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Ellen Jaffe Will Be Giving Readings in Toronto and B.C.

Guernica author Ellen Jaffe will be giving several readings of her poetry in different locations across Canada. Here are the dates and venues:

Saturday April 4th at Vino Rossi, 995 Bay St. Toronto ON. This reading will be part of the monthly Words and Music series hosted by Linda Stitt. The event will last from 1:30 to 4:30, and Ellen will be reading around 2 pm.

Tuesday April 21st at the Nelson Public Library, 602 Stanley St. Nelson BC. This reading will be sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, and hosted by Anne Degrace. Ellen’s reading will start at 7:30 pm.

Sunday April 26th in the Back Room of the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia Street New Westminster BC. Ellen’s reading in New Westminster will be part of the Poetic Justice series, a weekly gathering of poets to promote creativity and connection in the poetic literary community. The reading will last from 3 to 5 pm and will be hosted by Franci Louann. Ellen will be reading with Kevin Spenst, author of Jabbering with Bing Bong and the chapbooks Pray Goodbye, Retractable, Happy Hollow and the Surrey Suite, What the Frag Meant, and Surrey Sonnets.

For more information about Ellen’s reading with the Poetic Justice series, visit their website at:

Ellen S. Jaffe grew up in New York, came to Canada in 1979, and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Her second poetry collection, Skinny-Dipping with the Muse, was published by Guernica Editions in 2014. Her previous books include her book of poetry Water Children, the young adult novel Feast of Lights, and Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal. Her poetry, short fiction, and articles have appeared in journals and anthologies. Ellen currently teaches writing with “Learning/Living Through the Arts” and has received Artist-in-Education and writing grants from the Ontario Arts Council. She is Hamilton contributing editor of Great Lakes Review.

Ellen’s book Skinny-Dipping with the Muse is a collection of poems that have been described by Heidi Greco as “flowers planted to remember those who have gone before…steeped in the importance of family. This book tracks a life – its losses, discoveries and joys”. It is grouped into four sections and relate to the writer’s experience of diving “into the destructive element”, naked, vulnerable, stripping off clothes, masks, and preconceptions in a process of connecting with the ‘creative spirit’ in a way that is playful, loving, emotionally rich and wet, care-full, and spontaneous.

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