Toronto WordStage Tonight



It’s 2013 and we’re back with another groovy set of readers! Featuring:


Robert Colman is a writer and editor based in Newmarket, Ontario, whose work has been published in literary magazines across Canada. His first full-length collection of poems, The Delicate Line (Exile Editions, 2009), was nominated for the ReLit Award. His second, Little Empires, came out in September, 2012 from Quattro Books.

Sarah Beaudin is a Toronto-based designer and publisher with a penchant for coffee, buttons, and the occasional poem. She was a founding member of the Steel Bananas art collective, and is the founder and coordinator of The Underdog Poets Academy, a local reading series dedicated to providing opportunities to under-publisher writers. She is the co-editor of Gulch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose, and the editor of this place, an anthology inspired by Barrie’s Society of the Spoken Word. Sarah is interested in helping artists, particularly emerging writers, bridge the gap between education and successfully working in their profession.

Jay MillAr is a Toronto poet, editor, publisher, teacher and virtual bookseller. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which are the small blue (2008), esp : accumulation sonnets (2009), Other Poems (2010), and Timely Irreverence (forthcoming, 2013). He is also the author of several privately published editions, such as Lack Lyrics, which tied to win the 2008 bpNichol Chapbook Award. MillAr is the shadowy figure behind BookThug, a publishing house dedicated to exploratory work by well known and emerging North American writers, as well as Apollinaire’s Bookshoppe, a virtual bookstore that specializes in the books that no one wants to buy. Currently Jay teaches creative writing and poetics at George Brown College and Toronto New School of Writing, where he is also the co-director.

Jeannine M. Pitas is a poet, nonfiction writer, teacher, and graduate student in comparative literature. She is the author of Our Lady of the Snow Angels (Toronto: Lyricalmyrical Press, 2012) and the English-language translator of Uruguayan poet Marosa di Giorgio’s The History of Violets (Brooklyn: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). She was also co-organizer of the Fourth International Festival of Poetry of Resistance, held in Toronto in October 2012.

*All readings are free, but we do “pass the hat” in support of our lovely readers*
Doors – 7:30p.m  |  Readings – 8p.m.

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