Events and Publications
Spring Forward online poetry reading, March 22, 2023, 7 p.m.
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.
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 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 – Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Genealogies: online reading – July 13th, 7 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.
Lost Launches IV, June 28th, 7 p.m.
The Lost Launches Poetry Readings – Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7 p.m.
Lost Launches at the Art Bar, Clinton’s Bar on Tuesday, June 28th
The Lost Launches Poetry Readings – Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7 p.m.
Minstrels and Bards reading – April 26, 2022
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!
Five Poets reading – March 9, 2022
Five Poets – March 9, 2020
What a night! Poets Ellen Chang-Richardson, Tyler Pennock, Charlie Petch, Andrea Thompson and I shared poems, music and art. I also hosted. You can watch the video here.
Five Poets – March 9th, 2022
I am thrilled to be hosting and reading on March 9 with the fabulous poets Ellen Chang-Richarson, Tyler Pennock, Charlie Petch, and Andrea Thompson! It’s going to be a great night! This is a free online event. Please register via the link provided. Thank you to the league of Canadian Poets for their support.
ARC POETRY MAGAZINE book review by Kate Rogers – January, 2022
Book review by Kate Rogers
The Fiddlehead BIPOC Solidarities Issue – January, 2022
Creative nonfiction in The Fiddlehead magazine
Big news! The BIPOC Solidarities Issue is finally here! My piece of creative nonfiction “Fabric” is on page 13.
The Quarantine Review Holiday Issue – December 28, 2021
So happy to have my poem, “Six A.M.,” published in The Quarantine Review, alongside my painting, “Winter City.”
The Art Bar Poetry Series – November 23, 2021
I made this poetry and art video for the virtual Art Bar Poetry Series. The poems are accompanied by paintings and drawings that speak to their message. Hope you enjoy the video!
Painter Poets – Jennifer Hosein & Brenda Clews, October 27, 2021
On Wednesday, October 27, Brenda Clews and Jennifer Hosein will present poetry along with videos of their visual art on Zoom. There will be 8 open mic spots. RSVP or sign up for the open mic.
Thank you to the League of Canadian Poets for their generous support.
Voice of Trees, High Park
Voice of Trees – High Park, Toronto
Welcome to High Park sound walk. By following the route on the Echoes app, you will hear a selection of original poems read aloud by the poets themselves.
Each poem represents a different location within High Park and encourages visitors to discover spots for quiet contemplation. Inspired by the monumental trees and surrounding landscape, these poems serve as a celebration of the unique features of the area. Voice of Trees High Park is a collaboration between Giovanna Iorio, Michael Rothenberg, Robert Priest and Larry Sawyer.
It is such an honour to have my poem, Exile, included in the High Park Sound Walk, along with these amazing poets:
Bill Bissett- A Tree
Phil Hall- Toward A Blacker Ardour
Mark Goldstein- My Ravine
Larry Sawyer-Memory Suit
Lina Ramona Vitkauskas- Taiga
Geoff Bouvier-Those Old Familiar Ditties
Dale Smith- Grass Seeds
Charlie Petch-Daughter of Geppetto Part 4
Jennifer Hosein- Exile
Lillian Allen- I Saw A Perfect Tree
Robert Priest- A Tree Will Take The Heat For You
John Robert Colombo-Memory of Falling from a Tree
Lawrence Bayne- Tree
Patrick Connors – The Path
Michael Holmes- St. Marys Deacon Blues
Honey Novick- High Park
Marty Smith- The tree and me by onecloud
Clifton Joseph – Not poem
The High Park Reading Festival III — Sunday, September 19th, 2021
The High Park Reading Festival III – September 19th, 2021, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There will be 29 authors reading on Sunday, September 19th in High Park. I am thrilled to be one of the readers. The event will be hosted by Andrew Brooks and Alvin Wong in Picnic Site #19 which is just across from the Grenadier Cafe.