Parkdale Street Writers, a Parkdale-based youth writing group I’ve been involved with for several years, is holding their year-end party and zine launch TOMORROW (July 1) at 7:00 the Gladstone Hotel! The zine, called Underground Inspirations, includes work by a wide range of young writers involved with the group including two of my poems– “Glen Avon,” which is set in Parkdale, and “Reserve,” a verse paragraph I wrote for my poetry class this year. I also contributed some artwork and photography (including the cover image) and helped copy-edit the publication.
In addition to all of that, I’ll also be reading briefly at the launch alongside a huge array of the group’s performers. Based on last year’s party, this will be no ordinary poetry reading; the lineup includes hip-hop artists, musicians of other kinds and some extremely enthusiastic performers. PSW parties are also known for offering mounds of free food, and I think copies of the zine will be given away as well. All in all it should be a great time for anyone who’s free this Canada day.