8pm // FREE (PWYC)
The Black Swan (upstairs)
154 Danforth Ave., Toronto
Kilby Smith-McGregor is an ex-philosophy student who spent her early professional life making theatre. Writing across genres, she has contributed to Conjunctions, The Kenyon Review, Brick, Descant, The Malahat Review, The Puritan and Best Canadian Essays. Kilby won the Writers' Trust of Canada's 2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph. She works as a freelance graphic designer in Toronto.
Cynthia Gould is one of those artsy freaks—a performance poet, writer, VJ, painter, graphic designer, party instigator, and the singer for the increasingly notorious Toronto glitter garage partyrock band High Heels Lo Fi. She's been on two spoken word tours, twice performed at Word on the Street, was published in Reader's Digest, and The Globe & Mail called her "an off-colour feminist rant poet", to which she disagrees, but giggles. Book her for things at cynthiagould.com & highheelslofi.com
Soraya Peerbaye's first collection of poetry, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have appeared in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Women Poets (2004), edited by Priscila Uppal and Rishma Dunlop, as well as the literary journals Other Voices, Prairie Fire and The New Quarterly; she has also contributed to the chapbook anthology Translating Horses. Her latest book Tell: poems for a girlhood was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize 2016. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Peerbaye lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.