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Shab-e She’r – Poetry Slam

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 21:30

Open Stage of poetry and music

Featured poets: Andrea Thomson & Pierre L’Abbé
Host: Bänoo Zan


Doors open: 6:15 p.m.
Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 p.m.
Start: 7 p.m.

Admission: $5

Writer and spoken word artists Andrea Thompson has performed her work at venues across North America and overseas for the past twenty years.  A pioneer of Slam poetry in Canada, Thompson’s work has been featured on film, radio, and television; and included in magazines, literary journals and anthologies across the country. Thompson’s poetry is hybridist and unique – blending elements of jazz, dub, hip-hop and traditional literary verse. In 2009 she was awarded the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Poet of Honour: For Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Spoken Word, and in 2005, her spoken word CD One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award.  Thompson is the co-editor of the anthology Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, the author of the poetry collection Eating the Seed, and is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA Creative Writing program.  She currently teaches Spoken Word through the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has recently released her debut novel, Over Our Heads with Inanna Publications.

Pierre L’Abbé is the author of a book of poetry, Lyon (Letters, 1996) a novella in verse Ten Days in Rio (Watershed Books, 1998) as well as a book of stories, Kiss of the Beggar (Guernica, 2005) which was long-listed for the Relit award. He is the translator of Benjamin Fondane’s Exodus: the face of poetic resistance under the Holocaust (Joseph Norman, 2008). He recently translated Palestine (Guernica, 2014) a novel by Hubert Haddad, one of France’s best known contemporary writers. Palestine, in the French original, won numerous awards including the Francophonie prize; it follows the struggles of an Israeli soldier whose sympathies turn toward the Palestinians.

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Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:15
- $5 donation (suggested minimum)
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
- Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.


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Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St.
Toronto, ON M6G 2L8