The Tartan Turban Secret Readings #25

The 25th session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings is curated by Ellen Chang-Richardson and features Joshua P’ng, Tamara Jong, Tracy Wai de Boer and Khashayar Mohammadi.

Date and Time

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST, Thursday, May 21st, 2020.

How to book

Please book a seat on TTSR 25’s Eventbrite page. Tickets are free.


This is a virtual reading. Writers reading their work will be participating via Google Meet. Attendees will be able to join the event by clicking this link on the day of the reading during the hours scheduled.


Ellen Chang-Richardson is a poet, writer and editor of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent. Recipient of the 2019 Vallum Award for Poetry, her writing has appeared in Ricepaper, Vallum Contemporary, Hart House Review, Revue PØST, and more. She is the author of the chapbook Unlucky Fours by Anstruther Press (2020). In addition to her writing, Ellen is the founder of Little Birds Poetry – a series of editing workshops for poets and creative writers – and the co-founder of Riverbed, a new experimental performance series based in our nation’s capital. Find her on Twitter @ehjchang.

Featured writers

Joshua P’ng, poet and speculative fiction writer, is published in filling StationuntetheredDaily Science FictionSewer Lid, and Great Lakes Review. When he isn’t writing, he sketches people on the train, reads graphic novels, and tries to get lost on bike trips. Facebook:  LinkedIn:

Tamara Jong is a Montreal-born writer of Chinese and European ancestry. Her work has appeared in RicepaperRoomcarte blancheThe New Quarterly, Invisible Publishing, and Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers and is forthcoming in The Nasiona. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio and had her piece, “Thanks for All the Lice, Pharaoh” longlisted in The New Quarterly’s 2019 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. She is working on a CNF memoir of collected short stories. You can find her on Twitter @bokchoygurl. 

Tracy Wai de Boer is a writer from Calgary, currently living in Toronto. She is half-Chinese on her mother’s side and explores mixed identities in much of her work. Tracy writes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and uncreative non-fiction. She has held a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and currently teaches creative writing workshops for teens at Centauri Arts Academy. Tracy has published work in Ricepaper, Plenitude, Catapult, Hypatia, and elsewhere. Tracy has an essay forthcoming about her life-altering concussion in the collection, Impact: The Lives of Women after Concussion. Twitter: @tracywaideboer Instagram: @tracywaideboer / @waiwithwords

Khashayar Mohammadi is an Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer, Translator and Photographer. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Moe’s Skin by ZED press (2018) and Dear Kestrel by knife | fork | book (2019). He is currently working on a full-length collaborative poetry manuscript with Toronto poet Terese Pierre, as well as a full-length poetry manuscript of his own. 

For updated information and author headshots, follow our Facebook group and our Facebook event page.

Open mic

Anyone attending is welcome to read or perform (if you are a musician) in our open mic sessions. If you are a writer or musician who would like to perform in the open mic session, we ask that you listen in to at least one session to get the flavour of the evening and join in on your next visit. To participate in TTSR #25, please contact series curators Gavin or Mayank who will connect you to Ellen Chang-Richardson. This allows her to line up readers and manage the evening in a way that respects each writer’s work. There are four open mic spots available.

The ambience at our readings is intimate, extremely informal and very supportive. Readers are given 4 minutes in total, including a brief introduction to themselves and their work. They may read any form of creative writing (fiction/poetry/drama/screenplay) – or a work of reportage or creative non-fiction. The Tartan Turban Secret Readings is not a lecture or motivational speaking series, so no academic or self-help works, please.

There are detailed open mic guidelines posted in our FB group.

Open mic readers who have published works they would like to offer for sale are free to mention it on finishing their readings.