Who Runs Art Bar?

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

Margaret Code - Art Bar Director

A Toronto poet published in various poetry collections and anthologies, Margaret won a Best Originals contest in 2013. In 2015 she took second in Big Pond Rumours’ contest. She received three Hot Sauced Words Best Poem awards. Margaret is Director of the Art Bar Poetry Series and President of the Toronto Writers’ Coop.

Suparna Ghosh

One of the founding members of the Art Bar, the longest-running poetry series in Canada, Suparna Ghosh has published three books of poetry - Sandalwood Thoughts, a collection of poems and drawings; Dots and Crosses, a prose poem, and Occasionally, which features poems in free verse and ghazals in classical Indo-Persian style, one of which has been translated into Urdu and set to music; she presented the video at the Art Bar in 2018. Her poems have been published in local and international literary journals. Suparna was short-listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize and published in their Global Poetry Anthology. A grand prize winning poem was choreographed and staged in San Francisco. On February 13, 2019, she was one of seven poets to participate in Poetry in Union, a partnership between the League of Canadian Poets and the Union Station, and wrote personal poems for passengers. Her paintings were chosen for the Canadian Art of Imagination show featuring international artists. Her work titled Vigil was one of the finalists in the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto competition, NEXT! 2015. She has exhibited her paintings in Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Mumbai and New Delhi. Please visit suparnaghos

Brett Campbell

Brett Campbell was born in London, Ontario, to a father with Scottish roots and a mother with European heritage. He obtained an English degree from the University of Toronto in 1986. Brett was active in the Phoenix Poets' Workshops and has read at various venues, such as The Idler Pub, The Free Times Café, and the Victory Cafe. He taught creative writing to adults for a decade. His first book, I Send Letters, was published in 2004. He is working on a second manuscript with publication expected in 2021.

Katheen Orth

Kathleen Orth, B.A. (Brock University, French and History), is an editor and writer with experience in office administration, program coordination, and project management. Her career includes both staff and freelance assignments in editing and writing. Since 2018, she has been the volunteer editor of The Grapevine, a newsletter for the Niagara Bruce Trail Club. From 2012 to 2015, she was volunteer Editor for Garden City Times, the monthly newsletter of her Toastmasters club in St. Catharines.

Freelance writing assignments include Ontario Birchbark (2002 to 2005), freelancer.ca, and Toronto.jobs.ca. Staff assignments included monthly newsletters (OPHA News and Nutrition in the News) and a quarterly journal (Healthbeat) for the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA). While at OPHA (1992- 2011), she edited the first annual report for the association. Her experience in all stages of print and online document production meant that she was the go-to person for the technical questions and problems of co-workers and superiors. As a staff member and a freelancer, she is experienced in getting new projects up and running. Through a wide variety of projects and programs, she gained experience with local and provincial networks, and in building and maintaining critical business relationships.

A former manager said, “Kathleen takes time to think through a problem and always offers options for solutions.” In her writing, Kathleen readily summarizes and presents information carefully targeted to specific groups. A former editor complimented her on changing the focus of a story, on short notice (and meeting the deadline!). As a member of Toastmasters, she has written and delivered over 50 speeches, including a speech on Leadership and Poetry. (Kathleen has achieved advanced recognition in Toastmasters)

Kathleen was introduced to the Art Bar through a writing workshop series. Two of her interests are exploring the connections between poetry and quilting, and between poetry and leadership. Kathleen congratulates the Art Bar on its 30th anniversary and looks forward to contributing to its future success.

Daphne Arlotto

Daphne Arlotto is a graduate of George Brown College in Project Management. She primarily takes care of her young son for the time being and works on various personal projects in her spare time.

She helps update the Art Bar website on a monthly basis.

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