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14th Annual Poetry Celebration
Barry Dempster is hosting the 14th Annual Poetry Celebration. Readings, Refreshments & Book Signing. The Poets of Honour include:



Barry Dempster, twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award, is the author of sixteen collections of poetry. He has been a finalist twice for the Ontario Premiers Award for Excellence in the Arts. He was also nominated for the 2014 Trillium Award for his second novel, The Outside World. His most recent book is the poetry collection Late Style, published by Pedlar Press. A new volume of short stories, Tread & Other Stories, will be published this summer by Tightrope Books.


Mollie Coles Tonn has completed a grant for the development of her first poetry manuscript under the mentorship of Barry Dempster. She won 3rd Place in the 2016 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest by Prairie Fire, she was a finalist in the 2017 Malahat Open Season Poetry Contest, and two of her poems were shortlisted in the 2014 and 2016 Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Poetry contests. Mollies has three poems forthcoming in the Spring issue of CV2.


Poet, novelist, essayist, translator, Antonio D’Alfonso has published more than 40 titles and has made three feature films. He is the founder of Guernica Editions which he managed for thirty-three years before passing it on to new owners in 2010. For his writings, he won the Trillium Award, the Bressani Award, and the New York Independent Film Award for his film, Bruco. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. In 2016, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Athabasca University.


Winner of IFOA’s Poetry NOW, Catherine Graham is the author of the novel Quarry, and The Celery Forest, a CBC Books Top 10 Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry.


Helen Guri is the author of Match, published by Coach House Books in 2011 and shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, as well as two chapbooks: Here Come the Waterworks and Microphone Lessons for Poets. Her poems and essays exploring identity, sexuality, accountability, and connection have been published widely in Canada, as well as in the U.S., Australia, and Japan (in translation).


Mike Madill is a psychology graduate from York University and has worked as a social worker, computer analyst and home contractor. His poetry has been published in The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, Existere, The Fiddlehead, Freefall, The Nashwaak Review, The New Quarterly and Vallum. He lives in the small town of Beeton and yes, they DO roll up the sidewalks at night.


Robert Priest is the author of fourteen books of poetry, 3 plays, 4 novels, lots of musical CDs, and one hit song. His words have been debated in the legislature, posted in the Toronto transit system, quoted in the Farmer’s Almanac, and sung on Sesame Street. His book Reading the Bible Backwards peaked at number two on the Canadian poetry charts. Rosa Rose, a book of children’s verse, in praise of inspirational figures, was a book of honour in the Lion And the Unicorn Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature. A new book of children’s poems The Wolf is Back came out this year with Wolsak & Wynn, coinciding with his latest recording BAAM! which is available on CDbaby and for a limited time on Youtube.

Note: Rooms A&B, 2nd Floor, Central Library
Admission: Free / RSVP Online.
Currently, there are no dates scheduled for this program. Please check back for future program dates.