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Canadian Independent Bookstore Day, April 24, 2021

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day, April 24, 2021

Saturday, April 24 is Indie Bookstore Day! Independent bookstores across Canada  will host activities and the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association is running an awesome contest. Buy books for your chance to win exciting prizes, such as a Paint Night with Jennifer Hosein.

The Art Bar, November 24, 2020

The Art Bar, November 24, 2020

The Art Bar Poetry Series, November 24, 2020

I got to read at The Art Bar again (virtually)! On November 24, 2020, I was a featured poet along with Michael Penny. I read from my book, A Map of Rain Days. Watch the video here.

Guernica Editions’ virtual fall launch

Guernica Editions’ virtual fall launch

Guernica Fall Launch

Every day during #GuernicaVirtualLaunch we’ll be introducing a new author and book from our Fall 2020 list. Content can be viewed across all our social media — Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
A Map of Rain Days by Jennifer Hosein will be introduced on Friday, September 11th at 12 noon.
✨ We’re offering FREE SHIPPING on all our Fall 2020 books! Email michaelmirolla@guernicaeditions.com to purchase ✨
Each purchase made between September 1st – 9th will be considered in the draw for Guernica’s Virtual Launch Prize + Guernica tote bag.
Winners will be announced during our (free) Launch Closing Party
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH at 3:30 PM | Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88652986577

Song & Poetry Salon, the Tranzac Club, November 10, 2019

Song & Poetry Salon, the Tranzac Club, November 10, 2019

A Song & Poetry Salon, November 10, 2019 at the Tranzac Club

I had the pleasure of reading poetry at Glen Hornblast’s Song & Poetry Salon with some   wonderful poets and singer-songwriters. Poet Ivy Reiss and I had a blast performing my poem, I Love You, in English and Hungarian; the poem was translated into Hungarian for the anthology Crystal Garden/Kristalykert by Gerevich Andras.

Wild Writers Poetry Salon

Wild Writers Poetry Salon

I’ll be a poetry feature along with Rajinderpal S. Pal at Wild Writers Poetry Salon at the Poetry Jazz Cafe in Kensington Market on Tuesday, September 3. The Salon runs from 7 to 9 pm at 224 Augusta Ave in Toronto. There are 12 open mic spots and the vibe is very cozy and welcoming.
Poetry & Music Salon/A Fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders

Poetry & Music Salon/A Fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders

This is going to be an awesome event: A Poetry and Music Salon that is a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders. It takes place on Saturday, May 27th from 1:45 to 4:00 p.m. at the Palmerston Library Theatre, 560 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, and features 6 poets and 6 musicians. Brenda Clews is the host, and I will be one of the featured performers, along with Isabel Fryszberg, Heather Babcock, Karen Shenfeld, Jim McCuaig, Michael Marian, Tricia Postle, Tom Hamilton, Stanley Fefferman, Neil Traynor, James Dewar, and Anna Gutmanis. I am so excited!

 

Urban Folk Art Salon, Mount Pleasant Library

Urban Folk Art Salon, Mount Pleasant Library

Urban Folk Art Salon, Mount Pleasant Library

You don’t want to miss this! Anna Gutmanis, Brenda Clews, Jovan Vuksanovich, Mark Ripp, Nadia High, and myself will perform music and poetry at the Urban Folk Art Salon on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Mount Pleasant Library in Toronto.

Words and Music at Free Times Cafe, Toronto

Words and Music at Free Times Cafe, Toronto

I am very excited to be sharing the stage on Saturday, July 9th at 8 p.m. at the Free Times Cafe along with some truly amazing artists: dub poet Clifton Joseph and singer-songwriters Carmen Toth and Tim Maxwell.

Before the show:

Because my words are all wound up with my paintings, I was thinking that I should somehow bring my artwork into my performance so that the audience can see the whole picture. I considered taking the actual paintings up on stage with me, but I I thought that would be awkward and complicated and distracting. Then I thought: photo prints! Then Duane suggested Power Point and I responded Great Idea, projection! So I don’t know. I have two days to figure it out. In the meantime I’ll tell you a little about the process of how some of the poems/stories came about.

The poem History began with some words in my head that followed with a drawing then a lot more words then a poem then a painting. I had just been in a car accident. It was all about the body. I spent a lot of time in bed, and to keep sane (and happy) (and alive), I had to do some art. I wrote in bed. I painted in short stints here and there. (I also went back to work, and saw chiropractors and acupuncturists and my favortie massage therapist, Moni.) Even though it wasn’t, it was still all about the body because either I could do something or I couldn’t based on how my body felt.

After the painting History was completed, I began working on the oils, watercolors and inks that are in the WRITTEN ON THE BODY series.

 

Brandon Pitts’ Canadian Launch for TENDER IN THE AGE OF FURY, cover art by Jennifer Hosein

Brandon Pitts’ Canadian Launch for TENDER IN THE AGE OF FURY, cover art by Jennifer Hosein

Brandon Pitts’ Canadian Launch for TENDER IN THE AGE OF FURY, cover art by Jennifer Hosein

Seattle-based poet Brandon Pitts was in Toronto for the Canadian launch of his second collection of poetry, Tender in the Age of Fury, published by Mosaic Press. He performed to a standing-room only crowd at the Central Bar.

TENDER IN THE AGE OF FURY is a powerful collection of poems. In the words of Cathy McKim, blogger at Life with More Cowbell, “Pitts’ work is visceral, political, irreverent, historical, biblical, romantic, vulgar and lyrical.The book is available at http://www.brandonpitts.com/

I met Brandon at the late Nik Beat’s apartment in Toronto’s Beaches in the spring of 2011. We talked about writing, and I was inspired. And we became fast and close friends.

The long and the short of it is that Brandon chose my 2013 painting, Angel Over the City, for the book cover; it is a match made in heaven!

You can read Brandon’s post about me and check out his website at http://www.brandonpitts.com/happy-birthday-to-artist-jennifer-hosein/