We hope you’ll join us for our first edition of Draft in 2020!
February 23, 2020
600 Gerrard St. E. (At Broadview)
Reservations are encouraged if you get a chance. Here’s the link.
We’ll be featuring new work by D.A. Lockhart, Derek Mascarenhas and Aparna Kaji Shah, along with brief readings by Draft alumni and friends: Kitlyn Varnam, Ellen S. Jaffe, Aaron Schneider, Kern Carter, Gail Benick, Gloria Blizzard, Leah Bobet, Myna Wallin, Julia Gibson and Michelle Alfano
Here’s some information about our feature readers.
D.A. Lockhart is the author Devil in the Woods (Brick Books, 2019) and Breaking Right (Porcupine’s Quill, 2020). His work has appeared widely throughout Turtle Island including Best Canadian Poetry 2019, the Malahat Review, Grain, CV2, TriQuarterly, The Fiddlehead, and Belt. He is pùkuwànkoamimëns of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation. Lockhart currently resides at Waawiiyaatanong where he is the publisher at Urban Farmhouse Press
Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist and runner-up for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. His linked short story collection, Coconut Dreams, was called a “stunning debut” in a starred review in Quill and Quire. It was named by The Globe and Mail as one of best reads from Canadian small presses, with The Humber Literary Review proclaiming, “Coconut Dreams signals the arrival of a new Canadian voice that is singular, necessary, and hard to forget.” Derek currently lives in Toronto.
Aparna Kaji Shah published her debut collection, The Scent of Mogra and Other Stories (Inanna Publications) in 2018. She has published fiction and poetry in anthologies. Her writing deals with the challenges that women face in a male-dominated society. Her fiction also explores the experience of alienation when people relocate. Aparna’s protagonists often straddle two worlds: the old and the new. Born in Mombasa, Kenya, and raised in Mumbai, Aparna has lived in different countries including the UK and Singapore. She has taught English at the University of Bombay and at George Brown College in Toronto. She lives in Toronto with her husband.
We are grateful for the financial assistance of the The Ontario Arts Council, as well as of the Canada Council through the Writers Union of Canada.