Plasticine Poetry Series - September 2013

Hi Everyone, join us for Plasticine's 7-year anniversary reading featuring:


Cathy Petch will be our witty hilarious host, and the Open Mic is back in full effect.

Farzana Doctor is a novelist and psychotherapist. Her most recent novel Six Metres of Pavement was named one of Now Magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2011. It also won the Lambda Literary and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. Farzana was named as one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now”. She is currently working on her third novel and co-curates the Brockton Writers Series.

Robin Richardson is the author of Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis (forthcoming with ECW Press, 2013) and Grunt of the Minotaur (Insomniac Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in many journals including Best Canadian Poetry 2013, Tin House, Arc, Fjords, Witness, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Malahat Review, and The Cortland Review. She has been shortlisted for the ReLit award, longlisted for the CBC Poetry Award, and has won the John B. Santoianni Award (awarded by The Academy of American Poets) and the Joan t. Baldwin Award. She holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence, and currently divides her time between Toronto, and New York.

Eco-science poet and interdisciplinary adventurer Mari-Lou Rowley has encountered a timber wolf, come between a black bear and her cub, interviewed an Italian astronaut, found over 44 four-leaf clovers, and published nine collections of poetry. Her recent book Unus Mundus (Anvil Press 2013) was awarded second prize in the John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award. Suicide Psalms, also published by Anvil in 2008, was shortlisted for a Sask Book Award. Her work has appeared internationally in literary, arts and science-related journals including the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics (US) and Aesthetica Magazine’s (UK) Creative Works Competition (finalist 2011). She was one of 20 invited participants in Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science at the Banff International Research Station in 2010. She recently received a Joseph Armand Bombardier Doctoral Award to pursue an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in new media, neuroplasticity and empathy.

Jacob Scheier is a poet and journalist from Toronto. His debut collection, More to Keep Us Warm (ECW Press) won the 2008 Governor General's award for English language poetry. Scheier's poems have been published in literary journals and magazines across North America, including Descant, Geist and Rattle, and have been heard on CBC Radio. He is also the co-winner of New York Community Media Alliance Award for best feature article in an independent publication, and is a regular contributor to Toronto’s NOW Magazine. His latest poetry collection, Letter from Brooklyn, was published in Spring 2013 with ECW Press.

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