Events and Publications

FOUR WOMEN, FOUR VISIONS poetry reading and art exhibition — Thursday, June 27th, 2024

FOUR WOMEN, FOUR VISIONS poetry reading and art exhibition — Thursday, June 27th, 2024

FOUR WOMEN, FOUR VISION

Hope you can join us on Thursday, June 27th for an evening of poetry and art in the beautiful, historic Foy House mansion at 92 Isabella Street! Four women — Clara Blackwood, Brenda Clews, Jennifer Hosein, and Archna Sahni — will read their poetry surrounded by their artwork. The event is from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, and after we’ll go down the street to the Artful Dodger pub. 

Thank you to the League of Canadian Poets for their support. 

POETS & PAINTERS at Foy House – April 21st, 2024

POETS & PAINTERS at Foy House – April 21st, 2024

POETS & PAINTERS
Sunday, April 21st

Please join us for the opening reception of POETS & PAINTERS, a group show of paintings, drawings & collage in support of Foy House. Eight poet/painters – Norman Allan, Clara Blackwood, David Bateman, Philip Cairns, Brenda Clews, Raymond Helkio, Jennifer Hosein, and Daniel Maluka – will present a ten-minute set of poetry from 1 – 5 pm, followed by an open mic. The exhibit runs from April 21 – 30. Foy House is located at 92 Isabella Street in Toronto.

 

 

Imperial Pub Poetry Reading, February 1st, 2024

Imperial Pub Poetry Reading, February 1st, 2024

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.

 

WINTER TALES, January 24th, 7 p.m., on Zoom

WINTER TALES, January 24th, 7 p.m., on Zoom

WINTER TALES

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.

Speakeasy Reading Series – October 18th, 2023

Speakeasy Reading Series – October 18th, 2023

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:
Kristyn Dunnion
Britta Badour
Jennifer Hosein
Alya Somar
Noa Raanan

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 – Sunday, September 24th, 4 p.m., Free Times Cafe

100,000 Poets for Change – Sunday, September 24th, 4 p.m., Free Times Cafe

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.

 

 

Tartan Turban Secret Readings #39, August 24th, 2023

Tartan Turban Secret Readings #39, August 24th, 2023

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 poetry reading and art show, July 30, 2023

FOUR WOMEN, FOUR VOICES poetry reading and art show, July 30, 2023

 

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.

Poet Painters – November 23, 2022

Poet Painters – November 23, 2022

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, September 17, 2022

100,000 Poets for Change, September 17, 2022

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, September 14, 2022

Brockton Writers Series, September 14, 2022

Brockton Writers Series – Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

As we adapt with current pandemic regulations, we’re happy to announce our event will be hosted in-person at the Glad Day Bookshop, located at 499 Church St., Toronto, starting in September! We will also live stream the event on the Brockton Writers Series YouTube channel!
Guest Speaker: Kathy Friedman on “Writing & Survival: Some Tips for Mad, Sad, and Neurodiverse Folks”
Readers:
Oubah Osman
Jennifer Hosein
Kimia Eslah
Farzana Doctor
The reading is PWYC (suggested $3-$5) and features a Q&A with the writers afterward. Books are available for sale.
Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.
 
Genealogies: online reading – July 13th, 7 p.m.

Genealogies: online reading – July 13th, 7 p.m.

Genealogies

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. 

 

Lost Launches IV, June 28th, 7 p.m.

Lost Launches IV, June 28th, 7 p.m.

The Lost Launches Poetry Readings – Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7 p.m.

Toronto Poet Laureate Al Moritz, the City of Toronto, The Art Bar and the League of Canadian Poets are teaming up to create a series of book launches to celebrate the Toronto poets and poetry collections that were published throughout the pandemic. This series aims to highlight the work of these poets and their works, which were not celebrated in person as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
Join us on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 7pm at Clinton’s to celebrate the second event in this incredible series.
This will be a free event.
Poet Kate Marshall Flaherty will be our MC for the evening.
Location: Clinton’s (693 Boor W. south-west corner of Clinton and Bloor near Christie) Toronto, Ontario