Upcoming Events

Hey, everybody! Join us for Word Up’s next event @ Unity Market Cafe & Studios. We’ll start at the usual 7 pm and feature one or two guest authors, followed by the ever-popular and always inspiring open mic.


July 11, 2019

Valentina Gal is the blind daughter of Ukrainian immigrants who settled in Hamilton Ontario after WWII.  While at McMaster University, she discovered that her city was diverse and peopled by colourful characters.  Her writing and storytelling explore both her mother’s tragic history and her family’s adventures in becoming first generation Canadians.


Photo by Columpa Bobb

Lee Maracle is a storyteller, poet, thinker, and, over the last four decades, has become one of the most prolific and respected Indigenous writers in Canada. Maracle’s writings shed light on the injustices faced by Indigenous people, especially women, using her remarkable ability to tell “the old stories” of her Sto:lo people in a contemporary context. She is the author of seven books of fiction, three works of nonfiction, two collections of poetry, numerous essays, and a contributor to many anthologies. Her latest book, My Conversations with Canadians, is a collection of forthright essays in which she answers some of the “big” questions she’s been asked over the years at public events, tackling issues of identity, racism, and sexism. In Maracle’s trademark honest, thoughtful, and conversational tone, she explores ways we can work together to reimagine a different future for our nation. Lee Maracle will be delivering this year’s Bruce Hutchinson Memorial Lecture.


No event in August


September 12, 2019

 Luciano Iacobelli is a Toronto born poet, playwright and visual artist. He is the author of several full length books of poetry including: The Angel Notebook (2007), Book of Disorders (2011), Painting Circles (2011) The Emu Dialogues, with Jens Kohler and Robert Marra (2015), and The Examined Life (2016), as well as artists’ chapbook Noctograms (2018). He has been active in the literary community as a creative writing instructor, event organizer, publisher and editor. Dolor Midnight is his sixth book.

Laurie Kruk. Bio coming soon.


Look for info on the following featured authors!

October 10, 2019 ~ Brandon Pitts & Rayanne Haines

November 14, 2019 ~ Nina Munteanu & Keith Garebian

December 12, 2019 ~ K.R. Wilson


Please check back for updates on Future Word Up Events!

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