Next Thursday: An Evening of Poetry with Signature Editions!

Join us on Thursday, July 25th at 7 pm for an evening of readings and insights from Signature Editions' Spring poetry line-up: Rona Shaffran's Ignite, Michael Mirolla's The House on 14th Avenue, and David Elkins' The Unseen World. The evening will be hosted by poet, essayist and novelist Antonio D'Alfonso.

Rona Shaffran recently retired as co-director of the Tree Reading Series, one of Canada’s longest running poetry venues, where she is also a member of the board of directors and organizes master poetry workshops. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and the Banff Centre Writing Studio. She has won honourable mention for the John Newlove Poetry Award. Retired several years ago from federal government work, Rona has chaired the boards and committees of many non-profit organizations.


Michael Mirolla is a novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright. His publications include two novels: Berlin (a Bressani Prize winner and finalist for the 2009 Indie Book and National Best Books Awards) and the recently-released The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; two short story collections: The Formal Logic of Emotion and Hothouse Loves & Other Tales; and two collections of poetry: the English-Italian bilingual Interstellar Distances/ Distanze Interstellari and Light And Time. His short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology, while another short story, “The Sand Flea,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A poem, “Blind Alley,” was shortlisted for the Winston Collins/Descant Prize for the Best Canadian Poem in 2007. 

David Elkins is a poet and short story writer.  His poems have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Page, Panorama, and Now and Our Times.  He won the International CKG Award for Poetry in 1992, and his work has twice been selected for Silver Awards.  His work includes Relative Exposures: Felling the Family Tree (1998) and A Bulldog’s Guide to Small Engine Repair (2002) which he published under the pseudonym Portlin Cochise. He was a finalist for the A. M. Klein Award and was featured artist at the Ottawa Writer’s Festival in September 2002.

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