BWS 09.09.15: It’s Tonight!



L-R: Lana Pesch, Sabrina Ramnanan, Sarah Henstra & Irfan Ali.

Come celebrate Brockton Writers Series’ sixth anniversary, with special guests:

Irfan Ali
Sarah Henstra
Lana Pesch
Sabrina Ramnanan


full of beans Coffee House & Roastery

(it’s their birthday, too–five years!)

1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto

Guest speaker at 6:30pm

Nancy Jo Cullen, author of Canary

“What to Consider if You’re Considering an M.F.A.”

Readings begin at 7:00

The reading is PWYC (suggested $3-$5) and features a Q&A with the writers afterward. Books and treats are 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.




Nancy Jo Cullen’s stories have appeared in The Puritan, Prairie Fire,Grain, Plenitude, filling Station, The New Quarterly, This Magazine andThe Journey Prize 24 and 26. She has published three collections of poetry with Frontenac House Press. Her most recent book, the short story collection Canary, is the winner of 2012 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Nancy Jo is the 2010 winner of the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writer.


Irfan Ali is a writer from Toronto’s west end. His poetry collection, “Who I Think About When I Think About You”, was shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award. He’s currently finishing up a manuscript, this is it., a story of love and loss told in poem. Outside of his craft, Irfan keeps himself busy as a teacher, program manager, and DJ.

Sarah Henstra is a professor of English at Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in gothic literature, fairy tales and fantasy, and women in fiction. Some of her best story ideas come from classroom discussions. She lives in Toronto with her two sons (one teen, one tween), and a poodle named Nora. Mad Miss Mimic is her first novel.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Lana Pesch is a Toronto-based writer and producer. Her short fiction has appeared in Taddle Creek and Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II. Lana was long-listed for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize, and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012. Moving Parts is her first book.

Sabrina Ramnanan was born in Toronto to Trinidadian parents. She completed her B.A. in English and B.Ed. at the University of Toronto before entering the school’s Creative Writing Program. Sabrina is the recipient of the 2012 Marina Nemat Award for the most promising student. Nothing Like Love is her first novel. 


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