2024 readings and events

July 7, 2024 – Sage Hill Faculty Reading Series, with Madeleine Thien, keynote by Guillermo Verdeccia, 2:30 pm CST. To register, visit the Sage Hill Writing website. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2024- Milk Magazine reading series, with rob mclennan, hosted by Larry Sawyer. Type Books, 883 Queen Street West.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 – Braving the Elements: A National Poetry Month Reading, with Susan Glickman, Maureen Scott Harris and Laura Zacharin, Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave. This event is generously supported by the League of Canadian Poets, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Writers Union of Canada.

March 10, 2024 – Yetzirah Poets reading

Sunday, December 3, 2023- RAD YIDDISH & QUEER YIDDISH CAMP CABARET: A Fundraiser for a Queer/Lefty/Yiddish Future, online from 2-4 pm EST. To register and for more info, please visit:

Thursday, November 16, 2023- I will be reading my poem featured in Best Canadian Poetry 2024 the Toronto International Festival of Authors “Best Canadian Series” event, join us in celebrating the launch of the Best Canadian 2024 series on November 16 at 7pm at Supermarket Toronto, 268 Augusta Ave.

The event will be hosted by series editors: Marcello Di Cintio (Best Canadian Essays 2024), Bardia Sinaee (Best Canadian Poetry 2024) and Lisa Moore (Best Canadian Stories 2024).

September 2, 2023 – Canthius magazine launch reading

July 7, 2023 – Sage Hill Writing Experience Faculty Reading, St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, SK.

April 11, 2023 – Planet Joy: A National Poetry Month Reading, hosted by Planet Earth Poetry (online).

January 24, 2023 – The Art Bar, Clinton’s Tavern, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

2022 events:

February 7, 2022: YIDDISH LITERATURE – RACHEL MINES (transl) & LISA RICHTER, JCC Jewish Book Festival. (online)

March 29, 2022: Lost Launches Reading Series, IN PERSON at Clinton’s, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, 7 pm.

April 2, 2022: Themes of Intimacy: A National Poetry Month Event hosted by FreeFall Magazine, with Maureen Hynes, Laura Zacharin, Zoe Dickinson and Linda Crosfield. Online.

May 5, 2022: Art Bar Poetry Series, Clinton’s, 698 Bloor Street West, Toronto, On.

May 28, 2022, Eve of Poetry (online). Details TBA.

Fall 2021 Reading Schedule:

September 16, 2021: Single Onion Reading Series, with fellow Frontenac 2020 authors Tyler Perry, Joan Shillington and Alex Williamson.

October 3, 2021: featuring at Lit Live Reading Series Online, with Frances Boyle, Lauren Turner, Billah Nickerson, Anne Pollard and Lean Scholman. Register here.

October 17, 2021: Canadian Jewish Literary Awards celebration! Register here to attend on Zoom.

November 5, 2021, George Elliott Clarke Presents: Five Poets Breaking into (Live) Song. Details coming soon.

November 10, 2021, Brockton Writers Series.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021, Inward Looking/Outwood Looking, with fellow Frontenac House author Rayanne Haines.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, Words Together, Worlds Apart – Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day reading – with Erika Meitner, Rachel Zucker, Jason Schneiderman and more, 8:30 pm EDT.

Friday, April 9, 2021, Planet Earth Poetry: Frontenac Quartet, 10:15 pm EDT

Monday, April 12, 2021, 70th National Jewish Book Award Celebration! 7-8:30 pm

Thursday, April 29, 2021, Attic Owl Reading Series

Thursday, May 6, 2021, In the Muse’s Voice: A Poetic Evening with Lisa Richter & Ruth Panofsky, hosted by the United Jewish People’s Order, a secular humanist social justice organization.

Friday, May 2021, George Elliott Clarke & Yang Wang Present: 5 Poets Breaking Into Song. Details TBA

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!

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

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.