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The Toronto Poetry Club hosts monthly poetry circle meetings, poetry chats, discussions, workshops and more. So if you are a poet, live in Toronto, and you want to socialize with other poets in Toronto and share/talk about poetry, this is a group for you.

To learn more visit http://www.torontopoetryclub.ca/

Or join our Facebook group at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/torontopoetry/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/torontopoetry/')

Our typical meetup is a Poetry Circle Meetup:

Poetry Circle Meetups are basically just that, we sit in a circle of chairs and each person gets a turn reading their poetry and then we discuss your poetry and provide feedback.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own poetry for reading, to present it in whatever fashion you desire, and if you feel uncomfortable reading aloud then someone else can read your poetry for you.

So bring your poetry. Feel free to bring extra copies that can be passed around.

Invite your poetry writing friends.

Expect to be entertained by the wide breadth of poets we have in Toronto.

Meetings last typically 90 minutes or more, depending on how many people come to the meetup. So if you show up 30 minutes late you can still present your poetry to the group for commentary.

About the Organizer:

Ghadeer Elghafri, a Palestinian-Canadian Poet from Gaza, born and raised in Dubai, living in Toronto, is a new immigrant, warrior, healer, feminist, activist and advocate. She completed her BSc. in Computer Science and MBA at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Ghadeer has published her poetry in newspapers, magazines and a chapbook, Poetry ReRooted: Decolonizing Our Tongues, has performed in dozens of poetry nights, reading her Arabic poetry with English translation, has organized multilingual open mic poetry nights in the Toronto area and received a grant from The Toronto Arts Council to start up a Multilingual Poetry Collective. She was elected as the Representative of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) Alumni in North America and started three on-line groups - Arab Cultural Cafe, The Toronto Poetry Club and Childhood Trauma Survivors. Ghadeer’s poetry inspires the community by conveying a message, changing narratives, breaking stigmas, reinforcing cultural heritage and creating awareness in the society. She performed in “Home Away From Home: An Art for Integration Event,” an interactive theatre performance by Mixed Company Theatre, opening the dialogue on the complexities and challenges Arab newcomers to Canada face, such as identity, loneliness, cross-cultural adaptation and homesickness. Recently, Ghadeer won the “Arab Women Excellence Awards” in North America in the community service category as a successful Community Leader and was invited to be a Speaker/Panelist in the 1st Arab Women Summit in North America. Ghadeer’s vision and mission in life is to stop, prevent and heal child sexual abuse, by working with adult/child survivors, creating awareness by educating care givers, children and schools and breaking the cycle of abuse. Presently, she is studying Expressive Arts Therapy and volunteering as a Crisis Line Counsellor at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape. Her dream is to open a clinic after pursuing her PhD in Psychotherapy.

You can enjoy watching my translated poetry in my YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/ghadeerelghafri

Follow me on:

https://m.facebook.com/khansaainaik
http://ghafwatgefen.blogspot.ca
Twitter: @khansaainaik

Upcoming events (2)

Gratitude Poetry Night

Station Cafe and Kitchen

Reservation under Ghadeer Theme: Are you gratitude of anything in your life or on your day? Are you thankful of having a good health? Having a sucessful job or business? Having a lovely family? Having a caring husband or wife? Having adorable kids? Having cheerful friends? Eating delicious food? Enjoying the weather? Meeting nice people? Living in a safe country or environment? Traveling for a vacation? Are you gratitude of God or life? Are you thankful of even drinking a cup of tea or coffee? Do you journal what you are gratitude of everyday? Let's express our gratitude in a warm and calm environment where we can share and celebrate our blesses. We can ejoy setting outside in the beautiful patio and observe the poetic sunset view togather. Venue: I got a generous invitation from Station Cafe & Kitchen to host our poetry nights there. I visited their space and it was lovely. I tried the butter chicken dish and it was yummy and I felt full. You will get %10 discount on your order of any food or drinks yaaay :) You just need to inform the waiter that you are here for the poetry night meetup. Here is the cafe website page: http://www.stationcafe.ca Here is the cafe Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/stationonbloor/ Accessibility: The main floor is accessible by wheel chair, but the washroom is unfortunately not since it's in the basement level! Admission fee: $5 plus PWYC to support our poetry nights. Thanks! About Ghadeer Elghafri: Ghadeer Elghafri, a Palestinian-Canadian Poet from Gaza, born and raised in Dubai, living in Toronto, is a new immigrant, warrior, healer, feminist, activist and advocate. She completed her BSc. in Computer Science and MBA at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Ghadeer has published her poetry in newspapers, magazines and a chapbook, Poetry ReRooted: Decolonizing Our Tongues, has performed in dozens of poetry nights, reading her Arabic poetry with English translation, has organized multilingual open mic poetry nights in the Toronto area and received a grant from The Toronto Arts Council to start up a Multilingual Poetry Collective. She was elected as the Representative of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) Alumni in North America and started three on-line groups - Arab Cultural Cafe, The Toronto Poetry Club and Childhood Trauma Survivors. Ghadeer’s poetry inspires the community by conveying a message, changing narratives, breaking stigmas, reinforcing cultural heritage and creating awareness in the society. She performed in “Home Away From Home: An Art for Integration Event,” an interactive theatre performance by Mixed Company Theatre, opening the dialogue on the complexities and challenges Arab newcomers to Canada face, such as identity, loneliness, cross-cultural adaptation and homesickness. Recently, Ghadeer won the “Arab Women Excellence Awards” in North America in the community service category as a successful Community Leader and was invited to be a Speaker/Panelist in the 1st Arab Women Summit in North America. Ghadeer’s vision and mission in life is to stop, prevent and heal child sexual abuse, by working with adult/child survivors, creating awareness by educating care givers, children and schools and breaking the cycle of abuse. Presently, she is studying Expressive Arts Therapy and volunteering as a Crisis Line Counsellor at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape. Her dream is to open a clinic after pursuing her PhD in Psychotherapy. We are all humans regardless of our differences. Let's embrace ourselves and each other. You can enjoy watching my translated poetry in my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/ghadeerelghafri Follow me on: https://m.facebook.com/khansaainaik http://ghafwatgefen.blogspot.ca Twitter: @khansaainaik

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Past events (62)

Difficult Emotions Poetry Night

Station Cafe and Kitchen

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