BI ARTS FESTIVAL

celebrating bisexual lives & culture
september 22-24, 2017 - toronto, canada


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd, 1pm-3pm
Incite: A Celebration of Contemporary Bisexual Writing
Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street

Please join us in creating a scent-free environment for this and all Bi Arts Festival events. Check out Peggy Munson on being fragrance-free & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on how to achieve this and why it matters. The front entrance and main floor bathroom are wheelchair accessible. Facebook RSVP here.


PAMELA BENTLEY

Pamela Bentley is a poet, writer, teacher, workshop facilitator, radio host and a short-film producer. She was born in the bayous of Louisiana, raised on the Canadian Prairies, ripened along the Ottawa and Rideau rivers, and steeped in India and the American Southwest. She co-hosts the weekly poetry program Wax Poetic on Vancouver Co-op Radio which was recently listed as one of the Top 10 Poetry Podcasts by Writer's Digest. She organizes and hosts the (mostly) monthly 'Chicken Sessions' poetry and performance event at her home in East Vancouver. She is also Managing Director of the Verses Festival of Words. In 2016, she completed the Century Challenge -- 100 poems without repeating on VanSlam stages -- becoming the only centurionatrix in North America. She has published three chapbooks of poetry.

KAREN CONNELLY

Karen Connelly is the author of eleven best-selling books of poetry and fiction, the most recent being The Change Room, a novel about marriage, sex, adultery and housecleaning--to put it in a nutshell. For almost twenty years, Connelly has published books focused on human violence and oppression; for her new book, she wanted to explore, and enjoy, the complicated possibilities of sensual pleasure. Published by Random House Canada, the Globe and Mail says this novel "opens up definitions and breaks boundaries, depicting ordinary lives that turn utterly erotic. [It] is a warm, refreshing swim on a frigid day… In the end many forms of sweetness run together: wine, flirtation, intimacy, friendship, nourishment, excitement, satisfaction, music, poetry." See www.karenconnelly.ca for more!

RYAN KAMSTRA

Ryan Kamstra has two published collections of poetry, Late Capitalist Sublime and Into the Drowned World (Insomniac Press), released an album under the rubric Tomboyfriend, a collaborative, bleeding-queer-hearted band mixing visual artists, musicians and activists--Don't Go to School (2011 Blocks Recording), and one EP: King of the Animals (2012). His work has been written up in Spin Magazine, The New York Times, Pop Matters and Slate. He is currently at work on a book of smut melodramas "Open to Anything" as well as a music/art collaboration with artist/critic Sholem Krishtalka based on the work of Shary Boyle, as well as with members of the now multi-continentally dispersed Tomboyfriend.

DORIANNE EMMERTON

Dorianne Emmerton grew up in the woods on the North Channel of Lake Huron and currently lives in the metropolis of Toronto. She loves both of those environments, but wishes the drive between them didn’t take so long. Two of her short stories will be featured in the upcoming 2018 anthologies Ink Stains and Tesseracts Twenty-One, and previous work has been included in the anthology 
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 and Issue #1 of Beer And Butter Tarts, as well as a personal essay in A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. She is currently working on a space opera novella in collaboration with Ottawa band Saturnfly, and a novel about occult magic in Northern Ontario. She has a wonderful chosen family, an adorable son, and a black cat.