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


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


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


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


Potentially some mature or explicit language