Draft Reading Series
Reading Series … In process since 2005

Draft 15.1 — October 20, 2019

Our new Draft Season approaches in just a couple of weeks!

October 20, 2019
3:00 p.m.
East End Arts
450 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N1

We’ll be featuring new work by Maheen Hyder and Emily Sanford, along with brief readings by Ron SchafrickDeanna Di Lello, Laure Baudot, Kern Carter, Nasim Asgari, Steven McCabe, Jenn Forgie, Kathleen Whelan, Allan Briesmaster — and last, by by no means least: Dan Woo.

Here’s some more information on our feature readers. We hope to see you October 20th for a wonderful afternoon of readings.

Maheen Hyder is a Pakistani poet and clinical therapist specializing in refugee mental health. She has lived in various cities in North America, the Middle East and South Asia. She is currently working on a theatre project that questions the morality of drone strikes in the borderlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Puritan, Fiddlehead, The Postcolonialist and Bosphorus Review of Books.

Emily Sanford was born in Nova Scotia and has an MA in Literature and Performance from Guelph. She is the winner of the 2016 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Award for Poetry, the 2018 Janice Colbert Award, and was listed in The 10 Best Poems of 2016, by Vancouver Poetry House. Her work appears in Canthius, Grain Magazine, Minola Review, newpoetry.ca, Plenitude Magazine and the Applebeard Editions anthology of flash fiction, release any words stuck inside of you. One of her poems, You Wave, was recently set to music for four-part choir, by Canadian composer EKR Hammell, and premiered in Toronto in May 2019. Emily co-curates and hosts the Brockton Writers Series.

We are grateful for the financial assistance of the League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada, The Playwrights’ Guild of Canada, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council in presenting this season’s readings.