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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLII

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

| $5

Open Stage of Poetry and Music

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

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:  Kay Kassirer  & John-Peter Portelli
Host: Bänoo Zan

Kay Kassirer is a Toronto based spoken word poet and activist. They use their poetry to tell stories, educate people, and heal. Kay can be found leading workshops, frequenting poetry slams, or stuck in a tree. Kay was a member of the 2015 Toronto Poetry Slam Team and made it to final stage at the 2016 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Kay came in 2nd at Capturing Fire 2016, the International Queer Poetry Slam, and continues to travel the world with their words. Kay has a chapbook published by We Flip Tables Press entitled Confessions of a Queer.

John-Peter Portelli a poet from Malta who has lived in Canada for 38 years and has published two bilingual collections of poetry. His third collection is due later this year, entitled Migrating Desires/Xewqat tal-Passa. His poetry is inspired by social justice politics, immigrant lived experiences, existential human predicament and ecology, and processes of marginalization. He is a professor in the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE, University of Toronto.

Please spread the word through social media and any other way you know. Let our event become as diverse as we are.  Facebook event  @BanooZan  @ShabeSherTO

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)