Upcoming Feature Readers (Online)!

Updated: May 19

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May 5

Maureen Hynes

Maureen Hynes is the author of seven books, five of which are poetry. Her latest collection is Sotto Voce (fall, 2019). Maureen’s first book of poetry, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award, and her 2016 collection, The Poison Colour, was shortlisted for both the Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster Awards. Maureen’s poetry has been included in over 25 anthologies, including twice in Best Canadian Poems in English, and in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, 2017. Maureen is the poetry editor for Our Times magazine.

Fiona Tinwei Lam

Fiona Tinwei Lam’s new collection, Odes & Laments (Caitlin, 2019) follows two past poetry books and a children's book. She has won The New Quarterly's Nick Blatchford prize and was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award.  Her work appears in over thirty anthologies, including The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry: 10th Anniversary. Her poetry videos have been selected for screening at festivals locally and internationally.  She teaches at SFU Continuing Studies.

Host: Eleni Gouliaras

May 12

Jaclyn Piudik

Jaclyn Piudik is the author of To Suture What Frays(Kelsay Books 2017) and three chapbooks, the recently launched, the corpus undone in the blizzard (Espresso Chapbooks 2019), Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautiful Outlaw 2013) and The Tao of Loathliness (fooliar press 2005/8). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including New American Writing, Columbia Poetry Review, Burning Houseand CV2.  She received a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Alice M. Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets. Piudik holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, as well as a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto.  She hails from New York and currently lives and works in Toronto.

Bertrand Brickersteth

Bertrand Bickersteth was born in Sierra Leone, raised in Alberta, and has lived in the U.K. and the U.S. He is an educator who also writes plays and poems. His debut collection of poetry is The Response of Weeds. He has also delivered a TEDx talk and contributed to several podcasts. He currently lives in Calgary, teaches at Olds College and writes everywhere.

Host: Banoo Zan


May 19

Mike Lipsius

Mike Lipsius once upon a time ran the Rochdale Rhymes and Readings poetry series and also released a chapbook called Lessons in Gravity through Stone's Throw Productions. Then one day a bunch of little green men in cow costumes came for him and made him work as a tax specialist until he ran away and hitchhiked back to Poetry Land (sort of a true story).

Virginia Konchan

Virginia Konchan is the author of the poetry collections Any God Will Do and The End of Spectacle (both from Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2020 and 2018); a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017); and three chapbooks, Empire of Dirt (above/ground press, 2019), The New Alphabets (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press, 2015). She holds degrees from Beloit College (BA), Cleveland State University (MFA), and the University of Illinois-Chicago (Ph.D). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, and The New Republic, her essays and criticism in Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, Jacket2, and Guernica, her translations in The Brooklyn Rail, Asymptote and Circumference, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly, Joyland, and Memorious, among other places. Her work has been anthologized in several collections, and her honors include grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, The Banff Center, and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, and Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly, she currently lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

Host: Suparna Ghosh


May 26

Ellen Chang-Richardson

Tracy Wei de Boer

Host: Margaret Code


June 2

Jane Munro

Jane Munro’s new poetry collection is Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). Her sixth collection, Blue Sonoma (Brick Books), won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press), Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart) and Grief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books).

Munro is a member of the collaborative poetry group Yoko’s Dogs (Jan Conn, Mary di Michele, Susan Gillis, Jane Munro).

She has taught Creative Writing at several universities in BC, given many informal writing workshops, and read her poetry to audiences across Canada and in Ireland, the USA, Italy, India, and Egypt. She lives in Vancouver.

Steven Bett

Stephen Bett is one of the coolest contemporary poets, and a legend internationally. He has a very interesting linguistic technique with a penchant for jazz and words, and if you ask me, jazz-styled writing is where the best of the best is happening right now. Karl Jirgens (Editor, Rampike)

"I am constantly struck by how strong and pliant Stephen Bett’s line is, the image understated, the music so subtle it dances almost unnoticed." Ken Cathers (poet)

Stephen Bett has had twenty-two books of poetry published: Shall We Dance That One Around Again (Finishing Line Press, 2018); Back Principles: a book of spiritual fatigue (BlazeVOX Books, 2018); though we are incredibly small (Phafours Press, 2017); Our Own Stunned Heads (Nose in Book Publishing, 2017); Un/Wired (BlazeVOX Books, 2016); The Gross & Fine Geography: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2015); Those Godawful Streets of man: a book of raw wire in the city (BlazeVOX Books, Buffalo, N.Y., 2014); Breathing Arizona: a journal (Ekstasis Editions, Spring, 2014); Penny-Ante Poems (Ekstasis Editions, 2013); Sound Off: a book of jazz (Thistledown Press, 2013); Re-Positioning (Ekstasis Editions, 2011); Track This: a book of relationship (BlazeVOX Books, Buffalo, N.Y., 2010); S PLIT (Ekstasis Editions, 2009); Extreme Positions: the soft-porn industry Exposed (Spuyten Duyvil Books, NYC, 2009); Sass ’n Pass (Ekstasis Editions, 2008); Three Women (Ekstasis Editions, 2006); Nota Bene Poems: A Journey (Ekstasis Editions, 2005); Trader Poets (Frog Hollow Press, 2003); High-Maintenance (Ekstasis Editions, 2003); High Design Refit (Greenboathouse Books, 2002); Cruise Control (Ekstasis Editions, 1996); Lucy Kent and other poems (Longspoon Press, 1983).

A chapbook from the work “in progress,” Broken Glosa: an alphabet book of post avant glosa, will be published by Chax Press later in 2020.

Lift Off: a journey of future tense will be published by Salmon Poetry, in Spring, 2021.

A recent nonfiction book (three prose memoirs) is also available: So Got Schooled: in the tower, on the field (Ekstasis Editions, 2017).

His work has also appeared in well over 100 literary journals in Canada, the U.S., England, Australia, New Zealand, and Finland, as well as in five anthologies, and on radio.

Bett’s “personal papers” have been purchased by the Simon Fraser University Library, and are, on an ongoing basis, being archived in their “Contemporary Literature Collection” for current and future scholarly interest.

Host: Rosa Arlotto


June 9

Andrea Josic

Paul Sanderson(?)



June 16

Joanna Lilley




June 23

Zach da Costa

Heather Cadsby



June 30

Margaret Christakos

Stanley Fefferman



July 7

Jennifer Hosein

Fan Wa



July 14

Marvyne Jenoff




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