Events – 2021

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(DISCLAIMER: Information is usually updated twice a month. Please double check with the organization of each respective event to ensure the details haven’t changed before you connect online – May 4, 2021)

TARNISHED TROPHIES BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE: 2014 AND 2015.

MY PREVIOUS READINGS AND WORKSHOPS: 2016-2017 ,  2018, 2019, and 2020.

At the moment, I have NO CURRENT READINGS AND WORKSHOPS scheduled for 2021.

EVENTS:

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.

ONTARIO EVENTS:

NOVEMBER 7, 2021 IN STRATFORD: The Red Lion Reading Series and Open Mic presents Andreas Gripp followed by an open mic, 7:30 to 9:35 p.m.  at 23 Albert Street. Open mic sign-ups 30 minutes before showtime. Social distancing required. Admission FREE.

OCTOBER 3, 2021 IN STRATFORD: The Red Lion Reading Series and Open Mic presents Carrie Lee Connel followed by an open mic, 7:30 to 9:35 p.m.  at 23 Albert Street. Open mic sign-ups 30 minutes before showtime. Social distancing required. Admission FREE.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 ONLINE: An Evening with Anna Yin plus the launch of the anthology Mirrors and Windows, 7 p.m. EDT via ZOOM. See the poster below:

September 13, 2021 online

SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 IN STRATFORD: The Red Lion Reading Series and Open Mic presents a guest reader Penn Kemp followed by an open mic, 7:30 to 9:35 p.m.  at 23 Albert Street. Open mic sign-ups 30 minutes before showtime. Social distancing required. Admission FREE.

AUGUST 1, 2021 IN STRATFORD: The Red Lion Reading Series and Open Mic presents Mark Kertzberger followed by an open mic, 7:30 to 9:35 p.m.  at 23 Albert Street. Open mic sign-ups 30 minutes before showtime. Social distancing required. Admission FREE.

JULY 4, 2021 IN STRATFORD: The Red Lion Reading Series and Open Mic presents Solo followed by an open mic, 7:30 to 10:35 p.m.  at 23 Albert Street. Open mic sign-ups 30 minutes before showtime. Social distancing required. Admission FREE.

JUNE 29, 2021 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers TBA. Guest host: TBA, 8 p.m. via the Art Bar Poetry Series Facebook page.

JUNE 4 TO 27, 2021 IN DUNDAS: The Carnegie Gallery presents “PoARTry: A dance of poetry and art”, featuring visual art and fine craft inspired by poetry. A collaboration between Tower Poetry Society and ten local artists.

June 4 - 27, 2021 PoARTry short blurb UPDATEJUNE 22, 2021 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers TBA. Guest host: TBA, 8 p.m. via the Art Bar Poetry Series Facebook page.

JUNE 17, 2021 ONLINE: “Book Summit 21: Sustainable Publishing in a Changing World” presented by the Book and Periodical Council (BPC) in partnership with the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), 11 a.m. EDT. This is a ticketed event. More info on the website book summit  (dot)  ca

June 17, 2021 onlineJUNE 15, 2021 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers TBA. Guest host: TBA, 8 p.m. via the Art Bar Poetry Series Facebook page.

JUNE 8, 2021 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers TBA. Guest host: TBA, 8 p.m. via the Art Bar Poetry Series Facebook page.

JUNE 6, 2021 IN STRATFORD: The Red Lion Reading Series and Open Mic presents David Stones launching his new poetry book sfumato  followed by an open mic, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  at 23 Albert Street. Open mic sign-ups 30 minutes before showtime. Social distancing required. Admission FREE.

June 6, 2021 online

JUNE 2, 2021 ONLINE: The Book Keeper presents a virtual author event with Thomas King (author of Sufferance) at 8 p.m.  (EDT) via Zoom. NOTE: Purchase of a book is required.

June 2, 2021 onlineJUNE 1, 2021 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers TBA. Guest host: TBA, 8 p.m. via the Art Bar Poetry Series Facebook page.

JUNE 1, 2021 ONLINE: The Book Keeper presents a virtual author event with Hannah Mary McKinnon (author of Sister Dear) at 7 p.m.  (EDT) via Zoom. NOTE: Purchase of a book is required.

June 1, 2021

MAY 29, 2021 ONLINE: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association presents the launch of 15 Stories High, an anthology celebrating the winners of their recent short story contest, 2 to 4 p.m. via ZOOM.

MAY 25, 2021 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers TBA. Guest host: TBA, 8 p.m. via the Art Bar Poetry Series Facebook page.

MAY 20, 2021 ONLINE: Invisible Publishing and The Book Wardrobe presents the virtual launch of The Quiet is Loud with author Samantha Garner, 8 to 9 p.m. EDT. This free event will be live on Instagram at @ invisbooks

May 20, 2021

MAY 20, 2021 ONLINE: The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival presents “In Your Own Backyard: Online Series”, 8 p.m. EDT with host Bee Quammie introducing three memoirs and a group discussion. Register for this free event on the Eden Mills Writers Festival website. See poster below:

May 20, 2021 onlineMAY 18, 2021 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers TBA. Guest host: TBA, 8 p.m. via the Art Bar Poetry Series Facebook page.

MAY 18, 2021 ONLINE: The Tree Reading Series presents featured guests Inan Kang and Taylor Byas with host Brandon Wint. Workshop begins at 7 p.m. with an open mic at 8 p.m. followed by the featured readers at 8:30 p.m. EDT. Register in advance via the Google form on the Reading Series FB event page.

May 18, 2021 online

MAY 14, 2021 ONLINE: George Elliott Clarke and Yang Wang presents “5 Poets Breaking Into Song” featuring Ayesha Chatterjee, Giovanna Riccio, Lisa Richter, Andreas Thompson, and Anna Yin, 7 to 8:30 p.m. EST via ZOOM. More details on the Sureway Cultural Services website.

May 14, 2021 online

MAY 13, 2021 ONLINE: The virtual launch of Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers by Marcello Di Cintio, 9 p.m. EDT streaming live on Facebook and on YouTube. Hosted by Glass Bookshop, Shelf Life Books, and Biblioasis.

May 13, 2021 online3

MAY 13, 2021 ONLINE: Palimpsest Press presents it’s Spring Book Launch featuring Margaret Chistakos, Nathaniel G. Moore, Tolu Oloruntoba, and Vanessa Shields, 8 p.m. EST via ZOOM.

May 13, 2021 online2

MAY 13, 2021 ONLINE: Vallum/Vallum Society for Education in Arts and Letters (VSEAL) presents a Panel Discussion on “The Slush Pile”, “Time for a Change”, and “Crossing the Language Barrier” with panelists Gail Scott, rob McLennan, Dane Swan, Hazel Millar, Jay Millar, Ashley Obscura, Catherine Cormier-Larson and moderator Jay Ritchie, 7 to 9 p.m. EDT via ZOOM. See the link on the Facebook event page.

May 13, 2021

MAY 13, 2021 ONLINE: The Quinte Arts Council presents a night of poetry featuring local poets in honour of the Tweedsmuir and celebrating First Tuesday Muse (FTM)’s fifth year. Featured poets include Abena Beloved, Sheila Stanley, Tamera Best, Martin Durkin, Charimaine Gagnon, Kathy Keenan, Michael McMahon, Judith Popiel, and Charlotte Dafoe, moderated by Peter Snell, 7 to 8 p.m. EDT via ZOOM.

May 13, 2021 online5

MAY 13, 2021 ONLINE: The Book Keeper presents a virtual author event with Linwood Barclay (author of Find You First) at 7 p.m.  (EDT) via Zoom. NOTE: Purchase of a book is required.

May 13, 2021 online

MAY 13, 2021 ONLINE: Toronto LitUp and ECW Press presents the launch of Deceptions: A Helena Marsh Novel by award-winning author Anna Porter. She will be in conversation with Will Ferguson, author of the Giller Prize-winning novel 419, 6 p.m. EDT via Facebook Live.

May 13, 2021 online4

MAY 11, 2021 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents guest readers Philip Cairns and Celeste Snowber. Guest host: TBA, 8 p.m. via the Art Bar Poetry Series Facebook page.

MAY 9, 2021 ONLINE: The Toronto Lit Up and Workman Arts presents the Launch of Is This Scary? by Jacob Scheier, 7 to 9:30 p.m. via ZOOM. See poster below for additional details:

May 9, 2021 online

COMPLETED EVENTS:

MAY 4, 2021 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents its “30th Anniversary” celebration. Guest host: Allen Sutterfield, 8 p.m. via the Art Bar Poetry Series Facebook page

MAY 4, 2021 ONLINE: The virtual reading and launch of Carousel 44 with featured readers Renee Agatep (Florida, U.S.A), Anne Baldo (Windsor, ON), Anne Barngrocer (Florida, U.S.A.), Conyer Clayton (Ottawa, ON), James Collier (Edmonton, AB), Timothy DeLizza (Baltimore, MD), Sile Englert (London, ON), and Kevin Stebner (Calgary, AB). Hosted by Carousel editor Mark Laliberte at 7 to 9 p.m. EDT via ZOOM.  Obtain a free ticket via Eventbrite.

May 4, 2021 online

MAY 2, 2021 IN STRATFORD: The Red Lion Reading Series and Open Mic presents Solo followed by an open mic, 7:30 to 10:35 p.m.  at 23 Albert Street. Open mic sign-ups 30 minutes before showtime. Social distancing required. Admission FREE. NOTE: DUE TO PROVINCIAL LOCKDOWN AND STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY  4, 2021.

MAY 2, 2021 ONLINE:LITLive Online presents Jess Taylor, Rod Carley, Jessica Westhead, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Cathy Stonehouse, and Allan Briesmaster,  Hosted by Benjanmic Robinson, 7:30 p.m. EST. Tickets from eventbrite.

May 2, 2021 online2

MAY 2, 2021 ONLINE: The Guernica Editions Late Spring Launch #2 will present new work by Anita Aloiso, Glenn Carley, John Comini, Grace Lau, John OUghton, Sophie Stocking, and H. Nigel Thomas, 3:30 p.m. EST See poster below for additional information:

May 2, 2021 online

MAY 1 to 15, 2021 ONLINE: FOLD: The Festival of Literary Diversity. Check the schedule and registration info on the festival website. Advance registration recommended. NOTE: Some are ticketed events.

May 1 to 15, 2021

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