Apr. 28, 2018 | PRISM international launch of issue 56.2 @ Knife|Fork|Book, 244 Augusta Avenue, 2nd Floor, Toronto. Readings at 7 pm.

Apr. 24, 2018 | Panel on Poetry Editing @ Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto. 7 – 9 pm. Hosted and moderated by Lee Parpart of Editors Toronto.

Mar. 13, 2018 | @ Librarie Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal. Doors at 7 pm; Readings at 7:30 pm. Readings by various writers (TBA soon). Hosted by Guillaume Morissette.

Jan. 24, 2018 | Crossroads Literary Festival @ York University. 5:30 – 9 pm.

Oct. 22, 2017 | Ottawa International Writers’ Festival @ Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street. Hosting the launch of Arc Poetry Magazine (84): “Oh Canada, We Have Issues”. 8:30 pm.

Oct. 14, 2017 | Panel Discussion on Bengali Writers Writing in English @ Canadian Bengali Writers Conference, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #11, 9 Dawes Road, Toronto. 5:30 pm.
Ayesha Chatterjee, Doyali Islam, Reza Sattar, Sanchari Sur

Sept. 28, 2017 | Speakeasy @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Doors at 7:30 pm. Readings begin at 8 pm.
Speakeasy launches its 2017-2018 season with readings from The Unpublished City, a collection of works by Toronto’s emerging literary talents. Enjoy excerpts from:
David Bradford
Diana Biacora
Nicole Chin
Simone Dalton
Doyali Islam
Laboni Islam
Ian Kamau
Shoilee Khan
Canisia Lubrin
Sofia Mostaghimi
Sanchari Sur
Phoebe Wang
Curated by Dionne Brand, The Unpublished City is a project of the International Festival Authors and its Toronto Lit Up series. Limited editions of the book were published by BookThug. There is no cover charge for this event, but guests will be asked to make a small donation to help us treat our amazing readers to a drink. Speakeasy is a reading series curated by students in the University of Guelph’s MFA Creative Writing program.

August 7 – 13, 2017 @ Withrow Park, Toronto. Evening performances start at 7 pm.
presents “Dusk Society”, choreographed and performed by Rhodnie Desir, with audio excerpts from my Unpublished City poem, ” – 43rd parallel – “.
Dusk Dances

June 22, 2017 @ Harbourfront’s Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.
IFOA launch of The Unpublished City (BookThug, anthology of poetry and fiction)
ifoa. unpublished city

Apr 29, 2017 @ Halyards Bar. 406 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
Pelorus Press launch of issue 2, in collaboration with The Creators Collective.
ev-o-lu-tion: Interactive photography – visual-art – poetry experience!
3-6 pm.
Facebook event page here.
ev-o-lu-tion logo

Mar 16, 2017 @ Robert Langen Art Gallery. Balderdash Reading Series.
Wilfred Laurier University, 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo. 7 pm.
I’m reading alongside Phoebe Wang, who is launching her debut poetry book, Admission Requirements (McClelland & Stewart).

Feb 11, 2017 @ Likely General. Canthius launch of issue 3.
389 Roncesvalles, Toronto. 7 pm.

Oct 21, 2016 @ Ottawa International Writers Festival. In/Words Magazine launch of themed issue, Refuge(e). Christ Church Cathedral; 414 Sparks Street, Ottawa.

Oct 02, 2016 @ East End Poetry Festival. Children’s Peace Theatre; 305 Dawes Road, Toronto. Reading at 1 pm and panel discussion at 2:45 pm. The theme this year is “A Celebration of Language”. Doors open at noon, and the event begins at 12:45 pm. Free admission. Rain or shine!

Sept 07, 2016 @ Pivot. 8 pm. The Steady Cafe; 1051 Bloor Street West, Toronto. PWYC. Readings by Eva HD, Jaqueline Valencia, Nathan Whitlock, and myself open Pivot’s 2016 fall season!

May 15, 2016 @ Plasticine Poetry Series. 6 pm. Victory Cafe; 581 Markham Street, 2nd Floor. Featured alongside Laure Baudot and Pier Giorgio diCicco. Free admission + Open Mic.

April 05, 2016 @ University of Toronto Scarborough. Ralph Campbell Lounge. 4 – 7 pm. Buddhist-Sufi Poetry Reading. Hosted by ENG C89 (Creative Writing and Performance).

March 17, 2016 @ VERSeFest. 7 pm. Evening at Knox Presbyterian Church; 120 Lisgar Street; Ottawa. Readings by Marilyn Dumont, Katherine Leyton, Hector Ruiz, and myself. Co-hosted by Arc Poetry Magazine.

Apr 09, 2015 @ Greater Sudbury Public Library; 74 Mackenzie Street, Sudbury. 6:30 pm. Featured reading as part of the Sudbury Writers Monthly Open Mic event.

Apr 07, 2015 @ Calvin Presbyterian Church; 401 First Avenue West, North Bay. 10:15 – 11:15 am. Live Fit Seniors Group. Guest reading.

Nov 25, 2014 @ Jericho’s Restaurant; 840 Bank Street, Ottawa. 6 – 8 pm. All welcome.

July 01, 2014 @ Kiwanis Bandshell; North Bay waterfront. 3:20 pm. North Bay and District Multicultural Centre’s Canada Day Showcase runs from 1 – 4 pm.

May 30, 2014 @ Studio Luxe Hair Salon; Cobalt. 8:30 pm. Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Joint Reading.

March 07, 2014 @ Nipissing University; 100 College Drive, North Bay.  7 – 8 pm.  English Studies Speaker Series. Guest Reading.

Jan 20, 2013 @ Elks Lodge; 325 Elks Lane, North Bay.  2 – 4 pm. World Religion Day.  Speakers from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and Bahai faiths will present in turn, so that we may learn from each other as well as think about how these faiths are similar and what we can achieve in harmony.  Welcome speech by Nipissing University’s Dr. Susan Srigley; Official Proclamation by Mayor Al MacDonald; MPP Welcome by Mr. Vic Fedeli.

Nov 16, 2012 @ Gulliver’s Quality Books and Toys; 157 Main Street West, North Bay.  7:30 – 9 pm.  Professor Laurie Kruk will launch her latest poetry book, My Mother Did Not Tell Stories. I’ll be reading from Yusuf and the Lotus Flower.

Nov 09, 2012 @ Beit Zatoun; 612 Markham Street, Toronto.  7 pm.  Sufi Poets’ Series (presented by Ignite Poets): A Night of Women’s Poetry: Celebrating Rabi’a of Basra.

Sept 29, 2012 @ The Park, located between Main, Algonquin, and Fraser, in North Bay.  1 – 3 pm. (If the weather is poor, the reading will be @ WKP Kennedy Gallery; 150 Main Street East, North Bay.) 100 Thousand Poets for Change event.

May 02, 2012 @ Brockton Writers Series; Full of beans Coffee House and Roastery; 1348 Dundas Street West, Toronto.  7 pm.!/events/266693653423298/

Mar 09, 2012 @ The Centre for Women and Trans People; 563 Spadina Avenue, Toronto. International Women’s Day. Open Mic and Potluck. 6 pm.

Sat, Feb 11, 2012 @ the William Doo Auditorium; 45 Willcocks Street, Toronto:          Decolonizing Our Minds Conference. This year the theme is “People’s Instinctive Travels through Resistance”. I perform from 1:30 – 1:45 pm.  The whole conference runs from 11 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. The conference is entirely cost-free, all are welcome, and no registration is required. The space is wheelchair accessible, and ASL interpreters will be present. Gender-neutral washrooms, a child-minding service, as well as lunch and snacks will be provided.

Nov 24, 2011 @ Willow Books; 333 Bloor Street West, Toronto (just west of the Bata Shoe Museum):  Get comfortable with tea and cookies from 6:30 p.m.  Reading starts at 7 pm.  Courtesy of Willow Books, enjoy 20% off books and clothing as a thank-you for attending this poetry reading.

Nov 19, 2011 @ the Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall, 2nd Floor; 569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto:  Book launch from 2 – 4 pm. Light refreshments and an amazing cake!