Guernica poet Kate Marshall Flaherty will be giving a poetry reading at the Shab-e She’r Nowruz Celebration on March 24th at Beit Zatoun. Kate Marshall Flaherty has published in journals such as Descant, CV2, Freefall, and the Windsor Review. She was short-listed for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, the Malahat Review Long Poem, the Robert Frost Poetry Prize, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and Descant’s Best Canadian Poem. She now lives in Toronto, where she guides Golden Rule Leadership Retreats, Writing as a Spiritual Practice Workshops, and yoga classes. Her book, Reaching V, is a collection of poems that explore moments of epiphany, when new patterns must emerge. The poems in Reaching V seek the spark in the ordinary, meaning in loss, and circle back to nature.
Kate will be joined by poet Patrick Walters, as well as musicians Naghmeh Farahmand and Maryem Tollar. Patrick currently resides in Toronto, and has won numerous spoken word and slam poetry awards, including the UNITY Charity Slam in 2013, and coming in second place with his team at the Canadian Spoken Word Festival in October. Shab-e She’r has been organized for more than two years, and is an opportunity for bridging the gap between diverse poetry communities, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, disabilities, religions (or lack thereof), and poetic styles, voices and visions. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 24th at Beit Zatoun on 612 Markham Street in Toronto, ON. Doors open at 6:15 PM, and the sign-up for open mic begins at 6:30. The event will be hosted by Bänoo Zan.
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