Draft Reading Series
Reading Series … In process since 2005

Draft 16.1 November 22, 2020

We’re still here, and getting ready to host our first reading of Season 16.

Sunday, November 22
3:00 p.m. EST
Please register here:
You’ll receive the link to the zoom event by email after you register.

We’re excited to hear new work by

Ann Y.K. Choi
Waubgeshig Rice
Olive Senior
Sonia Sulaiman

Originally from South Korea, Ann Y.K. Choi immigrated to Canada in 1975. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto. Most recently, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at National University in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. The story, set in the 1980s, was inspired by her experiences working in her family-run variety store. A teacher with the York Region District School Board, Ann lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter. 

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation on Georgian Bay. He has written three fiction titles, and his short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. His most recent novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was published in 2018 and became a national bestseller. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and spent most of his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a video journalist, web writer, producer, and radio host. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and two sons.

Olive Senior is the prizewinning author of 18 books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature. Her many awards include The Writers Trust Matt Cohen Award for Lifetime Achievement, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies and the Gold Medal of the Institute of Jamaica. She conducts writing workshops internationally and is on the faculty of The Humber School for Writers. She lives in Toronto but returns frequently to her Jamaican birthplace which remains central to her work. Her book of Pandemic Poems which she has been sharing on social media during ‘the summer of Covid-19’ will be published shortly.

Sonia Sulaiman is an artist and writer currently working on two books featuring Palestinian folktales, disability, and diaspora poetry. Her work has appeared in Whisky Sour City, and Uppercuts by Black Moss Press, in Write Magazine, at OurWindsor and WindsoriteDOTca. She is a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant for Writers for A Personal Paradise, a collection of poetry about the wounds of colonialism and the Palestinian diaspora. She is also working on a collection of Palestinian folktales in prose; the first volume are retellings of animal stories and fables from Palestine. In her spare time, Sonia volunteers as a submissions editor for Hugo Award winning Uncanny Magazine, and as a first reader for Augur Magazine. She was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, and has an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Windsor where she taught workshops in instructional skills for professors. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher, and holds a University Teaching Certificate.

We are grateful the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets through the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. 


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