Since the demise of the Society of the Spoken Word, a number of local writers and poets – including some BWC members – have gotten together and are organizing a new reading series called Word UP! The first event will be held on Thursday June 19, 2014 from 7-9 pm @ Unity Market Cafe & Studio, located at 25 Toronto Street, Barrie.
Here’s a list of the poets and authors taking part. If you’d like to share your work you can take part in the readings, bring copies of your work to sell, or both.
Here’s a list of the people reading so far:
Deepam Wadds is a therapist and short story writer from Orillia.
Linda Laforge is a Barrie artist and novelist and founder of Word Up.
Jeremy Johnston is author of two chapbooks, a recent graduate of Laurentian in Barrie, and will be attending the University of Windsor’s MA program in September.
Aaron Reynolds is a Barrie author of short fiction and a contributing editor to PIE magazine. He’s also one of the organizers of Word Up.
Elizabeth Morley is a retired Anglican Church minister and is currently producing her first poetry chapbook.
Shane Dennis is a leader in non-profit social projects in Barrie, a musician, and a performance poet. He is also the owner of Unity Cafe.
James Tanner teaches at Georgian College and is a short story writer and a hockey blogger who has published in Sports Illustrated.
James Gray is a recent graduate of the Laurentian Barrie program and is a science fiction/fantasy writer who has studied his craft in England with major fantasy authors.
Glenn Weatherall is a familiar face on both the Barrie literary scene and at the Barrie farmer’s market. He is a farmer and inventor.
Damian Lopes is author of numerous books of poetry from Coach House Press and is currently completing a novel.
Bruce Meyer, the MC for the evening, is the Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie and author of 40 published books.
For more info, visit the Word UP! Facebook Page. Word UP!