Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Agnes Walsh reading in Toronto on March 10

Agnes Walsh, Ryan Kamstra and Lara Bozabalian at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Agnes Walsh, Ryan Kamstra and Lara Bozabalian are reading at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto, on Tuesday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Map to Clinton's

Agnes Walsh was born and raised in Placentia, Newfoundland and now lives in St. John's. She released her first collection of poems, In the Old Country of My Heart, in 1996. In 2003 an audio edition of In the Old Country of My Heart was released with poems read by the author and music by George Morgan and Simone Savard-Walsh. In 2006 she was named the first poet laureate of Newfoundland and Labrador. In her latest collection, Going Around With Bachelors (Brick Books), Walsh explores the past in the present; Ireland and Portugal in Newfoundland; and the Cape Shore.

Ryan Kamstra is a writer of poems, fiction and songs. His first book, Late Capitalist Sublime (Insomniac Press) was published in 2002. As a musician he is known as Scratch Kamstra and his band Tomboyfriend has an album "don't go to school" due out this year. He will be celebrating his latest poetry book, Into the Drowned World (Insomniac Press).

Lara Bozabalian has been writing and performing her poetry for the past eight years. She is the author of four chapbooks. She was a runner-up in the 2007 Luminato/City of Toronto Poetry Slam and a semi-finalist for the 2008 Toronto Poetry Slam Team. She founded a Spoken Word Festival for high school students across York Region and leads teacher workshops in order to bring and Spoken Word to classrooms. She recently represented Canada at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina.