Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a love story, a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border. She has won the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry, the Governor General’s Award for her non-fiction, and Britain’s Orange Broadband Prize for New Fiction for her first novel The Lizard Cage. Her latest book, Burmese Lessons, was nominated for a Governor General's Award and British Columbia National Award for Canadian Nonfiction in 2009. Married with a young child, she divides her time between a home in rural Greece and a home in Toronto.
Matt Lennox graduated from the MFA program in 2011. He is the author of two novels, The Carpenter (2012) and Knucklehead (coming out in May 2015), both through HarperCollins Canada. He’s had shorter stuff published in Toronto Life, The Walrus, The National Post, and The Globe & Mail, and was longlisted for the 2014 CBC short non-fiction contest. Matt lives in Etobicoke with his wife, Natalie Jacyk, and puppy, Johnny Cash. Apart from writing, he likes carpentry, 70s country music, army stuff, and amateur boxing, and is training for a charity boxing match on May 30th at the Old Mill. It's called the Fight to End Cancer and it's a benefit for the Princess Margaret Hospital. Matt will be fighting in the super-heavyweight category. Please check out www.fighttoendcancer.com if you want to learn more! And any donations to this cause tonight would be appreciated!
Laurie D. Graham (MFA 2010) was raised in Sherwood Park, Alberta, and now lives in London, Ontario, where she writes, reviews, teaches, and helps edit Brick magazine. Rove, her first book of poetry, was published by Regina’s Hagios Press in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her second book of poetry is due out with McClelland & Stewart in 2016. Work from that forthcoming collection recently won The Puritan’s Thomas Morton Memorial Prize, was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize and Arc’s Poem of the Year contest, and is forthcoming in Prairie Fire.
Andrea Perry has lived on both coasts but grew most of her years in Ottawa, Ontario. She served ten years in the Canadian Army before leaving in 2013 to pursue a lifetimes-long, multi-dimensional love of reading and writing. She is currently working on a first novel under the tutelage of featured reader, Karen Connelly. Andrea may be exceptionally socially awkward at present, as a result of many months of isolated writing in the Ontario woodland.
Amy Hsieh earned her Hons. BA degree in English at the University of Toronto. Her poetry has appeared in the Hart House Review, Acta Victoriana, and the University College Review.
Doors at 7:30. Readings at 8:00. The Steady Cafe & Bar [1051 Bloor St. W.]