Upcoming Feature Readers (Online)!

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Jan 5

Tanis MacDonald

Tanis MacDonald is an essayist, poet, and free-range literary animal. Her book, Out of Line: Daring to be an Artist Outside the Big City (Wolsak and Wynn 2018) is a guide to playing the long game in the literary world. She is the author of four books of poetry, and her most recent, Mobile (Book*hug 2019), was the only book of poetry longlisted for the 2020 Toronto Book Award. She is co-editor (with Ariel Gordon and Rosanna Deerchild) of GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House 2018). Recent work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Minola Review, Understorey, Watch Your Head, The Goose, and Hamilton Arts and Letters. Tanis teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and used to be on the Board of the Art Bar back – way back – in the day.

Harry Posner

A member of The Writers Union of Canada, Writers Ink Alton, Headwaters Writer Guild,

and Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets, Harry Posner is the author of six books and two spoken word CDs.

Harry is Dufferin County's Poet Laureate until 2022, organizer and host of the annual Day of the Poets festival in Orangeville, Ontario, and co-host with Peter Noce of The Sill

podcast ( www.thesillpodcast.com ). His novella, Peggy Lee’s Delicious Lips, was the

winner of the 2019 Ken Klonsky award, and he has recently released a collection of

spoken word poetry, Blue is Bigger Than Brown. All of Harry’s books are available at


Host: Mike Lipsius

Jan 12

Terry Watada Terry Watada is a Toronto writer whose publications include the Mysterious Dreams of the Dead (Anvil Press, 2020), The Four Sufferings (poetry, Mawenzi House Publishers, 2020),The Three Pleasures (Anvil Press, 2017), The Nishga Girl, (HpF Press and the NAJC 2017), a children’s story Light at a Window (amanga, HpF Press and the NAJC, 2015),The Game of 100 Ghosts (poetry, Mawenzi House, 2014),The Sword, the Medal and the Rosary (a manga, HpF Press and the NAJC, 2013),The TBC: 1995 – 2010, (non-fiction, HpF Press & the Toronto Buddhist Church 2010), Kuroshio: The Blood of Foxes, (fiction, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007), Obon: the Festival of the Dead (poetry, Thistledown Press, 2006),Ten Thousand Views of Rain (poetry, Thistledown Press, 2001),Seeing the Invisible (a children’s biography, Umbrella Press, 1998), Daruma Days (fiction, Ronsdale Press, 1997), Bukkyo Tozen: a History of Buddhism in Canada (non-fiction, HpF Press & the Toronto Buddhist Church, 1996) and A Thousand Homes (poetry, Mercury Press, 1995). The Three Pleasures received glowing reviews and was a feature story in the Georgia Straight (Vancouver). He is in the anthology Vancouver Confidential (Anvil Press, 2014). Mysterious Dreams was included in the CBC list – “47 works of Canadian fiction to watch for in the spring of 2020”. Seven of his plays have been produced; his best known is Vincent, which was produced at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the first and second Madness and Arts World Festival.

His newest poetry collection was just named a finalist for the Eyelands International Book Awards, Athens, Greece. It is available through Amazon and bookstores.

His essays can be found in Maclean's Magazine (March 2011), Canadian Literature(UBC), and Ritsumeikan Hogaku “Kotoba to sonohirogari” (Ritsumeikan University Press, Kyoto Jpn). He wrote monthly in the Nikkei Voice for 25 years. Since 2012, he has continued his column in the national Vancouver JCCA Bulletin. In 2019, he contributed 12 columns for the on-line Discover Nikkei, a Japanese American National Museum publication.

Terry was awarded the William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award from the City of Toronto and a Citation of Citizenship from the Government of Canada, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the NAJC’s National Merit Award and the Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Award.

Meena Chopra

Meena Chopra is an internationally renowned Canada-based 'fine artist & poet' of Indian origin with an unbridled passion for words, space, colours and forms. She has authored three poetry collections and co-edited one anthology. Her poetry and articles in English and Hindi have been published in magazines, journals and anthologies such as The Toronto Star, American Diversity Report (USA), Setu (USA), Artis Mag, Word Masala (London England), The Journal of the Poetry Society (India), Indian Voices (Canada), Word Fest, Canada Our Home and in prestigious German literary magazines.

Meena has received numerous national and international awards for her contributions to literature, fine art and community work including First Prize by Visual Arts Mississauga from the National Ethnic Press Council of Canada, 2018.

Meena has held several art exhibitions in India, Canada, England, USA and has over 75 group and solo art exhibitions to her credit.

As a qualified artist educator, she advocates “bringing diverse cultures together through arts”. Website: www.meenachopra-artist.com

Host: Jeff Cottrill

Jan 19

Dorothy Sjoholm

Dorothy Sjöholm is the author of why the telephone stopped ringing (Piquant Press, 2019) and two self-published works, Holding the Mirror & wait for the final explosion. Her poems and stories have appeared in literary journals in Canada, USA, and the UK as well as online in The Adirondack Review, The Ekphrastic Review, and Poetry Present. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC where she studied under Susan Musgrave and Gary Geddes, and continues to hone her craft through weekly Zoom meetings with a group of Toronto poets led by Kenneth Sherman. She also conducts an online poetry workshopping group in Barrie where she now lives.

Sue Brecken

Sue's writing has appeared in The Hart House Review (forthcoming 2020/2021), Guest, The New Quarterly, WE Int., Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (Mansfield Press) and elsewhere. Her debut poetry collection When Centipedes Dream was published by Tightrope Books (2018).

Sue's Toronto home is fueled by artists and animals. She brilliantly retired from her day job in February 2020. Sue dreams that the pools will re-open soon and that everyone else will go back to work (when safe). See Less

Jan 26

David C. Brydges

David C. Brydges is a cultural historian and community legacy builder based in Cobalt Ontario. He is the artistic director of the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival in Northern Ontario. David’s memberships include Stroll of Poets Edmonton, Edmonton Poetry Festival, Parkland Poets, Ontario Poetry Society, Haiku Canada, Academy of American Poets, and League of Canadian Poets. David has four chapbooks published and one full-length book, “Vagabond Post Office.” He will be reading selections from his newest book, “Vaulting to Venus.”

Marsha Barber

Marsha Barber’s third poetry collection was published by Ottawa’s Borealis Press last year. She has won many awards for her poetry and been longlisted for the national ReLit prize and shortlisted for the international Bridport Poetry Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in such periodicals as Literary Review of Canada, The Walrus, FreeFall, The Antigonish Review and The New Quarterly. Marsha is on faculty at Ryerson University's School of Journalism in Toronto.

Host: Rosa Arlotto

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