Julie Mannell is a Canadian prose and poetry author, literary critic, cultural commentator, and essayist, originally from Fonthill, Ontario. She holds BA from McGill University and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Mannell's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Walrus, Joyland, Fiddlehead, Carousel, Arc, Vallum, The Minola Review, Matrix Magazine, Lemon Hound, The Puritan, Rusty Toque, Branch Magazine, amongst others. More recently, she was named one of the top 30 poets under 30 by In/Words Magazine and her short story “Today is Cool” was the most-read story in Joyland magazine in 2017. She has two forthcoming novels tentatively titled little girls and Weekending in India, as well as a book of poetry, Not Nice.
Tamara Faith Berger was born in Toronto. She published her first book, Lie With Me, in 1999, and it was made into a film in 2004. In 2001, A Woman Alone at Night was published. These two novels were collected in Little Cat. Her third book, Maidenhead, won the 2012 Believer Book Award. She is also the author of Kuntalini and is writing for film and television.
Cason Sharpe is a writer currently based in Toronto. His fiction and criticism has appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, and GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, among others. His first collection of short stories, Our Lady of Perpetual Realness, was released by Metatron in 2017.
Zoe Imani Sharpe is a poet and editor based in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in Sang Bleu magazine in the UK, Main Street, Lemonhound, The Puritan and The Unpublished City: Vol. II. Her chapbook, Sullied, was published by Trapshot Archives in 2011. She is currently at work on a project about architecture, Black Studies and the history of public housing in Canada.
Marilo Nuñez is a Canadian-Chilean playwright and director. She was founding Artistic Director of Alameda Theatre Company, a Toronto company dedicated to developing the new work of Latinx Canadian playwrights. She won the 2018 Hamilton Arts Award, Established Artist in Theatre, and has been shortlisted for the KM Hunter Artist Award in Theatre twice, nominated for the Most Influential Hispanics in Canada, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Spirit Awards. She has been a member of the Playwright’s Unit at Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Cahoots Theatre Company, Nightwood Theatre and Alameda Theatre Company, and was Playwright-in-Residence at Aluna Theatre. She is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and is currently a candidate for the University of Guelph MFA in Creative Writing program with a focus on Playwriting. She is McMaster University’s first Playwright-in-Residence for the Socrates Project. www.marilonunez.com
Preeti Dhaliwal is a critical race feminist, VONA alumni, lawyer, writer and facilitator whose writing tends to examine/complicate race, culture, trauma, bodies, touch and/or desire. Her creative writing has appeared in the Festival of Literary Diversity's program, alt. theatre magazine, PRISM International, Looseleaf, and No Foundations. She currently teaches, writes and plays in Toronto, the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. www.shaktiexpression.wordpress.com
Doors at 7:30. Readings at 8:00. Tequila Bookworm [512 Queen St. W.]
We regret that Tequila Bookworm is not an accessible venue. We are looking for accessible options for future readings.