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Coming Up: January Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery

Poetry Salon JanuaryOn Saturday, January 31st, poet and painter Brenda Clews will be hosting the January Poetry Salon at Toronto’s Urban Gallery. The event will feature wonderful poets Karen Shenfeld, Bänoo Zan, and Saskia van Tetering, and talented musician Michael Oesch.

There will be an open mic, with 6 spots of 5 minutes each.

“It will be a warm, convivial afternoon of poetry and music so do come out to warm your January souls. After, we will go to a nearby restaurant to drink and eat and thereby further chase away the Winter blues.”

Take a look at the Poetry Salon’s Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/295839510578427

Urban Gallery: Saturday, January 31st 3-5 pm (400 Queen St E, Toronto, M5A 1T3)

BRENDA CLEWS is an African-Canadian writer and artist living in Toronto,
Canada. She has had solo art shows at York University (2000), Q Space (2013)
and Urban Gallery (2014), and been in a number of group art shows. Her
artwork
has appeared in ‘Addiction to Perfection’, as two journal covers, and
in a poster for
‘ARM Magazine.’ Her poetry has been published in print journals,
‘Tessera,’ ‘ARM Journal’ and ‘Labour of Love,’ and on-line at ‘SaucyVox,’
‘Qarrtsiluni,’ ‘Mothers Movement Online,’ and ‘The Browsing Corner.’
LyricalMyrical Press published her chapbook, ‘the luminist poems’ in 2013. She
has a full-length collection of poetry, ‘Tidal Fury,’ forthcoming with Guernica
Editions.

Toronto’s KAREN SHENFELD has three books of poetry to her credit,
published by Guernica Editions: The Law of Return, (1999), The Fertile
Crescent (2005) and My Father’s Hands Spoke in Yiddish (2010). Her
poetry has been published in numerous poetry journals in the USA, UK,
South Africa, Bangladesh and Canada. She won the 2001 Canadian Jewish
Book Award for Poetry and was long-listed for the Relit Award in 2005.
Along with being a poet, Karen is a widely published magazine
journalist, editor (both print and screen) and filmmaker. Her indie
documentary, Il Giardino, The Gardens of Little Italy, screened at
several film festivals, including Planet in Focus. Karen is currently
working on her fourth book of poetry, two documentary films, and a
screenplay for a feature, which has been optioned by Canadian director
Bruce McDonald.

Writer, translator, teacher, and poetry organizer, BÄNOO ZAN, landed
in Canada in 2010. She has over 80 publications. As managing editor,
she doubled the number of submissions and made Voices 2012 anthology
financially solvent. She hosts Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), the most
diverse poetry series in Toronto bringing together people from
different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof),
sexual orientations, ages and poetic voices, visions and styles. She
believes her politics is her poetry.

MOesch is a most unique dynamic artist. You never know what will come
from him next. He has a back ground in blues and folk. And is one of a
few musical artist who have toured across Canada on foot. In 2002 and
2005 MOesch walked over 11,000 km traveling through every province and
even venturing into Labrador. “14 month on the road felt like 50
years, I’m ready to settle down.” Even Though MOesch has settled back
in Toronto he has not settled, his musical output has expanded into
trance, electronic and he has started a Celtic band and plays in a
rhythm and blues band, but more than anything MOesch loves to just sit
back and play his lap steel guitar.

SASKIA VAN TETERING is a lifelong lover of words, especially poetry.
In 2008, Saskia fulfilled a lifelong dream by self-publishing her
first book, life unmasked, comprising poems and short stories.
Swimming to the surface, her second collection of poetry was published
in 2009 by In Our Words, Inc., and in January 2012, bojit press in
Toronto, Ontario, published After Philosophy. Saskia is currently
working on her fourth book of poetry and short stories, River of
Ghosts. She describes herself as a Renaissance woman, balancing her
own business, the anticipated completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree
after a 30-year hiatus, with finding time to write, volunteer, and to
travel with her soul mate and husband, Michael. Saskia is a member of
the Canadian Federation of Poets, of The Ontario Poetry Society, and
of the Peel Chapter, CFP. She resides near the Beaches in Toronto,
Ontario, with Michael and their fluffle of bunnies.

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