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Saturday, May 25, 2024

The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC)

Annual General Meeting 

A keynote conversation with Waubgeshig Rice. 


Saturday, May 25, 2024

Online, for TWUC members only 

Pre-registration necessary 

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Viva la Vulva


Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Night Owl 

158 Elgin Street Sudbury,Ontario 

Performers include: Kim Fahner, Jessy Brunette, Tamara Parker, Natalie Crispo, Lisa Marie Naponse

A fundraiser for Genevra House Sudbury (an emergency shelter for women escaping intimate partner violence)


Sunday, March 10, 2024

E. Pauline Johnson

Birthday Celebration


Sunday, March 10, 2024

Chiefswood National Historic Site

1037 Hwy 54, Ohsweken, Ontario

Poets reading include: Gary Barwin, Kim Fahner, Krystal Froman, Kahsenniyo, Tanis MacDonald, Fareh Malik, and Aleria Mckay,

Presented by the Riverside Reading Series and Six Nations Tourism. 



Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023

In Conversation with 

Kim Fahner and Frances Boyle

Wordsfest London

4:00-5:00 pm 

Sunday, November 12, 2023

The TAP Centre for Creativity 

London, Ontario, Canada 

Aaron Schneider will host a conversation with Kim Fahner (Emptying the Ocean) and Frances Boyle (Openwork and Limestone) about their respective books of poetry.


Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023

Chapbook Launch 

Fault Lines and Shatter Cones

2:00-3:00pm (EST) 

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Online, via Zoom, (from Fredericton, New Brunswick)

To reserve a spot and attend the Zoom launch, please email Ian at

Ian LeTourneau will host a launch for the three 2023 chapbooks published by his Emergency Flash Mob Press (Fredericton, NB). Readings by Kim Fahner, Mark Sampson, and Sue Sinclair.


Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Wordsfest London


Saturday, November 11, 2023

Museum London

London, Ontario, Canada 

Kim and Frances Boyle will lead an ekphrastic poetry writing workshop as part of the Wordsfest London festival.


Thursday, Nov. 2 - Saturday, Nov 4, 2023

Wordstock Literary Festival 

Sudbury, Ontario 

Poetry Pathways 


Saturday, November 4, 2023

Holiday Inn, Regent Street

Kim will lead a conversation between five amazing Canadian poets, including: Britta Badour, Therese Estacion, Kirby, Tyler Pennock, and Stuart Ross. 

Please see the Wordstock Literary Festival website for the full schedule:


Thursday, Nov. 2-Saturday, Nov 4, 2023

Wordstock Literary Festival 

Sudbury, Ontario 

Poetry Primer


Thursday, November 2, 2023

Holiday Inn, Regent Street

Kim will join fellow past Greater Sudbury Poets Laureate, Vera Constantineau and Roger Nash, to chat about poetry. Current Poet Laureate, Kyla Heyming, will be moderating this panel.

Please see the Wordstock Literary Festival website for the full schedule:


Wednesday, November 1, 2023 

The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) Celebrates Its 50th 



Wednesday, November 1

online for TWUC members only 

(Check your emails and register to take part in our Town Hall session! Bring your 50th Anniversary TWUC cookies and take photos to share on social media! Tag TWUC!)  


Friday, October 20-Sunday, October 22, 2023

Words Aloud Poetry Festival

Owen Sound, Ontario 


Sunday, October 22, 2023

Tom Thomson Art Gallery

Kim will read alongside fellow poets, Barry Dempster, Penn Kemp, and D.A. Lockhart on Sunday at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. 

Other poets taking part in Words Aloud 2023 include: Bary Barwin, Kevin Andrew Heslop, Janice Lo Lee, Robert Menzies, Stuart Ross, Daniel Scott Tysdal, and Brandon Wint.

Please see the Words Aloud website for the full schedule:


Friday, August 18, 2023

Jampolis Cottage

August Residency

Summer Literary Reading


315 Bluff Rd, Avonport, Nova Scotia

Jampolis Cottage August retreat writers Kim Fahner (Sudbury, ON) and Sandra McIntyre (Wolfville, NS) invite you to the cottage on Friday, August 18 from 6:30-8:30pm for a literary gathering and reading from works-in-progress. The event will be casual and outside, weather permitting. Bring a lawn chair, check out the cottage, and have a visit.

All are welcome, with a special shout out to Lawrence Hill and the Banff Centre Historical Fiction crew: Monica Kidd, Josiah Neufeld, Cheryl Foggo, Emily Ursuliak, Patti Kay Hamilton, and Beverly Boutilier.

Thanks to the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia for facilitating writing residencies and retreats at Jampolis Cottage. (We, as the August retreat writers, feel very lucky and grateful to be here!) 

Everyone welcome!

About Jampolis Cottage:

Jampolis Cottage is a Georgian colonial house that welcomes emerging, established, and professional authors from Nova Scotia and beyond. Located on the shores of the Minas Basin in Avonport, Nova Scotia, the cottage is owned and managed by Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. The Jampolis Cottage Residency Program was made possible by the generosity of the late owners of the house—Neil Peter Jampolis and Maritza “Jane” Reisman Jampolis, whose support for the arts lives on through the trust founded in their name.


Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Untethered Magazine

Issue 14 Virtual Launch 

7 p.m.


For more information, and to register for this Zoom launch, please follow Untethered Magazine on Facebook. 

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Jabbawong Storytelling Festival

Also featuring: Terry Fallis, Rod Carley, Ian Anderson, Mark Seabrook, Ev Cardiff, Karen Pheasant, 

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kagawong, Ontario 

For more information, please follow Jabbawong on Facebook.

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

Summer Writers' Fest

9a.m-4p.m. @  Walter Williams Amphitheatre 

Lion's Park 

Paris, ON

For more information:


Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Writers Read to Free Dawn Walker


Hosted by: Kelley Jo Burke


Featuring: Kelley Jo Burke, Alicia Elliott, Kim Fahner, Barbara Gowdy, Louise B. Halfe, Sky Dancer, Elizabeth Renzetti, Dawn Walker and Nathan Whitlock

8:00 pm EST

To register:


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

The Electronic Garret celebrates

National Poetry Month


Hosted by: Ariel Gordon (Winnipeg International Writers Festival)

Featuring: Kim Fahner, Dr. Micheline Maylor, Conni Cartlidge, Maureen Hynes, Nikky Sheppy

8:00 pm EST

Sponsored by:

The League of Canadian Poets and the WIWF

Tuesday, March 14 - Thursday, March 16, 2023

Water and Stone Tour

Frances Boyle & Kim Fahner

Tuesday, March 14

Featuring: Nancy Jo Cullen (Kingston), Kate Rogers (Cobourg)

6:30pm EST @ Perfect Books

258A Elgin Street 

Ottawa, ON 


Wednesday, March 15

7:00pm EST @ A Novel Idea

Featuring: Nancy Jo Cullen

156 Princess Street

Kingston, ON


Thursday, March 16  

7:30pm EST @ The Third Thursday Reading Series 

Featuring: Kate Rogers

Best Western Cobourg Inn 

(Northumberland Room)

7:30pm EST

930 Burnham Street

Cobourg, ON

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Sharp Words

Hamilton's Winter Book Fair

"Small Press Coffee Dates"

Virtual (Zoom) 

Hosted by: Ariel Gordon

Reading with Kimia Eslah, Cary Fagan, Anvesh Jain, Theresa Kishkan, John Brady McDonald

Hamilton, Ontario 


2:00 pm EST


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Conspiracy of Three 

Reading Series 

Virtual (Zoom) 


To register, email

North Bay, Ontario 


7:00 pm EST

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Riverside Reading Series 

Dog Eared Café 

Paris, Ontario 


3:00 - 5:00 pm EST


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Book Launch for Emptying the Ocean 

Place Des Arts - Studio Desjardins Theatre

27 Larch Street
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada


6:30 pm -- Book Sales
7:00 pm -- Reading

Music -- Pat McGuire 

Thanks to The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) for its support of this public reading event. 


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Frontenac House -- Quartet Book Launch

Online Launch Event

8:00 pm Ontario/EST
6:00 pm Calgary/MST
7:00 pm Nova Scotia



Frances Boyle, Openwork and Limestone

Kim Fahner, Emptying the Ocean

Ben Gallagher, A Grief Cave

Anvesh Jain, Pilgrim to No Country

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Wanted on the Voyage 

Online Reading 


7:00 pm Ontario/EST

4:00 pm British Columbia
8:00 pm Nova Scotia


Organized by Yvonne Blomer (Victoria) and featuring her work,

as well as the poetry of Kim Fahner (Sudbury), Rachel Lebowitz (Nova Scotia), and Tanis MacDonald (Waterloo)

Reserve a spot (Free):

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Panel Discussion

Wordstock Literary Festival

"Colouring Outside the Lines" 


3:30 - 4:30 pm

Host: Kim Fahner

Featuring: Gary Barwin, Farzana Doctor, Shani Mootoo, Tanis MacDonald.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Panel Discussion

Wordstock Literary Festival

"Poetry Primer: Poets Laureate"


5:30-6:30 pm


Host: Kyla Heyming

Featuring: Louise Bernice Halfe, Sky Dancer; Vera Constantineau; Kim Fahner; Chloe LaDuchesse; Tom Leduc


Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Writers' Union of Canada

"Networking with Teachers" (webinar presentation)


2pm-3pm EST


Host: Waubgeshig Rice

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Poetry Reading at Jabbawong Storytelling Festival

10am EST


Kagawong, Manitoulin Island, Ontario 

Friday, May 13, 2022 

Staged reading of the play, All The Things I Draw.

PlaySmelter New Work Theatre Festival

The Sudbury Theatre Centre

Sudbury, Ontario 

7pm EST

Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Electronic Garret

7 p.m. (EST)

Saturday, April 2, 2022 

Poets in Response to Peril


Monday, March 14, 2022 

Femme Folks Fest 2022 -- Working in Northern Ontario


Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Conspiracy of Three Reading Series

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