Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM
Panel Discussion, Q & A: Festivals

Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18



Join us for a special presentation in celebration of the small press. We’ll learn about the strengths and challenges of the small press by hearing from some key members of the community, and exploring the roots of the chapbook and the zine as objects of creative exchange. Featuring rob mclennan, Stuart Ross, Dani Spinosa and Terese Mason Pierre. Event co-curated and moderated by Kate Siklosi, author and co-founding editor of Gap Riot Press.

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  • rob mclennan

    rob mclennan lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles include the poetry collections A halt, which is empty (Mansfield Press, 2019) and Life sentence, (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019). He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and the chapbook press he founded/runs, above/ground press, turned twenty-six years old this past summer.

  • Terese Mason Pierre

    Terese Mason Pierre is a writer, editor and organizer. Her work has appeared in Canthius, The Temz Review, and Strange Horizons. She is the poetry editor of Augur Magazine and volunteers with Shab-e She’r poetry reading series. Her first chapbook was released with Anstruther Press in Fall 2019.

  • Stuart Ross

    Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, writing teacher, and small press activist living in Cobourg, Ontario. He is the author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays, most recently the poetry collection Motel of the Opposable Thumbs and the novel in prose poems Pockets. Stuart is a founding member of the Meet The Presses collective, has taught writing workshops across the country, and was the 2010 Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University. He is the winner of, among others, the 2017 Poetry NOW competition, the 2017 Jewish Literary Award for Poetry, the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction. Stuart’s micro-press, Proper Tales, is in its 40th year.

  • Kate Siklosi

    Kate Siklosi lives, writes and thinks in Toronto. She is the author of numerous works of poetry and criticism, both online and in print, including four chapbooks of poetry: 1956 (above/ground press 2019), coup (The Blasted Tree, 2018), may day (no press, 2018), and po po poems (above/ground press, 2018). She is also the co-founding editor of Gap Riot Press, a feminist experimental poetry small press.

  • Dani Spinosa

    Dani Spinosa is a poet of digital and print media. She teaches literature in Toronto where she lives with one great man and one mean cat. She can be found online at