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Russell Smith teaches fiction in the MFA in creative writing program at the university of Guelph. Russell Smith’s novels include Muriella Pent and Girl Crazy. He hates pretty much everything except techno, but a list of his salient dislikes would begin with: brunch, musicals, quinoa, Canada Reads, facebook, Twitter, Buddhism and naturopaths. His new collection of short stories, Confidence, will shortly be available in stores.

Jimmy McInnes was born and raised on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula. His first chapbook, Begin Speech With, was released by Ferno House in the fall of 2013. His poetry has appeared in various journals, including This Magazine, ditch, The Puritan, Descant, and the Capilano Review Web Folio. His work has been shortlisted for the Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. He lives in Toronto, where he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and is currently employed as a political hack. A More Perfect [ is his first book-length work of poetry. 

Mahak Jain is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her work has been published in Room Magazine and The New Quarterly, and her first book for children is forthcoming from Owlkids Books in Spring 2016.

Dalton Derkson is a punk poet from the prairies. He runs Hurtin’ Crüe Press, a D.I.Y. collective through which he has self-published too many chapbooks. Some time ago, he was superkicked by The Party Animal and his poems haven’t been the same since. For proof check out his recent work in ottawater, (parenthetical) and In/Words Magazine.


Doors at 7:30. Readings at 8:00. The Steady Cafe & Bar [1051 Bloor St. W.]

Earlier Event: February 25
Later Event: April 29