Draft Reading Series
Reading Series … In process since 2005

Draft 16.5 May 30th

Please join us on Sunday, May 30, to hear new work by Sonja Boon, Kern Carter, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Mark Laliberte, Sanna Wani and Andrew Wilmot.


Sunday, May 30, 3:00 p.m.

Please register on eventbrite:


Tickets are available in a range of prices (including free). The proceeds will go directly to authors at this and future readings in the series.

The reading will take place on ZOOM.

The link will appear on your ticket and on the email you’ll receive ten minutes before the reading.

Closed-captioning will be available. Please feel free to contact us with your access needs and questions: draftreadings at gmail.com

Here is some more information on the authors:

Sonja Boon is a researcher, writer, teacher, and flutist living in St. John’s. Passionate about stories and storytelling, she is the author of What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home (WLU Press, 2019), a memoir that traverses five continents and spans more than two centuries. Sonja’s creative non-fiction essays appear in published collections as well as in Geist, The Ethnic Aisle, and ROOM, among others. For six years, Sonja was principal flutist and a frequent soloist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon).

Kern Carter is a writer and author who has written and published two novels — Thoughts of a Fractured Soul and Beauty Scars. Kern is also a ghostwriter with credits in Forbes, The New York Times, Global Citizen and Fatherly.com, along with having ghostwritten several books. When he’s not penning novels or ghostwriting, Kern creates and curates stories through CRY Creative Group, his content creation brand that specializes in written storytelling.

Ellen Chang-Richardson (she/her) is an award-winning poet, writer and editor of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent. The author of three poetry chapbooks, including snap, pop, performance (Gap Riot Press), her writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, untethered magazine, Watch Your Head: Writers & Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis (Coach House Books), among others. She is the founder of Little Birds Poetry, the co-founder of Riverbed Reading Series, and a member of the poetry collective VII. She currently lives/works on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg.

Mark Laliberte is an artist-writer-designer with an MFA from University of Guelph. He has exhibited extensively in galleries across Canada and internationally, curates the online experimental comics site http://4panel.ca, and edits the hybrid art/lit mag CAROUSEL. Laliberte has had pageworks, poems and other print experiments appear in publications big and small, including Ink Brick, POETRY, prairie fire, subTerrain and Vallum. Publications include ‘BRICKBRICKBRICK‘ (Book*Hug, 2010) and ‘asemanticasymmetry‘ (Anstruther Press, 2016). He is the recipient of numerous grants, including a Canada Council for the Arts ‘Digital Originals’ grant. Laliberte is a member of the collaborative writing entity, MA|DE.

Sanna Wani lives between Mississauga and Srinagar. Her poems have been published in Poem-A-Day, Arc Poetry Magazine, and Best Canadian Poetry 2020. She loves daisies.

Andrew Wilmot is an award-winning Toronto-based author and editor, and co-publisher of the magazine Anathema: Spec from the Margins. Their fiction has appeared in a variety of places, both online and in print. Further details at andrewwilmot.ca. Their first novel, The Death Scene Artist, is available from Wolsak & Wynn/Buckrider Books.

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

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