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Brockton Writers Series 11.07.18

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – 6:30pm

Brockton Writers Series presents readings by

Vanessa McGowan
Chang Liu
Arielle Twist
Kiley May

with special guest speaker

Scott Fraser

Glad Day Bookshop

499 Church Street, Toronto

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

The venue is accessible. Please refrain from wearing scents.

Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.


And to the Canada Council for the Arts for travel funding!



“Understanding Acquisitions: What Authors Should Consider When Pitching Their Book.”


Scott Fraser has worked in publishing since 2010 and is the acquisitions editor at Lorimer. Prior to joining Lorimer, Scott worked as the acquisitions editor at Dundurn Press, as a freelance editor/consultant, and as a sales rep working with a number of publishers in North America and the UK.

Prior to entering the publishing industry, Scott served for eight years in the Canadian army, a career change which many find curious.

He lives in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood with his partner and their menagerie of misfit mammals. They keys to his heart are dogs and baseball. Talking about either topic is a sure fire way to get Scott’s attention.




Vanessa McGowan is a Toronto, Canada based spoken word artist & singer/songwriter living with Cerebral Palsy. McGowan’s EP “Alive” was released by Factory Fast Records, New York City in 2014 and her work can be heard as the only poetry, on musical compilations “Americana Retrofit” and “Smoking Gun.” She opened for Buddy Wakefield during his 2014/15 world tour and was the highest ranking Canadian poet to perform in the Finals at The Capturing Fire Slam 2015 in Washington, DC. As a successful solo touring performance poet, Vanessa has featured at venues across North America . She is currently working on her first show, “I Don’t Remember” set for release in October 2018. Publications include Divine Cockeyed Genius (bojit Press, 2012) and I Make People Leak…Sometimes (Armora Press, 2015). McGowan is a proud co-founder of WordSpell, Canada’s only ongoing spoken word series showcasing women and non binary poets.



Chang Liu is a freelance translator, an emerging poet and emerging (ie. still jobless) forest conservationist who advocates for a gentler, more natural way of life in the city. He is also a member of the Toronto Thai Dance Troupe.

Born to immigrant parents from China and France, he grew up in the ethnically homogenous countryside south of Ottawa. There, he struggled because of his name, his mixed heritage and, later, his gay orientation. These days, he embraces it all and sees identity as essentially flexible. Who he is now is not who he was, or likely will be.

Chang’s writing has appeared in two anthologies (T.O.K. Book 5 and The Dry Wells of India: an Anthology Against Thirst), and the Spring 2018 online issue of Sky Island Journal. His first collection of poetry is not yet published but available as an e-book here at Glad Day: When it was Naam that I drank, not Water



Arielle Twist is a writer and sex educator from George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan, currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a Cree, Two-Spirit, trans femme supernova writing to reclaim and harness ancestral magic and memories.

Within her first year of pursuing writing she has been able to attend Naked Heart the largest LGBTQ literary festival in the world and has attended a residency at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity to focus on her debut collection of poetry. She has work published/forthcoming with Them, Canadian Art, and Prism International.





Kiley May is a two spirit trans actor, artist and storyteller. She is a Hotinonshón:ni Mohawk from Six Nations reserve and is settled in Toronto. For now. Kiley is currently studying and training in acting, singing, dancing, and playwriting at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.

She also enjoys other creative arty things like writing, film, fashion, photography and keeping her selfie game strong. As well as transitioning, which is an art form; her greatest artwork to date.



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BWS 09.05.18 report: “Writing a Successful Grant Application,” with Maya Bedward


Maya Bedward is a filmmaker, arts educator and community-engaged artist from Toronto, ON. She is also the Information Services Coordinator at the Ontario Arts Council, where she helps artists and arts professionals navigate OAC’s many funding programs.

If you are planning on, or in the midst of writing a grant, Maya can help you to make your submission a success. Visit the Ontario Arts Council to see what grants you qualify for and contact Maya for more information.


Stay tuned for features on our upcoming writers! 



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BWS 09.05.18: Karen Lee


Karen Lee is a Jamaican-Canadian, lyric-driven storyteller, devoted to social justice, reclaiming voice against tyrannies that silence.  With sound / dub / spoken word poetry and vocals, she sings journeys into indigenous memory to heal colonial injury; probe wound, challenge systems that deny African womyn-ness.  As a voiceover artist, vocalist and musician, her credits span live, session, theatre, film, TV, radio, commercials and new media, internationally and locally, including Jamaican-Creole, Japanese and English. Her works, Rewind My Selecta! and Naked are published in Black Girl Talk (Sister Vision Press), 1995 and Side Road Swamp / Side Road Swamp Poesia, Opus 8 No 2, FP Ubertelli, 2017.  For more information click here.


Karen Lee’s voice has taken her around Japan, to Ukraine, the US and this year, the Motherland! You may just hear notes and bars as she blends sound, melody, and poetry with traces of her native Jamaican-Creole.

To hear a sample of what might be coming our way when Karen’s visits us on May 9th, click here to see her perform Jailer, by Asa, followed by original dub poetry, Housekeeping, with Métis musician, Conlin Delbaere Sawchuk on electric guitar at AGO Friday Nights, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989, curated by Lillian Allen.


Karen Lee visits Brockton Writers Series on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in our new home, Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto, at 6:30pm (PWYC) alongside Tyler Pennock, Kaleigh Trace, Ralph Kolewe, and guest speaker Maya Bedward who will tell us about, “Writing a Successful Grant Application.”

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