Pride Comes Before the Parade: Celebration of Pride Reading – May 27, 2016 at 5PM

Join us for an evening of readings to celebrate Pride!

Our readers include:

Michelle Alfano (emcee) is the author of the personal memoir The Unfinished Dollhouse (Cormorant Books, 2017) which was selected as one of The Globe 100 Best Books of the Year in 2017. Her novella,Made up of Arias, was the 2010 winner of the F.G. Bressani Award for Short Fiction. Her short story “Opera”, on which the novella was based, was a finalist for a Journey Prize anthology.

Dani Couture is the author of three collections of poetry and the novel Algoma (Invisible Publishing). Her new collection of poetry, Listen Before Transmit, was recently published by Wolsak & Wynn.

Mona Faith Mousa is a spoken word poet and motivational speaker living in toronto. having toured actively her whole poetry career, last year alone mona has booked over 200 shows all over north america. When she is at home Mona is heavily active in all facets of her community as the founder and director of feather & anchor a talent management agency serving performance artists from the nation’s BIPOC community.

Anthony Oliveira is a recent doctoral graduate of the University of Toronto. His dissertation, entitled “Exit the King: Sovereignty and Subjectivity in the Literature of the English Baroque,” is a nominee for the ProQuest-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award, while his writing on pop culture and politics has appeared on Birth/Movies/Death, Torontoist, and The Queer Bible, while his recent editorials for Hazlitt Magazine have garnered him nominations for Best New Magazine Writer and Best Essay. You can follow his work on twitter.com at “meakoopa” (ME-A-KOOPA) where he tweets (incessantly) about the arts, politics, and LGBT culture, or on his podcast, The Devil’s Party, as he reads through Milton’s Paradise Lost and its demonic twists and turns.

Charlie C. Petch is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch is touring two spoken word theatre pieces, their multimedia piece “Daughter Of Geppetto” and their vaudeville play “Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum’s Rush” which won “Best of 2017” from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album “Mel Malarkey, Odes & Acts”. They have published books with WordPress and LyricalMyrical and poems with DescantThe Toronto QuarterlyMatrix andOratorealis journals. Petch is the creative director of “Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam” a multi-city touring poetry slam series. www.charliecpetch.com

Natalie Wee is the author of Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines (Words Dance Publishing, 2016). She has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and two Pushcart Prizes. Born in Singapore to Malaysian parents of Peranakan descent, she currently resides in Toronto.

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