Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Reading, Special Event: Year-Round

York Quay Centre - Brigantine Room

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $10/FREE supporters, students & youth 25 and under

1 stage. 20 poets. 1 winner.11 Poetry NOW logo

Our popular poetry competition returns in 2014 to feature readings by 20 of Canada’s upcoming and established poets. Judges Geoffrey E. Taylor (IFOA Director), Jen Tindall (IFOA Artistic Associate) and Joe Kertes (Dean of Creative and Performing Arts at Humber) will select one winner, who will receive an automatic invitation to read at the 35th annual International Festival of Authors AND an ad for their book in NOW Magazine!

Don’t miss this exciting evening hosted by NOW‘s Susan G. Cole.

Poetry NOW is presented in partnership with NOW Magazine.


Clara Blackwood is a poet, visual artist and tarot reader. Her first poetry collection, Subway Medusa (2007), was the inaugural book in Guernica Editions’ First Poets Series, which features first books by poets 35 and under. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian and International journals. She lives in Toronto. Blackwood presents work from her collection Forecast (2014).

Jason Camlot is the author of four collections of poetry, The Animal Library (2001), Attention All Typewriters (2005), The Debaucher (2008) and most recently, What The World Said (2013). He plays bass in Puggy Hammer and is an English literature professor at Concordia University. He presents work from his most recent collection.

Edward Carson is the author of two previous books of poetry, Scenes (1977) and Taking Shape (2008). Twice the winner of the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award, Carson was Writer in Residence for Open Book Toronto in In 2010. He lives in Toronto. He presents work from his collection Birds Flock Fish School (2013).

Sadiqa de Meijer was born in Amsterdam, and moved to Canada as a child. Her poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in many journals, including The Malahat Review, Geist, The Fiddlehead, Riddle Fence and Poetry Magazine. Her poems were anthologized in The Best of Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and in the international anthology Villanelles. In 2012, her series “Great Aunt Unmarried” won the CBC Poetry Prize. She presents work from her debut collection, Leaving Howe Island (2013).

Kate Marshall Flaherty has published in journals such as Descant, CV2, Freefall and Windsor Review. She was shortlisted for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, The Malahat Review Long Poem and Descant’s Best Canadian Poem. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three spirited children, where she guides yoga/retreats/writing workshops. She presents work from Reaching V (2014).

Len Gasparini is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, five short story collections, two children’s books, a work of non-fiction and a one-act play. In 1990, he was awarded the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for poetry. In 2010, he won the Poetry NOW competition. He lives in Toronto. Gasparini presents work from his collection Mirror Image (2014).

Catherine Graham is the author of four previous poetry collections. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world. A new and selected volume of her poetry is forthcoming in the United Kingdom. She lives in Toronto. She presents work from her collection Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (2013).

Aisha Sasha John is a dance improviser and poet. She was born in Montreal, but spent most of her childhood in Vancouver. She currently lives in Toronto. John has a BA in African Studies and Semiotics from the University of Toronto and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her first book, The Shining Material, was published in 2011. She presents work from her new poetry collection, THOU (2014).

Julie Joosten lives in Toronto. Her poems and reviews can be read in Jacket 2, Tarpaulin Sky, The Malahat Review and The Fiddlehead. She presents work from her debut collection, Light Light (2013).

JonArno Lawson is the award-winning author of numerous books of poetry for children and adults, including Black Stars in a White Night SkyA Voweller’s Bestiary and Think Again. A two-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry, he lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He presents work from his collection Enjoy It While It Hurts (2013).

Shannon Maguire grew up on the mouth of Lake Superior and now lives in Guelph, Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in CV2, Ditch, Gultch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose, as well as other places. She is the author of three chapbooks: Vowel Wolves & Other Knots (2011), Fruit Machine (2012) and A Web of Holes (2012). She presents work from her debut collection,  fur(l) parachute, from which a selection of poems was nominated for the Manitoba Magazine Awards in the category of Best Poem or Suite of Poems (2012) and was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (2011).

Chris Pannell has published three poetry books: Under Old Stars, Sorry I Spent Your Poem and Drive. He is also the author of a set of three poetry broadsheets entitled Fractures, Subluxations and Disclocations, which won the Hamilton Arts Council poetry book award. From 1993 until 2005, he ran the New Writing Workshop and edited two book-length anthologies for the group. He has been published in literary magazines across Canada and internationally. He presents work from A Nervous City (2013).

Sarah Pinder was born in Sault Ste Marie. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and small magazines, as well as the anthology She’s Shameless. She presents work from her first poetry collection,  Cutting Room (2012).

Jacob Scheier is a poet and journalist from Toronto. His debut collection, More To Keep Us Warm, won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry. Scheier’s poems have been published in literary journals and magazines across North America, including Descant, Geist and Rattle, and have been heard on CBC Radio. He presents work from his collection Letter From Brooklyn (2013).

Deena Kara Shaffer‘s poetry has appeared in many magazines, including The Dalhousie Review, FreeFall and Canadian Voices: Volume 2. She is currently a Learning Specialist at Ryerson University. She presents work from her collection The Grey Tote (2013), which was shortlisted for the Marina Nemat Award.

Jim Smith is the author of 15 books and chapbooks, including One Hundred Most Frightening Things (1985), Convincing Americans (1986), The Schwarzenegger Poems (1988), Translating Sleep (1989), Leonel/Roque (1998) and Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems (2009).  He is Crown Counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General. Smith presents work from his collection Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra (2012).

Sheila Stewart’s first collection of poetry, A Hat to Stop a Train, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2003. She also co-edited The Art of Poetic Inquiry (2012). Her work has been recognized by numerous literary awards, including the GritLit Poetry Competition, Scarborough Arts Council, Pottersfield Portfolio Short Poem Competition, Dan Sullivan Memorial Prize and the Ray Burrell Award for Poetry. She has been widely published in such journals as The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, Grain, Descant and The New Quarterly. She presents work from her collection The Shape of a Throat (2012).

John Terpstra is the author of eight books of poetry, including Disarmament, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. An earlier work, Captain Kintail, won the CBC Radio Literary Prize for Poetry. He has also written three books of creative non-fiction. The Boys, or Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter was shortlisted for both the RBC Taylor Prize and the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He lives in Hamilton. Terpstra presents work from his collection Naked Trees (2012).

Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is the author of Sweet Devilry, which won the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada and was nominated for the Re-Lit award. Her work has been published widely in journals and anthologies, and appears in Best Canadian Poetry 2013. She is the editor of the all-Susan anthology Desperately Seeking Susans, as well as the forthcoming anthology Tag: Canadian Poets at Play. She is also a children’s author and essayist. Her new Young Adult novel, Breathing Fire, is forthcoming in Spring 2014. Tsiang presents work from her collection Status Update (2013).

Adrienne Weiss has been a sketch comedian, college communications instructor and poet. Her poetry flows around issues of identity, performance and self-mythology. She presents work from her collection There Are No Solid Gold Dancers Anymore (2014).