Events – 2018

 SUPPORT THE LITERARY ARTS BY ATTENDING ONE OR MORE OF THESE ONTARIO EVENTS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC!

(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. – July 20, 2018)

TARNISHED TROPHIES BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE: 2014 AND 2015.

MY CURRENT READINGS AND WORKSHOPS: 2016-2017 AND 2018.

EVENTS:

OCTOBER 14, 2018 in OAKVILLE: The Ontario Poetry Society presents the Autumn Ingathering for Poetry, Members’ Readings and Open Mic., 1 to 4 p.m. Units 2 & 3, Fair Trade Coffee & Gift Shop, 67 Bronte Road. Admission is free

OCTOBER 5, 2018 in TORONTO: k/f/b Readings presents the Baseline Press Chapbook Launch, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Poetry – 7-ish, The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, 2nd floor, Kensington Market

OCTOBER 4, 2018 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Dr. Brian Goldman who will discuss his book The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sarnia Public Library, 124 Christina Street South. NOTE: This is a ticketed event.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 in LONDON: As part of Culture Days, Unscripted, the speaker series, presents Jordi Mand, 2 to 4 p.m. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. RSVP requested.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 in SARNIA: 100 Thousand Performing Artists for Change. People from all over the globe gather to perform free to an audience with works that promote Peace, human rights, and sustainable living, all at the same time, on the same day, all across the globe. Sharon Berg of Big Pond Rumours is seeking people from Sarnia who may be interested in performing and/or helping to organize the event with her. Contact her via Big Pond Rumours.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 in TORONTO: “A” 100,000 Poets for Change Toronto event featuring a full roster of readers. (Please note: there is NOT an open mic for this event.) Doors open at 6 p.m. Event begins shortly before 7 p.m. with a traditional First National greeting by O Puck. Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Avenue.

Fox Haunts (Aeolus House, 2018) by Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp will read from her latest book Fox Haunts (Aeolus House, 2018) September 7 in Parry Sound, September 9 in Ottawa and September 12 in Toronto.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 in TORONTO: Aeolus House poets: Ariane Blackman, Tom Hamilton, Penn Kemp, and Sydney White will read from their recent books, 7 to 9  p.m. Supermarket Restaurant, 268 Augusta Avenue.

SEPTEMBER 11. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Shannon Quinn, David Brock, and Bruce Hunter. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 in TORONTO: Boneshaker Reading Series presents Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 7 p.m. Bloor/Gladstone Branch, Toronto Public Library, 1101 Bloor Street West.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018  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 and the summer months of July and August) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 in OTTAWA: Aeolus House poets: Ariane Blackman, Brian Cameron, Stanley Fefferman, Tom Hamilton, and Penn Kemp will read from their recent books, 4 to 6 p.m. Pressed (waffle  house), 750 Gladstone Avenue.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 in PARRY SOUND: Canadian poets Katerina Fretwell and Penn Kemp will read from their work. More info: TBA

SEPTEMBER 4. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Kevin P. Gilday, Chris Pannell, and Ian Burgham. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

AUGUST 30, 2018 in LONDON: Couplets Series presents episode #20 with special guests Debbie Okun Hill and TBA, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street.

AUGUST 28, 2018 in PETROLIA: A literary event hosted by Big Pond Rumours Press. Guest reader Tom Gannon Hamilton, first place winner of the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Contest will share the spotlight with Lambton County poet Debbie Okun Hill and Big Pond Rumours publisher Sharon Berg, 6 p.m. at the Petrolia Branch of the Lambton Country Library, 4200 Petrolia Line. Admission is free.

August 28, 2018 in Petrolia

AUGUST 25, 2018 in SARNIA: A literary event hosted by Big Pond Rumours Press. Guest reader Tom Gannon Hamilton, first place winner of the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Contest  will share the spotlight with Toronto poet Heather Roberts Cadsby and Lambton County fiction writer/blogger/columnist Phyllis Humby, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sarnia Library, 124 Christina Street South. Admission is free.

August 25, 2918 in SarniaAUGUST 24, 2018 in TORONTO: k/f/b Readings presents Special guest curator Klara Du Plessis/Aaron Boothby/Canisia Lubrin, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Poetry – 7-ish, The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, 2nd floor, Kensington Market

 

AUGUST 23, 2018 in LONDON: Tom Gannon Hamilton (1st place winner of Big Pond Rumours 2018 Chapbook Contest), Sile Englert (London poet/fiction writer/visual artist) and Sharon Berg (publisher of Big Pond Rumours) will read, 7 p.m. Brown and Dickson Bookstore, 609 Richmond Street.

August 23, 2018 in London

AUGUST 20, 2018 in WINDSOR: Tom Gannon Hamilton (1st place winner of Big Pond Rumours 2017 Chapbook Contest) and Sharon Berg (publisher of Big Pond Rumours) will read, 7 p.m. Biblioasis Bookstore, 1520 Wyandotte Street East.

Phyllis Humby will read August 25, 2018 in Sarnia

AUGUST 19, 2018 in LONDON: The Ontario Poetry Society presents the Sultry Summer Poetry Gathering, Members’ Readings and Open Mic., 12:30 to 4 p.m. Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street North. Admission is free. NOTE: DATE CHANGE

AUGUST 14. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Maureen Hynes and TBA. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

AUGUST 10, 2018 in TORONTO: k/f/b Readings presents Standford Cheug Structures From The Still (Akinoga Press) Toronto Launch, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Poetry – 7-ish, The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, 2nd floor, Kensington Market

AUGUST 7. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Marty Gervais, Myna Wallin, and April Bulmer. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 31. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Jaclyn Piudik, Phlip Arima, and Joe Dewar. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 29, 2018 in TORONTO: The Third Annual Love Poetry Festival featuring the love poetry of Milton Acorn and Gwen MacEwen as well as bill bissett, Domenico Capilongo, George Elliott Clarke, James Deahl, and Norma West Linder, Catherine Graham, Stedmond Pardy, and Banoo Zan, 5 to 7 p.m. Queen Books, 914 Queen Street East.

JULY 26, 2018 in LONDON: COUPLETS – please note this month’s event has been cancelled.

JULY 24. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Kate Sorbara, Claudio Duran, and Kelley Aitken. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 22, 2018 in LONDON: Join Penn Kemp for an afternoon of readings from The Dream Life of Teresa Harris and Local Heroes, paired with a viewing of ‘Augmented Reality’ exhibits by artist Mary McDonald., 1 p.m. Eldon House Interpretive Centre (and Grounds for Tea option) Registration required. More info from Eldon House.

JULY 20, 2018 in TORONTO: k/f/b Readings presents Anstruther Press Launch with James Arthur/Evan Jones/Paola Ferrante/Fawn Parker Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Poetry – 7-ish, The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, 2nd floor, Kensington Marke

COMPLETED EVENTS

JULY 19, 2018 in SARNIA: Margaret Bird will be signing autographs for her latest book Tea Cup Stories, 6 to 8 p.m., Coles Lambton Mall.

JULY 17. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Jacob Scheier, Bill Bissett, and Lisa Richter. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 17, 2018 in WINDSOR: KFB WINDSOR/Kirby/Biblioasis

JULY 13, 2018 in TORONTO: k/f/b Readings presents David Hadbawnik/Dale Smith/Katherine Jager/Daniel Remein, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Poetry – 7-ish, The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, 2nd floor, Kensington Market

JULY 12, 2018 in BARRIE: Word Up presents the launch of Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 7 p.m. United Market Cafe, 25 Toronto Street.

JULY 10. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Lisa Young, charles s. smith and Sheila Stewart. Guest host: Margaret Code. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 6 TO 8, 2018 in WINDSOR: The Windsor International Writers Conference: for new and established writers.

JULY 6, 2018 in TORONTO: k/f/b Readings presents Catherine Graham/Kathleen McCracken, Orbital Arts Gallery, 275 Augusta Avenue (across from knife/fork/book).

JULY 6, 2018 in LONDON: Unscripted, the speaker series, presents Keira Loughran, 6 to 8 p.m. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. RSVP requested.

JULY 5, 2018 in KITCHENER: Readings and book launches featuring Mla Chernoff, Eric Schmaltz, Gary Barwin, and Sonnet L’Abbe, 7 to 9 p.m. Open Sesame, 220 Ling Street West.

JULY 3. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Heather Cadsby, Aidan Chafe, and Jovan Vuksanovich. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JUNE 30 to JULY 2, 2018 in KINGSTON: Poets at Artsfest IV will feature 56 poets from Ontario and Quebec in this three-day event. City Park, King Street East.

JUNE 30, 2018 in TORONTO: Twenty storytellers will share their tales through music, poetry, and plain old talking during the Old Words – 2 Year Anniversary Show. This month’s theme is Love. 6 to 9 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

JUNE 30, 2018 in LONDON: Middlesex County raised graduate of Western University Daniel Perry will share his second collection of short stories Nobody Looks That Young Here, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oxford Book Shop, 262 Piccadilly Street.

JUNE 30, 2018 in LONDON: Brown and Dickson is having a massive book sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown and Dickson, 609 Richmond Street.

JUNE 28, 2018 in LONDON: Couplets Series presents episode #18 with special guests Vincent Colistro and David Janzen, 5:50 to 7 p.m. at TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. (NOTE EARLIER START TIME)

JUNE 28, 2018 in CHATHAM: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and “The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” is a literary event consisting of a reading of Coleridge’s poem and a description of the poet’s life by speaker Clair Culliford of The Veranda Presents, 2 to 3 p.m. Chatham-Kent Public Library, 120 Queen Street. Admission is free.

JUNE 27, 2018 in LONDON: Open Mic and ‘Za presents yoga at 6 p.m., pizza at 7 p.m., and an open mic at 8 p.m. Play a song, say a poem, tell a story… Zen’Za Pizzeria, 71 King Street.

JUNE 27, 2018 in SARNIA: Margaret Bird will launch her latest book Tea Cup Stories, a collection of humorous postcard stories, 5 to 7 p.m., Organization for Literary in Lambton, 180 College Road N.

JUNE 26. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Anne Forsythe Moore, Niki Koulouris, and Gianna Patriarca. Guest host: John Oughton. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JUNE 26, 2018 in TORONTO: The Toronto launch of GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times with readers Natalee Caple, Paula Parris Eisenstein, Nathalie Foy, Catherine Graham, Sonnet L’Abbe, Kateri Lanthier, Canisia Lubrin, Tanis Mac Donald, Katie McGarry, Christine Minnery, Catriona Wright, and many more, 7 to 10 p.m. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street

JUNE 26, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXVI, Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets Jenna Tenn-Yuk and Rajindepal S. Pal with host Banoo Zan, doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. and Show starts at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street

JUNE 25, 2018  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 THIS IS THE LAST WORKSHOP FOR THE SEASON. THE GROUP MEETS AGAIN ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

JUNE 24, 2018 in COBOURG: The Cobourg Literary Mosh Pit presents Jaime Forsythe (I Heard Something), Jason Heroux (Amusement Park of Constant Sorrow), Steve Venright (The Least You Can Do Is Be Magnificent: Selected & New Writings) and Stuart Ross (who edited these new books)., 7 to 9 p.m. Little Underground, 11 King Street East.

JUNE 24, 2018 in KINGSVILLE: Woodbridge Farm’s third year of outdoor readings with Dani Couture and Melanie Janisse-Barlow, 3 to 6 p.m. 619 Woodbridge Ln.

JUNE 22, 2018 in SARNIA: Local writer David D Plain will launch his latest book A Brief History of the Saugeen Peninisula, Hosted by Aamjiwnaang Heritage & Culture E Maawizidijig, 11 a.m. Maawn Doosh Gumig Community and Youth Centre, 1972 Virgil Avenue.

Aboriginal Day Events June 22, 2017

David D Plain will launch his latest book ‘A Brief History of the Saugeen Peninsula” (Trafford Publishing, 2018) on Friday, June 22 at 11 a.m.

JUNE 21, 2018 in LONDON: London’s poet Laureate Tom Cull will lead a workshop on ekphrastic poetry (writing poems inspired by art), 6 to 8:30 p.m. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. There is a charge for this event. Advanced registration required.

JUNE 21, 2018 in TORONTO: The Toronto International Festival of Authors (IFOA) and the League of Canadian Poets will host the launch of several new poetry books, 5:50 to 7 p.m., Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. The event is free but RSVP on-line.

JUNE 21, 2018 in SARNIA: As part of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the documentary “We Are Still Here”, the story of Residential Schools as told by Survivors will be screened, 2 p.m. at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street South. Filmmaker Dwayne Cloes will introduce the film. Geraldine Robertson and Wilma Simon of Aamigwnaang First Nation will also participate in a discussion afterwards.

JUNE 20, 2018 in HAMILTON: Poets Jeffrey Donaldson (Fluke Print) and Tom Cull (Bad Animals) will read from their spring 2018 releases, 7 p.m., Epic Books, 226 Locke Street South.

JUNE 19, 2018 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers D. S. Martin, Archna Sahni, and Ilyana Keohane. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JUNE 19, 2018 in TORONTO: The launch party of Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 7 to 9 p.m. Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue.

JUNE 19, 2018 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents An Intimate Evening with Karen Connelly,  This is an advanced ticketed event that includes her new book The Change Room, Dinner, a Glass of Wine, and a Fantastic Night, Space is limited, 6 p.m. at Republik Eatery & Lounge.

JUNE 18, 2018 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 except July and August. NOTE: This will be last event for the season. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JUNE 18, 2018 in LONDON: Karen Connelly, author of The Change Room will read and discuss her work, 7  to 8:30 p.m. Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library branch, London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street. Admission is free. No registration required.

JUNE 18, 2018 in ST CLAIR: The Lambton County Library presents Daniel Barton, author of the book Watch, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wilkesport Library. 1349 Wilkesport Line.

JUNE 18, 2018  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

JUNE 17, 2018 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café presents featured poets Jeff Kirby and Stanley Fefferman plus an open mic (5 minutes per person). Hosted by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews, 4 to 6 p.m., Joshua Creek Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.  Donation suggested.

JUNE 16, 2018 in LONDON: London author and retired nurse Marylou McRae will launch her book Caps and Capers: A Memoir, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Cherryhill Library.

JUNE 15 and 16, 2018 in WYOMING: Used Book Fair, 1 to 7 p.m. on Friday & 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Wyoming Library, 536 Niagara Street.

JUNE 15, 2018 in OTTAWA: Books on Beechwood and Goose Lane Editions presents the Ottawa launch of Genevieve Scott’s debut novel-in- stories, Catch My Drift. Ottawa author Jared Young, whose novel Into the Current is currently long-shortlisted for Canada’s ReLit Awards will also be featured., 6 to 7 p.m. Books On Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Avenue.

JUNE 14 to 17, 2018 in TORONTO: Canadian Writers Summit conference, Harbourfront Centre

JUNE 14, 2018 in BARRIE: Canadian writer Bruce Meyer reads from his new book of short stories, A Feast of Brief Hopes (Guernica Editions) at the monthly Word Up Reading Series, 7 to 10 p.m. Unity Market Café and Studios, 25 Toronto Street.

JUNE 14, 2018 in TORONTO: Inanna Spring Book Launch No. 3 with Tara Atturi, author of Uncommitted Crimes: The Defiance of the Artistic Imagination, Carol Rose Daniels, author of Hiraeth, Dian Day, author of The Madrigal, and Lise Weil, author of In Search of Pure Lust, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street. Admisison is free.

JUNE 14, 2018 in TORONTO: The League of Canadian Poets presents 2018 New Members Reading featuring David Alexander, Susie Berg, Michelle Brown, Dani Couture, John Di Leonardo, Luciano Iacobelli, Eva Kolacz, Elbert Siu Ping Lee, M. A. Mahadeo, Emily Sanford, Renee M. Sgroi, Richard-Yves Sitoski, and yes the poet, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre.  Free to the public.

JUNE 12, 2018 in TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series presents Stanley Fefferman, Cora Sire, Charles s. smith and Heather Spears plus a mini feature with Kurt Zubatiuk, doors opens at 7:15 p.m., readings start at 7:30 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE: Authors Sam Cheuk and Renee Sarojini Saklikar are being rescheduled for another date.) Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street.

JUNE 12, 2018 in TORONTO: The Biblioasis launch of Oscar (trans. Donald Winkler) by Mauricio Segura white special guest Ray Robertson reading from his book 1979. The evening will also include musical stylings of Oscar Peterson songs from jazz pianist Andy Kitusa, 7 to 9 p.m. The Paddock Tavern, 178 Bathurst Street.

JUNE 12, 2018 in TORONTO: The Art Bar presents Brenda Scibberras, Keith Garbarian, and Kate Rogers plus an Open Mic. Guest host: John Oughton.  PLEASE NOTE: earlier start and location change: 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. The Cloak and Dagger Pub, 394 College Street (east of Bathurst).

JUNE 11, 2018 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.

JUNE 11, 2018 in KITCHENER: The Kitchener launch of Tom Cull’s debut poetry book Bad Animals (Insomniac Press, 2018). Readings by Cull and Canadian poet Laurie D. Graham, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Open Sesame, 220 King Street West.

JUNE 11, 2018  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

June 11, 2018 in London

JUNE 11, 2018 in LONDON: Poet (and Theory and Criticism Doctoral Candidate) John Nyman will give a public lecture “Double/Cross: Erasure in Theory and Poetry”, 10:30 a.m. Western University, Somerville House, Room 2348.

JUNE 10, 2018 in COLLINGWOOD:  In The Writers’ Studio presents acclaimed authors Genevieve Scott (Catch My Drift) and Sarach Selecky (Radiant Shimmering Light), 3 to 4:30 p.m., Simcoe Street Theatre, Studio 7, 65 Simcoe Street. NOTE: This is a ticketed event.

JUNE 9, 2018 in HAMILTON: The Tower Poetry Society presents the launch of its latest issue of Tower Poetry (Volume 67, Number 1),  2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street. Admission is free.

JUNE 9, 2018 in ST. CATHARINES: Author Karen Gansel will launch her new psychological/suspense novel Differences Between Us, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Chapters/Indigo Store, Unit G3, 285 Geneva Street. Admission is free.

JUNE 7, 2018 in SARNIA: Jindo Shokai, author of The Search for Self will share his life, lessons and spiritual journey during this free event, 7 to 9 p.m. The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street.

Richard Maxwell June 7, 2018 in Sarnia

The launch of  “The Search for Self”, Thursday, June 7 starting at 7 p.m. at The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street in Sarnia, Ontario.

JUNE 6, 2018 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Annick Laura Leontine Macaskill  followed by an open mic 6:50  to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

JUNE 5. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Steve Meagher, Mike Lipsius, and Jonathan Bennett. Guest host: Rob Welch. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JUNE 4, 2018 in TORONTO & JUNE 5, 2018 in KINGSTON: Mansfield Press launches five spring releases. (See poster below.) Both events start at 7 p.m. On Monday – Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton & on Tuesday, Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street.

June 3, 2018 in Kingston

JUNE 4, 2018  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

JUNE 3, 2018 in HAMILTON: The Tower Poetry Society celebrates the oldest poetry group in North America with some historical and current poems from the organization’s published members. 2 to 4 p.m. The Staircase Theatre’s Bright Room (uppermost floor) at 27 Dundurn Street North. Admission free. Everyone is welcome.

JUNE 2, 2018 in GUELPH: The launch of The Deserters by Pamela Mulloy and In Search of the Perfect Signing Flamingo by Claire Tacon will include a reading and a short discussion, 2 to 4 p.m. The Bookshelf , 41 Quebec Street

JUNE 1, 2, 4, 8, and 9, 2018 in LONDON: Poet David Stones performs a remodeled version of Infinite Sequels as part of  the 2018 London Fringe Festival. Various show times. McManus Studio Theatre. This is a ticketed event. See poster for more information.

May 30 to June 9, 2018 in London

JUNE 1, 2018 in LONDON: London’s Poet Laureate Tom Cull will launch his new poetry book Bad Animals (Insomniac Press, 2018). The event will include a mixture of music and poetry performance (special mystery guests). Doors open at 6 p.m. Program beings at 7 p.m. London Bicycle Café, 355 Clarence Street. All ages welcome.

June 1, 2018 in London

MAY 31 TO JUNE 2, 2018 in COBALT: Spring Pulse Poetry Festival 2018. Schedule of weekend events here.

MAY 31, 2018 in WINDSOR: Former Windsorite and author Bruce Geddes will launch his new novel The Higher the Monkey Climbs (NON Publishing). He will be joined by local poet Denis Robillard who will read from his newest book Ask the River (Black Moss Press), 7 to 10 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East. Admission: FREE.

MAY 31, 2018 in GUELPH: Mystery at the Library, a special evening featuring mystery novelists Amy Stuart, Nathan Ripley, and Thomas King, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk Street.

MAY 31, 2018 in TORONTO: Urban Folk Art Salon presents an evening of music, poetry, and art with David Clink, Isabel Fryszberg, John Evans, John OUghton, Joshua-Walker Geno, and Nigel Gordon. Hosted by Gannon Hamilton, 6 to 8 p.m. MOunt Pleasant Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road.

May 31, 2018 in Toronto

MAY 30, 2018 in LONDON: Poet David Stones performs a remodeled version of Infinite Sequels as part of  the 2018 London Fringe Festival. Various show times. McManus Studio Theatre. This is a ticketed event.

MAY 30, 2018 in LONDON: “Bring you thoughts, poems, short stand-up, music, whatever to this Open Mic Mic hosted by Carrie Anne Stephenson and Paul Merrifield. 6 p.m. Yoga; 7 p.m. Pizza, and 8 p.m. Show, Zen’Za Pizzeria, 71 King Street.

MAY 29. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Kristen A Smith, Tom Ratt, and Andreas Gripp, followed by an open mic. Guest host: John Oughton.  8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 29, 2018 in WINDSOR: Author Marcello Di Cintio launches the book Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Time (Goose Lane Editions), 7 to 10 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East.

MAY 29, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXIII, Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets Gianna Patriarca and Thunderclaw Robinson with host Banoo Zan, doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. and Show starts at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street

MAY 28, 2018 in LONDON: Judy Rebick and Penn Kemp will present “Women Trailblazers: Writers and Voices for Change: Heroes”, a reading and lecture series celebrating Canadian women writers in celebration of a century of women’s right to vote. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street.

MAY 28, 2018 in SARNIA: “The Play’s the Thing” presents an informal reading of the play The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter.  This informal gathering hosted by Anne Stoesser and Henri Davis-Canino of Theatre Sarnia welcomes people (2 men, 3 women) interested in reading and/or just listening to the play. Admission is free. 6:30 p.m. in the Turret Room, The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street South.

MAY 28, 2018  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

MAY 27, 2018 in TORONTO: Pride comes before the Parade – a Celebration of poetry and prose featuring Dani Couture, Darren Greer, Mona Mousa, Anthony Oliveira, Charlie Petch, Natalie Wee, and emcee Michelle Alfano, 5 to 7 p.m. Queen Books, 914 Queen Street East.

MAY 27, 2018 in TORONTO: The Guernica Editions May Launch with seven new titles (see poster below), 3:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

May 27 in Toronto

MAY 27, 2018 in CHATHAM: The Veranda Presents…A Downtown Chatham Outdoor Big Poetry Reading. Clair Culliford of Veranda Presents will presents poems by Coleridge, Kipling, Herrick, Blake, Yeats, Frost, Milton, and more. Drop in at any time for as long as you like, 2 to 4 p.m. Outside of the Downtown Chatham Centre, Corner of King and Fifth. Admission is free.

MAY 26, 2018 in LONDON: Local actors will be reading two plays (A Man in Power by Jade Walker and Dirt by Stefannie Flannigan) as part of the Tinkerspace Play Labs reading series where feedback is used to help local playwrights develop their work, 7 to 10 p.m. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. Admission charge at the door with donation towards the Canadian Mental Health Assocation Middlesex.

MAY 26, 2018 in TORONTO: Comics, musicians, poets and storytellers share their tales of “Moving”. Hosted by Old Words – Storytelling and Free Times Café, 6 to 8 p.m. 320 College Street.

MAY 26, 2018 in LONDON: Book Club “Mixer”: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is a playful event for book lovers featuring lively performances, fun activities, and an afternoon tea. 2 to 4 p.m. Kiwanis Seniors Community Centre, 78 Riverside Drive. Note this is a ticketed event.

MAY 26, 2018 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Cynthia Lockney, former Sarnian and author of Bed Rest Mom. 1 to 2 p.m. The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street.

MAY 25, 2018 in LONDON: Unscripted the speaker series presents Britta Johnson, a Toronto-based composer, lyricist and writer, 6 to 8 p.m. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. Admission FREE.

MAY 24, 2018 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #17 with special guests Julie Cameron Gray and David Barrick, 6 to 7 p.m. at TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street.

MAY 24, 2018 in TORONTO: Big Pond Rumours Press presents an open mic followed by featured readings by Tom Gannon Hamilton and Philip Elliott, winners of the 2018 Chapbook Contest, 5 to 8 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street.

May 24, 2018 in TORONTO

MAY 23 TO 26, 2018 in CHATHAM: The Chatham Branch of SKPL holds their annual “Spectacular Used Book Sale”. May 23 preview starts 6 to 8 p.m.; Remaining days begin at 10 a.m. Chatham-Kent Public Library, 120 Queen Street.

MAY 23, 2018 in LONDON: Poetry London co-hosts a special event with Guelph writer/artist Wayne Johnston. Johnston will present his literary performance “Ten Cities: The Past is Present”. This will be followed by a brief Regional Poet Showcase  featuring Frank Beltrano, Stan Burfield, Debbie Okun Hill, and Ron Stewart. 7 p.m. at the TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street.

Poetry London Presents - Wayne Johnston - Regional Poet Showcase - May 23, 2018 in London - Revised location

MAY 23, 2018 in WINDSOR: Biblioasis and Black Moss Press presents Poetry Night in Walkerville with Kim Fahner, Mary Ann Mulhern, Dorothy Mahoney and Terry Ann Carter, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East.

MAY 23, 2018 in LONDON: Kevin Heslop interviews regional poets Frank Beltrano, Stan Burfield, Debbie Okun Hill, and Ron Stewart in preparation for Poetry London’s special literary presentation later that evening. The taped readings will air at 11a.m. on CHRW, 94.9FM. Recordings will also be available through CHRW’s soundcloud page, https://soundcloud.com/chrwradio/.

MAY 22. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Edward Nixon, Merle Nudelman, and Michelle Brown. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 22, 2018 in OTTAWA: Celebrate poetry and art with readings featuring Terry Ann Carter and Arleen Pare, 7:30 p.m. Vimy Brewing Co. 1-145 Loretta Avenue North.

MAY 21, 2018 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.

MAY 21, 2018  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 WORKSHOP CANCELLED. LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THE LONG WEEKEND.)

MAY 20, 2018 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café presents featured readers Toronto poet and author Isabella Colalilio-Kates and author Nina Muntenau followed by an open mic, 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East.

May 18, 2018 in Guelph

MAY 18, 2018 in GUELPH: Wolf Lake Tones is a multimedia presentation incorporating music, poetry, art, and environmental sound. Features poets Madhur Anand, Gary Barwin, and Phil Hall. 7 p.m. Silence, 46 Essex Street. Free and open to the public. Seating limited.

MAY 15. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader James Deahl. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 15, 2018 in PETROLIA: Local author Daniel Barton discusses his writing journey for his book WATCH, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Petrolia Library, 4200 Petrolia Line.

MAY 15, 2018 in TORONTO: Toronto Lit Up presents Heather Cadsby, Degan Davis, and Steve McOrmond,  Hosted by International Festival of Authors (IFOA) and Brick Books, 6 to 8 p.m. Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street. Tickets required.

Sesquicentennial Reading with James Deahl - August 22, 2017

Sarnia poet James Deahl will be the featured reader at the Art Bar Poetry Series, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Toronto.

MAY 14, 2018 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.

MAY 14, 2018 in LONDON: Women Trailblazers: Writers and voices for change presents  “Telling Womens  Stories: The Lilfe & Work of Lucy Maud Montgomery in the Light of 20th Century Suffragettes. Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Waterston, 7 p.m. London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street.

MAY 14, 2018  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

MAY 12, 2018 in POINT EDWARD: The Point Edward Library will host a Used Book Fair as part of the annual village-wide garage sale, 8 a.m. to noon, 220 Michigan Avenue.

MAY 10, 2018 in WINDSOR: Local musician and CJAM host Ron Leary will join Michael Zadoorian as he launches his new novel, Beautiful Music, 7 to 10 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street Eat.

MAY 8. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Carmine Starnino, Puneet Dutt, and Conor McDonnell. Host: Jim Johnstone. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 8, 2018 in TORONTO: Wosak & Wynn’s 2018 Spring Launch in Toronto with poetry and fiction by Rabindranath Maharaj, Claire Tacon, David James Brock, Dani Couture, and Linda Frank, 7 to 10 p.m. Melody Bar, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West.

MAY 8, 2018 in WINDSOR: How To Do a Poetry Reading featuring Windsor Poetry Slam Competitive Team Members and hosted by poet/editor Vanessa Shields. Bring your poetry. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Budimir Library Branch of the Windsor Public Library, 1310 Grand Marais Road W. Free admission.

May8, 2018 in Windsor

MAY 7, 2018 in TORONTO: Words at the Wise presents the launch of Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 8 p.m. Wise Bar, 1007 Bloor Street West.

MAY 7, 2018 in LONDON: Women Trailblazers: Writers and Voices for Change, a reading and lecture series celebrating Canadian women writers in celebration of a century of women’s right to vote. This week’s feature will focus on Voicing Colleen Thibaudeau (1925-2012), London’s Premier “First Wave” Poet. Writers including Penn Kemp will read a selection of Thibaudea’s work with commentary by Peggy Roffey. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street.

MAY 7, 2018  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

MAY 6, 2018 in HAMILTON: The LitLive Reading Series presents the Hamilton launch of Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 7:30 p.m. The Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street, North.

MAY 5, 2018 in OTTAWA: Canadian Poet Susan McMaster will launch Haunt (Black Moss Press, 2018) during an informal Open House. The book is McMaster’s first collection of new poetry in 9 years. 1 to 5 p.m. , 42 Belmont Avenue. No need to RSVP.

May 6, 2018 in Ottawa

Former League of Canadian Poet President Susan McMaster will launch her new book Haunt, Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Ottawa.

MAY 5, 2018 in COBOURG: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Spring into Poetry Party, Members Reading and Open Mic, sign-up at the door,  1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Meet at 66 King East, free admission.

MAY 4, 2018 in WINDSOR: A night of readings with Edmond Gagnon, Christian Laforet, Ben Van Dongen, Jessica Gouin, and Jamie Tennant. Hosted by Dan MacDonald. 7 to 9 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street, East. Free admission.

MAY 3, 2018 in LONDON: The ARTS Project unveils their new brand. The entire building will be activated so the public can explore its unique space, get creative, and see The ARTS Project in a whole new light. In addition to the fanfare, arts activities, and performances, the Couplets Reading Series will host a special collaborative speed dating event where strangers will be placed with writers for “rapid-fire, five-minute=micro-collaboration writing sessions”.  6 to 9 p.m. The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas Street.

MAY 3, 2018 in TORONTO: The Inanna Spring Book Launch No. 1 presents new work by Mary Lou Dickinson, Loren Edizel, Cecelia Frey, Susan Glickman, and Merle Nudelman with special guest jazz pianist Patrick Hewan,  6 to 8:30 p.m. Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue.

MAY 2, 2018 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest  Joel Faflak, Professor of English and Theory in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University  followed by an open mic 6:50 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

MAY 1. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Ellen S. Jaffe, Paul Hoy, and Marc Di Saverio  Guest host: Rob Welch. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 1, 2018 in TORONTO: Reading of Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 7 p.m. Words at the Wise Bar, 1007 Bloor St. West.

APRIL 30, 2018 in LONDON: Women Trailblazers: Writers and voices for change presents “Trailblazers of the Past: authors Susan Butlin, Clarissa Harwood and Jean Hewitt will discuss 19th and 20th century women who paved the way for change and the advancement of women. 7 p.m. London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street.

APRIL 30, 2018 in SARNIA: “The Play’s the Thing” presents an informal reading of the play Night Sky by Susan Yankowitz.  This informal gathering hosted by Anne Stoesser of Theatre Sarnia welcomes people to come to listen or participate in the reading of the play. Admission is free. 6:30 p.m. in the Turret Room, The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street South.

APRIL 30, 2018 in TORONTO: Award-winning poet and debut novelist Catherine Graham shares her personal journey into poetry, 6 to 7 p.m. Program Room (2nd floor) Deer Park branch of the Toronto Public Library.

APRIL 30, 2018  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

APRIL 29, 2018 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Michael Barclay, author of The Never Ending Present. He will talk about Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip, 1 to 3 p.m. 500 Exmouth Street. Free Admission.

APRIL 28, 2018 in WINDSOR: Biblioasis celebrates Canadian Independent Bookstore Day with special guest authors Daniel Lockhart, Dorothy Mahoney, Mary Ann Mulhern and Amilcar Noguiera, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street, East.

APRIL 28, 2018 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper invites you to attend Canadian Independent Bookstore Day. They will be celebrating with discounts, draws, and cake. 500 Exmouth Street.

April 28, 2018 in Sarnia

APRIL 28, 2018 in HAMILTON: Hamilton poet Kelsey Knight launches her book H(our)glass Eyes, a fusion of poetry, prose and philosophy, 3 p.m., 1st Floor Wentworth Room, Central Library, 55 York Boulevard.

APRIL 28, 2018 in SARNIA: The Bluewater Reading Series presents National Poetry Month with out-of-town Marty Gervais (publisher Black Moss Press), Kateri Lanthier (of Montreal), and Laurie Smith (of Windsor) and local poets Lois Nantais, Grace Vermeer, and Ryan Gibbs.  Pre-reading dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Readings start at 6:30 p.m. Famous Room, John’s Restaurant. Made possible with financial assistance from The League of Canadian Poets. Please note: guest reader Stuart Ross (originally scheduled for this event) can no longer attend.

April 28, 2018 in Sarnia - revised guest

APRIL 28, 2018 in WELLAND: The third annual National Poetry Month Reading and Coffeehouse presents poets Eva Tihanyi, Keith Inman, Taylor Peebles, and Mori McCrae followed by an open mic.

APRIL 28, 2018 in LONDON: The book launch of Shake Off the Ghosts by Jay Zendrowski from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Indigo/Chapters Store, 86 Fanshawe Road East, in London, Ontario. This is a free event.

APRIL 28, 2018 in LONDON: London Fuse and Brown & Dickson presents Bad Art Festival II.  From 12 to 4 p.m.  see the best of the worst art in London; from 7 p.m. to midnight features bad poetry at 8 p.m. followed by an even worse film screening at 9 p.m. at Bathurst Street.

APRIL 26, 2018 in WATERLOO: Guernica Editions presents the local launch of Immortal Water by Brian Van Norman, 7 to 9 p.m. Words Worth Books, 96 King St. South.

APRIL 26, 2018 in TORONTO: Jenn Currin launches Hider/Seeker (Anvil Press) her first collection of short stories. Guest readers also include Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Sachiko Murakami, and Dani Couture. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Queen Books, 914 Queen Street East.

APRIL 26, 2018 in TORONTO: The Urban Folk Art Salon presents an evening of music, poetry and art. Hosted by Tom Gannon Hamilton, 6 to 8 p.m. Upstairs, Mount Pleasant Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road.

April 26, 2018 in Toronto ON

April 26, 2018 in Toronto

APRIL 26, 2018 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #17 with special guests Jim Johnstone and Megan Arnold, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, Main Gallery, 203 Dundas Street. NOTE: This is a special Couplets/Tingfest (Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival) crossover event. LAST MINUTE CHANGE: Angie Quick and Andy Verboom will now be the featured guests for this episode.

APRIL 26, 2018 in CHATHAM: Clair Culliford of The Veranda Presents will share the poems, paintings, and background of William Blake, 2 to 3 p.m. Chatham-Kent Public Library, 120 Queen Street.

APRIL 25, 2018 in TORONTO: The Toronto Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month with readings by Rosemary Aubert, Pat Connors, James Deahl, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Eryn Hiscock, Donna Langevin, Norma West Linder, and special guest LUMMOX prize-winner Bruce Meyer, 6 to 8 p.m. Main Street Branch, 137 Main Street. Admission is free.

APRIL 24. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Sasia Hafiz Ramji and Aaron Kreuter. Guest host: Rudy Fearon.  Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 24, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXII, Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets Sozan Jamil and Spencer Gordon with host Banoo Zan, doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. and Show starts at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street

APRIL 24, 2018 in PETROLIA: Weather Bomb 1913 Lecture and book signing with author Bruce Kemp, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Petrolia Library, 4200 Petrolia Line . Pre-registration by contacting the library.

APRIL 23, 2018 in TORONTO: The Common Reading Series  7 to 9:30 p.m. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street W.

APRIL 23, 2018  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

APRIL 22, 2018 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café hosts the launch of Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 4 p.m. Joshua Creek Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East.

APRIL 22, 2018 in TORONTO: The Studio Artists of the Women’s Art Association of Canada and the Poets of the Long Dash Group presents “Confluence: Poetry & Art”, 2 to 4 p.m. 23 Prince Arthur Avenue (Bloor and Bedford)

APRIL 22, 2018 in GUELPH: The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival presents an afternoon of poetry with Kate Cayley, Degan Davis, and Candace De Taeye. There will also be live music. 2 to 4 p.m. Boarding House Gallery, 6 Dublin Street South.

APRIL 22, 2018: Earth Day

APRIL 21, 2018 in ST CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association and the St. Catharines Central Library presents “Painting, Poetry, and Prose”. 1 to 4 p.m. St. Catharines Central Library, 54 Church Street.

APRIL 21, 2018 in WYOMING: The Lambton Country Library presents their spring Used Book Fair, 9 a.m. to noon at Library Headquarters.

APRIL 20, 2018 in WINDSOR: The Biblioasis Spring 401 Tour features authors Paige Cooper, Amanda Jernigan, Rachel Lebowitz, and Richard Sanger. 7:30 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street E.

APRIL 20, 2018 in LONDON: London Poetry Slam FINALS 2017-2018. 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street. Note: Admission charged at the door.

APRIL 19, 2018 in OAKVILLE: Mosaic Press author Joyce Wayne will launch her novel Last Night of the World, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oakville Public Library. Ticket required.

APRIL 19, 2018 in LONDON: London poet and playwright Penn Kemp launches her book Local Heroes (Insomniac Press, 2018). 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. – Curator Tour: Women’s Lives in Canada: A History, 1875 – 2000; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kemp’s reading; 8:30 to 9 p.m. Book Signing. Lecture Theatre. Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North.

APRIL 19, 2018 IN HAILEYBURY: Canadian poet David C. Brydges launches his poetry book Vagabond Post Office, Noon to 12:45 p.m., Haileybury Public Library, 545 Lakeshore Road South. Admission is free.

April 19, 2018 in Haileybury

APRIL 18, 2018 in TORONTO: Palimpsest Press presents its Spring Book Launch featuring new work by Michelle Brown and Klara du Plessis  with special guest reader Pino Coluccio, 7 p.m. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Avenue. Free Admission.

April 18, 2018 in Toronto

APRIL 18, 2018 in WINDSOR: The Urban Farmhouse Press presents “By the River” reading series featuring Marty Gervais, Karl Jirgens, and Andre Narbonne. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Central Public Library branch of the Windsor Public Library, 850 Ouellette Ave.

April 18, 2018 in Windsor

APRIL 18, 2018 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Phoebe Wang and Michael Fraser. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Road.

APRIL 18, 2018 in THOROLD: Black Press Moss author Keith Inman will present a seminar on “Getting Published”. This hour and a half open discussion will focus on local publishers like Grey Borders to Canadian Small Presses, plus the floor will be open to a wide range of topics/questions on: grants, journals/magazines, contest/anthologies, and/or tax implications for the professional writers. Hosted by the Thorold Public Library. 6 p.m. 14 Ormond Street North

APRIL 18, 2018 in SARNIA: National Canadian Film Day at Sarnia Library Theatre, 2 p.m. features I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing by Lambton County’s Patricia Rozema, 7 p.m. The Breadwinner – animated movie PG – not recommended for children, Sarnia Library Theatre, 124 Christina Street. South.

APRIL 17. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Blaine Marchand, Brenda Clews, and Bassam the poet. Guest host: John Oughton. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 17, 2018 in TORONTO: Exile Editions launches the book City Poems by Joe Fiorito with special guest readers Maria Augimen, Cliff Martin, Pat Capponi, Vistor Willis, Roxanne Smith, and Enza Anderson. 7 p.m., The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue at Howard Park. Free admission.

APRIL 16, 2018 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 South.

APRIL 16, 2018 in LONDON: An evening with Brother author David Chariandy, winner of this year’s Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction prize. The evening includes live music, an author reading and conversation with the author. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library branch of the London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street. Free admission.

APRIL 16, 2018  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

APRIL 15, 2018 in WHITBY: The Brooklin Branch of the Whitby Public Library invites you to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Brooklin Poetry Society. Includes the launch of their new anthology Written Tenfold, compiled and edited by Renee M Sgroi. 2 to 3 p.m. Library Program Room, Brooklin Branch, Whitby Public Library, 8 Vipond Road. Admission is free.

APRIL 14, 2018 in WINDSOR: The Windsor book launch of Little Fish by Casey Plett with guest readers Gwen Bailey, Sybil Lamb, and Amilcar John Nogueira, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East. Admission is free.

APRIL 14, 2018 in SARNIA: Celebrate National Poetry Month by dropping in to create a College Poem. 2 to 4 p.m. Sarnia Library, 124 Christina Street. Open to all ages.

APRIL 12, 2018 in PORT DOVER: PEACE Poetry Event with George Elliott Clarke, Richard Grove, Michael Schatte, Ian Bell, and John B. Lee, 7 p.m. Port Dover Branch of the Norfolk Public Library, 713 St. George Street. There is an admission charge.

April 12, 2018 in Port Dover

APRIL 12, 2018 in TORONTO: The Toronto launch of Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 7 to 9 p.m. Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue. (PLEASE NOTE: THE DATE FOR THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JUNE. WATCH FOR A FUTURE UPDATE.)

APRIL 10. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Joanna Sworn, Ned Baeck, and Carol Barbour. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 10, 2018 in TORONTO: Wild Writers hosted by Georgia Wilder presents featured readers Sheila Stewart and Brian Dedora plus 12 open mic spots. 7 to 10 p.m. Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Avenue. There is an admission charge for this event.

APRIL 10, 2018 in TORONTO: Boneshaker Reading Series presents E. Martin Nolan and Emmy Anglin. Hosted by Lillian Necakov. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bloor/Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor Street West

APRIL 10, 2018 in OTTAWA: The Tree Reading Series presents Ronna Bloom and Chapbook Winner Adele Graf, 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar, 1073 Bank Street.

APRIL 9, 2018 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.

APRIL 9, 2018  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

APRIL 8, 2018 in HAMILTON: GritLit and LitLive presents Lesley Bellwau, Kasis Jaronczyk, Melissa Kuipers, David James Brock, Arif Anwar, and Ruth Marshall, 7:30 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St. North.

April 8, 2018 in Hamilton

APRIL 8, 2018 in TORONTO: Poet-to-Poet and Tranzac Club presents “More Songs & Poems” with special guest Lee Whalen, musical wizardry of Bob Cohen, Mary Hanson and David Hines. Co-hosted by Robert Priest and Max Layton. 5 to 7 p.m. Tanzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue. Free admission.

APRIL 8, 2018 in OAKVILLE: Poet Brandon Pitts will read from his new poetry collection In the company of Crows, hosted by Sheila Tucker as part of the Poetry & Prose monthly event, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Taste of Colombia – Fair Trade Café & El Salon “Events Room”.

APRIL 7, 2018 in LONDON: The opening of Text to Textiles, a show of fibre art illustrations based on the novel The Bones by London author Laura Wythe. The afternoon event includes readings from the novel. 1 to 4 p.m. Sifton Room, Masonville Branch Library. Note the show will be on display until April 28, 2018.

April 7, 2018 in London

APRIL 5, 2018 in TORONTO: The Privot Readings presents Virginia Konchan, Shannon Bramer, and Dani Couture. Hosted by Michelle Brown Colistro and Canisia Lubrin and held every second Thursday, 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Tiki Room in the Tranzac Club , 292 Brunswick Avenue. Pay what you can!

APRIL 4, 2018 in WINDSOR: The University of Windsor’s Editing and Publishing Practicum presents the launch of the poetry books All the Words Between by Mary Ann Mulhern and Ask the River by Denis Robillard, 7 to 10 p.m. at Fogolar Furtan Club of Windsor, 1800 North Service Road. Admission is free.

APRIL 4, 2018 in ST CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association (CAA) kicks off National Poetry Month with a poetry reading night. Readers include CAA poets, Brock University students from Adam Dickinson’s creative writing program, and winners of the Library’s Teen Poetry Contest. 7 p.m. Mill Room, St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street. Free admission.

APRIL 4, 2018 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Blair Trewartha  followed by an open mic 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

APRIL 3. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Lucy Brennan, James Dewar, and Sue Reynolds. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 2, 2018 in TORONTO: The Al Purdy A-Frame Association presents “Purdy Drinks”, their annual Toronto fundraiser. Highlights include readings by Laura Clarke, Jeff Latosik, Damian Rogers, and Karen Solie plus music and Purdy items for sale. Doors open at 6 p.m. The historic Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street. There is an admission charge.

APRIL 2, 2018  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: CANCELLED – LIBRARY CLOSED FOR EASTER MONDAY.

APRIL 1 to 30, 2018 in ONTARIO and across CANADA: The League of Canadian Poets celebrates National Poetry Month 2018 with numerous events taking place in various locations and dates.  Check the League’s website for additional information.

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MARCH 31, 2018 in SARNIA: Author Lee Bice-Matheson returns for an in-store author-signing of her books from The Paige Maddison Series, 1 to 4 p.m. at Coles Lambton Mall, 1380 London Road.

March 31, 2018 in Sarnia

MARCH 29, 2018 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #16 with special guests E. Martin Nolan and Michelle Brown, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, Main Gallery, 203 Dundas Street.

MARCH 28, 2018 in TORONTO: Demeter Press presents their Spring 2018 Book Launch, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue. Free and Open to the Public.

March 28, 2018 in Toronto

MARCH 27, 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Mystic Night with Clara Blackwood, Kath McLean, and Elizabeth Greene. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 27, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXI, Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets Weeda Salehi Shareqi and Jacob McArthur Mooney and musician Nawras Nader with host Banoo Zan, doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. and Show starts at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street

MARCH 26, 2018 in TORONTO: The Common Reading Series presents the March Grant Launch at a New Venue, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street W.

MARCH 26, 2018 in WALKERVILLE: The Windsor International Writers Conference presents A Taste of Literature featuring local author John Schlarbaum, “This unique event features a one-of-a-kind specially created dinner based on the book Abandoned – A Jennifer Malone Mystery followed by a discussion of the novel and a Q and A with the author, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Chef Next Door. Seats are limited. Advanced registration required.

MARCH 26, 2018  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

MARCH 25, 2018 in TORONTO: Hidden Brook Press presents the Toronto launch of two poetry books Redwing by the late Marvin Orbach and This is How We See the World by John B. Lee, followed by an open mic and a literary dinner, 2:30 to 5 p.m. The Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue. Please note there is a cover charge for this event.

March 25, 2018 in Toronto

MARCH 25, 2018 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café March event presents poet, singer-songwriter Catherine Thompson; poet, author and playwright Zohra Zoveri ; and poet and winner of last year’s poetry month Oakville Literary Café contest, Elizabeth Barnes. Open mic to follow the readings. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burhamthorpe Road E.

MARCH 24, 2018 in SARNIA: The Sarnia Justice Film Festival will screen Fractured Land. Conversation leaders for this event will be David Plain (an indigenous historian/author from Aamjwnaang First Nation) and Monica Virtue (a settler from Woodstock, Ontario who created an educational documentary on the history of Ipperwash Provincial Park and participates in archival research into treaties and colonization). 7 to 9 p.m. Sarnia Public Library Theatre, 124 Christina Street South. Free Admission.

MARCH 24, 2018 in ST CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association presents the launch of Ten Stories High, Volume 18 Short Story Anthology, 2 to 4 p.m. St. Catharines Central Library, 42 Church St. Admission is free.

March 24, 2018 in St. Catharines

MARCH 23, 2018 in CHATHAM: Biblioasis and Book Brothers celebrates the launch of 1979 by Ray Robertson, 7 to 10 p.m. The Book Brothers, 25 King Street East. Admission is free.

MARCH 23, 2018 in STRATHROY: The Strathroy Library presents “Query Letter Workshop”,  6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance Registration Required., 34 Frank Street.

March 23, 2018 in Strathroy

MARCH 22, 2018 in OTTAWA: Arc Poetry Magazine presents Lynn Crosbie, Albert Velzile, Di Brandt, and Valerie Charnish during this VERSeFest 2018 reading, 7 to 9 p.m., followed by the In?Words Magazine reading at 9 p.m. This is a ticketed event.

MARCH 21, 2018 in OTTAWA: Tree at Versefest presents featured readers Carolyn Marie Souaid, David Groulx, Kate Cayley, and Louise Dupre, Hosted by the Tree Reading Series, 7 to 9 p.m. 1073 Bank Street.

MARCH 21, 2018 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Liz Howard and Hoa Nguyen, Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Road.

MARCH 21, 2018: International Day of Forests

MARCH 20. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Discovery Night (Open mic competition to win a feature at the Art Bar). Guest host: TBA.  Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 19, 2018 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.

MARCH 19, 2018  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

MARCH 18, 2018 in LONDON: A Celebration of Life: Remembering Roy McDonald 1937-2018. 1 to 5 p.m. Labatt Lounge & Mezzanine, Covent Garden Market, 130 King Street

MARCH 15, 2018 in TORONTO: Dundurn Press and Toronto Lit Up presents the launch of The God Game (A Dan Sharp Mystery) by Jeffrey Round with special guests Sheila McCarthy, Georgie Johnson, and Lilac Cana. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Queen Books, 914 Queen Street E.

MARCH 13. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Sheri-D Wilson, Bruce W. Powe, and Rocco de Ciacomo. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 13, 2018 in OTTAWA: The Tree Reading Series presents a workshop with Cyril Dabydeen at 6:45 p.m. followed by featured readers Claudia Coutu Radmore and Natalie Hanna at 8 p.m. , 1073 Bank Street.

MARCH 12, 2018 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.

MARCH 12, 2018  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

MARCH 10, 2018 in TORONTO: Penn Kemp participates in Words and Music Salon, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Tiki Room, the Tranzax, 292 Brunswick Avenue. Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and Metro Reading in Public Places.

MARCH 10, 2018 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment with Kelsey Knight, Drop-in between 1 to 3 p.m. Vintage Soul Geek, 279 King Street East.

MARCH 9, 2018 in TORONTO: Anstruther Press Spring 2018 Chapbook launch with James Lindsay, David Ly, John Nyman, Lily Wang, and Jade Wallace plus special guest Frog Hollow Press reader Conor McDonnell. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Knife Fork Book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue.

MARCH 9, 2018 in LONDON: Funeral for London writer Roy McDonald 10 to 11 a.m. (visitation), 11 to 12 noon ( funeral), O’Neil Funeral Home, 350 William Street.

March 9, 2018 in LondonMARCH 8, 2018 in LONDON: Bill Bissett: Reading, 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch of the London Public Library; 167 Wortley Road.

MARCH 7, 2018 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest  Jenny Berkel, a singer-songwriter, poet,  followed by an open mic 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

MARCH 6. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Allan Briesmaster, Steven McCabe, and Beverly Ellenbogen. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 6, 2018 in LONDON: Penn Kemp and Daphne Marlatt reading 3:30 to 4:20 p.m., AHN-3R07, Western University.

MARCH 5, 2018  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

MARCH 3, 2018 in HAMILTON: Brydge Builder Press and the Hamilton Branch of The Ontario Poetry Society presents “A Hamilton Poetry Night” with features readers David Brydges, Kathy Fisher and Gary Barwin plus musician David McIntosh and MC Fran Figge. 8 to 10:30 p.m. (Open Mic signup at 7:30 p.m.) The Staircase, 27 Dundurn Street North.

March 3, 2018 in Hamilton, Ontario

FEBRUARY 27, 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Tom Hamilton, Stanley Fefferman, and Ali Ibrahimi, followed by an open mic. Guest host: John Oughton. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 27, 2018 in OTTAWA: The Tree Reading Series presents Jennifer Lovegrove and Segun Akiniou. Workshop begins at 6:45; Readings begin at 8 p.m. 1073 Bank Street.

FEBRUARY 27, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LX, Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features Susie Berg and Joshua P’ng with host Banoo Zan, doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. and Show starts at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street.

FEBRUARY 26, 2018  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

FEBRUARY 25, 2018 in PORT COLBORNE: Poetry Readings by Joyce Honsberger, Mori McCrae, James Millhaven, and Adam Richards plus music by Mary Lou Minor, 2 to 4 p.m. Arts Place Art Gallery, 714 King Street.

February 23, 2018 in Port Colbourne

FEBRUARY 24, 2018 in OAKVILLE: Poetry and Prose Open Mic hosted by Sheila Tucker; three to four minutes allocated for each open mic reader. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Maple Grove United Church, 346 Maple Grove Drive.

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 in HAMILTON: Poetry reading with Michael Dickel, American-Israeli Author of War Surrounds Us, 7 p.m. The River Trading Company, 559 Barton Street E.

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 in TORONTO: The Luc Sculpture School and Studies presents “The Times They Are A-Changin'” with Kent Bowman and Stanley Fefferman, 7 p.m. 663 Greenwood Avenue. Admission is free.

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 in CHATHAM: Robert Frost: The Poet & 14 Poems is an event that will include a brief biography of famous American poet Robert Frost, who lived from 1874 to 1963. The presentation is part of The Veranda Presents series.  2 p.m. Library Café, Chatham-Kent Public Library, 120 Queen Street.

FEBRUARY 21, 2018 in HAMILTON: John Terpstra and Kit Dobson will discuss place and how we fit into and around it. 7 p.m. Staircase Safe Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North. Admission is free.

FEBRUARY 21, 2018 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Kate Cayley and David White. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Road.

FEBRUARY 20. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Black History Month, a poetry celebration with quest readers Paa Boateng, Dwayne Morgan, and Amani followed by an open mic.  Guest host: Rudy Fearon.  Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event.  8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 20, 2018 in KOMOKA: The Middlesez County Library presents A Poetry Workshop for all levels of experience, 2 p.m. Komoka Library, 1 Tunks Lane.

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FEBRUARY 20, 2018 in SARNIA: The Central Forum Speaker Series presents Paul Woolley, a local musician and filmmaker who will teach the attendees how to write a hit pop song.  1 p.m at Central United Church (corner of Brock and George Streets). There is a small admission charge for this event.

FEBRUARY 19, 2018 in TORONTO: Common Reading series presents fiction writers Amy Jones, Kevin Hardcastle, and Cherie DiMaline, 8 to 11 p.m. Belljar Cafe/Bar, 2072 Dundas West.

FEBRUARY 19, 2018 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.

FEBRUARY 19, 2018  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 (PLEASE NOTE: CANCELLED DUE TO FAMILY DAY.)

FEBRUARY 17, 2018 in ST. CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association presents How To Get Published: A Panel Discussion with Three Recently Published Authors (Colin Brezicki, Maryann Breukelman, and Sharon Frayne. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. St Catharines Public Library, 54 Church St. Pre-registration required. Space is limited.

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FEBRUARY 13, 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents a Valentines night (All Open Mic and Prize Competition) Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 13, 2018 in PETROLIA: Weather Bomb 1913 leacture and book signing with author Bruce Kemp, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Petrolia Library, 4200 Petrolia Line.

FEBRUARY 12, 2018 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.

FEBRUARY 12, 2018 in LONDON: Canadian poet Cornelia Hoogland reads from her latest book Trailer Park Elegy (Harbour Publishing, 2017) 7 to 9 p.m. Brown & Dickson Booksellers, 609 Richmond Street.

FEBRUARY 12, 2018  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

FEBRUARY 11, 2018 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café presents featured guests Laurence Hutchman, Eva Kolacz-Hutchman, and Stella Body. Also includes an open mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East.

FEBRUARY 11, 2018 in NORTH YORK: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Love of Poetry Gathering, Members’ Reading and Open Mic, sign-up at the door, 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Symposium Café Restaurant Bar & Lounge, 5221 Yonge Street (2 blocks north of North York Centre, South of Finch Avenue)

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FEBRUARY 7, 2018 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest  Angie Quick followed by an open mic 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

FEBRUARY 6. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Kim Fahner, Carla Hartsfield and Sequin Akiniolu. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event.  8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 6, 2018 in TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series presents poetry and prose with Marc Di Saverio, Nora Gold, Catherine Graham, and Cornelia Hoogland. 7 to 9 p.m. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street

FEBRUARY 5, 2018  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: CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.)

FEBRUARY 4, 2018 in HAMILTON: LitLive Literary Readings presents Daniel Coleman, Danila Botha, Cornelia Hoogland, David Peter Clark, Gary Barwin, and Ben Rovinson, 7:30 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St. N.

February 4, 2018 in Hamilton

FEBRUARY 3, 2017 in KINGSTON: A reading/discussion with Daniel Coleman, author of Yardwork: A biography of an Urban Place and poet Armand Ruffo, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Novel Idea Bookstore, 156 Princess Street.

FEBRUARY 2, 2018 in SARNIA: The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts presents an exhibition by The Lambton College Arts Collective. See poster below. Spoken Word open mic  with the theme of Chrysalis., 7 to 9 p.m., Turret Room, Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street S.

February 2, 2018 in Sarnia

FEBRUARY 2, 2018 in SARNIA: The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts’s presents a First Friday’s Author of the Month event with featured guest Sharon Berg. Sharon will selling/signing her books as well as answering questions about her micro press Big Pond Rumours Press and it’s current chapbook contest. 6 to 9 p.m. in the Board Room (near the Turret Room).

February 2, 2018 with Sharon Berg in Sarnia

JANUARY 31, 2018 in TORONTO: A Quattro Books launch featuring new work by Ele Pawelski, Hugh Graham, Gabriel Verveniotis, Rocco de Giacomo, Brenda Clews, Marc Labriola, and Dr. Rennee von Paschen and Robert Paquin, PhD., 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. West.

JANUARY 30. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Tysdals group, Pino Coluccio, and Gary Johnson. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. The next competition will be January 30, 2018. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 30, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LIX presents featured poets Canisia Lubrin and David C. Brydges. Hosted by Banoo Zan. Includes open mic. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street.

January 30, 2018 in Toronto

JANUARY 30, 2018 in TORONTO: Toronto Lit Up: Exile Editions and IFOA (International Festival Of Authors) presents the launch of Plaza Requiem  by Martha Bayiz and The Photographer in Search of Death by Michael Mirolla. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 131 Danforth Avenue.

JANUARY 29, 2018  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: CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.)

JANUARY 23. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Cynthia Gould, Tom Barwell, and Lara Bozabalian. Guest host: Kate Marshall Flaherty. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. The next competition will be January 30, 2018. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 22, 2018 in TORONTO: The League of Canadian Poets and the Caledonian present Robbie Burns Night, a full evening of fun, poetry, celebration, and traditional Scottish Whiskey and dinner. Featured poets include Kate Marshall Flaherty, George Elliot Clarke, Robbie O’Bryne, and Anna Yin. Tickets available at the Caledonian.

JANUARY 22, 2018  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

JANUARY 21, 2018 in SARNIA: Singer-Songwriter Gregger Botting performs during the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts House Concert Series, 3 to 5 p.m. in the Turret Room. There is an admission charge. Seats are limited.

JANUARY 17, 2018 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Kevin Shaw and Margo Lapierre. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Road.

JANUARY 17, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents the anthology launch of 2016/2017 By the River Readers. See poster below. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Central Public Library branch of the Windsor Public Library, 850 Ouellette Avenue.

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JANUARY 16. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers David Clink, Heather Wood, and Georgia Wilder. Guest host: John Oughton. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. The next competition will be January 30, 2018. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 15, 2018 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.

JANUARY 15, 2018  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

JANUARY 12, 13, AND 14, 2018 in SARNIA:  The Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewater presents their annual fundraising book sale. Open Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bayside Centre, George Street.

JANUARY 9. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Fraser Sutherland, Karen Shenfeld, and Heather Haley. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. The next competition will be January 30, 2018. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

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JANUARY 9, 2018 in TORONTO: Toronto book launch of Following the River: Traces of Red River Women by Halifax writer Lorri Neilsen Glenn plus a poetry reading by Canisia Lubrin. 7 to 9 p.m. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalies Avenue.

JANUARY 8, 2018 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.

JANUARY 8, 2019 in TORONTO: Rowers Reading  Series presents prose and poetry  featuring Mugabi Byenkya, Adam Pottie, and Michelle Winters, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street.

JANUARY 8, 2017 in LONDON: “Community Art Investment Program (CAIP)” Grant Info Session for Artists and Artist Collectives. Hosted by the London Arts Council, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Innovation Works London, 201 King Street.

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