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Single Onion #160

June 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


WHAT: The Single Onion wraps up its season with five fabulous poets: John Wall Barger, Patrick Horner, dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Nikki Reimer, and Nikki Sheppy.

WHEN: Thursday, June 20th, 7 pm

WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 100 – 1302 4th St. SW (

About the readers:

John Wall Barger’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Awl, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. His poem, “Smog Mother,” was co-winner of The Malahat Review’s 2017 Long Poem Prize. His fourth collection of poems, The Mean Game, was just released by Palimpsest Press in the spring 2019. He lives in Philadelphia and is an editor for Painted Bride Quarterly.

When former Calgarian locavore chef and award-winning food writer dee Hobsbawn-Smith moved back to her family’s land in Saskatchewan in 2010, she went with the intention of reinventing her writing practice. Nine years later, she has published her first poetry collection, a short story collection, and an award-winning examination of the politics and practicalities of small-scale sustainable food production in Alberta. In between, she earned her MFA in Writing at the U of S in Saskatoon, served as the 35th Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library, is the current Poetry Editor of Grain Magazine, and writes a regular column for Grainews. In Calgary, she will launch her chapbook, Jeanne Dark comes of age on the prairie, published by Espresso Chapbooks. While in Calgary, she is registered to run in the ‘Run Like a Diva’ half marathon.

Patrick Horner was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, where he works as an engineer, focused on the development of water recycling technology.  His poetry and short fiction have been published in FreeFall, The Prairie Journal, Dandelion, and various other magazines and chapbooks.  He is engaged in the development of local literary communities and an active member of Single Onion for over a decade.  Patrick recently returned to Calgary after living in Copenhagen for a couple of years, a period that inspired his most current work, “Life and Death in the City of Bicycles.”

Nikki Reimer lives on the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 peoples in Southern Alberta. Published books are My Heart is a Rose Manhattan, DOWNVERSE and [sic].  Creative and non-fiction work has appeared on stages, billboards, public art exhibits, pop-up bistro menus, and in various magazines, journals and anthologies.

Nikki Sheppy is a poet, educator, scholar, and arts journalist. Her first collection, Fail Safe (University of Calgary Press) was awarded the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book of the Year by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets and the Calgary Arts Development


June 20, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Single Onion


Shelf Life Books
1302 4 St SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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