Happy New Year from the Rowers team! Join us at the Central on January 5 for our first event of 2015, featuring Ava Homa, Jerry Levy, Carrianne Leung, Lee Maracle and Blaise Moritz. Doors open 6:30pm, readings start at 6:50pm sharp. Evening ends at 8:45pm.
We gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Writers’ Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets
Ava Homa is a writer, teacher and editor who lives in Toronto. Her collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land (TSAR, 2010), was nominated for the 2011 Frank O’Conner Short Story Prize and secured a place among the ten winners of the 2011 CBC Reader’s Choice Contest, running concurrently with the Giller Prize. The book has been translated into Kurdish and Farsi.
Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer, educator and business owner who lives in Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE/University of Toronto and works at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. She is co-editor, with Lynn Caldwell and Darryl Leroux, of Critical Inquiries: A Reader in Studies of Canada. Her first novel, The Wondrous Woo, was released in 2013 and nominated for the Toronto Book Award.
Jerry Levy’s short stories have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies throughout Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., including The Nashwaak Review, The Flaneur, Lowestoft Chronicle, Pilot Pocket Book, amongst many others. In 2013, his short story collection – Urban Legend – was published by Thistledown Press. He also has 4 children’s books. He has a B.Comm. degree from Concordia University in Montreal and a T.E.S. L. (Teaching English as a Second Language) certificate from C.C.L.C.S. (Canadian Co-operative for Language and Cultural studies) in Toronto.
Lee Maracle is the the co-editor of several anthologies and author of a number of critically acclaimed works including Sojourner’s and Sundogs, Ravensong, and Bobby Lee. Celia’s Song is her most recent book. Born in North Vancouver and a member of the Sto: Loh nation, Ms. Maracle is the mother of four and grandmother of seven. She is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto and a Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House and instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and the S.A.G.E. [Support for Aboriginal Graduate Education] as well as the Banff Centre. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Blaise Moritz lives in Toronto, Ontario. His poems have appeared widely in Canadian literary journals. He is the author of Crown and Ribs (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2007) and Zeppelin (Nightwood Editions, 2013). His website isblaisemoritz.com.