This month we are excited to bring to the mic Ava Homa, Jorge Antonio Vallejos, Marcus McCann and Sarah Greene.
Wednesday April 6, 7-9, at the beautiful and historic St. Anne’s Church, 270 Gladstone (just north of Dundas). Writers’ networking (open to all writers–emerging and established) begins at 6:30pm. This month’s networking session will be facilitated by Nora Gold.
The event is free, but we pass a hat ($3-$5, pwyc suggested donation) to pay the writers. Books for sale. Drinks available by donation to the Jeremiah Community at St. Anne’s church, who provide us with refreshments and the space.
More about the writers:
Ava is a Kurdish-Iranian-Canadian, writer-in-exile, with two Master’s in “English and Creative Writing” and “English Language and Literature.” Echoes from the Other Land http://avahoma.com/reviews2.html, Ava’s collection of short stories about resistance of modern Iranian women under the oppressive regime, was published by TSARbooks, Toronto. On its universal scale, Echoes from the Other Land http://avahoma.com/reviews2.html, is the story of human endurance, desire, resistance, passion and pleasure. Ava’s short fictions and translations have appeared in numerous English and Farsi journals including Windsor Review. She was a teacher, journalist, writer and a member of faculty in Iran. In Toronto, Ava writes and teaches Creative Writing, English and ESL.
Jorge Antonio Vallejos is a poet, essayist, and journalist. His creative writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Our Times, Toronto Star, Descant and is forthcoming in the new anthology Crave It by Red Claw Press. See his new poetry magazine: www.blackcoffeepoet.com
Marcus McCann is the author of Soft Where (Chaudiere Books, 2009) and eight chapbooks, most recently The Glass Jaw (Bywords, 2010) and Town in a Long Day of Leaving (above/ground 2010). In 2010, he won the John Newlove Award and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert. The Lampert jury called Soft Where a “a stunning book … written in the language of the people and soaked in a heart of sapphire.” He’s a past organizer of the Transgress Festival and the Naughty Thoughts Book Club. A journalist by day, McCann lives in Toronto.
Sarah Greene is a writer and musician living in the Junction Triangle. Her writing has appeared in NOW Magazine, The Coast (Halifax), and Broken Pencil. Greene took part in creative writing workshops during her undergrad at UofT, and has since self-published three chapbooks of poetry, the most recent being 2007’s Packing up the farm. Greene’s indie-folk band The Pickups (2003-2007) released a self-titled album and an EP called Country Houses, City Streets, which charted on campus-community radio and was featured on CBC Radio and in the Globe and Mail. Her new solo album, recorded with David Celia in Mississauga, is called Toronto Blues. www.sarahgreene.ca