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Toronto: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LI

May 30, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm


The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto
At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it.

Please spread the word through social media and any other way you know. Let our event become as diverse as we are.

Featured poets: Catherine Hernandez & Allan Briesmaster

Host: Bänoo Zan

Time: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Place: Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2N8

Doors open               6:15 p.m.
Open-mic sign-up     6:30 p.m.
Show                         7 p.m.

Admission: $5


Catherine Hernandez is an award winning writer and performer. She is a twice published playwright and the author of the Flamingo Rampant Press children’s book titled M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book. Her first novel, Scarborough, was just published by Arsenal Pulp Press.


Allan Briesmaster is a poet, publisher and freelance editor who has been active in the Toronto literary scene for many years. Books he has edited have won or been short-listed for several national awards. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and he has given readings and talks and led workshops in venues from Victoria to St. John’s. His most recent full-length books are Against the Flight of Spring (2013) and River Neither (2015). He lives in Thornhill, just north of Toronto.


Both Shab-e She’r and St-Stephen-in-the Fields strongly support freedom of expression and encourage our features and open-mic’ers to use any language they wish.

This event is partially sponsored by St-Stephen-in-the Fields Church.

St-Stephen-in-the Fields accessibility information:

The venue has a wheelchair ramp entrance and is all on one level; however, the wheelchair ramp door does not yet have a pushbutton, so someone needs to hold the door open. There is one fully barrier-free washroom.

All washrooms are gender-neutral.




May 30, 2017
6:15 pm - 9:00 pm


Bänoo Zan


Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields
365 College St.
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2N8 Canada
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