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Grey Borders Reading Series
Season Finale!

Friday 9 May 2014 8PM at the Niagara Artists Centre
Featuring lindsay cahill, Suzannah Showler, Andy Weaver, Catherine Owen, Kevin Spenst, Sandra Ridley

Get stoked! GBRS is celebrating our season finale with an amazing lineup of poets. We’ve had another great year, and we’re excited to end it in style.

Come on out for an evening of poetry readings by the finest Canada has to offer. We are in rare form, featuring poets from Vancouver, Burlington, Toronto, and Ottawa. We will be featuring:

lindsay cahill is a Toronto-based editor, visual poet, and remixer. her work has been widely published across Canada, and internationally in the U.S. and Australia, most recently in The Rusty Toque, Stroboscope: a magazine of versioned poetics, and’s feature on The Women of Visual Poetry. pieces from her Simpsons remix project will be featured in Jonathan Ball’s forthcoming anthology WHY POETRY SUCKS. she currently co-edits the Toronto and NYC based mag outlandish with Kelly Wydryk.

Suzannah Showler‘s writing has appeared places, including The Walrus, Hazlitt, The Puritan, and Joyland. She was a finalist for the 2013 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada, and winner of the 2012 Matrix LitPOP Award for Poetry. Her first collection of poetry, Failure to Thrive, was released spring 2014 from ECW Press.

Andy Weaver is the author of Were the Bees (NeWest 2005), and Gangson (NeWest 2011). His poems have been published in Prism, the New American Writing, Descant, Contemporary Verse 2, dandelion, filling station, among others. Were the Bees was nominated for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for poetry. He was the co-founder and editor of QWERTY magazine, and served on the editorial board for The Fiddlehead. He is employed as an Associate Professor at York University. In 2005, and 2000, he acted as a juror for the the Alberta Foundation of the Arts. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.

Catherine Owen has been publishing and performing her poetry across Canada and other places in the world since 1993. She has appeared in literary magazines, festivals, cafés, bars, colleges, high schools and retirement homes. Along with ten books of poetry, Catherine also sees her work in anthologies, has degrees, is translated, writes essays and plays bass in her own metal band, Inhuman.

Kevin Spenst‘s poetry has appeared in Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, Rhubarb Magazine, Capilano Review, dANDelion, filling Station, Poetry is Dead, Moonshot Magazine, The Maynard, illiterature, The Enpipe Line, V6A and Ditch Poetry. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and his manuscript, Ignite, has come in as a finalist for the Alfred G. Baily Prize. In 2011, he won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry for a suite of poems from Ignite. Spenst is in the middle of a cross Canada tour to promote small presses.

Sandra Ridley’s first full-length collection of poetry, Fallout, won the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award for publishing, the Alfred G. Bailey prize, and was a finalist for the Ottawa Book Award. Her second book, Post-Apothecary, was short-listed for the 2012 ReLit and Archibald Lampman Awards. Also in 2012, Ridley won the international festival Of Authors’ Battle of the Bards and was featured in The University of Toronto’s Influency Salon. Twice a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative poetry, Ridley is the author of two chapbooks, Rest Cure – and Lift, for which she was co-recipient of the bpNichol Chapbook Award.

Come out and help us celebrate another amazing year of poets and readers! Get down to the NAC and see what’s up!