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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLI

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

| $5

Open Stage of Poetry and Music

Doors open: 6:15 pm ; Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 pm; Start: 7 pm

Shab-e She’r promotes poetic dialogue by bringing together the most distinct and diverse voices in literary arts. Each month, Shab-e She’r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities, nationalities, religions.

Featured poets:  Soraya Peerbaye & Michael Fraser

Host: Bänoo Zan

Soraya Peerbaye works in the dance field in a collaborative capacity as a producer, curator and dramaturge. With Brandy Leary, Artistic Director of Anandam DanceTheatre, she co-curates Contemporaneity, a new dance series dedicated to contemporary expressions of Asian, African, Latin American, Arab, and Indigenous dance. Peerbaye’s first collection of poetry, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award; her most recent, Tell: poems for a girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015), is shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Michael Fraser has been published in numerous national and international anthologies and journals including: Paris Atlantic, Arc, CV2, and The Caribbean Writer. He won ARC’s reader’s choice award for 2012, and was included in the Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013. He won Freefall’s 2014 and 2015 Poetry Contests. His latest book is To Greet Yourself Arriving (Tightrope Books). He is the creator and former director of the Plasticine Poetry Series.
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Bänoo Zan has recently had a book of poetry, Songs of Exile, published by Guernica Editions.  The poems in Songs of Exile are not simply about geographical or political exile. They reveal a metaphorical exile from the poet’s lost self, the one she left behind in Iran, her place of origin, the one she has struggled to preserve all her life. They reveal concern about the Middle East and the negative associations with Iran; preoccupation with the possibility of reconciliation between the three Abrahamic religions; worries about family back home; and broodings on newly found friends and lovers. In these poems, the political is personal.

Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:30
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic)