Upcoming Events

Hey, everybody! Join us for Word Up’s next event. We’ll be hosting the next event In-Person at the Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, and Online as well.


We’re Live and In-Person!

Barrie Public Library – Downtown Branch | 60 Worsley St, Barrie, ON L4M 1L6
No need to register. Masks are no longer required. Review their Stay Safe Policy.

Thursday, July 14th @ 7 pm

Writers Panel on Conflict and Loss ~ If you’re a writer creating characters in the process of grief or conflict, understanding how these authors used it in their work is beneficial. We discuss this, zombies and the apocalypse with poet Asa Boxer and short story writer Brent van Staddluinen.

Brent van Staalduinen is the author of the novels BOY, NOTHING BUT LIFE, and SAINTS, UNEXPECTED. His short stories have won a number of awards, including the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Fiddlehead Best Fiction Award, and the Lush Triumphant Fiction Award, and have appeared in numerous journals and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. A former international school teacher, army medic, and tree-planter, Brent now finds himself working at his local library and wandering around Hamilton looking for stories.
CUT ROAD is his first collection of stories.

Asa Boxer’s debut book, The MECHANICAL BIRD (2007), won the Canadian Authors Association Prize for Poetry, and his cycle of poems entitled “The Workshop” won first prize in the 2004 CBC Literary Awards. His poems and essays have since been anthologized in various collections and have appeared in various magazines internationally.


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