Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 2:00 PM
Reading: Festivals

Lakeside Terrace

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under

Join poets Brecken Hancock, Talya Rubin and Zachariah Wells for a reading from their latest works. The CBC’s Erin Balser hosts.


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This event is part of CBC@IFOA, a curated series featuring some of the public broadcaster’s top hosts in conversation with renowned and debut authors.


  • Brecken Hancock

    Brecken Hancock's poetry, essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in Lemon Hound, The Globe & Mail, Hazlitt, Studies in Canadian Literature, and the website Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Hancock presents her first book of poems, Broom Broom, a collection that perverts the rational, safe parts of the world to extoll and absorb the sweep of human history. Broom Broom is the 2015 Trillium Book Award for Poetry winner.

  • Talya Rubin

    Talya Rubin is a poet, playwright and theatre creator/performer whose poetry has garnered the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. In 2011, she was shortlisted for the Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem and was a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. She lives in Montreal with her husband and son. Rubin presents her debut collection, Leaving the Island. Rife with exacting wordplay and frank self-reckonings, it is a book about endings and what remains when we start over.

  • Zachariah Wells

    Zachariah Wells is the author of three collections of poetry, several chapbooks, a children's book and a collection of critical essays. He is also the editor of Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets and The Essential Kenneth Leslie. His poems have been translated into Bosnian and Spanish and adapted into operatic songs by composer Erik Ross. Wells lives in Halifax where he works for VIA Rail as a service attendant and as a freelance writer and editor. He presents his third collection of poems, Sum, which weighs the mutability of the self against the forces of habit, instinct and urge.