May’s BWS features readings by Alec Butler, Anne Fleming, Donna Kirk and Doyali Farah Islam!

Wednesday, May 2, 7pm-8:30pm, with writers’ networking at 6:30pm (special guest: Will Huffman from the Toronto Arts Council).

NEW LOCATION THIS MONTH! Full of Beans Coffee House and Roastery: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Full-of-beans-Coffee-House-Roastery/174023849301137

PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books and treats available for sale. Everyone welcome.


DONNA KIRK’S literary non-fiction narrative, Finding Matthew, will be published in fall 2012 by BPS Books of Toronto and New York. Donna’s articles on the advancement, welfare, and mental health issues of persons with developmental disabilities have been published in Ars Medica, Toronto; Fission – Science with a Twist, McMaster University; Canadian Voices Volume Two; and various newspapers in the United States. Donna is working on a blog for people with disabilities, their families and friends, encouraging them to share their experiences and knowledge. Tonight Donna will read the final chapter of Finding Matthew.

ALEC BUTLER is an award-winning playwright and film maker, his published play “Black Friday” was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Alec’s animated video trilogy about growing up 2Spirit called “Misadventures of Pussy Boy” has screened at numerous queer film festivals, “Trans Cabaret” premiered at the Trigger Festival in 2010, “My Friend Brindley” was recently launched at University of Toronto’s “Trans Film Screening Series”. Alec is working on “Rough Paradise” a novella about growing up trans in a rough working class hood and “Radical Paradise” a self published chapbook of poems and theatre monologues.

DOYALI FARAH ISLAM is the first-place winner of Contemporary Verse 2’s 35th Anniversary Contest, and her poems appear in Grain Magazine (38.2), amongst other places. Yusuf and the Lotus Flower (BuschekBooks, Oct. 2011) is her first collection of poetry – a collection which Griffin Poetry Prize winner Sylvia Legris marks as “the debut of an extraordinary poet” and which Governor General’s Award winner George Elliott Clarke marks as a “fine debut”. For upcoming readings, reviews and interviews, as well as ordering information, please visit www.doyalifarahislam.com andwww.buschekbooks.com. Join Islam’s Facebook page for Yusuf and the Lotus Flower at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yusuf-and-the-Lotus-Flower/184516408297608.

ANNE FLEMING grew up in Toronto, lodged for a time in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, where she played for the St. Clements Winter Suns hockey team and hosted the Leaping Lesbian radio show on CKMS FM, and now divides her time
between Vancouver and BC’s Okanagan Valley, where she teaches creative writing at UBC’s Kelowna campus.


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