Events and Publications

Genealogies: online reading – July 13th, 7 p.m.

Genealogies: online reading – July 13th, 7 p.m.

Genealogies

Please join Allan Weiss and Jennifer Hosein for a free online reading, Genealogies, on Wednesday, July 13th at 7 p.m. Registration is required. The event is funded by The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Allan Weiss is a Toronto fiction writer and Professor of English and Humanities at York University. He the author of three story cycles: Living Room (2001), Making the Rounds (2016), and most recently Telescope (2019). Other short stories, both realist and fantastic, have appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Wascana Review, On Spec, and the Tesseracts anthology series. His next story, “A Tartan of Many Colours,” will appear soon in the anthology Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People.

Jennifer Hosein is a Tiohtià:ke/Montreal-born writer, visual artist and educator of Trinidadian and South Asian ancestry residing in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her debut collection of poetry, A Map of Rain Days, published by Guernica Editions in 2020, was longlisted for the League of Canadian Poets 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her poems, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and a play have been published in The Fiddlehead, The Quarantine Review, Event, Rubicon, Makara, and more as well as translated into Hungarian for the anthology Crystal Garden/Kristálykert. Her artwork has appeared on book covers, in magazines, and in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto; it is also featured on the cover of A Map of Rain Days. 

 

Lost Launches IV, June 28th, 7 p.m.

Lost Launches IV, June 28th, 7 p.m.

The Lost Launches Poetry Readings – Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7 p.m.

Toronto Poet Laureate Al Moritz, the City of Toronto, The Art Bar and the League of Canadian Poets are teaming up to create a series of book launches to celebrate the Toronto poets and poetry collections that were published throughout the pandemic. This series aims to highlight the work of these poets and their works, which were not celebrated in person as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
Join us on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 7pm at Clinton’s to celebrate the second event in this incredible series.
This will be a free event.
Poet Kate Marshall Flaherty will be our MC for the evening.
Location: Clinton’s (693 Boor W. south-west corner of Clinton and Bloor near Christie) Toronto, Ontario
Lost Launches at the Art Bar, Clinton’s Bar on Tuesday, June 28th

Lost Launches at the Art Bar, Clinton’s Bar on Tuesday, June 28th

 

The Lost Launches Poetry Readings – Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7 p.m.

I am so excited to be a part of this in person poetry launch series!
 
Toronto Poet Laureate Al Moritz, the City of Toronto, The Art bar and the League of Canadian Poets are teaming up to create a series of book launches to celebrate the Toronto poets and poetry collections that were published throughout the pandemic. This series aims to highlight the work of these poets and their works, which were not celebrated in person as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
This will be our largest lineup in the series and you won’t want to miss it!
Join us on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 7pm at Clinton’s to celebrate the second event in this incredible series.
This will be a free event.
Featuring: Sue Chenette, Pat Connors , Robert Colman, Jennifer Hosein, Marvyne Jenoff, Martin Jones, Grace Lau, Laura K McRae, Ruth Panofsky, Mary Rykov, Rasiqra Revulva, Dani Spinosa and Kate Sutherland
Poet Kate Marshall Flaherty will be our MC for the evening.
Location: Clinton’s (693 Boor W. south-west corner of Clinton and Bloor near Christie) Toronto, Ontario
Minstrels and Bards reading – April 26, 2022

Minstrels and Bards reading – April 26, 2022

 

Minstrels & Bards – Tuesday, April 26 at 7:15 p.m.

On April 26th, join poet Stedmond Pardy, musician Steve Paul Simms, Allan Weiss, John Oughton, Emmanuelle, and myself at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto) for the first in person Minstrels & Bards event since 2020. I’m so excited to read in person for the first time since my book, A Map of Rain Days, was published in 2020 during the pandemic. Hope you can join us!

 

Five Poets – March 9th, 2022

Five Poets – March 9th, 2022

Five Poets

I am thrilled to be hosting and reading on March 9 with the fabulous poets Ellen Chang-Richarson, Tyler Pennock, Charlie Petch, and Andrea Thompson! It’s going to be a great night! This is a free online event. Please register via the link provided. Thank you to the league of Canadian Poets for their support.

ARC POETRY MAGAZINE book review by Kate Rogers – January, 2022

ARC POETRY MAGAZINE book review by Kate Rogers – January, 2022

Book review by Kate Rogers

Jennifer Hosein’s A Map of Rain Days is “an unflinching evocation of the physical and emotional violence men can do to women under the pretext of love,” writes reviewer Kate Rogers, as well as “love for her mother and daughter [that] shines through even the bleakest of her poems.”
Read the full review on the Arc website; click on the image for the link.

 

Voice of Trees, High Park

Voice of Trees, High Park

Voice of Trees – High Park, Toronto

Welcome to High Park sound walk. By following the route on the Echoes app, you will hear a selection of original poems read aloud by the poets themselves.
Each poem represents a different location within High Park and encourages visitors to discover spots for quiet contemplation. Inspired by the monumental trees and surrounding landscape, these poems serve as a celebration of the unique features of the area. Voice of Trees High Park is a collaboration between Giovanna Iorio, Michael Rothenberg, Robert Priest and Larry Sawyer.

It is such an honour to have my poem, Exile, included in the High Park Sound Walk, along with these amazing poets:

Bill Bissett- A Tree
Phil Hall- Toward A Blacker Ardour
Mark Goldstein- My Ravine
Larry Sawyer-Memory Suit
Lina Ramona Vitkauskas- Taiga
Geoff Bouvier-Those Old Familiar Ditties
Dale Smith- Grass Seeds
Charlie Petch-Daughter of Geppetto Part 4
Jennifer Hosein- Exile
Lillian Allen- I Saw A Perfect Tree
Robert Priest- A Tree Will Take The Heat For You
John Robert Colombo-Memory of Falling from a Tree
Lawrence Bayne- Tree
Patrick Connors – The Path
Michael Holmes- St. Marys Deacon Blues
Honey Novick- High Park
Marty Smith- The tree and me by onecloud
Clifton Joseph – Not poem

 

The High Park Reading Festival III — Sunday, September 19th, 2021

The High Park Reading Festival III — Sunday, September 19th, 2021

The High Park Reading Festival III – September 19th, 2021, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There will be 29 authors reading on Sunday, September 19th in High Park. I am thrilled to be one of the readers. The event will be hosted by Andrew Brooks and Alvin Wong in Picnic Site #19 which is just across from the Grenadier Cafe.

READING LIST:
11:30
1. Julie Mannell
2. Laura Lush
3. Chris Banks
4. JC Bouchard
12:00
5. Josie Di Sciascio Andrews
6. Jesse Anger
7. Joel Giroux
12:30
8. Kateri Lanthier
9. Jacob McArthur Mooney
10. Sonia di Placido
11. Larry Hopperton
1:00
Gordon Hill Fall Poetry Launch – will be hosted by Jeremy Luke Hill
12. Kevin Andrew Heslop
13. MLA Chernoff
14. Aaron Schneider
1:30
The Long Dash writers group
15. Brenda Clews
16. John Oughton
17. Kath Maclean
18. Clara Blackwood
2:00
19. Lisa C Reynolds
20. Jennifer Hosein
21. Domenico Capilongo
22. Julie Cameron Gray
2:30
23. Alvin Wong
24. Vincent Colistro
25. Joe Fiorito
26. Laura Furster Ahonen
3:00
27. Olga Stein
28. Hollay Ghadery
29. Liz Howard
30. Albert Moritz – not present – Alvin will recite some poems
 

 

DRAFT 16.6 Reading, July 18, 2021

DRAFT 16.6 Reading, July 18, 2021

DRAFT 16.6 reading, July 18, 2021

Please join us for the last reading of Season 16!

This very special event includes spoken word, visual art, improvised music, all together in a literary sphere. Featured writers are:

Andrea Thompson, poet, novelist, editor and educator

Jennifer Hosein , writer, visual artist, and educator

Gloria Blizzard, poet and essayist with saxophonist Michael Arthurs

We will also be joined by four additional very talented writers: Robin Pacific, H. Nigel Thomas, Carol B. Duncan and Eleni Gouliaras.

 

 

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.