Toronto Writers' Centre Presents: Salon Series Vol. 4


Sun Jun 02 2024 at 07:00 pm


Hail Mary | Toronto, ON

It’s salon time! Join the Toronto Writers’ Centre at Hail Mary (582 College Street) once a month for a lively set of readings from works across disciplines, from plays and screenplays to poetry and all manner of prose. You might hear from award-winning publications, and you might hear words so hot they haven’t even hit the press yet!
Doors: 6pm
Show: 7pm
Ends: 9pm (includes an intermission)
Zahida Rahemtulla grew up in Burnaby and later spent years living in Metchosin, Abu Dhabi, and Toronto. Her first play, The Wrong Bashir, premiered in Vancouver to a critically acclaimed sold-out run and is receiving a Toronto premier at Crow's Theatre from May 21 until June 9th. Her second play, The Frontliners, a comedic drama about refugee resettlement, won multiple awards, including a Playwrights Guild of Canada Tom Hendry Award, the Fringe New Play Prize, Theatre BC’s Play of Special Merit Award, and was runner-up for the national Voaden Prize in Playwriting. Zahida currently teaches community-based adult education at Capilano University, and also works at Blind Tiger Comedy school in access. Zahida worked in the newcomer nonprofit sector for several years in the areas of housing, employment, and literacy, and with two of her co-workers started, SNtC, a short story project for newcomers authoring their own stories of migration. She is currently working with theatres (most recently, Nightswimming’s Pure Research) to create professional training programs for community actors of colour aged 55+ to help build capacity in this demographic.
Sukhpreet Sangha (she/her) is a lawyer and artist. After studying English and theatre at the University of Waterloo, she studied law at Osgoode Hall--and questions that decision regularly. She has practiced criminal and poverty law, and presently works primarily in legal education at a national feminist non-profit dedicated to gender equality. Sukhpreet also writes, directs, and acts. Somewhat recently, she directed and co-produced Hamburger at the Toronto Fringe Festival (“Not to be missed!”). Sukhpreet struggles and strives to live a life that both allows her to use her legal education to help those being marginalized and to find opportunities to feed her creative impulses.
Sean Dixon grew up in a family of 12, including his 8 siblings, parents and a grandmother, through several Ontario towns, predisposing him to tell stories about groups of people thrown together in common cause. His debut novel, The Girls Who Saw Everything, was named one of Quill & Quire’s best of the year and was recently plucked from the Coach House backlist, unsolicited, to be made into an audiobook by Audible. His previous books include The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn, The Feathered Cloak, and the plays Orphan Song and the Governor General’s Award nominated A God In Need of Help. A children’s picture book, The Family Tree, was inspired by his experience of creating a family through adoption with his wife, the documentarian Kat Cizek. Last fall, he published a new novel, The Abduction of Seven Forgers (plus one falsely accused) with Freehand Books.
Polly Phokeev is an award-winning Toronto-based writer of plays and prose. Recipient of the 2019 Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund Young Canadian Playwright Award, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her plays include the critically-acclaimed How We Are, The Mess, and Seams. Her prose has been featured in House of Zolo Journal of Speculative Literature and the Toronto Star, and her short story Death of a Sparrow was longlisted for the 2023 CBC Short Story Prize and the 2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She co-runs the Toronto Writers’ Centre, and is currently writing her debut short story collection as well as a new play.

Where is it happening?

Hail Mary, 582 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B3, Canada,Toronto, Ontario

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Toronto Writers' Centre

Host or Publisher Toronto Writers' Centre

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