Venue:  Mahtay Café
Time: Saturday 6pm-8pm
Category:  Literary Arts
City of OriginSt. Catharines
Price:  Pay What You Can or Festival Pass

SNAPSHOT:

Multiple poets delve into what in means to be a part of or separated from a community.

ABOUT:

St. Catharines Poetry Slam (SCPS) is a spoken word collective that organizes the only monthly poetry slam in the Niagara Region. SCPS collaborates with various community organizations with the intention to organize spoken word events that work to build community via the arts.

ARTISTS:

Blue Jay – Poet
Tegh Kaur – Poet
Lin Lune – Poet
Dael Horhota – Poet
Sarah Burgess – Poet
Alison Torca – Poet
And more tba

 

Venue:  Mahtay Café
Time: Sunday 1:30pm
Category:  Literary Arts
City of Origin:  St. Catharines
Price:  Pay What You Can or Festival Pass

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Mori McCrae’s newest chapbook is firmly rooted in the people and places surrounding her downtown Studio. Passersby is a funny, provocative and sensitive portrayal of St. Catharines.

ABOUT:

Passersby is a quirky collection of portrait miniatures travelling in word form. This collection follows her previous collection, Shelf Life which was introduced during the festival last year. Both chapbooks are published by Grey Borders and have affirmed Mori’s voice, as unique and new to the poetry scene in Niagara.

“Mori McCrae’s poetry fills in a much-needed cultural gap in Niagara’s 21st century literature. There are a couple of realists who write about Niagara, like Jade Wallace’s perfect short stories, and Jeremy Colangelo’s occasional portrait of call center workers. What has been missing from the now burgeoning Niagara literature is an honest portrayal of the reality of life in Niagara; which is that most of the time, it is a nice day outside, the flower garden is taking up time but that’s what it’s there for, you can hear grandparents and kids over the backyard fences, your friends are all weirdos but that’s what they’re there for, too.” -Terry Trowbridge

Also, be sure to check out Mori’s “Word Woven”: A melding of words and drawings at The Fine Grind Café during In the Soil Arts Festival 2018.

Venue:  Friday: Festival Hub Stage ; Sunday: Mahtay Café
Time: Friday 6pm; Sunday 1pm
Category:  Literary Arts
City of Origin:  St. Catharines
Price:  Friday: Free, Sunday Pay What You Can or Festival Pass
Websitehttp://mayorsendzik.ca/150-poem-mikko-kivisto-winner-mayors-poetry-contest/

SNAPSHOT:

A short poetry recital on topics ranging from local, personal, and political inspirations.

ABOUT:

A theatre practitioner and educator, Mikko put his roots down in St. Catharines in 2012 for a fresh reboot. He began writing poetry in 2015 in a renewed search to find his voice within the fertile soil of the Niagara arts community. This bore fruit in Spring 2017 when he won the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge that year for his entry, “150.” A five-year volunteer for In the Soil Arts Festival, Mikko is excited at the opportunity to be a contributing artist.

ARTISTS:

Mikko Kivisto – Poet

Venue: Mahtay Café
Time: Sunday 2pm-4pm
Category:  Literary Arts
City of Origin:  Niagara Falls, Ontario
Price:  Pay What You Can or Festival Pass
Website: greyborders.com

SNAPSHOT:

Book Launch and Visual Projectiles, a grey borders books event

ABOUT:

Grey Borders is a Canadian literary publisher founded in 2002 and based in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Grey Borders is home to Grey Borders Books, Grey Borders Magazine and Grey Borders Press. Through our various imprints, we publish perfect bound books, magazines and chapbooks and produce works of poetry, short fiction, horror, biography, historical non fiction, art prints, and graphic novels.

Grey Borders Books and Grey Borders Magazine have an open submission policy. Once your work is submitted, we will contact you as to the length of our reading period.

ARTISTS:

Dane Swan (author) is the author of 2 poetry collections, a short story collection and Tuesday (Grey Borders Books, 2018), his first novella. His second poetry collection, A Mingus Lullaby (Guernica Editions, 2016), was a finalist for the 2017 Trillium Book Prize for Poetry. Born in Bermuda, Dane currently resides in Toronto.

Nafee Faigou (author) is a Niagara region artist, originally from Chad, country located in the heart of Africa. She currently is an associate member of the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF), Ontario francophone authors Association. She holds a Bachelor in Arts Sc. in French Literature from Ndjamena, University -Chad-. She has received various grants from both the Ontario Arts Council and the city of Mexico for various writing projects. She also received many literary awards for short stories both in Chad and in Italy – the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2002 for the scenario of a short film; -Lettre à New York-. She is a playwright and a stage director, (Tumulte chez les D’Angerio (2015) as well as an adaptor of theatre script, The little laying lion, respectively in Welland and Jamaica – 2007 & 2009 as well as a stage director, Wedding in Niagara, (2010).

Sarah Burgess (author) was born in November ’86 and has lived in St. Catharines all her life. At the age of 13, the back tire on her bike was hit by an oncoming train, leaving her with severe brain damage, the inability to vocally communicate, spasticity, and numerous other difficulties. Despite there challenges, she has the courage of a lion, and the heart of a saint. Sarah has three previously published chapbooks “Voice” (Grey Borders Books, 2012), “When Will My Reflection Show Who I Am Inside?” (Young Artists of Niagara Falls, 2014) and “Phlebotomized Heart” (Grey Borders Books, 2015).

Elaine Bolton, artist
Jordan Fry, host

 

MORE LINKS:

www.greybordersbooks.jigsy.com/dane-swan

www.greybordersbooks.jigsy.com/nafee-faigou

www.greybordersbooks.jigsy.com/sarah-burgess

Venue:  Niagara Artists Centre
Time: Friday 7:30pm-9:30pm
Category:  Literary Arts
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  PWYC
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/BorderBlurRS

SNAPSHOT:

The Border Blur Reading Series brings leading authors to St. Catharines to share their work with eager audiences of poetry and the arts.

ABOUT:

The award-winning Border Blur Reading Series (or BBRS) is the premier reading series operating out of St. Catharines and serving the Niagara region. Border Blur, formerly the Grey Borders Reading Series and renamed in 2014 to honour Canadian experimental poet bpNichol, is a not-for-profit cultural space where multiple expressions of the literary arts are channelled and given a public stage. The organization is dedicated to hosting emerging and established writers from all over Canada, representing a diversity of genres and communities.

This year, Border Blur presents BBBLURRR, a unique poetry event that explores the relationship between poetics and the contemporary moment. The event brings together leading Canadian poets who take as their subject matter very different aspects of identity, place, representation and language, allowing a rich and evocative dialogue to unfold.

“I love attending the Border Blur Reading Series event each year during In the Soil Festival. For the last four years we have made the trip from Toronto to take it in and I’m already looking forward to what I know will be a great event again this year.” -Hazel Millar, co-publisher at BookThug

“Border Blur blends a unique multitude of readers. The offerings are some of the best I’ve seen, and the events are not to be missed. I really appreciate the conversations that arise between texts, readers and audiences.” -Aaron Tucker, author

ARTISTS:

Christopher Dewdney (poet) is the author of four books of non-fiction as well as eleven books of poetry.

Sarah Pinder (poet) is the author of The Common and Cutting Room. Her writing has been included in Geist, Arc, and Poetry is Dead, among others. She lives in Toronto.

Phoebe Wang (poet) is the author of the new poetry collection Admission Requirements. Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry, Canadian Literature, CV2, Descant, Grain, Malahat Review, Ricepaper Magazine, THIS Magazine and Diaspora Dialogues’ TOK 6: Writing the New Toronto anthology.

Moez Surani (poet) is a Canadian poet. He is the author of the poetry collections Reticent Bodies and Floating Life, and the book-length poem عملية Operación Opération Operation 行动 Oперация.

Julia Polyck-O’Neill, curator, co-organizer

Andrew McEwen, co-organizer

WARNINGS:

Potentially some mature or explicit language

MORE LINKS:

Venue:  Mahtay Café
Time: Saturday 3pm-5pm
Category:  Literary Arts
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  PWYC

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The St. Catharines POETRY SLAM is a monthly competitive spoken word event. We slam on the first Friday of every month.

ABOUT:

For the last 5 years, The St. Catharines POETRY SLAM has been providing a venue for poets in the community to share their work. The venue also allows the community to be able to see the work of touring poets. As part of the monthly competition series, poets who qualify are able to represent the city on a national stage at competitions like the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word or the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. The collective has held various workshops on spoken word poetry in the community.

ARTISTS

TBA

Venue:  Mahtay Café
Time: Friday 9pm-11pm
Category:  Music, Literary Arts, Film + Video + Visual Arts
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  $10 or Festival Pass

SNAPSHOT:

Pendulum Pulse is a multidisciplinary collective made up of Niagara-based artists. From sweeping imagery to tantalizing melodies, they will make you dance and sleep.

ABOUT:

Combining poetry, music, film and performance, Pendulum Pulse will take the audience to some outlandish places. Members of this collective have collaborated in past projects, including the bands Oak and Elm, moonfox and The Sweet Experience. Jon Lepp and Stacey Koudys started making documentary films in Niagara in 2016 and are excited to merge music and film disciplines into one. Enjoy music by Jon Lepp and his band Fat Moth.

ARTISTS:

Jon Lepp: vocals/guitar/mandolin/alto sax/storyteller/filmmaker
Adrian D’Avero: bass/keys
Jordan Alexander: bass/guitar/alto sax
Joe Mahony: drums/percussion
Stacey Koudys: filmmaker/video projections
Emma Fleury: vocals

Venue:  Mahtay Café
Time: Sunday 12pm
Category:  Literary Arts
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  PWYC
Websitehttp://www.evatihanyi.com

SNAPSHOT:

Four poet hearts
beat strangely
on the back of wind,
hole-up in the deep space of darkness,
the expanding space of light.

ABOUT:

Their first collaboration, collision, collusion, coincidence of word.
Tempered, stacked, tamped, penned by four artist/poets.

“I came away from this show with a line from Emily Dickinson resonating in my mind: ‘Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.’ Not being a bard like Dylan Thomas, Mori is allusive and indirect. Maybe that is why she says she is not a poet. Her least reticent poems are painted on the NAC windows and are deliberately contradictory. She invites and leaves us with a contradiction. She says herself that she finds inspiration in what is unplanned and accidental. As we have already seen, in this she is not alone.”
-Barbara Bucknall

Anne Micheals hails Eva Tihanyi’s work as “moving and powerful.” Rishma Dunlop calls it “infused with erotic spirit.”

“Mori McCrae’s rich imagism is so evocative it makes me ache.” -Roger Bell

ARTISTS:

Mori McCrae is a poet and visual artist. It is difficult to say which takes precedence, for her work gravitates to the borderland between them. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto in 1984. Shelf Life, her first collection of poetry, will be launched in the spring of 2017, published by Grey Borders. She is a founding member of the Jordan Art Gallery, which showcases Fine Art and Craft from Niagara, where she lives.

Eva Tihanyi (poet) was born in Budapest in 1956 and came to Canada at the age of six. She has taught at Niagara College since 1989 and currently divides her time between Toronto and Port Dalhousie. Tihanyi has published eight books of poetry and one short story collection, Truth and Other Fictions (Inanna, 2009), which The Globe and Mail hailed as “an impressive and promising debut…a wonderfully written collection of takes on the elusiveness of truth.” She is a long-standing member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets.

Bieke Stengos (poet) was born in Belgium, came to Canada as a young woman and has lived here ever since, with time spent in various countries overseas. With that many places in her heart, she feels that she belongs to the world and much of her work is set in Belgium and in Greece. She has published short stories and poetry in various journals and has won several contests for her short stories. Her website features her published work.

Joyce Honsberger (poet) was born near Smithville, Ont., and graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1985. She became a member of the Sculptors Society of Canada in 1987 and a member of the Society of Canadian Artists in 1996. In 1989, she represented Canada for the S.S.C. at the International Pulp/ Paper Symposium in Harnosand, Sweden, and in 1990 she participated in a sculpture workshop and exhibition in Mexico City. She has given numerous other workshops and has founded two art galleries. The present one, Arts Place Gallery, a collective, is located in Port Colborne, Ont. She is also a partner in the Jordan Art Gallery in Jordan, Ont. Her work can be found in public and commercial galleries and in corporate and private collections. Since 1984, she has had 17 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 90 exhibitions in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Japan and Australia.

Rita Visser (musician) – https://www.reverbnation.com/ritavisser – Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Rita Visser and her music have travelled across Canada and across all genre’s. Her sultry breathy voice brings a passionate soulful intensity to the folk/country scene, while always maintaining her integrity and her dignity. Rita’s main focus is helping people through her music, be it the homeless, the hungry or the heartbroken.

MORE LINKS:

http://www.jordanartgallery.ca

http://Bieke.stengos.cammaert.eu

Venue:  Mahtay Café
Time: Sunday 2pm-4pm
Category:  Literary Arts
City of Origin:  Niagara Falls, ON
Price:  PWYC
Websitewww.greyborders.com

SNAPSHOT:

3 new poetry titles from Grey Borders Books by established and respected St. Catharines authors James Millhaven, Maia Kachan and mercedes killeen.

ABOUT:

Grey Borders Books has been producing chapbooks, magazines, festival and reading series since 2002. Our newest titles can be found at greyborders.com. For 2017, we have relaunched the Grey Borders Reading Series at the Black Sheep Lounge in Welland, Ont. Grey Borders will also introduce its in-house press, Grey Borders Press, in late 2017.

ARTISTS:

James Millhaven spends his time in downtown St. Catharines. His latest work, “Thirty,” has been published for the Niagara Literary Arts Festival 2015. He has two previous chapbooks, “Edges” and “As Well,” both published by Grey Borders Books. “Untitled #33” is a one-act play by James and was workshopped and performed by Edwin Conroy Jr., Graham Shaw and Heather Lowe as part of the 2015 In The Soil Festival.

The way that an ecosystem can be multidimensional in function for a variety of species always amazes Kasia Zgurzynski, and it is her passion to take part in this process and share it with others. Over the years, Kasia has discovered that her niche in the community is to bring people closer to nature. She believes that when people become closer to their environment, they begin to engage with it, and each other, differently. Kasia has completed training as an Environmental Technician, Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist, Certified Seed Collector and Certified Yoga Instructor. “The Human Ape” (Grey Borders Books, 2017) is her first published book of poetry.

Taylor Peebles: Grey Borders Reading Series host
Jordan Fry: Grey Borders director

MORE LINKS:

www.greybordersbooks.jigsy.com/james-millhaven

www.greybordersbooks.jigsy.com/kasia-zgurzynski