We’re about to take a break for the summer, but there’s still one more chance to catch a Draft reading this season.
Sunday, May 28
The Flying Pony Cafe
1481 Gerrard St. E.
We’ll be featuring new work by
Suzanne Alyssa Andrew
Amy Lavender Harris
Here’s a sneak preview of what we can look forward to at the reading:
Suzanne Alyssa Andrew is presenting a new story with images by Jonathan Kociuba. Amy Lavender Harris will read from her novel and Suzanna Derewicz and Catherine Graham will surprise us!
We are grateful to the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts through the Writers’ Union of Canada for their support of this reading.
Here’s some more information about this month’s authors:
Suzanne Alyssa Andrew is the author of the novel, Circle of Stones, which was published by Dundurn Press in 2015. She’s also a freelance writer and story director and the associate editor for the beloved Canadian literary magazine, Taddle Creek. She plays bass for fun. Suzanne is presenting a new story with images by Jonathan Kociuba, an illustrator known for his “Space Pirate” character and collaborations with the Urban Ninja Squadron of street artists. He frequently illustrates album covers and gig posters for bands and is the lead singer for the indie rock band Summer and Youth.
Suzanna Derewicz is a poet and playwright based in Toronto. She has had the pleasure of being featured at a number of reading series across Ontario and in the UK. Recently, she has performed her poetry cycle entitled Landlines at In The Soil Festival in St. Catharines, and Circumnavigation at The Art Bar Poetry Series. Her play Getting There debuted at the London Fringe Theatre Festival. Her poetry has recently been published in nationalpoetrymonth.ca, In/Words Magazine, (parenthetical), untethered, and The Quilliad. Her debut chapbook Maggie Monologues will be released in Fall 2016 by words(on)pages press.
Catherine Graham’s most recent collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Poetry Awards. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies where she teaches creative writing and was also the winner of IFOA’s Poetry NOW. Recent invitations include the Thessaloniki Book Fair and Spur Festival Calgary. This summer she’s been invited to read at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Linen Hall Library (Belfast) and Bangor’s Open House Festival as well as venues in London and Manchester. She publishes two books in 2017: her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, and her debut novel, Quarry. Here’s some info about the launch of Quarry: http://ifoa.org/events/toronto-lit-catherine-graham www.catherinegraham.com.
Amy Lavender Harris is the author of Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism and won the 2011 Heritage Toronto Award of Merit. She teaches in the Department of Geography at York University, and at the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. She is working on a novel, Acts of Salvage, and a non-fiction book, Wild City, exploring intersections of culture and nature in the contemporary city.