Diana Biacora is a first year MFA student in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Guelph. When she is not writing she works as a high school teacher in Toronto. Diana's fiction and non-fiction have been published in various local publications. When she's not teaching, reading or writing, she is walking her Doberman, Nero, on the badass streets of Toronto.
Jessica Popeski is a Classical Voice and Creative Writing graduate from Brandon University, where she was awarded the Silver Medal in Creative Arts for her thesis, Big Sky. Sickle Moon. Her poetry has been published internationally in carte blanche, The Irish Literary Review, Room, Leaf Press, The Nervous Breakdown, The Windsor Review, and more. A recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, she is in the thick of an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and an English tutor at Humber College. She published two chapbooks with Anstruther Press in 2015: “Oratorio” and “The Wrong Place,” which made the syllabus of an undergraduate Creative Writing program. She was raised in Moscow, Russia, and Sheffield, England, by her mother and grandmother, and writes poetry in Toronto.
Canisia Lubrin has contributed to journals including Room, Arc, CV2, Prairie Fire, Forget, This Magazine and recently in The City Series #3: Toronto Anthology published by Frog Hollow Press. A creator across genres, her work spans music, dance, theatre, poetry and fiction. She has been an arts administrator and community advocate for more than fifteen years. Lubrin holds an MFA from University of Guelph, teaches writing at Humber College and her debut poetry collection, Voodoo Hypothesis, is forthcoming in 2017.
Judith Thompson is a playwright, director, actor and Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She is the author of 16 plays, two feature films, two television movies and many radio plays. She has twice won the Governor General's award for drama, as well as Doras, The Walter Carsen Performing Arts Award, The Toronto Arts Award, the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. She is an officer of the Order of Canada, and a fellow of the Royal Society. Her plays are performed in many languages around the world. Judith is the artistic director of rare theatre (Rare, Borne, wildfire) a theatre committed to giving theatrical voice to those who are seldom heard and rarely seen.
Doors at 7:30. Readings at 8:00. The Steady Cafe & Bar [1051 Bloor St. W.]