THE VAGABOND TRUST Reading Series presents your chance to welcome Spring with our May lineup of poets and playwrights. Join us this Friday May 14, at 9PM at This Ain’t the Rosedale Library in Kensington Market, for a sweet city night of blooming literary talent with whippersnappers SHANNON BRAMER, BRIANA BROWN, ROBIN RICHARDSON, JOSH STEWART and JULIE TEPPERMAN.

Featuring a special artist talk by May’s featured artist ZEESY POWERS!

with your ever rambunctious hosts KATHLEEN BROWN, DARRAH TEITEL and BLAIR TREWARTHA.

ABOUT THIS MONTH’S READERS:

SHANNON BRAMER is a poet and playwright. Her books include: suitcases and other poems, scarf, and most recently, The Refrigerator Memory, with Coach House Books. In February 2010 she published a chapbook entitled “BE MINE” (love poems!) with Bookthug, and donated profits to Doctors Without Borders to support post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. She lives in Toronto.

BRIANA BROWN has created and performed in a number of her own works and collaborations which have been presented at such theatre festivals as Winnipeg’s FemFest, Spring Arts Fair (Tarragon), HotScrawls, Rhubarb!, and Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip program. This summer Briana’s work can be seen at fringe festivals in London (Cassandra), Toronto (Almost, Again.), Orlando and Victoria (Reckless Daughters, collective).

ZEESY POWERS is a young interdisciplinary artist who works with light, her body and other people. Her work has screened around the world, and her most recent projection performance, The Ghost, has been performed in Japan, Berlin, Los Angeles and Montreal. Her current project, One Month Relationship, is a joke that is too real. She exists both on- and off-line.

ROBIN RICHARDSON is a writer and illustrator. Her work has appeared in The Toronto Quarterly, Contemporary Verse 2, The Puritan, Misunderstandings Magazine, Filling Station, The Pilot Project, and is forthcoming in Berkeley Poetry Review. Though she currently lives in Toronto, she will be moving to New York in the Fall to pursue an MFA in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.

JOSH STEWART is a Mississauga-based poet who enjoys sushi, hats, and Tuesdays. His first poetry chapbook, Invention of the Curveball, was released with Cactus Press in 2008.

JULIE TEPPERMAN is an actor, playwright & educator. She is also co-founding artistic director of Convergence Theatre (with Aaron Willis), creators of the hit plays AutoShow (named #4 in NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Toronto Productions of ’06), The Gladstone Variations (4 Dora nominations, including best production, play & direction) &Yichud (Seclusion), which recently played to sold-out houses at Theatre Passe Muraille. Julie is currently working on a re-imagining of the August Strindberg play The Father for the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre as part of Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Master Playwright Festival, January 2011.

The Vagabond Trust gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council.

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Vagabond Reads host and curator BLAIR TREWARTHA is launching his chapbook “Break In” (Cactus Press) on Thursday, February 4th at the Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave) at 7:30pm. We urge you from the bottom of our hobo hearts to brave the winter and come out to give him literary paddywhacks along with hosts Jim Johnstone and Schwan McLeod. This chapbook kicks it up a notch, chekkit:

Misunderstandings Mag Issue 13  is also being launched that same night.
Nyla Matuk and Matt Leslie, who read for the Vagabond Trust October reading at Lola’s are in the readers lineup along with Michael Lista, Liz Howard, Robin Richardson and Andrew McEwan.

Two raucous publications, for (perhaps?) one wicked price. Open MIC (that’s right you animals, get down there with your villanelles and your spoken word!). FREE snacks! Beer!!

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Your friendly neighbourhood VAGABOND READS returns in February . . . deets coming soon via Bison Express.