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PEN Fundraiser

Our valiant former editor Stuart Ross has come up with a fantastic idea for a fundraiser in support of the important work PEN Canada does. Here’s the scoop:

1,000 Bird Poems by Necakov: A PEN Fundraiser Marathon

1,000 Bird Poems by Necakov: A PEN Fundraiser Marathon will feature about 25 guest poets and other personalities, each reading about 40 tweet-length poems by Toronto poet Lillian Necakov.

The money raised (from PWYC admission at the door, and door prize tickets), goes entirely to PEN Canada, a vital organization dedicated to promoting free speech and keeping writers out of prison around the world. Readers taking part include Gary Barwin, Adebe DA, Dennis Lee, Canisia Lubrin, Susan Perly, Stuart Ross, Karen Solie and Jacqueline Valencia.

The event takes place Wednesday January 18 at Supermarket in Toronto’s Kensington Market. It’s a great cause, with lots of great writers reading from Lillian’s amazing 1000 Bird Poems.

1000 Poem Project poster FINAL

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Meaghan Strimas at the Pivot Reading Series


The great Pivot Reading Series will have its season opener on January 11th hosted by Jacob McArthur Mooney. Our very own Meaghan Strimas will be on hand to read from her latest book Yes or Nope. Meaghan is an entertaining reader and this is a great opportunity to catch up on her latest if you missed our recent launches. The line-up for the night also includes work by Adnan Khan, Craig Francis Power, and Moez Surani. You can find more information on the series and on these talented writers on the Pivot website.

8 PM
The Steady Café
1051 Bloor St West
PWYC (Suggested: $5)

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Mansfield Ottawa and Montreal Launches Coming Up!

On Friday we head out on the 401 to bring  all our new poetry goodness to our friends in Ottawa and Montreal. This is where you can find us:



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Good Luck To Sarah Burgoyne

SaintTwin_WebThis year our very own Sarah Burgoyne is on the shortlist for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry for her book Saint Twin. The Quebec Writers’ Federation will reveal the winner at their 18th annual QWF Awards Gala in Montreal and that happens tonight. Needless to say, we’re rooting for Sarah!

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Nelson Ball wins the bpNichol Chapbook Award!

At last Saturday’s Meet the Presses Book Fair Nelson Ball won the bpNichol Chapbook Award for Small Waterways. The $4000.00 prize is an overdue acknowledgement of Nelson’s work as well as the excellent work Cameron Anstee does with Apt. 9 Press. Because the chapbooks are done in limited editions Small Waterways is already out of print. Happily you can find most of the poems from the chapbook in Nelson’s recent Mansfield Press title, Chewing Water. Congratulations to Cameron and Nelson. The CBC broadcast a great interview with Cameron this afternoon. You can check that out here.


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