Upcoming Events

Hey, everybody! Join us for Word Up’s next event. We’ll be hosting online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ll continue to start at the usual 7 pm and feature one or two guest authors, followed by the ever-popular and always inspiring open mic.


May 14, 2020

The ZOOM link for tonight’s event:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88960481488?pwd=TzRVb1J0alBpRVRPRHY4QXhqWHNEQT09&fbclid=IwAR3C1k8wdau3W9vVeM10NmeoImp6hy1gsUwUmBYWJfFg2f7buuOCgjupgbw

Elana Wolff Canadian writer poet author

Elana Wolff

Elana Wolff is the author of six solo collections of poetry and a collection of essays on poems.

She has also co-authored, with the late Malca Litovitz, a collection of rengas; co-authored a chapbook of poems

with Susie Petersiel Berg; co-edited with Julie Roorda a collection of poems written to poets and the stories that inspired them; and co-translated with Menachem Wolff poems from the Hebrew by Georg Mordechai Langer.

Elana’s poems and creative nonfiction pieces have been published in Canada and internationally and have garnered awards.

She has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University in Toronto and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and instructing social art courses.

Swoon is her sixth collection of poems.

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Kate Marshall Flaherty, canadian writer and yoga teacher

Kate Marshall Flaherty

Kate Marshall Flaherty’s sixth book of poetry, “Radiant,” launched in 2019 with Inanna Press. She was shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year 2019, and for Exile’s Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize 2018, and won the 2018 King Foundation Georgian Bay Project Award for her poetry. She has been published in numerous Canadian and International Journals and Anthologies, such as Vallum, Malahat Review, CV2, Grain, Saranac Review, and was shortlisted for Descant’s Best Canadian Poem, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Prize, the Robert Frost Poetry Award and others. She was Toronto Rep. for the League of Canadian Poets 2012 – 2018, and inaugurated Toronto’s Poetry in Union in2018, and initiated “Poetry and Healing” for Sick Kids in 2019. She guides StillPoint Writing Workshops in schools, youth shelters, universities and hospitals; poetry is her lifeline.

Click here to find her books!


June 11, 2020

Canadian peot author Robert Colman

Robert Colman

Robert Colman is a Newmarket, Ontario based writer and editor. He has been involved in trade publications for the manufacturing industry for more than ten years. Colman is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Democratically Applied Machine (Palimpsest Press 2020), Little Empires (Quattro Books 2012) and The Delicate Line (Exile Editions 2008), and the chapbook Factory (Frog Hollow Press 2015). He received his MFA from UBC in 2016 and served on the editorial board of PRISM International from 2015 to 2019.

Democratically Applied Machine - book cover - book of poems

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