Draft Reading Series
Reading Series … In process since 2005

One more edition of season 14 left. Mark your calendar for May 26th

Please join us for the last edition of Draft in Season 14.

Sunday, May 26 2019
3:00 p.m.
St. Matthew’s Clubhouse
450 Broadview Ave.

We’ll be featuring new work by Doyali Islam and Leslie Shimotakahara, along with brief readings from Nasim Asgari, Ronna Bloom, Melinda Vandenbeld Giles, Amanda Hale, Mahak Jain and Mark Sampson.

About the feature readers:

Doyali Islam‘s second poetry book is heft (McClelland & Stewart, 2019). Poems from this lyrical and innovative collection have been published in Kenyon Review Online, The Fiddlehead, and Best Canadian Poetry, and have won several national awards and prizes. Doyali serves as the poetry editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and lives in Toronto. In 2017, she was a guest on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition. Recently, she and Anne Michaels discussed language, form, beauty, and empathy in CV2 magazine (Spring 2019), and she and Forrest Gander discussed grief, art-making, and poetry ethics in The Adroit Journal (Issue 27). www.doyali-islam.com + @doyali_is

Leslie Shimotakahara‘s memoir The Reading List won the Canada-Japan Literary Prize in 2012, and her fiction has been shortlisted for the KM Hunter Artist Award. She has a PhD in English from Brown University. Although Leslie wanted to be a writer since childhood, she ended up taking a slightly nerdy detour through the academic study of literature, writing her dissertation on the relationship between American regionalism and modernism in the fiction of Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, and Ralph Ellison. She had a short-lived career as an English professor, before it became clear that what she really wanted to do was pursue her original passion, creative writing.
Leslie’s debut novel After the Bloom, which draws upon her family’s experience of the Japanese Internment, received a starred review in Booklist, was praised by the National Post as a “deep and beautiful story,” and appeared on Bustle’s, Reading Group Choices’ and the 49th Shelf’s lists of spring/summer picks for 2017. In 2018, she served on the jury for the Governor General’s Non-Fiction Award. Her next novel Red Oblivion, a literary thriller set in Hong Kong, will be published by Dundurn Press in September 2019.

We are grateful for the financial assistance of the Canada Council through The Writers’ Union of Canada, and to the Toronto Arts Council.