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Niagara Literary Arts Festival

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The Niagara Literary Arts Festival is a hosted across the Niagara Region over a series of several weeks and consists of several free or nearly free literary events for the public to attend. The goal of this event was to expand Niagara’s awareness of Canadian literary excellence, and has, in turn, brought some of the country’s most impressive authors to the region.

Run by Jordan Fry and Priscilla Brett, their respective careers demonstrate a passion for the literary arts that is deeply rooted in their professional lives. Fry is the managing editor of Grey Borders Magazine and founder of the Grey Borders Reading Series. In addition he manages a popular blog title Virus Readings and sits on the Niagara Falls Arts and Culture Committee. Brett is also a supporter and professional within the literary arts with a history of artistic endeavours that have drawn her appreciation of the craft. She has written a book of poetry titled God, Death and the Universe and is currently working on a second mini chapbook series. She is the founder of Horror Press House of Gryhm and has worked to publish numerous Niagara authors.

To experience the Niagara Literary Arts Festival check out the list below of upcoming events that you can indulge in. We will have a post once a week with the events in the seven days ahead that you can experience:

Friday, June 7th

St. Catharines SLAM
@MahTay Café
241 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
featuring LIP BALM
$5 cover

About the Author: Matt. “Lip Balm” Miller is a two-time Canadian representative at the 2011 and 2012 National Poetry Slam. He’s the Artistic Director and Slam Master of WE FLIP TABLES!, a poetry slam based in Mississauga. By day, he flips eggs. By night, he watches wrestling. His poetry is much like a rollercoaster without waiting in line.

Saturday, June 8th

@ the Welland Community Wellness Complex
145 Lincoln Street, Welland

Featuring local Niagara authors Alacia Michaud, James Cloughley, Dan Dobrucki, Richard Bendell, Erno Rossi, Gordon Anderson, Janet Hepburn, Keith Inman, Don Critelli, Jim Beard, Toni Ferrara, Barbara Weiler, Mary Ladika-Rodger, Anne Osborne and Ruth Troughton
FREE event

Niagara Falls Farmer’s Market
5943 Sylvia Place, Niagara Falls
With Grey Borders and the Niagara Literary Arts Festival
Readings by Grey Borders Books, freshly hatched books available for sale!
FREE event

Fine Grind Café
37 James Street, St. Catharines
Honey Novick
With Terry Trowbridge, Jade Alyssa and more!
FREE event

About the Author: Honey Novick is a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/ poet as well as being the 2010 Bobbi Nahwehgabow Memorial Award winner for her work as a music consultant and participant in the Friendly Spike Theatre Band’s production of the “The Dega and the Delbasid”. Friendly Spike is a community based, artist run theatre of people living with a disability and psychiatric survivors. She is the song facilitator for Sheena’s Place and is private tutor to quadriplegic singer, Raquelle Neto. She had the privilege of composing the melody to the anthem for the UN Day for People Living With a Disability. She will be performing with bill bissett on his sound/opera “Embrace”. She directs the Creative Vocalization Studio. www.honeynovick.com

Sunday June 9th 

“Poets in the Park” Sunday Series

Join us live, or wait for the video to be posted to the Hearthside Hearings YouTube channel. The Poet in the Park Sunday Series is presented by the Niagara Literary Arts Festival and will feature recorded readings in various parks and conservation areas across the beautiful Niagara Region.

Monday June 10th

Fine Grind Café
37 James Street, St. Catharines
Feature to be announced June 1st

Tuesday June 11th

Savoury and Sweet
3770 Bridgewater Street, Niagara Falls

The Niagara Literary Arts Festival presents: Visions of A Rainbow Bridge: Poetry Reading and Art Exhibition. Visions of a Rainbow Bridge is a poetry compilation featuring the words of Carl David Onofrio and the paintings of Wayne Corlis. Come to this event to be immersed in the visual world of Corlis and the poetic imagination of Onofrio.

7:00 pm – greeting and mingling, atmospheric stylings of Shawn Kappukatt and Anthony Stracuzzi
8:00 pm – Jacobus Duerloo poetry and music
8:45 pm – Carl David Onofrio Poetry reading and music
10:00 pm – more music

For more information on the artists:

Fine Grind Café
37 James Street, St. Catharines
feature to be announced June 1st 

Wednesday, June 12th

Fort Erie Public Library – Centennial Branch
136 Gilmore Rd. Fort Erie
Kathleen Betsko-Yale author of “Johnny Bull”
A conversation with the playwright followed by the film.
$2 Cover

Kathleen Betsko-Yale is an author, a playwright and an actor of tremendous talent. She wrote a play “Johnny Bull” about her own experiences as a British bride in North America. This play was made into a film starring Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst and Kathy Bates.

Thursday, June 13th

Every Thursday during June (6/13/20/27)
7:00pm sharp!
@ Fine Grind Café (37 James Street, St. Catharines)
$3 cover
$10 to SLAM

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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