Please join us for
April 24, 2016
The Red Sandcastle Theatre
922 Queen St. E.
With new work by
Maureen Scott Harris
We never quite know what will happen at a Draft reading, but here’s a sneak preview of what the authors are planning. Glynis Guevara will read from her unpublished work, Pain of My Imperfections or another manuscript in progress. Maureen Scott Harris is going to surprise us, but some possibilities are: a series of poems in homage to Philip Whalen and Sei Shonagon (coming out of a study group with Hoa Nguyen); poems growing out of her great uncle’s farm journals; some combination of things from a large (mixed poetry and prose) project exploring the human capacity for relationship with place, home, etc. Henry Knight will read new lyric poetry. Daniel Perry will read from a late addition to Nobody Looks That Young Here or perhaps from a novella-in-progress. Jael Richardson plans to read from a novel-in-progress called Gutter Child. It’s a dystopic novel set in the past about five young teenagers born into a world of impossible obstacles.
Be sure to pick up your copy of the Draft publication, available only at the readings.
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Glynis Guevara was born in Trinidad where she received her elementary and secondary school education. She completed her undergraduate studies in law in London, England and since moving to Canada, completed an information technical diploma, teacher of adults and technical writing certificates. She also holds a post graduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School for Writers. Glynis was a finalist for the Small Axe Literary short fiction prize in 2012 and her manuscript Barrel Girl was short listed for the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature in 2014. Her manuscript, Under the Zaboca Tree will to be published by Inanna Publications in the fall of 2016. She currently works as an adult educator in Toronto.
Poet and essayist Maureen Scott Harris was born in Prince Rupert, grew up in Winnipeg and lives in Toronto. Her three poetry collections are: A Possible Landscape (Brick Books, 1993), Drowning Lessons (Pedlar Press, 2004) awarded the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and Slow Curve Out (Pedlar Press, 2012), shortlisted for the LCP’s Pat Lowther Award. Harris’s essays have won the Prairie Fire Creative Nonfiction Prize, and the WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize, which took her to Tasmania. In 2012-2013 she was Artist-in-Residence at the Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill, north of Toronto. With the River Poets she plots poetry walks that follow the (sometimes buried) rivers and streams of Toronto.
Henry Knight is a Toronto poet. He has published three books of poetry: Suspicions (1993); Songs of Love, Ready for Use (1995) and The Consolation Prizes (1997). He has recently finished his first novel, The Good Thief. He is working on his second, The Moon-Headed Man.
Daniel Perry is the author of the forthcoming short story collections Hamburger (Thistledown, 2016) and Nobody Looks That Young Here (Guernica, 2018). His fiction has been short-listed for the Carter V. Cooper Prize, and has appeared in more than 30 publications in Canada, the U.S., the U.K and the Czech Republic.
Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The book received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award. A children’s book is coming March 2016. Excerpts from her first play, my upside down black face, are published in the anthology T-Dot Griots. Richardson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She lives in Brampton, Ontario where she serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).
We are grateful for the financial assistance of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.