Oct. 4th – Please note venue change to Cafe Orange Izakaya

2136A Robinson St. Regina, SK S4T-2P7


John Toone’s first collection of poetry, From Out of Nowhere, was published by Turnstone Press in spring 2009. He published two kids’ books in fall 2009, Catch that Catfish! and Hope and the Walleye. His poems also appear in the story Sixgun Quixote from the new graphic novel The Imagination Manifesto (Alchemical Press). John is past president of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. Three of his books are shortlisted for five Manitoba Book Awards.


Jonathan Ball is the author of the poetry books Ex Machina (BookThug, 2009) and the forthcoming Clockfire (Coach House, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary. His film Spoony B appeared on The Comedy Network, and his writing has appeared in The Believer and Harper’s. He is the former editor of dandelion and the former short films programmer for the Gimli Film Festival. Visit him online at http://www.jonathanball.com.  Clockfire is newly published.




Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg-based writer and editor. She has two chapbooks to her credit, The navel gaze (Palimpsest Press) and Guidelines: Malaysia & Indonesia, 1999 (Rubicon Press), and this spring, Palimpsest published her first full-length poetry collection, Hump. She recently won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer at the Manitoba Book Awards. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.


gillian harding-russell three poetry collections published: Candles in my head (Ekstasis 2001) Vertigo (River Books, 2004), and I forgot to tell you (Thistledown, 2007), and  the chapbook Apples and Mice (Alfred Gustav Press, 2008). Her  poems have appeared  in several anthologies and chapbook anthologies and many literary journals across Canada. She has won several awards for her poetry, and most recently had her poem “Autumn Meditation on her name and becoming” short-listed for the Winston Collins’ Award for 2010.

Harding Russell has a chapbook coming out next spring with Leaf Press, entitled “Poems for the Summer Solstice.” She will be reading from recently published work in journals, a poem that was short-listed for the Winston Collins’ Award in 2010.

Harding Russell will read one of Elizabeth Brewster’s poems, who unfortunately suffered a stroke last year after the launch of her last poetry collection, Time and Seasons.

Harding Russell will bring copies of previous poetry collections, Vertigo,  and I forgot to tell you.