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Date: February 12, 2024


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H Nigel Thomas is the author of six novels, three collections of short stories, and a previous collection of poems, in addition to dozens of essays. His novels Spirits in the Dark and No Safeguards were nominated for the Hugh MacLennan Fiction Award, and Des vies cassées, the French translation of Lives: Whole and Otherwise, was shortlisted for Le prix Carbet des lycéens. He holds the 2000 Professional of the Year Jackie Robinson Award, the 2013 Université Laval’s Hommage aux créateurs, and the 2020 Black Theatre Workshop’s Martin Luther King, Jr Achievement Award. He is also the founder and English-language coordinator of Lectures Logos Readings. A Vincentian Canadian, he has lived in the province of Quebec since 1968 and is a retired professor of United States literature.


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Linzey Corridon is a mixed race (Afro-Euro-Indo Caribbean) educator, and a Vincentian-Canadian poet and critic. He is the 2021 recipient of Canada’s Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and is currently completing doctoral work on the nuances of the Queeribbean quotidian at McMaster University. His writing has been published in The Puritan, Kola, SX Salon, Hamilton Arts and Letters, Montreal Writes and more. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.


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Dannabang Kuwabong is a Ghanaian Canadian born in Nanville in the Upper West Region of Ghana. He was educated in Ghana, Scotland, and Canada, and teaches Caribbean literature at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan. His publications include Konga and other Dagaaba Folktales; Visions of Venom; Caribbean Blues & Love’s Genealogy; Echoes from Dusty Rivers; and Voices from Kibuli Country. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.


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Date: February 5, 2024


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David Clink’s poem, “A sea monster tells his story”, won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. His poetry has appeared in 50+ journals, including The Dalhousie Review and The Literary Review of Canada, six times each. His fifth book-length collection of poetry is: The Black Ship (Aeolus House, 2023).


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Karen Mulhallen has published several books of poetry the most recent being in 2022 a book of elegies, "The Scent of Spring, Elegies Out of Season”,  Black Spring Press Group, UK, and " In Memory”,  Axiom Publishing.


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Norman Allen does a lot of different things.  His editor doesn't like the word "polymath", but he a scientist, a healer, a painter, an essayist, and a poet. He's been writing poetry, when the muse has moved him, for a long, long time now, and he think's that some of them are clever, and some of them are good.  He hopes that he is on his game tonight.



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Date: January 29, 2024


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Katerina Vaughan Fretwell's ninth poetry collection is We Are Malala, Inanna 2019; her eighth, Dancing on a Pin, Inanna 2015, was longlisted for the Lowther Prize, part of the IFOA's Battle of the Bards, and 5 of the poems placed Runner Up in subTerrain's Outsider Poetry Contest; her

seventh, Class Acts, Inanna 2013, was listed in Kerry Clare's blog as one of the Notable Poetry Books of 2013. Her poems are in over 70 journals and over 90 anthologies, including Poets who came to Canada during the Vietnam Era, Heartwood, Another Dysfunctional Cancer Anthology, Love Lies Bleeding …


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Darby Minott Bradford is a poet and translator. They are the author of Dream of No One but Myself (Brick Books, 2021), which won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and Governor General’s Literary Awards. House Within a House by Nicholas Dawson (Brick Books, 2023), Bradford's first translation, won the VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award, the John Glassco Translation Prize, and was a GG finalist. Bottom Rail on Top is their second book.


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Richard-Yves Sitoski was the 2019-2023 Poet Laureate of Owen Sound, on the territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. His poems have appeared in Arc, The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Train, and elsewhere. He has given performances in industrial ruins, has composed a chapbook in collaboration with earth worms, and has written verse on snow with biodegradable dye. He is co-editor, with Penn Kemp, of Poems in Response to Peril: An Anthology in Support of Ukraine (profits from which went to displaced Ukrainian cultural workers). His one-person fringe show, Butterfly Tongue, has played to sold-out houses. His most recent works are the chapbook How to Be Human and the full-length of collection (and 2nd place Don Gutteridge Award-winner), Wait, What?.



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Date: January 22, 2024


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D.S. Stymeist’s newest collection of poetry, Cluster Flux, appeared this past fall with Frontenac House. His well-received debut collection, The Bone Weir, was a finalist for the Canadian Author’s Association Poetry Award. Alongside living with the disabling effects of chronic disease (Crohn’s), he currently teaches creative writing at Carleton University. As former president of VERSe Ottawa, he helped organize VERSeFest, Ottawa’s international poetry festival.


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Domenico Capilongo is a Toronto high-school creative writing teacher and Karate instructor. His first three books of poetry, I thought elvis was italian, Hold the note, send, and short fiction collection, Subtitles were shortlisted for several awards such as the Bressani and Relit Award. His latest book of poetry, 1972, is inspired by the words added to the dictionary. His work has been featured in several anthologies as well as national and international literary journals. He’s currently working on a series of poems in an old lost form called the Sicilian Octave.


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Heather Cadsby is the author of five books of poetry. The most recent is Standing in the Flock of Connections (Brick Books, 2018). In the 1980s along with Maria Jacobs she produced the monthly periodical Poetry Toronto and founded the press Wolsak and Wynn.



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Date: January 15, 2024


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Ronna Bloom is the author of seven books of poetry. She has led initiatives to bring

poetry into health care settings and health care education, developing the Poet in

Residence program at Sinai Health. Ronna has collaborated with filmmakers,

choreographers, musicians and architects and in 2018, her poem “The City,” was

painted by PLANT Architects 35 meters wide on King Street in Toronto. Her most recent book is A Possible Trust: The Poetry of Ronna Bloom, selected with an Introduction by Phil Hall published by Wilfred Laurier University Press in 2023. In 2025, a new collection, In a Riptide, will be published by Brick Books.


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Jean Eng is a visual artist and poet. She’s the author of the poetry collection “Festival of All Souls” published by Inanna Publications. Her writing has appeared in literary journals from Canada, the U.S. and United Kingdom. These include Contemporary Verse 2, Fiddlehead, Grain, Queen’s Quarterly, Room, Vallum and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2024. Her paintings have been exhibited in public, institutional and commercial galleries in Canada, the U.S. and Japan. They are also housed in private and public collections including the Government of Ontario.


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Qurat Dar was the City of Mississauga’s third Youth Poet Laureate (2021-2023) and the 2020 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam National Champion. Her work has appeared in Canthius, Augur Magazine, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and in virtual reality, among other places.



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Date: January 8, 2024


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Kate Rogers co-authored the chapbook Homeless City with her long-time friend Donna Langevin. Kate recently won subTerrain magazine’s Lush Triumphant Contest for her suite of poems, “My Mother’s House” and her work recently appeared in Where Else? An International Hong Kong Poetry Anthology. Her next poetry collection, The Meaning of Leaving, is forthcoming with Montreal-based publisher, Ace of Swords (AOS Publishing), mid-winter 2024. Kate taught at City University of Hong Kong for two decades. She is currently a Co-Director of Art Bar. More at: katerogers.ca/


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Dakota Phillips is a 23-year-old queer poet from the Treaty 13 region of Richmond Hill, Ontario. She has published two full-length poetry collections, Forbidden and Forgotten and Flourish, Norma Jeane, as well as two chapbooks, Dream, Norma Jeane and Witchery. She currently resides in another region of Treaty 13 territory, Scarborough, Ontario and is pursuing a modeling career.


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Poet/playwright Donna Langevin is a retired ESL teacher. The latest of her six poetry collections include Timed Radiance, (Aeolus House) 2022, Brimming (Piquant Press) 2019 and A Story for Sadie (Piquant Press) in 2023. Published in many Canadian and American journals over the years, she won second prize in the 2014 GritLIT contest, first prize in the Banister Anthology Competition 2019, and first place in the Ontario Poetry Society Pandemic Poem contest, 2020. Her plays The Dinner and Bargains in the New World won first prizes for script at the Eden Mills Festival in 2014 and 2015. If Socrates Were in My Shoes was produced at the Toronto Alumnae Theatre NIF Festival in 2018, and Remember Him Chasing Squirrels was performed there in 2020. Winner of a second place Stella Award from Act II Studio, Donna’s play Summer of Saints (about the 1847 typhus epidemic) was produced by Toronto Metropolitan University at their Fresh Picks: The Sandra Kerr New Plays Festival 2022. She is very happy that Art Bar has returned to the FABULOUS FREE TIMES CAFÉ.


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Michelle Hillyard is an award-winning poet, the workshop coordinator of the Mississauga Writers Group, and co-director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. As a spoken word poet, she’s performed across Canada and the US, sharing stages with poets such as George Elliot Clarke, Lillian Allen and Saul Williams. To this day she remains grateful, yet confused about how this has happened. If she’s not writing, making something awkward, or posting memes on the internet, it’s probably because she’s been distracted yet again by a fascinating bug. She will always, and she means always, want to see a picture of your dog.


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