Brockton Writers Series 11.09.13

Instead of being sad that summer is winding down — a summer in which BWS held two reading events, check out the photo galleries below! — why not join us Wednesday, September 11 at full of beans Coffee House & Roastery (1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto) for readings by:

Valentino Assenza, Katie Boland, Catherine Hernandez and Sheila Toller!

And, come early — 6:30pm —  to meet special guest Patricia Westerhof, author of the novel The Dove in Bathurst Station, the short story collection Catch Me When I Fall and the textbook The Writer’s Craft, who will be giving a talk entitled “Best in Class: Making the Most of Your Visits to Schools.”

PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books and treats available for sale. Please note that while the venue is wheelchair accessible, washroom facilities are not.

Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.


As always, watch this space for more with each of our writers in the month to come!

Valentino Assenza has been writing and performing his poetry in Toronto for nearly two decades. He has four chapbooks of poetry, his latest entitled “Make Our Peace With Rattlesnakes” from LyricalMyrical Press, and his individual pieces have appeared in journals and literary magazines such as Descant, Mic Check: An Anthology Of Canadian Spoken Word Artists (Quattro Books), and Labour Of Love. Valentino was a member of the Toronto Poetry Slam team in 2009 and 2010, performing in both the Canadian Festival Of Spoken Word and the National Poetry Slam in the U.S, and for six years he ran his own poetry reading series, Cryptic Chatter, at the Renaissance Cafe on the Danforth. He sits on the committees for both the Toronto Poetry Project and the ArtBar Poetry reading series.   

Katie Boland is an actress and writer who divides her time between Los Angeles and Toronto. She was chosen as one of the Toronto International Film Festival’s “Rising Stars” and as one of three Canadians to watch by Elle Canada. She has appeared in over 40 films and her writing has appeared in the Toronto Star and TChad Quarterly.

Catherine Hernandez is a Dora-nominated, twice-published playwright and the Artistic Director of Sulong Theatre Company. She is a proud queer femme of colour, single mom, and burlesque performer.

Originally from Ottawa, Sheila Toller writes and edits in Toronto. Her (very) short fiction has been published by House of Anansi and Diaspora Dialogues. She has studied creative writing at the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is working on a collection of stories, featuring albino squirrels, hairless cats, and William Lyon Mackenzie.



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2 responses to “Brockton Writers Series 11.09.13

  1. Honey Novick

    Thank you for bringing poetry to the neighbourhood.
    How can I apply to be considered one of the future featured readers? My name is Honey Novick. I am a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/poet (a full member of the League of Canadian Poets). I sing with, among others, bill bissett, SAMA Music. I bring song/poems to school children and adults and look for poetry in all that comes before me. I grew up at Palmerston and Dundas and certainly know the rhythm of Dundas West in all its colours and textures from the immigrants of Eastern Europe to the immigrants of the Mediterranean.
    Thank you for any consideration you give this request.

    I look forward to your comments.
    Honey Novick

    Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:23:19 +0000

    • Hi Honey,
      Thanks for your request. We’ve currently got a waiting list that stretches into next year, so at this point, I’ve stopped adding to it! As we do planning for the following year (2015), we’ll reopen the list.
      Farzana (

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