Please join us for the final edition of Draft for Season Eleven.
June 5, 2016
DOORS OPEN AT 2:30
Reading begins at 3 p.m. SHARP
The Red Sandcastle Theatre
922 Queen St. E.
With new work by
Andrew J. Borkowski
Terry Trowbridge and Jade Wallace
We never really know what will happen at Draft, but here’s a quick preview of what the writers are planning … Andrew J. Borkowski will be reading from his novel-in-progress, The Frenzy of Mad Sweeney. Caitlin Galway is thinking of reading from a bildungsroman about a teenager from Sleepy Hollow, New York who falls into the underground glitter rock scene of 1970s Los Angeles while searching for her runaway mother. Mia Herrera may read from White and Blue, a work in progress, or she might speak about her process in writing Shade — asking the question: What does a second generation immigrant story mean and look like?Sam Shelstad will be be reading excerpts from radio skits performed by a character in a novel in progress. Deepa Shankaran will be reading from one of her new short stories. Jade Wallace and Terry Trowbridge will produce some call-and-response poems especially for the reading. They may even try out some short call-and-response fiction!
About the authors
Andrew J. Borkowski’s short story collection Copernicus Avenue, set in Toronto’s post-war Polish community, won the 2012 Toronto Book Award and was listed for the 2012 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for short fiction. His short story “Twelve Versions of Lech” was a finalist for the 2007 Writer’s Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. Andrew’s arts and human interest journalism has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Forum, Quill & Quire, TV Guide, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the Ontario Representative on the National Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada. http://www.andrewjborkowski.com.
Caitlin Galway is a Toronto-based fiction writer and freelance editor. She has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Riddle Fence and House of Anansi Press’s The Broken Social Scene Story Project. She was the winner of CBC’s Stranger than Fiction Contest and Riddle Fence’s Short Fiction Contest, and was shortlisted for Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open Contest and Matrix Magazine’s Lit Pop Award. She was also a finalist for the Carter V. Cooper/Gloria Vanderbilt Fiction Prize. She has been the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Grant, the Toronto Arts Council Writers Grant, and the Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Grant. In 2013, her first novel was published with New Orleans’ Aqueous Books. She is currently editing her second novel and writing her third.
Mia Herrera’s short stories, feature articles, and reviews have appeared in various online and print publications like CG Monthly, Live in Limbo, Hart House Review, and TOK: Writing the New Toronto. Mia is a recipient of the Youth Scholarship Award from the Tatamagouche Centre and Writers’ Trust Fund Scholarship. Her debut novel is Shade.
Sam Shelstad lives in Hamilton, Ontario. His stories have appeared in The New Quarterly, Joyland, Prism International, Carousel, The Puritan, The Feathertale Review, Keep This Bag Away From Children, and The Rusty Toque. He was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize and was a runner up for the 2014 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize. His work was featured in Joyland’s “best of” anthology, Retro 4. An excerpt from his novel, Rain Rain Telephone, was a finalist for the 2015 SLS-DISQUIET Graywolf Prize. He contributes to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
Deepa Shankaran is a Toronto-based writer and editor. Her work has appeared in the Antigonish Review and the Rusty Toque, and is forthcoming in Event and Joyland. She has been a finalist in the Toronto Star Short Story Contest, and is currently at work on a collection of linked short stories.
Terry Trowbridge and Jade Wallace are St. Catharines writers currently living with a verbose cat in an aerie of an apartment in the remote north of Toronto. Terry is working on his PhD in Socio-Legal Studies; Jade works at a legal aid clinic. As a result, their evenings often include arguing about case precedents and justiciability. Their less obnoxious hobbies include doing crosswords, reading tarot, and watching campy horror movies. Their first collaborative chapbook, Smiling Drunk Pufferfish, was published by Grey Borders Books in 2014.
We are grateful for the financial assistance of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.