The Emerging Writers Reading Series, spearheaded by our own Jess Taylor, should be renamed ‘The Most Quite Charming-est Reading Series Around.’ It takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at Duffy’s Tavern. June’s event happened last night and featured a special on Sol and tequila shots, Justin Walmsley, E. Martin Nolan, Marsha Courneya, and Matthew R. Loney.
Justin and E. Martin both read poems and Marsha and Matthew read from their works of prose. Many were first time readers, but you would never guess it—all of the readers engaged with the (packed!!) audience and delivered their material to great effect. Hence the Charming-ness. Justin read excerpts from a long poem about the alphabet, which is written entirely without the letter J; E. Martin gave a sampling of his back porch poems featuring neighbourhood falcon-spying among the squirrels, “nature’s crackheads;” we found Marsha’s character Camille, “snoring in French;” and finally, Matthew’s post WWII reporter, Carter, informed us all that “a journalist must convey things to the world passionately, but correctly.”
And this task of “passionately” but “correctly” accounting for the world around us is precisely what these emerging writers are doing.
The next event is “Jovial July” on the 10th, 8pm at Duffy’s Tavern (1238 Bloor St. W) PWYC. Come out and let people read to you while you drink tequila.
If you’re interested in reading at a future event get in touch. But be charming.