Tuesday, November 27, 2012

bill bissett, Glenn Nuotio & friends - an A B Xmas Party!


A B Series presents its 2nd Annual Xmas Party with bill bissett! 

Featuring a musical set by Glenn Nuotio and friends!

With prizes to be won!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Raw Sugar Café
692 Somerset West
Ottawa, Ont. 

bill bissett's charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate chanting, sound poetry and singing, the verve of which is matched only by his prolific writing career: over 70 books of bissett's poetry have been published. An energetic "man-child mystic," bill bissett is living proof of William Blake's adage "the spirit of sweet delight can never be defiled." 

Combining chamber music and folk, Glenn Nuotio delivers unnervingly complex pop. As Ottawa Xtra! notes, "he channels it through an indie musician's paper heart and the results are invariably stirring." 

Saturday, November 17, 2012



On November 21 at Arts Court Theatre, join us for a multimedia extravaganza featuring the Canadian premiere of Budapest artist, KATALIN LADIKPresented by A B Series, Ladik comes direct from Hungary for this exclusive engagement. Her performance will incorporate voice, multimedia and on-stage action.

GERRY SHIKATANI, Canadian innovator of multimedia poetry, joins Ladik on the program. Shikatani screens excerpts from his film, 'Kokoro is for Heart' as part of the event.

Weds, November 21, 2012

Arts Court Theatre
2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ont.

Tickets available through the Arts Court box office in person at 2 Daly Avenue, by phone at 613 564 7240 and online at artscourtottawa.ca/en/events/

A polymath artist accomplished in theatrical, literary and visual disciplines, Katalin Ladik’s appearances incorporate voice, multimedia and on-stage action. Author of more than twenty poetry collections, Ladik’s work has been translated into a dozen languages. She is the winner of numerous awards including the bestowal this year of the Laurel Wreath of Hungary. Since her ground-breaking performance at the 10th International Festival of Sound Poetry in Amsterdam in 1977, she has been at the forefront of Europe’s vibrant sound-poetry scene. 

Gerry Shikatani’s most recent poetry collection, The Port's Seasonal Rental, was published last year by Mercury Press/Teksteditions. Shikatani’s diverse writing projects include poetry, prose, text-sound performance, concrete poetry as well as collaboration in experimental film. His journalism has involved sports, travel and international culinary criticism.


A B Series - Ottawa's Nexus for Global Poetry

Thursday, November 01, 2012

BQJ Fall Launch & Editors' Reading

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 2-3pm
Collected Works, 1242 WellingtonW.
with music by Jesse Rose,
poetry from contributors
Sylvia Adams, Andre Narbonne,
Myrna Rootham & Matthew Walsh
& local editors Amanda Earl,
Claudia Coutu Radmore & Carol A Stephen.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pearl Pirie w/ Donato Mancini, Beatriz Hausner, Steve Zultanski and bill bissett | Grey Borders Reading Series, Saint Catharines, ON

There’s a lot of history in the scuffed, wooden floorboards of the Niagara Artists Centre. The organization, now in its 43rd year of serving Niagara’s artistic interests, has hosted countless literary heroes through its Grey Borders Reading Series alone, including the likes of Phil Hall, Catherine Owen, Stuart Ross and Dennis Lee. That eclectic venue in the heart of St Catharines’ fragile downtown earned a few more stripes last Wednesday when Donato Mancini, Beatriz Hausner, Steve Zultanski, bill bissett and Ottawa’s own Pearl Pirie convened for a celebration of wide-ranging poetry.

I was mostly drawn to the event because of Pirie, a familiar face in the crowd of bespeckled wordsmiths and enthusiasts, whose prolific output has always intrigued. After some time for book-buying, booze-finding and a fond eulogy for Raymond Souster, hosts Eric Schmaltz and Craig Dodman gave the brick-backed stage to the evening’s guests.

Establishing an unpredictable tone that would colour the whole event, Donato Mancini dropped a heady gauntlet of philosophical ideas, political buzzwords and household names in self-described “lists” that built up in momentum until they threatened to collapse at any moment. His compendium on Death Row inmates’ last meal choices and Dr Pepper – Texas’ beverage of choice – devolved into a lengthy list of doctors (some real, some imaginary). Flipping haphazardly through pages of his notebook, it was the uncertainty of Mancini’s sporadic jumps that ensured a vital, if occasionally bewildering, reading.

Beatriz Hausner followed with a selection of essay meditations and poetry inspired by her lover “Raccoon” and their nocturnal rites of passion. With her sensual approach to wordplay, Hausner won appreciative nods from many in attendance with “Loneliness of the Fashionista”, a rebuttal on the black leather and metal-pronged ugliness that seeks to identify bondage.

Steve Zultanski offered two rapid-fire examinations during his oft-comedic time onstage: the first, of yawning and its space-time relationship to those who know him most intimately, and the latter entertaining the cause-and-effect possibilities of pushing his friend into a pool. In reaching for outlandish strands of logic, Zultanski’s sly use of repetition and speed-reading unveiled tiny shards of brilliance that rendered his doubts, while dysfunctional, wholly relatable. Knowing laughs from the audience seemed to verify that everyone was strapped in for the ride.

To the untrained eye Pearl Pirie looked the relaxed participant, listening and taking the odd photograph. But speaking to me during intermission, Pirie admitted she was just as actively listening for the crowd’s reactions and amending some poem choices along the way. Her ensuing plan of attack, a loosely tied knot of rogue poems – some new and unpublished – provided a freewheeling test-drive of a unique literary voice.

Whether describing isolation and conversational fever in “We’ll Leave At Night For Thunder Bay” (from her mini-chapbook Sprockets Away) or an evocative landscape that flexes between the earthy and bodily on “River-High” (from been shed bore), Pirie’s language shined especially when read aloud, her rhymes emerging in stuttering successions that countered any straightforward pacing. One of the evening’s highlights was surely a poem (from Where There’s Fire) inspired by SlutWalk, capturing the air of sexual freedom spilling through a metropolis’ etiquette of suits and cigarettes. But just as intriguing were poems assembled from games of Scrabble and snippets of Hollywood dialogue, spun in reverse, which highlighted her creative playfulness. All of the five poets showcased their inventiveness with finished poems but Pirie’s willingness to discuss her work’s origins added to the event’s refreshing openness.

Although I was due to meet friends on the other side of downtown, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to hear bill bissett read from his previously out-of-print, post-modernist/ collagist manifesto Rush: what fuckan theory. It was a joy to behold. And as he chanted syllables around his essay of “the artist as a young man, an outsider” with a shaker in hand, I smiled at the thought of bissett’s revolutionary calls emanating through the NAC’s outdoor speakers and ricocheting down St Catharines’ chilly storefronts. With regards to each of last Wednesday’s poets, I can’t think of a better way to announce the latest chapter in Niagara’s understated literary history.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Andre Alexis, David O'Meara & Cameron Anstee

Thursday November 1, 2012, 7:30pm
Ottawa Art Gallery, Arts Court
University of Ottawa Writer-in-residence Andre Alexis, with David O'Meara and Cameron Anstee
No Cover

Apt. 9 Press Presents: Phil Hall, Rachael Simpson & Claudia Coutu Radmore

Apt. 9 Press presents:

Phil Hall – A Rural Pen
Rachael Simpson – Eiderdown
with special guest Claudia Coutu Radmore

Saturday 24 November 2012
Readings at 2:00pm
Raw Sugar Café (692 Somerset St. W.)
No Cover

Apt. 9 Press is overjoyed to celebrate the publication of two new chapbooks with a reading by three fantastic poets. Phil Hall will launch A Rural Pen, Rachael Simpson will launch Eiderdown, and Claudia Coutu Radmore will belatedly celebrate her Apt. 9 chapbook Accidentals winning the 2011 bpNichol Chapbook Award. We're spoiled by the quality of these books, and you'll be miserable if you don't get one before they're gone.

Raw Sugar Cafe, the best venue in town, is once again gracious enough to host us for an afternoon poetry. Be early, settle in, have a pint or a cup of coffee depending on the weather. Readings to start at 2:00pm.

Phil Hall is the 2011 winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in English, for Killdeer, published by BookThug. His is also the 2012 winner of Ontario's Trillium Book Award for Killdeer. This book of essay-poems also won an Alcuin Design Award, & was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. He currently offers a manuscript mentoring service for the Toronto New School of Writing. This fall he isWriter-In-Residence at Queens University. Next fall, he will be a faculty member of the Wired Writing Program at Banff. He is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, & the League of Canadian Poets. He lives near Perth, Ontario.

Rachael Simpson's poetry has been published in Canada, the United States and abroad. Eiderdown is her first chapbook. She lives in Ottawa.

Claudia Coutu Radmore is known for her Japanese form poems, as well as for her lyric poetry. Her poem where language forms won second place in the 2010 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Awards and Accidentals (Ottawa: Apt. 9 Press, 2011) won the 2011 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Recent series have been Qui annus est?/ What year is this?, poems in response to 13 – 18, PHOTOGRAPHS BY OLIVIA JOHNSTON at the Red Wall Gallery (SPAO Ottawa), and saturation, the joy of, poems in response to TILT, ORCHID PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAKE MORRISON at the Orange Gallery (Ottawa).

Sunday, October 14, 2012


More info: abseries.org

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ottawa Art Gallery
Arts Court
2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ont.

A B Series presents readings by two poets of razor-sharp intellect. Join us for this not-to-be-missed convergence of exceptional literary talent.  

Saturday, October 13, 2012

2012 Archibald Lampman Shortlist Reading: Blouin, Ridley + mclennan,

Each year, Arc Poetry Magazine honours Ottawa poets. Arc is proud to present the three 2012 finalists for the Archibald Lampman Award for best book of poetry by a National-Capital author.

The award is named in honour of Archibald Lampman (1861 - 1899), one of Canada's finest nineteenth-century poets. Lampman moved to Ottawa in 1882, and much of his metaphysical nature poetry was inspired by the National Capital region.

Michael Blouin: Wore Down Trust (Toronto; Pedlar Press, 2011)

rob mclennan: Glengarry (Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2011)

Sandra Ridley: Post-Apothecary (Toronto: Pedlar Press, 2011)

The three authors will be reading at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar on Sunday, October 14, from 2-4pm.


The event will also include a reading of the 2012 Diana Brebner winning poem by Lauren Turner, this year's winner.

info: arc@arcpoetry.ca

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Jenny Sampirisi & kevin mcpherson eckhoff

More info: abseries.org

Join us for an evening of visual poetry and poly-vocal performance!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ottawa Art Gallery
Arts Court
2 Daly Ave.
Ottawa, Ont.

Jenny Sampirisi is the author of the novel is/was from Insomniac Press. She is the former Managing Editor of BookThug and current co-director of the Toronto New School of Writing, a series of reading and writing workshops designed and facilitated by working writers. She teaches English Literature, Creative Writing and Composition at Ryerson University. She is the 2011 recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. Croak, a libretto of hermaphroditic Frogirls, is her first poetry collection. It is a poetic narrative of love, loss, and compromise played out on a Beckettian stage. She will present a poly-vocal rendering of the text at the A B Series.

kevin mcpherson eckhoff equals rhapsodomancy plus easy peasy! Will he win the ReLit award this year? Join whobet.com to make it interesting. His bestfriend is named Jake Kennedy; together they enjoy art, popcorn, hugs, Open Letter, musick, kindness, whey protein, students at Okanagan College, clinamen, Tim & Eric, Denny's, pretend violence, and eventually finishing their community-written novel, Death Valley. kevin’s words have been made for real totes in-print, like, within West Wind Review, Fact*Simile and Descant. He lives & loves in Armstrong, BC, with some rescue dogs and a dog-rescuing super-lady, Laurel. She & he are merely weeks away from welcoming their first & craziest collaboration ever, which remains, as of yet, untitled.

More info: abseries.org

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Geof Huth launches A B Series Season #6

More info at abseries.org

A B Series launches its sixth autumn to spring programming season with a multimedia presentation by renowned visual poet, archivist and popular blogger, Geof Huth!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Irving Layton Reloaded


In conjunction with “Whatever Else": An Irving Layton Symposium, to be held at the University of Ottawa May 3-5, 2013, and in recognition of the centenary of Layton’s birth, we invite writers to respond—whether by way of homage, parody, retort, homolinguistic translation, or any other dialectical form (glossa, travesty, echo poem, etc.)—to a Layton poem of their choice. Our favorites will be published on the symposium website (www.canlit-symposium.ca), and we are exploring the possibility of other forms of publication as well. Please send your response, along with the title of the original poem, to Robert Stacey at rstacey@uottawa.ca or Cameron Anstee at cameron.anstee@gmail.com under the subject heading “Layton Reloaded.”

Submissions are due April 1, 2013.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bywords Quarterly Journal Summer Launch

Sunday, July 15, 2012; 2-3pm
Collected Works Bookstore, 1242 Wellington W.

Please join us as we launch our latest issue with music by Neil Gerster & poetry by Rebecca Geleyn, a.m. kozak, Willow-Marie Power, Tim Mook Sang & rob thomas.

Event is free, but we'll be passing the hat for copies of the BQJ.

Cover photo by John Gilles

Hope to see you there!

At 3:00pm after our reading finishes, mosy over to the Elmdale House Tavern just down the street at 1084 Wellington W. for the Dusty Owl Reading Series featuring rob mclennan & Christine McNair.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Montreal International Poetry Prize winners read at Arts Court

A group of young Montrealers surprised the poetry world last year by offering a prize of $50,000 for a single poem in English by anyone in the world, promising that the competition would become an annual event, funded mainly by entry fees. In addition to the big prize, an anthology of 50 short-listed poems was to be published, as well as a broadsheet designed by a prominent artist to illustrate one of the short-listed poems chosen by the artist.
On Saturday, April 28, in the midst of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, the two winners arrived in Ottawa on the last leg of their reading tour. Grand-prize winner Mark Tredinnick of Sydney, Australia, and broadsheet prize winner Linda Rogers of Victoria, B.C., read at ArtsCourt.
Well-known Canadian poet Linda Rogers gave a brief reading, including an excerpt from her novel The Empress Letters. In her characteristic lush, elegant language, Rogers revisited some horrific episodes in recent history, especially involving a violence against women. While she apologized to the audience for the lack of comic relief, she made the point that it is important to witness the devastating effect that violence has on the lives of everyone involved.
Mark Tredinnick’s reading included many topical references and a “political” poem about his country’s exclusionary policies toward refugees, but he argued that the chief social role of poetry may be to counteract the rhetoric of politics by directing attention back to the constants of the physical world, family and love. A former lawyer and a lecturer on environmental law. Tredinnick came rather late to poetry, and in the past decade has established himself as a major voice in Australian poetry. His prize-winning poem, however, is based on his first trip to North America, last year.
The Ottawa audience warmed to Tredinnick’s vigorous yet reflective poems, both his preferred long-line meditations on the natural world and his occasional syllable-counting lyrics. Apart from a few unfamiliar words – antipodean animals and trees, for instance – his idiomatic writing seemed approachable and familiar to his Canadian audience. And he graciously opened his session by reading poems by others: the Australian poet Debbie Lim (who told him about the Montreal contest), and Canadian poet Jan Zwicky.
Tredinnick mentioned how pleased he was that five Australian poets had been selected (by Andrew Motion in a blind judging) for the Global Poetry Anthology. Another three of the short-listed poets were also included, and they opened the evening with brief readings of their own. Congratulations to Peter Richardson, Barbara Myers, and Maria Borys.
The Montreal International Poetry Prize is intended to be repeated annually, and its launch must be judged a big success. Winner Mark Tredinnick did comment, however, that there is room for improvement. For instance, nothing was set aside to promote the winners or the prize anthology, so Tredinnick and Rogers had to organize and finance their own cross-Canada tour by train. The little-publicized reading would also have benefited from being associated with the OIWF, which was happening across town at the same time. Fifty thousand dollars for a single poem, and he still rates the prize “could do better”? Well, yes. Tredinnick is equally demanding of us own work; the winning poem is not his favorite of the ones he sent in to the contest. No doubt, he will try to do better next time.

OIW: A Talk on Contemporary Poetry Feat. rob mclennan and Pearl Pirie

 “Be careful not to scratch and make too much noise with that,” said Brian, motioning to the pen and paper I’d removed from my bag. “I might be trying to commune or something!” Maybe it was due to the fact that I’d only met him minutes earlier in line to attend Ottawa Independent Writers’ latest discussion but gauging whether Brian was kidding or not proved difficult. In either case, writers young, old, experienced and curious alike had convened to soak up the wisdom of two of Ottawa’s foremost poets, robmclennan and Pearl Pirie – scratching away with my pen felt as natural a reaction as listening in.

It takes a poet-publisher of considerable expertise to tackle a topic as broad and massive as Contemporary Poetry but, as luck would have it, this evening delivered two. Calling upon proven skills and noteworthy anecdotes from careers waist-deep in the literary arts, mclennan and Pirie discussed some of the many poetic forms (examples being haiku, tanka) that stream and intersect contemporary verse. Those in attendance were encouraged to ask questions or even interrupt the flow of conversation, the latter option proving popular when the introduction of visual poetry came under fire. Make no mistake, the OIW isn’t a group of starry-eyed pacifists; for some members, the art of arranging letters in a way that deepens the author’s intent sparked a vocal debate on the merits of certain poetic styles. A surprising change of pace for the event, perhaps, but these stubborn viewpoints and insightful defenses provided even the quiet attendees with some food for thought.

At the very least, no one could refute the effectiveness of visual poetry any longer with so many convictions flying about!  One writer stood and passionately recited his criteria for good poetry, to which everyone applauded. Another scoffed at the example of several contemporary forms but took detailed notes on each. Even my new colleague Brian, who had worried about the sound of my pen on paper, stood arms-crossed away from the table, peppering the guest speakers with questions. Now this was unfiltered discussion! And as one of those demure individuals taking it all in, I found the heated yet respectful exchange life-affirming to any poetry-lover’s ears.

The immeasurable size of the topic at hand allowed mclennan and Pirie freedom to dive into certain facets or styles upon the whim of the audience. Some inquiries had concrete solutions, such as Pearl Pirie’s insightful breakdown of approaches that distinguish and shape a writer – a classification that caused the group to pause and consider their work’s intention. Concentrated dialogues also arose on the subject of prose poems – and by extension, knowing when to keep poetry and prose apart – plus ways of promoting one’s work in a changing industry.

Other questions were impossibly pointed; when asked to define poetry in two or three words, rob mclennan enunciated as though counting each word: “I don’t know”.  It was one of many refreshing exchanges during an evening dedicated to uncovering the joy of poetry’s borderless playground. Riffing off of each other’s leads and shedding light on how the expectations on contemporary poetry have changed from an editor’s perspective, mclennan and Pirie defied expectations with an engaging talk that refused to pull punches.

As a non-member, I witnessed many potential perks to enrolling with the OIW, including notice on inclusive submissions, writer’s retreats and a whole lot of local support. Get more information here: www.oiw.ca

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A choir like no other makes Ottawa debut


See local participants perform in Ottawa's Feral Choir premiere!

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Church of St. John the Evangelist
Corner of Elgin & Somerset Streets
Entrance on Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Following dozens of stunning productions around the globe, Feral Choir comes to Ottawa!

A Feral Choir - photo by Bryony McIntyre

An A B Series Presentation

For more information and online advance tickets, visit A B Series’ website. Advance tickets are also available from Octopus Books at 116 Third Avenue and 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor.

A UK singer and conductor, MINTON has taken Feral Choir around the world, hosting over one hundred workshops and transforming the lives of thousands of people. The project is comprised of a series of workshops open to everyone, amateurs and professionals, young and old, singers and non-singers. MINTON encourages participants to take a vocal leap and explore all vocal possibilities through exercises and improvisations, over the workshop period and in performance. Ottawa participants enjoy an unprecedented opportunity for voice exploration with the world’s leading sound-singing choral conductor. There is, indeed, something feral about MINTON’s approach, a primal scream philosophy to free participants from the limits of orthodox singing. The culminating choir performance, with dozens of local feral singers, premieres a public art project as never before staged in Ottawa.

MINTON notes that “the human voice is capable of so much more than is generally understood. In the workshops, I have encouraged participants to realize that anyone who can breathe is capable of producing sounds that give a positive aesthetic contribution to the human condition and many of these contributions are without any cultural influence or reference.”

“For over twenty years, with Feral Choir, MINTON has been helping people’s inner voice to break free!”

Phil Minton by Francesca Pfeffer

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bywords Quarterly Journal Spring Launch
Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2 to 3pm
Collected Works Bookstore, 1242 Wellington St. W.

with poetry readings by A.M. Benoit, Mary Lee Bragg, Seymour Mayne & S. Elizabeth McGee & music by John Gilles

free. hat passed for copies of BQJ.

cover photo by Melissa Upfold

Anne Marie, Mary Lee & Elizabeth will be on Mitchell Caplan's CLICK Here on CHUO FM 89.1 after 5pm on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

further info: amanda at bywords dot ca

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Celebrated creator of visual poetry, derek beaulieu is in Ottawa to give a special presentation of his work in a slide show format. Join us for a thought-provoking evening of visual poetry display and discussion. It happens at Gallery 101 as part of A B Series programming.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Admission begins at 7:30pm
Presentation at 8pm

Gallery 101
301 1/2 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ont.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ron Silliman in an A B Series Presentation


in an A B Series presentation

at Gallery 101 
301 1/2 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Seating commences at 7:30pm 
Reading at 8pm

Saturday, March 10, 2012

RON SILLIMAN is an internationally renowned USA poet, editor and blogger. He has written and edited over 30 books, most recently Wharf Hypothesis from Lines Press, and has had his poetry and criticism translated into 12 languages. His long poem, Ketjak, has evolved in stages rather like nested Russian dolls: the first and innermost being collected in The Age of Huts, the second in Tjanting, the third in The Alphabet. He is now at work on Universe. His anthology, In the American Tree, published in 1986, is still the definitive anthology of language poetry, and his collection of essays, The New Sentence, has stayed in print for 25 years. Silliman’s Blog has received over 3 million visits.

Co-sponsored with the U.S. Embassy. A B Series gratefully acknowledges support from Gallery 101, City of Ottawa, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. Last year, the Canada Council invested $154 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Admission for this special event is free.


Tuesday, February 07, 2012

GEODE Music & Poetry

The poster for the February 16 GEODE show -- pictured left to right are JENNIFER GILES (keyboards), ALRICK HUEBNER (bass) and SUSAN McMASTER (poet). They'll be joined in performance on February 16 by DAVID BROSCOE (winds), JOHN HIGNEY (steel guitar) and MIKE ESSOUDRY (percussion). GEODE's inimitable repertoire blends poetry with music drawn from a variety of genres including jazz, blues, new music, world music, contemporary and classical. And  see a performance of WordMusic with special guest DEAN STEADMAN!

(Admission and seating begin at 7:30pm.)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gallery 101
301 1/2 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario

$9 admission / $7 for students

Monday, January 16, 2012

A B Series Presents

Cat Kidd 
& Kaie Kellough

in performance 

Gallery 101 
301 1/2  Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Friday, January 20, 2012


Sunday, January 08, 2012

From Icarus to Idi Amin:
A Retrospective Reading by Henry Beissel

Doors open at 7:00pm
Tea and scones served by Laurier House

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Laurier House
A National Historic Site
335 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Bywords Warms the Night XIV

Our ninth annual fundraiser for the Cornerstone Women's Shelter Sunday, January 15, 2012
2:00 to 3:00 pm
Collected Works Bookstore & Coffee Bar,
1242 Wellington St. W
with music by
Andrea Simms-Karp
& poetry by
Jamie Bradley, Abby Paige & Luminita Suse
[cover photo by Lee Mousseau]

For every donation to the hat, we will give you a copy of the winter issue of the Bywords Quarterly Journal & our thanks.

Cornerstone provides emergency shelter and supportive housing for a diversity of women.

• $21 will feed one woman for a week
• $84 will feed her for a month
• $840 will feed 10 women for a month
• $100 will provide one month of addiction or mental health counseling services for a woman in recovery from the effects of trauma and abuse
• $200 will sponsor a woman in our iSisters computer training course
• $75 will provide a homeless woman with the support of our Housing Worker in her search for safe and affordable housing that she can sustain when she leaves the shelter.

Contact: Amanda Earl - amanda at bywords dot ca; Twitter: @bywordsdotca