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June 27th: “A Divine Afternoon”, an Afternoon of Poetry & Music

On Saturday, June 27th, “A Divine Afternoon” , a Toronto poetry and music event, will be taking place at the Urban Gallery (400 Queen Street East) at 3 PM.

This month’s series will feature the poetry of David Bateman, Cathy Petch, and Vanessa McGowan, as well as the music of Amoeba Starfish.


David Bateman is a performance poet whose work has been published by Frontenac House Press (Calgary). His first collection of short stories and creative non fiction, entitled A Mad Bent Diva, will be published by Hidden Brook Press in the fall of 2015. He is the editor of Compulsive Acts, published by Guernica Editions in Fall 2014.

Cathy Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist and a musical saw player with The Silver Hearts. Petch’s poetry collection Late Night Knife Fights was published with Lyrical Myrical Press. Petch is the coach for the Toronto Poetry Slam Team, is the founder of “Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam” and is a member of “The Dildettes”. Find her at

Vanessa McGowan is a Toronto based Spoken Word Artist and Singer/Songwriter. She is one of the founders of “WordSpell”, Canada’s only on-going female spoken word series. Her first collection of poetry Divine Cockeyed Genius was published in 2012. Her latest album “Alive”, a three poem EP was released in 2014.

Trasharella is an actor/writer/visual artist. She has had work published in Resistance Poetry 2, Labour of Love, Xtra! & The Body Politic. She has featured at Plasticine Poetry, A Space, The Beautiful and the Damned, Cabaret Noir, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto Pride and Lab Cab Festival. She won the Best Actor award at the London One Act Festival for “The Judy Monologues”.

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