Liz Howard’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, the first time the prize has been awarded to a debut collection. It was also a finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, received an honourable mention for the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize, and was named a Globe and Mail Top 100 book. Her recent work has appeared in Poetry, The Capilano Review, Camera Austria, and The Walrus. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph. She has been appointed 2018-2019 Canadian Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary. She is of mixed European and Anishinaabe descent. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario, she now lives in Toronto and assists with research on the aging brain.
Becky Blake was the 2017 winner of the CBC Nonfiction Prize and the 2013 winner of the CBC Short Story Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications across Canada such as PRISM, On the UP, This Magazine, subTerrain, Taddle Creek, Room, enRoute, and NOW Magazine. Becky holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Wolsak & Wynn’s Buckrider Books in Spring 2019.
Ashish Seth is a writer and educator based in Brampton. He received a BA in Professional Writing and Communication at the University of Toronto. He has published a book of science writing called Come on Baby Take a Chance With Us: Issues in Psilocybin Mushroom Use and served as an editor for Communicating Science, a science writing textbook currently used at the University of Toronto. Most recently, he won runner up in Epiphany literary magazine’s 2017 Creative Nonfiction contest for his piece “Paul the Fox.” He is currently in his final year of an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph and working on a novel.
Jacquelyn Ross is a writer and critic based in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in BOMB, Mousse, C Magazine, The Capilano Review, artforum.com, and elsewhere, and her recent chapbooks include Mayonnaise and Drawings on Yellow Paper. She publishes books by emerging artists and writers under the small press Blank Cheque, and is currently at work on a collection of stories.
Hajer Mirwali is a Palestinian and Iraqi writer living in Toronto. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Brick, The Puritan, and Joyland. She was a winner of Room magazine's 2017 Short Forms Contest.
Oubah Osman is a poet living and working in Toronto. She was a participant in Project Toosoo, a program committed to spreading empowerment in the Somali community in the GTA and she has been published in The Varsity and Scarborough Fair. Oubah is also an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph.
Doors at 7:30. Readings at 8:00. Tequila Bookworm [512 Queen St. W.]