller authors Andrew Pyper and critically acclaimed novelist Nicole Lundrigan. Hosted by the Guelph Public Library and Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. 7 to 9 p.m. Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk Street.

JULY 25, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Daryl Whetter, Jonathan Moody, and Janice Colbert. Guest host: Rob Welch. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 20, 2017 in WINDSOR: “Getting Published in Canada” hosted by Open Book and Biblioasis and featuring reps from Biblioasis, Palimsest Press, and Buckwider Books (an imprint of Wolsak and Wynn). Presented by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization, and the Festival of Literary Diversity. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte St. East.

JULY 18, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Zachary Jones, Kate Sorbara, and Mugabi Byenkya. Guest host: Jeff Cottrill.  To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 17, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN STAGE FOR JULY AND AUGUST.)

JULY 15, 2017 in SARNIA: The Sarnia Historical Society presents the book launch of Walking Through Fire: The History of Sarnia’s Bravest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sarnia Fire Rescue, 240 East Street North

JULY 12, 2017 in TORONTO: Summer Sizzler Poetry Reading with featured guests Michelle Alfano, Domenico Capilongo, Rosso de Giavomo, Luciano Icobelli, Lisa Richter, Jacob Scheier, and Lisa Young, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. 320 College Street.

JULY 12, 2017 in HAMILTON: Epic Books presents the Hamilton Launch of Out of Place (Aeolus House, 2017) by Hong Kong-based Poet Kate Rogers with special guest readers David Haskins and Chris Pannell, 7 p.m. at Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South. Admission is free.

Quattro Books Presents

JULY 12, 2017 in TORONTO: The Brockton Writers Series presents guest speaker S. Baer Bergman talking about “Five Things You Should Know Before You Do Anything About Your Children’s Book Idea” at 6:30 p.m. followed by readings by Terence A. Go, jes sachse, Ron Schafrick, and Kai Cheng at 7:30 p.m. at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street.

JULY 11, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Sonia Di Placido, Julia Pileggi, and Zach DaCosta. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 10, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN STAGE FOR JULY AND AUGUST.)

JULY 10, 2017 in SARNIA: The Aamjiwnaang Heritage and Culture presents Treaty Day Workshop. Historian and author David D Plain will present information about the Huron Tract Treaty along with guest speaker Monica Virtue.  3 p.m. Maawn Doosh Gumig Community and Youth Centre, 1972 Virgil Avenue

JULY 6, 2017 in SARNIA: Local authors will read excerpts from From This Day Forward: an anthology honouring Canada’s 150th birthday. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Mallroad Library.

JULY 5, 2017 in GODERICH: The Reading Room Poetry Series features Tom Cull, Huron County Native and London’s Poet Laureate followed by an open mic for local poets. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 2nd floor, Huron County Library, Goderich Branch, 52 Montreal Street.

July 5, 2017 in Goderich

JULY 4, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Emily Izsak, Stevie Howell, and Noah Wareness. Guest host: Margaret Code. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 1 TO 3, 2017 in KINGSTON: Poets at Artfest III reading festival and book launch, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artfest Kingston, City Park corner of King Street East and West Street

JUNE 29, 2017 in SARNIA: Terry Fallis, author of One Brother Shy 7 to 9 p.m. at Sarnia Library Theatre, 124 Christina Street South. Hosted by The Book Keeper who states Fallis is “award-winning, best-selling and  highly witty”. There will be an admission charge. Tickets required

JUNE 29, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode 10 with Catriona Wright and Erica McKeen, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street.

JUNE 27, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Brandon Pitts, Ariel Balevi, and David Stones. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JUNE 27, 2017 in GUELPH: Readings with Shane Neilson and Daniel Coleman, 7:30 – 9 p.m. The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street.

JUNE 27, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LII presents featured poets I. B. (Bunny) Iskov and Takatsu, followed by an open mic. Sign up for open mic at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street. Hosted by Banoo Zan. Cover charge.

June 27, 2017 event featuring Bunny

JUNE 26, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com (Please note the group will be taking a break during July and August, although unofficial gatherings may still take place once or twice during the summer. It’s best to check ahead of time.)

JUNE 25, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured readers Sharon Berg and Brandon Pitts followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO READING IN JULY AND AUGUST. The event resumes in September.

JUNE 25, 2017 in LONDON: The launch of The Fur-Bearing Trout…and Other True Tales of Canadian Life, a non-fiction anthology with contributions from 16 authors, current and former members of the London & Southwestern Ontario chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). 3 to 5 p.m., Anderson Craft Ales, 1030 Elias Street.

JUNE 25, 2017 in KITCHENER: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Funshine Poetry Festival featuring members’ readings, book launches, and an open mic for non-members. 12:30 to 4 p.m. The Williamsburg Arms, 1187 Fisher Hallman Road Sign-up for readers at the door. Free admission.

JUNE 25, 2017 in HAMILTON: Hamilton Zineposium 2017 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson Street North.

JUNE 24, 2017 in SARNIA: Poet Teighan Gibson releases her debut book Sunday There is Sunshine, 7 p.m. at The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street.

JUNE 22 TO 25, 2017 in TORONTO: The Canadian Authors Association presents the CanWrite! conference, Humber College Lakeshore Campus.

JUNE 22, 2017 in HAMILTON: The Staircase presents Reloading the CanLit CaNnon! Features Ellen Jaffe, Jennifer Tan, New-Era Neisha, Laura Kooji, Kelsey Knight, Angle C. and Jack Blackmon. Hosted by Klyde Broox. 7 to 9 p.m. There is an admission fee.

June 22, 2017 in Hamilton

JUNE 21, 2017 in TORONTO: The Tightrope Summer Short Fiction Launch featuring A Moose in the Dark by H.W. Browne and Things Don’t Break by Richard Rosenbaum. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

JUNE 20, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Francine Lewis, Bruce Meyer, and David Silverberg. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JUNE 19, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JUNE 19, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 18, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment with Hamilton resident and poet Kelsey Knight. 2 p.m. at Big Tobacco Kitchen and Whiskey, 109 George Street.

JUNE 18, 2017 in DUNDAS: Big Pond Rumours Press and The Printed Word present the launch of Nelson Ball’s newest chapbook You Can’t Make the Sky a Different Blue, 2 to 4 p.m. at The Printed Word, 69 King Street W.

June 18, 2017 in Dundas

JUNE 14, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Luciano Iacobelli, Oliver Cusimano, and Anne Forsythe Moore. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue. Cover charge NOTE DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION CHANGE FOR THIS WEEK ONLY.

JUNE 12, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JUNE 12, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 11, 2017 in TORONTO: Guernica Editions presents “No Borders, No Limits” and their June launch featuring six new books, 3:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta.

June 11, 2017 in Toronto

JUNE 9 TO 11, 2017 in TORONTO: The League of Canadian Poets hosts its 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference with several events that are open to the public.

JUNE 9, 2017 in TORONTO: The League of Canadian Poets presents an afternoon panel: Self-promotion for poets: a conversation. This is a ticketed event as part of the League conference. 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. at CSI Spadina ground floor meeting rooms, 192 Spadina Avenue.

JUNE 7, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Stan Burfield followed by an open mic 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant. This closes Burfield’s last season as the event organizer.

JUNE 7, 2017 in GODERICH: The Reading Room Poetry Series features Rhonda Wicks Eller, Huron/Perth poet and author of five books of poetry followed by an open mic for local poets. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 2nd floor, Huron County Library, Goderich Branch, 52 Montreal Street.

Goderich Reading Series

JUNE 6, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Gianna Patriarca, Banoo Zan, and Domenico Capilongo. Guest host: Adebe D.A. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge

JUNE 5, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 4, 2017 in HAMILTON: LITLIVE literary readings presents authors of both fiction and poetry, 7:30 p.m. at The Staircase, 27 Dundurn Street North in Hamilton.

June 4, 2017 with Sharon Berg in Hamilton

JUNE 3 AND 4, 2O17 in SARNIA:  ArtWalk, an annual downtown Sarnia street event will feature food and art vendors, music, performances, and other activities. More details available on the event website. The main event is held both days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christina Street.  Literary events will take place both days from noon to 3 p.m. at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Saturday’s featured guests include Debbie Okun Hill, Sharon Berg, Bob McCarthy, James Deahl, Phyllis Humby and Norma West Linder. Singer-songwriter Gregger Botting will also start off with his tunes and play later in the day. Sunday’s featured readers include Phyllis Humby, Bob McCarthy, James Deahl, David D Plain and Norma West Linder. Displays also include literary work by Gloria Pearson-Vasey, Lorna Pominville, and Audrey Stringer. More details TBA.

June 3 and 4, 2017 at Lawrence House ArtWalk

JUNE 3, 2017 in TORONTO: Hidden Brook Press Book Launch and Party 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

June 3, 2017 in Toronto - Hidden Brook Press

JUNE 3, 2017 in SARNIA: The Aamjiwnaang Heritage and Culture presents Storytelling with Isaac Murdoch, 7 p.m. at Maawn Doosh Gumig Community and Youth Centre, 1972 Virgil Avenue

JUNE 3, 2017 in SARNIA: Author Karin Allaby hosts a book signing of her new historical novel Jasmin (Tellwell Press, 2017) from 2 to 4 p.m. at Coles, Lambton Mall (Additional local authors in attendance: Carol Barrett, Margaret Bird, Caleb Courtney, Wes Harding, and Jennifer Suzanne.)

JUNE 2, 2017 in LONDON: London Poetry Crawl with poets Kevin Shaw, Madeline Bassnett, Blair Trewartha, Kevin Heslop, Andy Vervoom, and Kevin Spenst 11 a.m. at Museum London, 12:30 p.m. at Arts Project, 2:15 p.m. at Fire Roasted Café, 3:15 at Jonathans , 4 p.m. at DNA.

JUNE 1 TO 4, 2017 in VANCOUVER: 2017 OnWords Conference and AGM for The Writers’ Union of Canada will be held at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver. Advance registration for many of the events. More information TBA.

MAY 30, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Sarah de Leeuw, Kevin Spenst, and Robert Colman. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 30, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LI presents featured poets Catherine Hernandez and Allan Briesmaster, followed by an open mic. Sign up for open mic at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street. Hosted by Banoo Zan. Cover charge.

May 30, 2017 in Toronto

MAY 29, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MAY 27, 2017 in CHATHAM: Corunna children’s author Joy Kita celebrates her book Fable Nation 2: The Wilds of Africa, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chatham’s Cole store

MAY 25, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment special with Klyde Broox and hosted by Kelsey Knight 8 p.m. to midnight, L’etranger on James, 109 James Street North.

MAY 25, 2017 in COBOURG: Cobourg Poetry Workshop presents an evening of poetry with Doug Langille, Marion Fuessel and guest Catherine Owen, 7:30 p.m. at Meet at 66 King East. Admission is free.

MAY 25, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode 9 with Andy McQuire and Angie Quick, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street.

MAY 23, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Mary Corkery, Marilyn Potter, and Saran Varnam. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 22, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com (CANCELLED: LIBRARY CLOSED DUE TO VICTORIA DAY)

MAY 21, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured reader Patrick Connors followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

MAY 20, 21, and 22, 2017 in LONDON: Viewing of the film Call of the Forest at the Hyland Cinema. Check the theatre website for more details.

MAY 20, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Lee Bice-Matheson and J. R. Matheson, authors of the Page Maddison Series. They will be launching Shine Your Light, the third book in the series 1 to 2 p.m.

MAY 20, 2017 in BRIGHT’S GROVE: The Bright’s Grove Library presents a used book fair. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at 2618 Hamilton Road.

MAY 18, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment with Kelsey Knight, 8 p.m. to midnight, L’etranger on James, 109 James St. North.

MAY 17, 2017 in LONDON: Tree Poetics: Open Mic and Lecture by Professor Joshua Shuster Hosted by Poetry London. Bring a lawnchair, your best tree inspired poem and help celebrate the retirement of Karen Schindler and Christine Thorpe. 7 to 9 p.m. More details on the Poetry London Facebook page.

MAY 17, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents “By the River Poetry & Prose” featuring Mirror world Publishing authors Justine Dowsett, Elizabeth Walker and Sharon Ledwith, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Riverside Public Library Lions Room.

MAY 16, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Johnny MacRae, Margaret Code and Pierre L’Abbie. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 16, 2017 in LONDON: Biblioasis Book launch at Attic Books for award-winning authors Terry Griggs and Molly Peacock, 7 to 9 p.m. at Attic Books, 240 Dundas Street.

MAY 15, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

MAY 15, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MAY 13, 2017 in TORONTO: Poetry Salon with Ian Burgham. A reading of Ian’s latest work plus a discussion about poetry, 4 to 6 p.m. 77 Borden Street.

MA7 13, 2017 in LONDON: Basic Poetics Study Group. Each month one of the participants will study a topic of interest and lead the group in a discussion about poetry. This month Sheila Deane from Cambridge will focus on metaphor, 2 to 4 p.m. Small cover charge.

MAY 11, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment hosted by Kelsey Knight 8 p.m. to midnight, L’etranger on James, 109 James Street North.

MAY 9, 2017 in OTTAWA: Borealis Press will launch Lizard Love: Artists scan poems by Susan McMaster, 8 p.m. at Black Squirrel Books and Café, 1073 Bank Street. The event will be held in conjunction with the Tree Reading Series featuring readers Dane Swan and Susan McMaster.

MAY 9, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Lindsay Cahill, Emilio Puerta, and TBA. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 9, 2017 in TORONTO: Rowers Reading Series presents Adrienne Gruber, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Jacob Scheier, and Elana Wolff. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 288 Augusta Avenue.

MAY 8, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

MAY 8, 2017 in LONDON: London’s poet laureate Tom Cull hosts this evening of live poetry readings and music. Presenters include authors from London’s local publishers (Brick Books, Occasus, The Word Hoard, Synaeresis, Insomniac Press, and Baseline Press). Stevenson & Hunt Room, London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street.

May 8 2017

MAY 8, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MAY 7, 2017 in AJAX: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Spring Into Poetry Festival featuring members’ readings, book launches, and an open mic for non-members. 1 to 4 p.m. Debbie’s Café, 94 Harwood Ave. South. Free admission.

MAY 6, 2017 in SARNIA: Words and Music Salon presents two featured musicians, a guest storyteller (James Plelan), a guest musician, and two guest poets (Diana Manole and Kate Marshall Flaherty). Hosted by Peter Solmes and Linds Stitt. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Smiling Buddha, 961 College Street (at Dovercourt)

MAY 6, 2017 in SARNIA: The launch of From This Day Forward, a special anthology celebrating CANADA’s 150th birthday. The book features 27 authors living in Southwestern Ontario. Includes a poem and story for each province and territory in Canada. 1 to 4 p.m. Aamjiwnaang Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Avenue.

MAY 6, 2017 in SARNIA: Author Karin Allaby hosts a book signing of her new historical novel Jasmin (Tellwell Press, 2017) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Coles, Lambton Mall

MAY 3, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Jason Dickson followed by an open mic 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant

MAY 2, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Bruce Hunter, Vincent Calistro, and Susanna Derewicz. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 1, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 30, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured reader Windsor Poet Vanessa Shields plus poet Ivy Reiss followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

APRIL 29, 2017 in TORONTO: Poetry and Music featuring poets Adebe DeRango-Adem, Samantha Bernstein, and Vanessa Shields plus musician Carmel Liburdi, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor Street West Free Admission.

April 29, 2017

APRIL 29, 2017 in SARNIA: Corunna children’s author Joy Kita celebrates her book Fable Nation 2: The Wilds of Africa, 11 a.m. at Sarnia’s Cole store

APRIL 29, 2017 in SARNIA: Signposts & Traces: Ash Tree Memorial Trail Performance. Join local artist Mary Abma, and community performers (poet Debbie Okun Hill, Kelly Kiyoski, Missy Burgess, storyteller David D Plain, Wavesong Vocal Ensemble, and dancers/drummer from Aamjiwnaang First Nation), as they come together to eulogize the Ash trees that have been devastated by the emerald ash borer in Lambton County. Attend the performance at the Canatara Park pavilion at 10 a.m., then Walk the trail at 11 a.m., contemplate the loss of the trees, leave offerings at each site, and use the QR codes at each stop to view each tree’s memorial page. Then stop by the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, where the artifacts made by Abma in commemoration of each tree with be on display. See poster below:

April 28 to May 2017

APRIL 29, 2017: Authors for Indies Day!

April 29, 2017 Authors for Indie Day

APRIL 28, 2017 IN ST CATHARINES: The Border Blur Reading Series presents poetry and prose readings by Christopher Dewdney, Phoebe Wang, Sarah Pinder, and Moez Surani. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul Street. There is an admission charge.

APRIL 28, 2017 in TORONTO: The launch of Vallum Issue 12:1 (Evolution) with contributors Andy Lee, Chris Riddell, Sue Reynolds, Anthony Labriola, Alan Reed, and Jessica Bebenek 7:30 p.m. at the Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

APRIL 27, 2017 in VARIOUS CANADIAN AND UNITED STATES LOCATIONS: The Academy of American Poets and the League of Canadian Poets presents Poem In Your Pocket Day. Watch for details in your area.

APRIL 26, 2017 in TORONTO: The Toronto Public Library, Main Street Branch presents the National Poetry Month event featuring Kent Bowman, Ronnie R. Brown, Pat Connors, James Deahl, Ellen S. Jaffe, Norma West Linder, and Elana Wolff, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Street Branch, 137 Main Street.

APRIL 25, 2017 in OTTAWA: The Tree Reading Series presents poets Marty Gervais, Roger Nash, and the announcement of the Tree Chapbook winner. The evening begins with a workshop with Claudia Radmore at 6 p.m. Reading beings at 8:45 p.m. , 1073 Bank Street.

APRIL 25, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Kelly Norah Drukker, Lisa Richter, and Ron Charach. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 24, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 23, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode 8 with Tom Cull and Erik Madawe, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the old Novack Building, 211 King Street.

APRIL 23, 2017 in TORONTO: Framing Time in Poetry & Art is the 10th annual Poetry Reading and Art Exhibition with featured poets and artists, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue.

APRIL 22, 2017 in SARNIA: Corunna children’s author Joy Kita celebrates her book Fable Nation 2: The Wilds of Africa from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street.

APRIL 22, 2017 in WYOMING: Used Book Fair, 9 a.m. to noon, Library Headquarters, 787 Broadway Street.

APRIL 22, 2017: Earth Day

APRIL 20, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment special with Dub Poet Klyde Broox. 12 a.m. at L’etranger on James, 109 James Street North.

APRIL 20 TO 22, 2017 in COBALT: Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

APRIL 19, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Ulrikka Gernes and John Nyman. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library

APRIL 18, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents “Tea and Oranges…” A Leonard Cohen Tribute with Adebe DeRango-Adem, Carolyn Smart, Clara Blackwood, Jacqueline Valencia, George Elliot Clarke, Moez Surani, Richard Glen Lett,  Robin Richardson, Stanley Fefeerman…”…All the way from China” Guest host: TBA.  8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 18, 2017 in SARNIA: Lambton Poets’ Group presents A 2017 National Poetry Month event featuring Erieau writer Kara Ghobhainn Smith and new Sarnia resident Sharon Berg plus Lambton County poets James Deahl, Debbie Okun Hill, Norma West Linder and Carmen Ziolkowski. All poets are current and/or former members of The Writers’ Union of Canada.  Stop by for supper around 5:30 p.m. Readings run 7 to 9 p.m. John’s Restaurant, 1643 London Line. Admission is free and open to the public.

National Poetry Month April 18, 2017 in Sarnia for distribution

APRIL 17, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. (CANCELLED: EASTER MONDAY – See May 8 for next Open Stage.)

APRIL 17, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com (CANCELLED: EASTER MONDAY)

APRIL 13, 2017 in TORONTO: The Inconvenients featuring Thursday Night Poets: Kelley Aitken, Nancy Viva Davis Halifax, Maureen Hynes, Dilys Leman, Sue MacLeod, and Sheila Stewart. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7 p.m. knife/fork/book @ Rick’s Café, 281 Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market.

APRIL 13, 2017 in HAMILTON: The Staircase presents a National Poetry Month event featuring poets James Deahl, David Haskins, Ellen S. Jaffe, Norma West Linder, Chris Pannell, and Lynn Tait, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Staircase, 27 Dundurn Street North.

APRIL 12, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents “By the River Poetry & Prose” featuring Palimpsest Press author Dorothy Mahoney, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Riverside Public Library Lions Room.

APRIL 12, 2017 in HARROW: Wine & Words for National Poetry Month. Windsor poet Vanessa Shields leads a short interactive workshop following by a poetry reading and an open mic. 6 to 8 p.m. Oxley Estate Winery, 533 County Road, 50 East, RR #1 Free admission

APRIL 11, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers John Terpstra, Sharon Berg, and Betsy Struthers. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 10, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

APRIL 10, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 9, 2017 in HAMILTON: Mindfulness Living Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson Street North

APRIL 8, 2017 in CHATHAM: Sing-songwriter Gregger Botting performs live from his debut album Never Saw A Thing Coming. Botting was a regular performer at Sarnia’s Spoken Word event., 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sam’s Percolator, 85 Thames Street.

APRIL 8, 2017 in THORNHILL: Vaughan Poets’ Circle National Poetry Month Celebration featuring local poets. Read your work at the open mic. 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Bathurst Clark Resource Library, 900 Clark Avenue West. Meeting Room 1.

APRIL 7, 2017 in PETROLIA: The CD Release Party for Gregger Botting’s new album Never Saw A Thing Coming. Hosted by Shakers Lounge, the event will begin a musical ‘open mic’ followed by a performance by singer-songwriter Gregger Botting, a regular of Sarnia’s Spoken Word event. 8 to 11 p.m. Shakers Lounge, 413c Albany St.

April 2017 Gregger Botting event in Petrolia

Singer-songwriter Gregger Botting will perform April 7 in Petrolia and April 8 in Chatham.

APRIL 7, 2017 in WINDSOR: Poets of Canada, an evening of poetry featuring members of the League of Canadian Poets (Marty Gervais, John B. Lee, D. A. Lockhart, Mary Ann Mulhern, and Vanessa Shields). Music by Ian Bell. A reception will follow in the Long Bar Lobby, 7 p.m. lighthouse theatre. Tickets required.

APRIL 6 to 9, 2017 in HAMILTON: A gritLIT presentation featuring workshops and panels with acclaimed writers. Art Gallery of Hamilton.

APRIL 6, 2017 in OSHAWA: Congratulations to Poet John Di Leonardo who had two of his nude studies accepted for The Oshawa Art Association 50th Juried Art Exhibition to be held at The Robert MacLaughlin Art Gallery. The selected work from his series focusing on “the transience of beauty and body” theme included “Above the Garden” and “After the Garden” (both 18″ X 24″/ graphite).  The opening reception and awards will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gallery.

April 6, 2017 in Oshawa

Poet John Di Leonardo with two of his graphite images selected for The Oshawa Art Association 50th Juried Art Exhibition. Photo by DRUWORX Photography.

APRIL 6, 2017 in WINDSOR: Experience 150, a book launch featuring the books Tom Thomson: On the Threshold of Magic by Barry T. Brodie and 1967 Centennial Year by Bruce Meyer. 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Caboto Club.

APRIL 6, 2017 in TORONTO: Toronto Lit Up launches National Poetry Month with readers R. Kolewe, Katerini Lanthier, Jennifer LoveGrove, Phoebe Wang, and Catriona Wright. Supported by the Toronto Arts Council and hosted by the International Festival of Authors (IFOA)., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street.

APRIL 5, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The Canadian Authors Association – Niagara Branch and the St. Catharines Public Library presents an evening of literary entertainment featuring poets from the Niagara Branch, finalists from the Library’s 2016 Fresh Ink Writing Competition for Teens, and students from Brock University. 7 p.m. Central Library, Mills Room. Admission is free.

APRIL 5, 2017 in TORONTO: Quattro Books and Aeolus House presents a National Poetry Month Reading: Reflections on Time in Four New Books (Islands North and South by Rosemary Clewes; Home Was Elsewhere by Stanley Fefferman; Odysseus by Carl Hare; and Perfect Day for Leif E. Vaage), 7:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue. Free admission.

April 5, 2017 in Toronto

APRIL 5, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents poets James Deahl and Norma West Linder followed by an open mic 6:30 to 9 p.m at Mykonos Restaurant

Norma West Linder & James Deahl Photo 1 by Okun Hill

Norma West Linder and James Deahl travelling together on their literary journey.

APRIL 4, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Phlip Arima, Ian Burgham and Debbie Okun Hill. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

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APRIL 4, 2017 in TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series presents Jeff Cottrill, Jasmine D’Costa, Pamela Mordecai, and Molly Peacock, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 262 Augusta Avenue.

APRIL 3, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 2, 2017 in TORONTO: Elana Wolff launches her poetry book Everything Reminds You Of Something Else (Guernica Editions, 2017) See additional readers with their new books below. 3:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, Kensington Market, 268 Augusta Avenue.

April 2, 2017 event in Toronto

APRIL 2, 2017 in DUNDAS: The launch of Certain Details: The Power of Nelson Ball (selected with an introduction by Stuart Ross) (WLU Press), 2 to 4 p.m. The Printed Word, 69 King Street West.

APRIL 1 to 30, 2017 in ONTARIO and across CANADA: The League of Canadian Poets celebrates National Poetry Month 2017 with numerous events taking place in various locations and dates.  Check the League’s website for additional information.

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APRIL 1, 2017 in WINDSOR: Workshop leader Brian Henry presents Writing for Children and for Young Adults, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Venue to be announced. There is a fee and advance registration required.

MARCH 29, 2017 in TORONTO: Poetry NOW hosted by Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA) and featuring a poetry competition/reading with 20 Canadian emerging and established poets. 7:30 to 8:20 p.m. 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets available from the Harbourfront.

MARCH 28, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Susie Berg, Carmelo Militano, and Laurence Hutchman. Guest host: Margaret Code. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 27, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 26, 2017 in SARNIA: Award-winning Polish-Canadian author Eva Stachniak will discuss her latest book, The Chosen Maiden plus her four other books. 3 to 5 p.m. Sarnia Public Library,124 Christina Street South.

MARCH 25, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents authors Emily Schultz, Roberta Rich, and Eva Stachniak 1:30 p.m. Sarnia Riding Club. Advance tickets required.

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MARCH 22-25, 2017 in LONDON: The Triumph of Teresa Harris, a play by Penn Kemp, directed by Diane Haggerty, presented by Palace Theatre and Eldon House. 8 to 11 p.m. Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St. NOTE: OPENING NIGHT (March 22) SOLD OUT. March 23 and 24 performances (very limited seating) Tickets Required.

MARCH 22, 2017 in LONDON: PREVIEW: The Triumph of Teresa Harris, a play by Penn Kemp, directed by Diane Haggerty, presented by Palace Theatre and Eldon House. 8 to 11 p.m. Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St. Tickets Required.

MARCH 22, 2017 in WINDSOR: Author Emily Schultz will read from her new novel Men Walking on Water. Door open at 6 p.m. Reading at 7 p.m. at Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte St. East.

MARCH 21, 2017: International Forest Day

MARCH 21, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Nicole Saltz, Mark Sampson, and Jane Byers. Guest host: Kate Marshall Flaherty. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 20, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

MARCH 20, 2017 in TORONTO: The Al Purdy A-frame team presents An Evening with Al and Leonard, dedicated to Al Purdy and Leonard Cohen. Guest readers include poet/musician Max Layton, poet/critic Damian Rogers, and poet Phoebe Wang. Performance by internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Doug Paisley. 6 p.m. The Monarch Tavern. Students are free but tickets must be purchased for other guests.

MARCH 20, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 19, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured reader Marsha Barber followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E. Admission donation.

MARCH 18, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association launches Ten Stores High: Short Story Anthology Volume 17, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mills Room, St. Catharines Central Library, 54 Church Street. Admssion Free.

MARCH 18, 2017 in TORONTO: Echolocation will launch its 16th issue, a new online only format. Celebrate with Stuart Ross, Taija Isen, Michael Harman, Jaewuk Kim and others, 7 to 10 p.m. Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place.

MARCH 16, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents the release of the cookbook FEAST: A Cross-Canada Culinary Adventure by Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller. 7 to 9 p.m.

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MARCH 16, 2017 in WINDSOR: University of Windsor Creative Writing 498 will launch Radish, a chapbook collection of poems, notes, dialogues, and other writing styles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings being at 7 p.m. at Biblioasis Bookstore, 1520 Wyandotte St. E.

MARCH 15, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights David Huebert and Ruth Roach Pierson. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library

MARCH 15, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents “By the River Poetry & Prose” featuring Biblioasis and Woodbridge Farm Writers’ Retreat guests Grant Munroe and TBA, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Riverside Public Library Lions Room.

MARCH 14, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Rocco de Giacomo, Viral Gor, and Diana Manole. Guest host: Adebe D. A. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 13, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

MARCH 13, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 11, 2017 in TORONTO: Book launch and readings from The Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press), 3 to 5:30 p.m. The Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta.

MARCH 10, 2017 in WINDSOR: Woman Words Unite: A Conversation about this Power of Words with author Shawna Diane Partridge; author Kate Hargreaves; director and founding member of Paper-Knife Theatre; author Vanessa Shields, and writer/musician/radio personality Brittni Brinn. Hosted by Peter Brinn. 6 to 10 p.m. Green Bean Café, 2320 Wyandotte St. W. Free Admission

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MARCH 9, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment with poet Kelsey Knight creating personal poems on her 1930’s typewriter. 8 p.m. L’etranger on James, 109 James St. N.

MARCH 7, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Brenda Clews, Myna Wallin, and Chris Pannell. Guest host: Mike Lummis. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 7, 2017 in TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series with novelist Carole Giangrande and others. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

MARCH 6, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 4, 2017 in LONDON: Penn Kemp launches her script of The Dream Life of Teresa Harris plus the CD, The Dream Life of Teresa Harris, a Sound Opera. 2 p.m. Masonville Branch Library, Free admission

MARCH 4, 2017 in LONDON: Workshop leader Brian Henry presents Writing and Revising. This is aimed at storytellers interested in refining their skills and cutting editing time. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. London Central Library, Tonda Room, 251 Dundas St. Must reserve a spot. There is a charge.

MARCH 3, 2017 in WINDSOR: Canadian Poet Bruce Meyer will talk about his new book Portraits of Canadian Writers published by The Porcupine’s Quill. 6 to 8 p.m. Storyteller’s Book Store, 1473 Ottawa Street.

MARCH 1, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents poet Andy Verboom followed by an open mic 6:30 to 9 p.m at Mykonos Restaurant

FEBRUARY 28, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Jovan Vuksanovich, Erin Brubacher, and Sophie Laliberte Else. Guest host: Margaret Code. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 28, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLVIII presents featured poets Phoebe Wang and Brent Peers. Hosted by Banoo Zan. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Avenue/

FEBRUARY 28, 2017 in PETROLIA: Author David D Plain will present a workshop on Anishnaabeg (Ojibwa) waterways (canoe routes) used for trade, war and in their cyclical lifestyle. Q & A to follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Petrolia Library, 4200 Petrolia Line Pre-registration required.

FEBRUARY 27, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 25, 2017 in TORONTO: Old Words: Stories in music, poetry and prose with a theme of ‘death’ 6 to 8 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street

FEBRUARY 25, 2017 in TORONTO: Poetry & Music Salon honouring the twin fathers of the Art Bar, the longest-running poetry series in Toronto. Readings by Allan Briesmaster and Allen Sutterfield. Holly Briesmaster will also showcase her ‘fan series’. There will be also be a dance party afterwards. 2 to 4 p.m. Palmerston Library Theatre.

FEBRUARY 22, 2017 in LONDON: The launch of Lark Ascending (Pedlar Press) by David White. 7 p.m. at the Landon Branch of the London Public Library.

FEBRUARY 21, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents “Black History Month” Guest readers Canisla Lubrin, Cara-Lyn Morgan, and Clifton Joseph. Guest host: Rudy Fearon. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 21, 2017 in TORONTO: Hot-Sauced Words Presents the launch of Susie Berg’s second full-length poetry book All This Blood (Piquant Press). Other readers include: Elana Wolff, Lisa Richter, Valentino Assenza, Lisa Young, Nicki Ward, and Kate Marshall Flaherty. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

FEBRUARY 20, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

FEBRUARY 20, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com (CANCELLED – LIBRARY CLOSED DUE TO FAMILY DAY)

FEBRUARY 15, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents “By the River Poetry & Prose” featuring Black Moss Press writers Vanessa Shields, Peter Hrastovec and D. A. Lockhart, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Riverside Public Library Lions Room.

FEBRUARY 15, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Maureen Hynes and Stuart Ross. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library

FEBRUARY 14, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents a Valentine’s Day special “Cupids Wins & Wounds”. This will be an all open mic night. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required as space is limited. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 13, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

FEBRUARY 13, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 12, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured reader David Brydges, founder of the Henry Drummond Contest and Cobalt’s Spring Pulse Poetry Festival followed by an open mic. NOTE TIME CHANGE: 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

FEBRUARY 12, 2017 in TORONTO: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Love of Poetry Gathering with members’ reading and an open mic for non-members, 12 noon to 4 p.m., Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor Street W. (I block east of Bathurst). Sign-up for readers is at the door.

FEBRUARY 11, 2017 in CHATHAM: All Four Love: Four Poets Read Love Poetry with Cornelia Hoogland, Vanessa Shields, Kara Smith and Debbie Okun Hill with special musical guest Crissi Cochrane, 7 to 10 p.m. Thames Art Gallery. Ticket required. (SOLD OUT)

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FEBRUARY 9, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry and Roses – featuring five London poets: Allan Leangvan, Camille Intson, Brittany Renaud, Carrie Lee Connel, and Andreas Gripp. Open Mic to follow. 7 to 8:15 p.m. Bread and Roses Books, 870 Dundas Street.

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FEBRUARY 9, 2017 in HAMILTON: gritLIT presents An Evening of Winter Tales at Winterfest featuring guest author Heather O’Neill. The event will also include the Winter’s Tales falsh fiction contest, fames, prizes, and a peek at the 2017 gritLIT Festival to be held in April 2017. 7 p.m. Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N. Advanced tickets are required.

FEBRUARY 9, 2017 in TORONTO: book launch of apparatus, a 80 page collection of poetry, prose, photography by acclaimed authors and emerging writers from York University, local and international communities. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Knife Fork Book at Rick’s Café in Kensington, 281 Augusta Avenue.

FEBRUARY 8, 2017 in LONDON: Interlude, an evening of poetry readings by Cornelia Hoogland, Blair Trewartha, Kara Smith, and Kevin Shaw. A Q & A will follow. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library.

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FEBRUARY 7, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Elizabeth Greene, Kath MacLean, and Matt Robinson. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 7, 2017 in TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series presents poetry and prose featuring David Clink, Melanie Mah, Lana Pesch, and Vanessa Shields. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Readings 7 to 8:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar.

FEBRUARY 6, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 5, 2017 in HAMILTON: LitLive literary readings presents Nathan Whitlock, Liz Howard, Allan Briesmaster, Stuart Ross, Stephen Henighan, and Eric Beck Rubin 7:30 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St. N.

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FEBRUARY 5, 2017 in LONDON: The on-line launch of the first issue of Synaeresis, an arts and poetry digital journal.

FEBRUARY 2, 2017 in OTTAWA: Memory and Loss: An Evening of Poetry and Song with Ronnie Brown, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Blaine Marchand, etc. 7 p.m. St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa, Riverside Drive. Advanced tickets required and sold until January 30. Limited seating.

FEBRUARY 1, 2017 in TORONTO: Poet John Oughton launches the second edition of his long-out-of-print poetic biography Mata Hari’s Lost Words, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Free Time Café, 320 College Street. The launch will also include a performance by belly dancer Anjelica Scannura, and guest readings by writers Heather Babcock, Brenda Clews, and Kath MacLean. Admission free.

FEBRUARY 1, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents poet Ron Stewart followed by an open mic 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant

JANUARY 31, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Luciano Iacobelli, Barry Olshen, and Karen Mulhallen. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 30, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 28, 2017 in HAMILTON: Hamilton author Joanne Levy will launch her latest tween-themed book Crushing It, 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library. Sponsored by Bryan Prince Bookseller.

JANUARY 28, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Lee Bice-Matheson and J. R. Matheson, authors of the Page Maddison Series. They will be launching Shine Your Light, the third book in the series 1 to 4 p.m. (POSTPONED: See May 20, 2017)

JANUARY 26, 2017 in TORONTO: The Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature presents Literature Matters. Guests Karen Solie and Esi Edugyan, 7:30 p.m. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West. Free but advanced registration required.

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JANUARY 24, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Steve Venright, John Oughton, and Stephen Humphreys. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 23, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 22, 2017 in HAMILTON: Tower Poetry Society presents the launch of its forthcoming issue of Tower Poetry

JANUARY 20, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents an evening with Clare Macintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You, 7 to 10 p.m. Sarnia Riding Club, 980 Riding Club Lane. Seating limited. Advanced tickets required and includes reading, a glass of wine and some munchies.

JANUARY 18, 2017 in TORONTO: Guernica Editions launches three books with Brenda Clews, Rocco de Giacomo, and Luciano Iacobelli, 7:30 p.m. Bar Italia, 582 College Street (near Clinton).

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JANUARY 18, 2017 in OTTAWA: The Sawdust Reading Series presents Michael Mirolla and Grant Savage. 7 to 9 p.m. Poor Boy, 495 Somerset St. W.

JANUARY 18, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Michael Prior and Nyla Matuk. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library

JANUARY 17, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Claudio Duran, Vanessa Shields, and Rosa Arlotto. Guest host: Margaret Code. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 17, 2017 in TORONTO: Hot Sauced Words moves to a NEW location and NEW third Tuesday of the month time slot. Featured guest Banoo Zan launches her new book Letters to My Father (Piquant Press) with tribute readings from Michael Fraser, Ian French, Georgia Vilder, Ali Ibrahimi, Jacqueline Valencia, and Charles C. Smith. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

JANUARY 16, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JANUARY 16, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 12, 2017 in TORONTO: Techqua Ikachi: Blending with the land and celebrating life. Performers: Pat Connors, Roberto Martin, Jeannine M. Pitas, Dane Swan, and Jesus Maya. Doors open at 7 p.m. Event 8 to 10 p.m. May, 876 Dundas Street West.

JANUARY 12, 2017 in LONDON: Four contributing poets (Carrie Lee Connel, Tom Cull, Jan Figurski and Andreas Gripp) from the book Another London will be featured. 10:30 a.m. The Spriet Learning Commons, Kind Student Life Centre. Open to everyone.

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JANUARY 10, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Lucy Brennan, Barry Callaghan, and Marc di Saverio To participate in the open mic competition registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 10, 2017 in SARNIA: The Sarnia Historical Society presents guest speaker Bob McCarthy, a local author, historian and retired teacher. McCarthy will talk about his current project which includes compiling 150 stores from across Lambton County to highlight the county’s history. 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Front Street.

JANUARY 9, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JANUARY 9, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 8, 2017 in HAMILTON: LitLive Literary Readings presents Marie Woodrow, Joan Crate, John Goldbach, Pasha Malla, Chris Pannell, and Ashley-Elizabeth Best   7:30 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St.

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