Events and Publications
Women in Motion – March 6th
Four poets – Brenda Clews, Jennifer Hosein, Kate Rogers, and Karen Shenfeld – will share poetry in honour of International Women’s Day.
Registration is required for the Zoom event.
Imperial Pub Poetry Reading
Join us on February 1st at 7 pm for a poetry reading and open mic hosted by David Bateman and featuring poets Norman Allan, Otoniya J. Otok Bitek, Stedmond Pardy, Georgia Wilder, Bänoo Zan and myself. It promises to be a great evening!
The Imperial Pub is located at 54 Dundas St. E. in Toronto.
We hope you will join us on Wednesday, January 24th, for an evening of poetry, non-fiction, fiction and visual art. Featured readers are Hollay Ghadery and Jennifer Hosein, followed by an open mic. Please register via the link for the Zoom reading. Open mic registration info to follow. Underrepresented writers are encouraged to submit to read on the open mic.
Please join us on Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm for The Prismatic Muse, an annual online event featuring poets who combine their poetry with their paintings, drawings, photographs, dance, or music. Featured poets are Brenda Clews, Antonio D’Alphonso and Jennifer Hosein.
I am honoured to be a part of the Speakeasy Reading Series reading on Wednesday, October 18th.
The reading will be online and in-person at Glad Day Bookshop starting at 7 pm EST.
Registration is only required if you will be joining on Zoom.
The event is free, with a suggested donation of $5-15 at the door (all proceeds go directly to student readers). No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Masks are mandatory when not eating or drinking. There will be beverages (including alcohol) available for purchase.
Glad Day Bookshop is located at 499 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, and is just a short walk from Wellesley Station. Street parking is also available.
With readings from:
Hosted by Alex Cafarelli and Chi-Leung Lee
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada. This event is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the League of Canadian Poets.
100,000 Poets for Change, Toronto Edition – Sunday, September 24th, 2023 at 4 pm, Free Times Cafe
Our collective runs this event as a fundraiser for Shannen’s Dream. Named in loving memory of Shannen Koostachin, Shannen’s Dream is about making sure that First Nations children and youth have the same education opportunities as others but in ways that respect their language and culture.
The event is hosted by Pat Connors who will share poetry for change along with Brenda Clews, Jeannine M. Pitas, Charles C. Smith, Dane Swan, Georgia Wilder and myself.
Hope you can join us at Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., Toronto.
You can find out more about Shannen’s Dream and donate via the link/button to the right.
The Tartan Turban Secret Readings, August 24th, 2023
This promises to be a fabulous evening of poetry curated by Patrick Connors, featuring Stedmond Pardy, Brenda Clews, Paul Edward Costa, Saghi Ghahraman and myself. Register for in person or livestream via the Eventbrite link.
FOUR WOMEN, FOUR VOICES
Hello poets, poetry lovers, artists, art lovers! Join us on Sunday, July 30th from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the Living Room at the Tranzac Club for four unique women’s voices – Clara Blackwood, Brenda Clews, Jennifer Hosein and Archna Sahni. There will be a small art show with paintings by Clara, Brenda and Jennifer. The art show begins at 12:30 pm and readings begin at 2:00 pm. Archna will show her poetry film “Love Poem for Toronto,” her spiritual autobiography, as part of her reading. It promises to be an exciting afternoon! And yes, we will have free refreshments.
Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio presents A Poetry Reading for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023
A Poetry Reading for International Women’s Day
Listen to poets Clara Blackwood, Brenda Clews, Archna Sahni and myself read and discuss our work with host extraordinaire Michael Anthony Ingram.
Painter Poets 2022
Painter Poets is an online reading on Wednesday, November 23 from 7 – 9 pm. Register via Eventbrite.
Painter Poets features Jennifer Hosein reading poems with her paintings, Allan Briesmaster, who will read poetry while showing a slideshow of Holly Briesmaster’s paintings, Brenda Clews reading poems on her late brother’s, Raymond Clews’, paintings, Carole Giangrande, who will show her fabulous bird photographs and read poems, and Ellen Chang Richardson, who writes startling and insightful poetry about contemporary art.
This event is supported by the League of Canadian Poets and the
Ontario Arts Council.
100,000 Poets for Change Toronto event, September 17, 2022
100,000 Poets for Change is happening on Saturday, September 17th at Hirut Cafe. Dinner is at 7 and readings start at 8.
This is a benefit for Shannen’s Dream.
Readers are Robert Priest, Jennifer Hosein, Charles C. Smith, Brenda Clews, Jeannine Pitas, Georgia Wilder.
Brockton Writers Series – Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Please join Allan Weiss and Jennifer Hosein for a free online reading, Genealogies, on Wednesday, July 13th at 7 p.m. Registration is required. The event is funded by The Writers’ Union of Canada.
Allan Weiss is a Toronto fiction writer and Professor of English and Humanities at York University. He the author of three story cycles: Living Room (2001), Making the Rounds (2016), and most recently Telescope (2019). Other short stories, both realist and fantastic, have appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Wascana Review, On Spec, and the Tesseracts anthology series. His next story, “A Tartan of Many Colours,” will appear soon in the anthology Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People.
Jennifer Hosein is a Tiohtià:ke/Montreal-born writer, visual artist and educator of Trinidadian and South Asian ancestry residing in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her debut collection of poetry, A Map of Rain Days, published by Guernica Editions in 2020, was longlisted for the League of Canadian Poets 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her poems, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and a play have been published in The Fiddlehead, The Quarantine Review, Event, Rubicon, Makara, and more as well as translated into Hungarian for the anthology Crystal Garden/Kristálykert. Her artwork has appeared on book covers, in magazines, and in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto; it is also featured on the cover of A Map of Rain Days.
The Lost Launches Poetry Readings – Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7 p.m.
The Lost Launches Poetry Readings – Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7 p.m.
Minstrels & Bards – Tuesday, April 26 at 7:15 p.m.
On April 26th, join poet Stedmond Pardy, musician Steve Paul Simms, Allan Weiss, John Oughton, Emmanuelle, and myself at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto) for the first in person Minstrels & Bards event since 2020. I’m so excited to read in person for the first time since my book, A Map of Rain Days, was published in 2020 during the pandemic. Hope you can join us!
It’s an honour to have my poem, “Country,” and painting in Issue 11 of The Quarantine Review.