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Thanks to all who made our 2015/2016 season so special. We’ll be back soon with more information about Season Twelve (starting October 2016).




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DRAFT 11.4 Sunday April 24

Please join us for
Draft 11.4
April 24, 2016
3 p.m.
The Red Sandcastle Theatre
922 Queen St. E.

With new work by

Glynis Guevara
Maureen Scott Harris
Henry Knight
Daniel Perry
Jael Richardson

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 Glynis Guevara will read from her unpublished work, Pain of My Imperfections or another manuscript in progress.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.


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.

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Draft 11.3 March 20th

Another great edition of Draft is on its way!

DRAFT Reading Series 11.3
March 20, 2016
3 p.m.
The Red Sandcastle Theatre
922 Queen St. E.

Ken Murray
Lillian Necakov
Lana Pesch
Ron Schafrick
Jessica Westhead

Of course, we never quite know what to expect at a Draft reading — people often change their minds about what to read — but here’s a preview of what we’re looking forward to in March. Ken Murray plans to read from a work in progress – a novel that has been evolving for some time. Set in Ontario across a period of two hundred years, the book combines historical events and family mythologies about identity, secrets, justice, mercy, and crime. Lillian Necakov will most likely read some new poetry, including some prose poems. Lana Pesch is still deciding whether to read from her novel in progress, which is about dysfunctional family antics, absurd small town politics, and dated traditions of the Ukrainian Orthodox, or part of a new short story about one man’s mental health that leads him to see visions of demonic ponies. Ron Schafrick will be reading from a new short story called “Safe” which was recently accepted for publication by The New Quarterly. Jessica Westhead will read from a new short story called “Things Not To Do,” which will also be the title of her next short fiction collection. The story is told from the perspective of an unhappy woman who does not react well when someone stops suddenly in front of her in a crowded airport.

Author bios:

Ken Murray’s debut novel, Eulogy, was published by Tightrope Books in 2015. He lives in Prince Edward County and teaches creative writing at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto and also at Haliburton School of the Arts. His work has appeared in Prairie Fire, Menda City Review, The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Brooklyn Rail, Canadian Business Magazine and Maclean’s. He is an avid participant in community radio 99.3 County FM and also dabbles in various sports. For more info go to or follow @Write_Stories.

Lillian Necakov is the author of five full­length poetry books as well as numerous chapbooks. Her work has appeared in many print and online publications all around this fine globe. She is also the editor of The Boneshaker Anthology, Teksteditions 2015. She lives in Toronto, where she runs the Boneshaker Reading Series.

Lana Pesch is a Saskatchewan born, Toronto­based writer and producer. Lana’s writing has appeared in Elle Canada, Taddle Creek, 49th Shelf, and Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II. For the 2014/2015 fall and winter semester, Lana was a TA for Sarah Selecky’s Story Is a State of Mind, Story Intensive online writing course. She was long­listed for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize, and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012. Her debut short story collection, Moving Parts, was published in October 2015 by Arsenal Pulp Press.

After completing his MA at Concordia University in Montreal, Ron Schafrick spent nine years as an ESL instructor in South Korea. Since returning to Canada, his stories have appeared in a number of journals in both Canada and the US, and his story “Lovely Company” was reprinted in Best Gay Stories 2015 as well as The Journey Prize Stories 27. His collection, Interpreters, was published by Oberon Press in 2013.

Jessica Westhead​’s fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, selected for the Journey Prize anthology, and nominated for a National Magazine Award. She is the author of the novel Pulpy & Midge (Coach House Books, 2007) and the critically acclaimed short story collection And Also Sharks(Cormorant Books, 2011), which was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize.

We are grateful for funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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Please join us February 21 for Draft 11.2

DRAFT 11.2
February 21 2016
3 p.m.
The Red Sandcastle Theatre
922 Queen St. E.

April L. Ford
Sharon Kirsch
Sheila Murray
Jason Paradiso
Phoebe Wang

What’s in store?

We’re never sure what to expect at DRAFT, and plans may change even on the day of the reading, but here’s a quick preview of what we think the readers will be up to.

Sheila Murray will be reading from her new novel, Edward. Set in Jamaica and Toronto, Edward is a novel about race and racism, the experience of loss and the value of friendship. April L. Ford will probably read a recently completed essay called “The Rag,” which will possibly eventually become part of a book of essays. We hope she does — but if not, we’re sure she has something marvelous in store. Sharon Kirsch will read an excerpt from her non-fiction work-in-progress about the family she never knew. Jason Paradiso plans to read from an on-going series of poetry, Cut Lines & Pulled Quotes. The poems are made up of clippings from various magazines. Phoebe Wang will likely be reading poems from a manuscript called Admissions Requirements.

Here`s some more information on the authors: Draft 11.2 author bios.

We are grateful for funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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Special DRAFT 10th Anniversary Reading November 22

Please help us celebrate our 10th anniversary!

This special event on November 22nd, Process Product and Power: This is Not ‘So You Think You Can Write’will include author readings, talks, and lecture-demonstrations on ideas as process and the body, process and collaboration, achievement, success, and the pressures that come with it. There will also be a panel discussion on mistakes from both writing and editorial perspectives.

Join Us!

DRAFT Reading Series 10th Anniversary Celebration
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St. E.
November 22nd, 4-8pm

Special guests for the evening include Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, Fides Krucker, Kerry Clare, Ron Edding, Bryan Ibeas, Mary Newberry, and Ewan Whyte. Here is some more information about the authors: DRAFT 11.1 BIOS.

The timings are not exact, but here’s a rough schedule for anyone who needs it:
4 p.m. Doors open
4:30 p.m. Karleen Pendleton Jimenez, Fides Krucker
6:15 p.m. Panel on mistakes

The event will wrap up at 8 p.m.

There may even be a few surprises throughout the evening, like our “participation publishing” project! And, as always, our DRAFT publication will be available at the book table.

We’re looking forward to seeing all the friends of DRAFT that have been so supportive over the past decade. For more more information on this event as well as other DRAFT news, be sure to join our Facebook group, and follow us on Twitter @draftreadings.

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We are grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of this project.

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Draft Season Eleven is on its way

Please visit us at Word on The Street September 27 at Harbourfront.

At our table, we’ll be collecting stories of people’s traumatic triumphs and magnificent failures to publish in a special edition of the Draft publication and present at our tenth anniversary celebration, November 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Paint Box Bistro.  Please stop by to learn more details.

And here are the dates for this season:

11.1 November 22, 2015
Process, Product and Power: This is not “So You Think You can Write”
Draft tenth anniversary celebration

11.2 February 21, 2016
11.3 March 20, 2016
11.4 April 24, 2016
11.5 June 5, 2016

We are grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for funding

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Draft 10.7 May 31

There’s one last chance to catch a Draft reading this season. Please join us for Draft 10.7

May 31
2:30 p.m.
The Paint Box Bistro
555 Dundas St. E.

With new work by
Lee Gowan
Catherine Graham
Alexandra Leggat
Nicholas Power
Marnie Woodrow

Please click here to learn more about the authors.

Pick up your keepsake edition of Draft, a publication which is available only at the readings.

This reading is supported by the Toronto Arts Council with Funding provided by
The City of Toronto.


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