Minstrels & Bards, The Halloween Edition

The Minstrels & Bards reading series presents a celebration of Halloween with poetry and music. The event takes place from 7:00pm to 9:15 pm on Tuesday, October 25th, at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto. Featured readers and all attendees are encouraged to come as a persona, in masquerade or in costume.

The event is in the Southern Cross Lounge at the Tranzac. It is fully accessible. There is no entry fee but the hosts will pass Ye Olde Tranzac Beer Jug. A $10 donation for the features is recommended.

The bar offers drinks, chips, and sandwiches for purchase.


A. F Moritz’s most recent books are As Far As You Know (2020), and The Sparrow: Selected Poems (2018), both from House of Anansi Press, and the 2015 re-publication by Princeton University Press of his 1986 volume, The Tradition. His twenty books of poetry have received such recognitions as the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Award. Three of his books have been finalists for the Governor General’s Award in Literature for poetry.

Beatriz Hausner has published several poetry collections, including Sew Him Up (2010), Enter the Raccoon (2012), and Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (2020). Chapbooks and limited editions of her poetry attest to her interest in publishing collaboratively in ways that advance the art of the book and print culture. Her books have been published internationally in Spanish, French and Greek translation. Hausner’s translations of Latin American surrealist poets have exerted an important influence on her own writing. She was a founding publisher of Quattro Books, was President of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada, Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission and is the current Editor in chief of ellipse. She lives in Toronto where she publishes The Philosophical Egg.

Stephen Humphrey is a writer and freelance radio broadcaster. The subjects of his radio documentaries range from life in the universe to microbes in the body. He recently completed a nonfiction book about pollination ecology, which is currently sitting with the publisher. His tanka poems about native bees turn up in odd places such as the Cambridge Sculpture Garden, the High Park Nature Centre and a recent multimedia installation at Campbell House. He’s currently curing himself of poetry through micro-fiction.

Clela Errington has a voice that is timeless and true, effortlessly reaching beyond technique and trends to wrap you in a warm soul embrace. Clela’s vibrant blend of folk and jazz creates the perfect vehicle for her intimate and dynamic vocal delivery, and nowhere are her gifts more evident than in her original songs.

Kate Rogers’ poetry and essays recently appeared in The Windsor Review, SubTerrain and Looking Back at Hong Kong. Her reviews have appeared in Arc, Ricepaper, CV2 and Prism International. Kate’s latest book is Out of Place, Aeolus House/Quattro Books, 2017. You can learn more at: https://katerogers.ca/

Maggie Fraser has been a songwriter for years. Others have played and recorded her songs. She is about to release her first record on which she is both songwriter and singer

After the event has concluded, the group will encamp en masse to the Victory Café on Bloor St. for more socializing.

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