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“Come home, stay home”
As we self-isolate in our homes with the attempts of flattening the community spread of COVID-19, all public literary events in Ontario (to my knowledge) have been cancelled.
I will also be taking a break from updating this page but will return once the Canadian government has informed us that it is safe to resume our regular activities.
I will certainly miss receiving and promoting your notices about your literary events but I hope readers will continue to scroll down and support the featured writers by reading and reviewing your books.
As I wave to you “from a distance” via social media, please stay safe and continue to celebrate the creative spirit that lives within all of us. Think of it as a sabbatical. I am. – March 21, 2020
NOTE EFFECTIVE MAY 16, 2020: Many writers and publishers have been finding creative ways to share their work with online presentations. I have started to add these to the event listing below! -updated July 8, 2020
MY CURRENT READINGS AND WORKSHOPS: 2020
Lit Net TO, compiled by the Toronto Literary Organizer, is a weekly e-mailed newsletter that highlights literary activities such as reading series, poetry slams, local author book launches, literary festival events, and more taking place in and around Toronto. Those interested in subscribing to this FREE newsletter may sign-up here.
SEPTEMBER 11 to 13, 2020 in EDEN MILLS: Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. More info to be announced. NOTE: STATUS UNKNOWN
JULY 28, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Debbie Okun Hill and TBA. Guest host: TBA. 8 to 10 p.m. Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series.
JULY 21, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents TBA and TBA. Guest host: TBA. 8 to 10 p.m. Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series.
JULY 21, 2020 ONLINE: Sharon Berg will be a 20-minute featured reader during an online Zoom meeting organized by Sheila Tucker, host of Poetry&Prose. The event, including an open mic, will be held on July 21, 2020 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Berg will be reading from Naming the Shadows/Stories and her soon-to-be-released poetry collection Stars in the Junkyard (Cyberwit 2020). She will also briefly introduce her nonfiction book The Name Unspoken: Wandering Spirit Survival School (Big Pond Rumours Press, 2019), which won a 2020 IPPY Award. Contact Sheila at OakvillePandP (at) protonmail (dot) com to be added to the Zoom presentation.
JULY 16, 2020 ONLINE: LOVE IN THE TIME of COVID POETRY OPEN MIC, a monthly online poetry open mic series hosted by Owen Sound Poet Laureate Richard-Yves Sitoski. Held on the third Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. via ZOOM. To obtain an event link, contact Richard at r_sitoski (at) yahoo (dot) ca or find him on Facebook.
JULY 15, 2020 ONLINE: Come Play With Me presents a self-isolation digital play reading of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov and curated by Sheena Albanese and Jelena Psenicnik, 7:30 p.m. See poster below:
JULY 14, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Margaret Christakos and Sue Chenette. Guest host: Maida Sosa-Valazques. 8 to 10 p.m. Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series.
JULY 11, 2020 ONLINE: The Association of Italian Canadian Writers presents “The Art of the Pitch: Get Your Manuscript into the Right Hands” featuring longtime editor and publisher Michael Mirolla of Guernica Editions, one of Canada’s thriving independent presses, 2 p.m. Online Zoom Event: write info@aicw to reserve your spot.
JULY 10, 11, 12, 2020 in WINDSOR: The 4th Windsor International Writers Conference welcomes all levels of writers from beginners to professional. Agents, Editors, Publishers, Keynote Speakers, and more. This is a ticketed event with early bird specials until December 31, 2019. ASSUMED CANCELLED.
JULY 9, 2020 ONLINE: Word Up Online presents novelist Barbara Kyle at 7 p.m. and followed by an open mic. Hosted by Aaron Reynolds, Linda Laforge and Word Up. Online event at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7538932502
JULY 8, 2020 ONLINE: The Brockton Writers Series July 2020 presents literary readings by Kamila Rina, Ryan Kap, Waubgeshig Rice, and Marlo K. Shaw. Hosted by Nancy Kay Clark and the Brockton Writers Series, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at https://www.gladdaylit.ca/gdtv
JULY 8, 2020 in LONDON: LOMP: reading series & open mic (held on the first Wednesday of each month). This month’s feature is Lisa Young. Open mic to follow: bring a poem, an excerpt of fiction, a chunk of your memoir, or a paragraph of creative non-fiction, and partake. Doors open at 6 p.m. Readings 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. NOTE: CANCELLED
JULY 8, 2020 ONLINE: The Anstruther Press Launch presents The Phobic’s Handbook by Sile Englert; What Do You Want To Be Called? by Kirby; Borderlands by Marc Perez; Bachelor of Art by Ayaz Pirani; Claw Machine by Mahalia Smith; and In Flocks of Three to Five by Samuel Strathman. Zoom details TBA.
JULY 7, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents John Terpstra and Josh Smith. Guest host: Gavin Barrett. 8 to 10 p.m. Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series.
JULY 7, 2020 ONLINE: Canadian poet/publisher Michael Mirolla and The League of Canadian Poets presents “Experiencing a Different Kind of Solitude and Confinement. This is the Life of a Poet”. Facebook lifestream at 12 p.m. EST.
JULY 1 to 4, 2020 ONLINE: The 2020 Poets @ Artfest VI presents the Artfest Kingston Virtual Event organized by Bruce Kauffman. The event will feature readings from Canadian poets and an interactive poem project for virtual visitors. Thirty-four poems (by poets from Kingston, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal) have been recorded into a 1 hour, 07-minute, 39-second track.
JULY 1, 2020 ONLINE: LOMP: reading series & open mic (held on the first Wednesday of each month). This month’s feature is Misha Bower and Will Kidman. To be aired at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The video will be available for viewing on TAP’s website.
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