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Joseph Sherman Memorial Reading

June 11, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


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On the final day of our annual conference, we are excited to be hosting the Joseph Sherman Memorial Reading for new members, which feautres many of the wonderful poets who have joined the League in the past year. This is a free public event being held at the CSI Building at 192 Spadina Avenue, in the ground floor event space. Over the last year, we have had many new members join us, so we are happy to be spending several hours in the afternoon celebrating their poetry. Poets will share short readings in groups of 5 or 6 with short breaks between groups — join us for all the readers or just a few groups! Refreshments will be served all afternoon.

12:40 to 1:15

  • David Bellusci
  • Sue Bracken
  • Carol Casey
  • Brenda Clews
  • Puneet Dutt

1:25 to 1:45

  • Stanley Fefferman
  • Maria L. Figueredo
  • Melanie Flores
  • Laura Furster
  • Julie Cameron Gray

1:55 to 2:30

  • Greg Santos
  • Carl Hare
  • Christopher McCarthy
  • Ian Lancashire
  • Kateri Lanthier
  • Jennifer LoveGrove

2:40 to 3:10

  • Canisia Lubrin
  • Lisa Makarchuk
  • Laura K. McRae
  • Lisa Richter
  • SPIN El Poeta
  • Gregory Stidham

3:20 to 4:00

  • David Stones
  • Kate Sutherland
  • Takatsu
  • Peter Taylor
  • Phoebe K. Wang

DAVID BELLUSCI was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He completed his B.A. in English Literature at the University of Toronto, M.A. in Linguistics at the University of Calgary, M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska, and Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Dominican College in Ottawa. He has lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa, France and Italy. David’s poetry has been published in Dalhousie Review, Philadelphia Poets, Poetry New Zealand, and his recent poetry collection, Ontology of Blue, was published with Seraphim Editions. David is also a member of the League of Canadian Poets. He presently lives in Toronto.

SUE BRACKEN is a Toronto poet. She is one of three poets featured in the National Poetry League’s March 2017 edition of Fresh Voices. Sue recently coordinated The “P” Word Project poetry event in Toronto’s Junction Neighbourhood for this year’s National Poetry Month. She is a member of the Mooneaters poetry group. Sue’s debut book of poetry is forthcoming with Tightrope Books.

CAROL CASEY has been writing poetry since age 13 and never completely stopped. In 2005 she joined the Huron Poetry Collective, and remains an active participant.  She also attends the Stratford Poet’s Workshop when possible.  She has given numerous readings and her poetry has appeared in two chapbooks by the Huron Poetry Collective, “No Corners to Hide in” and “The Language of Dew and
Sunsets; and in periodicals such as “The Leaf”, “Toward the Light” and “Tickled by Thunder”.  She has also contributed to two anthologies about women and health care, “Women Who Care: Women’s Stories of Health Care and Caring” and “Much Madness, Divinest Sense: Women’s Stories of Mental Health and Health Care”.

BRENDA CLEWS is an African-Canadian poet, artist, videopoet and editor. She has a chapbook, ‘the luminist poems’ (LyricalMyrical Press, 2013), a full-length poetry collection, Tidal Fury (Guernica Editions, 2016) and a forthcoming novella, Fugue in Green (Quattro Books, 2017). She has had a number of solo art and group shows. Her artwork has appeared in books and as journal covers. Her poetry has been published in numerous print and on-line journals. She hosts Poetry & Music Salons in Toronto. Her website is

PUNEET DUTT holds a MA in English from Ryerson University. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), which was a Finalist for the 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her poetry has been published in a number of journals and in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She is an editorial board member at Canthius and a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective. Her debut collection of poetry is forthcoming with Mansfield Press in Fall 2017. She lives in Toronto with her husband. To reach out, follow her on Twitter @puneet_dutt.

STANLEY FEFFERMAN is an eclectic. His publications include two online workbooks for York University: The Healing Fiction (1996), Writing Space (1998); a memoir, My Andrea (2013), and Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in Canada (1986). Forty of his broadcasts aired on CBC National Radio. Hundreds of his essays on music appeared in electronic media. He taught at Naropa University’s Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and founded the Atkinson Creative Writing Program at York University where he is Professor Emeritus. In 2017, Quattro Books published his poems Home Was Elsewhere.  Fefferman is working on a new book of poems Death and the Maiden Blues.

MARIA L. FIGUEREDO’s poetry has appeared in poetry publications in Spain, South America, the United States and Canada such as Jones Av. V/2, in a compact disc compilation, The Sound of Poetry (2005), and in the first trilingual anthology of Hispano-Canadians writers and artists, ANTARES 2009: Anthology of Hispanic-Canadian Literary and Artistic Creativity (2009). She created a poetry installation project, online and on site at York University, with related events and edited a print anthology of its selected works titled Poet-Tree 2015: The Poetry of Sport & The Sport of Poetry (York University Press, 2015), as part of an Ignite community project for the Toronto 2015 Pan American  / Parapan American Games.

MELANIE FLORES has been devoted to writing children’s stories, adult short fiction, and her first love, poetry, since 2012. Poetry entered Melanie’s life when she was 5-years old.  At 5, a teacher selected her to recite poems, which was common practice in the Canadian-Ukrainian community, and she apparently was very good at it because she remained the school’s main reciter of poetry at festivals and concerts throughout her years in elementary school.  Melanie has returned to poetry with a vengeance and an
ever-growing body of work.

LAURA FURSTER is a fine artist, literary writer, and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario. Her poetry has been published by CARO– USEL Magazine, and her commentary can be found regularly in the Hamilton Spectator.

JULIE CAMERON GRAY’s most recent poetry collection, Lady Crawford (Palimpsest Press, 2016) was recently shortlisted for The League of Canadian Poet’s Pat Lowther Award, and the book was also recommended by Lena Dunham on She has previously published Tangle (Tightrope Books, 2013), has been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry, and published in literary journals such as The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, Grain, and Prairie Fire.

CARL HARE in his long career has been a professor, actor, director, playwright, and poet. Odysseus, Book One of his trilogy On the River of Time, was published in the spring of 2017. Other work includes performances of his play The Eagle and the Tiger and his adaptation of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman; the setting of six of his children’s poems to music by Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth; a commissioned poem for Forsyth’s A Ballad of Canada, performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra; and A Weathering of Years, a collection of poetry published in 2015.

CHRISTOPHER McCARTHY is a Canadian poet, a marathon runner, and a perpetual student. He works in an office by a window. He lives in Ottawa.

IAN LANCASHIRE is a Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Toronto who accidentally discovered changes in our vocabulary that are early-warning signals of Alzheimer’s Disease. His books include Forgetful Muses: Reading the Author in the Text; and Using TACT with Electronic Texts: A Guide to Text-Analysis Computing. The Internet databases he edits are Representative Poetry Online (RPO) and Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME). In 2015 he became Director, Humanities, Academy 1, Royal Society of Canada.

KATERI LANTHIER has been published in many journals and anthologies, including Green Mountains Review, Hazlitt, The Fiddlehead, Event, Matrix, The Literary Review of Canada and Best Canadian Poetry 2014. She won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize (judged by Ken Babstock and Katia Grubisic). Her first book is Reporting from Night. Her second is Siren (Vehicule Press, 2017).

JENNIFER LOVEGROVE is the author of, most recently, the poetry collection Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes (BookThug, March 2017). Her novel Watch How We Walk was longlisted for the Giller Prize, and she also wrote the poetry collections I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel and The Dagger Between Her Teeth. Her poetry was shortlisted for the 2015 Lit POP Awards, and she has recent work in The Humber Literary Review, Taddle Creek and in Rusty Toque. She divides her time between downtown Toronto and rural Ontario.

CANISIA LUBRIN was born in St. Lucia. While contributing poetry, fiction, criticism and interviews to journals, podcasts and anthologies, she teaches English at Humber College, serves on the editorial board of the Humber Literary Review, as an advisor to Open Book and is the co-host of Pivot Reading Series. Her first collection is Voodoo Hypothesis, out with Wolsak & Wynn this fall.

Love of poetry, doggerel and rant began for LISA MAKARCHUK in a rural school she attended in northern Saskatchewan where she grew up in a Doukhbour community. She co-coordinated the First International Festival of Poetry of Resistance in honour of the Cuban Five and co-ordinated the third one. She has written radio commentary, news articles and a chapter of hers was published in a collection of essays in  “Cuba Solidarity in Canada”.  Her issue-oriented poetry is found in anthologies and a book to be launched August 13th as one of four poets, two Canadian and two Cuban. She is currently the Vice-President of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance (Canada).

LAURA K. McRAE is a teacher in Toronto, Ontario where she lives and writes. Her poems have appeared in numerous Canadian and American journals, including The Antigonish Review, Room Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, Tar River Poetry, and Grain Magazine. Her work has appeared most recently in Sugared Water and The Fiddlehead. Her chapbook, Distributaries, was published in 2016 by Frog Hollow Press.

LISA RICHTER is a poet, writer, and English as a Second Language teacher from Toronto. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, The Puritan, Minola Review, and (parenthetical), and was longlisted for the 2015 CBC Poetry Prize. She is the author of a chapbook, Intertextual, published by Pooka Press in 2010. Her debut full-length collection, Closer to Where We Began, is now available from Tightrope Books. She can be found online at


To date, SPIN EL POETA has performed in 7 countries and over 20 cities including sovereign indigenous territories in the north. SPIN has delivered arts education workshops to young offenders and over 1 000 students. He formed part of the first ever Canadian Hip Hop curriculum. SPIN was the only slam poet to perform at Hip Hop festivals in Cuba,Guatemala and Venezuela. SPIN El Poeta was the 2015 Toronto Poetry Slam Grand Champion. He has been featured poet in several documentaries (TO State of Grind; Snap, Clap, or Stomp and SPIN Youth Transitions). He was listed as one Toronto’s Top 10 Slam Poets by internationally recognized Arts & Culture website

GREGORY STIDHAM is a retired pediatric intensivist (ICU physician), currently living in Kingston with his wife Pam and two canines–one geriatric, the other of indeterminate age. In his post-retirement life, Greg has embraced his second love and vocation–creative writing. He has published a memoir (2016), Blessings and Sudden Intimacies: Musings of a Pediatric Intensivist, and has had a number of poems published in a variety of literary publications, and two short stories.

DAVID STONES is a mostly retired business executive, now taking a deep breath as a poet, performer and spoken word artist who lives both in Toronto and Stratford. David published his first poetry collection, Infinite Sequels, in 2013….some 90 poems subsequently transformed into a successful one-man show of the same name.  His second book, Such A Frail Book Of Endings, and a chapbook, On Turning Into Raymond Souster, are due out later this year. David performs and features regularly throughout the GTA and southwestern Ontario, and will be a Feature Poet next on June 27th at Toronto’s Art Bar. ( David Stones – poet. performer. spoken word artist. )

KATE SUTHERLAND’s first collection of poems, How to Draw a Rhinoceros (BookThug), has been shortlisted for a Creative Writing Book Award by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry 2016. She is host and producer of the podcast On the Line: Conversations About Poetry. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School.

TAKATSU is a writer, designer, event coordinator, and the founder of Inspiritus Press, Crossroads Literary Festival, Bring the Noise Street Poetry and other initiatives. His serialized writing surpasses 1 million reads online. He is the author of the pioneer English cell phone novel, a magical realist novel, and an interdisciplinary collection, and is an editor of the recent poetry anthology, Apparatus. Forthcoming in Fall 2017 is Kawatare, a poetry chapbook through Anstruther Press.

PETER TAYLOR is the author of two books and two chapbooks of poetry and co-author of one book and has been published in more than a dozen countries. His second book, Trainer, included an introductory poem by Raymond Souster and is based on his father’s RCAF logbook as a pilot in WWII. Critics referred to the book’s “combination of fragments that moodily animates the grittiness, the fear, the boyish bravado of another time, a time of war” (William New, Canadian Literature), and “a work of scholarship and imagination” (John Robert Colombo, The Globe & Mail). His chapbooks include sonnet-length meditations on English cathedrals and an experimental verse play on the Civil War. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Guelph and a master’s degree in English from the University of Waterloo. Peter Taylor was born in Edmonton and currently lives in Aurora, Ontario.

PHOEBE WANG is a poet and educator based in Toronto. Her debut collection of poetry, Admission Requirements, appeared with McClelland and Stewart in Spring 2017. She is the author of two chapbooks and her work has appeared in Arc PoetryThe Globe and Mail, Maisonneuve, and THIS Magazine. This spring was a co-coordinator for ‘Fuel for Fire’, a professional development event for writers of colour in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council.


June 11, 2017
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


League of Canadian Poets


CSI Building — Spadina
192 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C2 Canada
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