October 23, 2020 – Tartan Turban Secret Readings #27: A Political Poetry Reading curated by Banöo Zan and Kate Rogers, featuring Toronto’s Poet Laureate Al Moritz, Andrea Thompson, Diana Manole and Lisa Richter. Free. Register here.

October 22, 2020 – NAUTILUS AND BONE BOOK LAUNCH!!! Virtual launch of the Frontenac House 2020 Quartet, new books by Lisa Richter, Tyler B. Perry, Joan Shillington, and Alexander Williamson. Details coming soon!

Past readings:

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Spring Writers Retreat participant reading, Thursday, March 20th, 2020, Banff, AB.

Boneshaker Reading Series, December 17, 2019 with Concetta Principe, Silverthorn library, 1748 St Clair West, Toronto, ON.

Monday, October 28, 2019: Reading at the KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, New York, NY, with Kathy Fagan.

Sunday, November 26th, 2017, 4:00-5:30 pm: Poetry – At the Core of Our Being, Jewish Book Festival. With Rafi and Aaron and Naomi West, moderated by Abby Werner Herlin. Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 950 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017: Book launch at the Salt Spring Island Public Library:

Friday, December 1, 2017:

Personalizing the Political: Poetry as an Act of Resistance

Contrary to popular belief, poetry does not need to be about overtly political subjects in order to challenge the status quo. The very act of writing a poem is a form of resistance in itself, especially when we speak our truths, sometimes “telling it slant,” as Emily Dickinson famously put it. In this safe, supportive, process-oriented workshop, we will read examples of poems that disrupt and engage, that resist easy answers. Using a variety of generative techniques, we will focus on writing poems that are courageous, risk-taking, and subversive in content and/or form. Whether you are new to poetry or a seasoned poet looking for new ways to approach a poem, this workshop is for you.

To register, contact me or check out the event page here.

Followed by Poetry Cabaret – reading with Ayla Heeds, Pam Stewart and Yvonne Blomer

Past Events:

October 22, 2017: Words and Music Show, Casa del Popolo, 4873 St-Laurent, Montreal, QC.

October 4, 2017: Wild Writers, The Poetry Jazz Cafe, 224 Augusta Ave., Toronto. 7-9 pm.

September 24, 2017: Sculpting New Reads with Marian Wihak, 3:45-4:30.

September 24, 2017: Word on the Street 2017, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto: Perception: Three Poets (with Roo Borson and Gillian Sze), Grand Marquee, 12:15-1:00 pm.

August 13, 2017: Why Are There Words-NYC, with Ryan Murphy, Jason Schneiderman, Hubert Vigilla and Alisson Wood. The Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY.

June 11, 2017: Joseph Sherman Memorial Reading for new members of the League of Canadian Poets. CSI Spadina Building, 192 Spadina Ave, Toronto.

May 4, 2017: Reading at Knife Fork Book with Jennifer LoveGrove and Maureen Scott Harris.

April 25, 2017: The Art Bar with Kelly Norah Drukker and Ron Charach. The Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street, 8 pm.

April 12, 2017: LAUNCH of “Closer to Where We Began” with Ron Charach and Karen Mulhallen. Glad Day Bookstore, 499 Church Street, Toronto, ON, 7:30-9:30 pm.

Poetry NOW: 9th Annual Battle of the Bards, March 29, 2017.

Canthius journal of feminism + literary arts launch, February 11, 2017, at the Likely General, Toronto.

Tribute reader at Susie Berg’s launch of “All This Blood,” her second full-length poetry collection (Piquant Press), along with fellow Plasticine Poetry alumni Kate Marshall Flaherty, Nicki Ward, and Lisa Young. February 21, 2017, Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave (Toronto), 7:30 pm.

(parenthetical) issue Seventeen launch at The Central, January 19, 2017: 7:30 pm.

Hot-Sauced Words, April 25, 2016, at the Central (603 Markham Street, Toronto, ON), with Rob Coleman, hosted by James Dewar.

Hot Sauced Words “Anti-Pageant” (mini-feature), December 14, 2015, with Heather Wood, Kate Marshall Flaherty.

The Art Bar Poetry Series, featuring with Chris Doda and Bren Simmers, May 19, 2015. Toronto, Ontario.

The Plasticine Poetry Series, September 21, 2014

Loose Leaf Poetry series, with Jeff Cottrill, Howard Isenberg and Claudio Gaudio, February 24, 2014, Toronto.

The Plasticine Poetry Series, with Stan Rogal, Andrea Thompson and Mary Walters, October 20, 2013.

The Plasticine Poetry Series, April 22, 2012

The Art Bar Dead Poets Society Night, December 3, 2011, Toronto.

An Evening of Art and Poetry, inspired by Janet Strayer’s “Child Out of Time” exhibit. June 24, 2010, Jewish Community Centre, Vancouver, BC.