The Tartan Turban Secret Readings #26

You are invited to the 26th session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings, curated by Puneet Dutt and featuring Ashley Hynd, Manahil Bandukwala, Dominik Parisien, Ellen Chang-Richardson and Kristen Smith.

Date and Time

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST, Thursday, August 27th, 2020.

How to book

Please book a seat on TTSR 26’s Eventbrite page. Tickets are free.


Attendees will be able to join the event by clicking this link on the day of the reading at the proper time. The link will be emailed to everyone who registers.


Puneet Dutt’s debut collection of poetry, The Better Monsters (Mansfield Press), was a Finalist for the 2018 Trillium Book Award For Poetry and was Shortlisted for the 2018 Raymond Souster Award and was named one of “Ontario’s Best Books” by NOW Magazine. Her chapbook, PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), was a Finalist for the Breitling Chapbook Prize. She holds a MA in English from Ryerson University, is the Editor-in-Chief of The Puritan Magazine, an editorial board director at Canthius, and is a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective. Dutt is an immigrant/settler and currently lives in “markham” with her husband and son.

Featured writers

Ashley Hynd is a poet with mixed ancestry, who lives on the Haldimand Tract and respects all her relations’ relationships with the land. She sits on the editorial board for both Canthius Literary Journal and Textile KW. Ashley’s poetry has been consecutively longlisted for The CBC Poetry Prize (2018, 2019), shortlisted for ARC Poem of the Year (2018), and won the Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize (2017). Her writing has appeared in ARC, Canthius, Room, PRISM International, SubTerrain, Grain, Cv2, Vallum, Malahat, TNQ, and Best Short Fiction 2019 and her début chapbook Entropy is currently available with Gap Riot Press. Ashley’s hobbies include trampling the patriarchy, avoiding doing the dishes and getting lost in conversations.

Dominik Parisien‘s debut poetry collection Side Effects May Include Strangers (McGill-Queen’s University Press) is forthcoming in fall 2020 and his chapbook We, Old Young Ones (Frog Hollow Press) was published in 2019. His recent work has appeared in This Magazine, The Fiddlehead, The Humber Literary Review, PRISM International, and EVENT, among others. As an editor, he has won the Hugo, Shirley Jackson, and British Fantasy Awards for his anthologies, and his most recent project is The Mythic Dream (Saga Press) with Navah Wolfe. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

Ellen Chang-Richardson (she/her) is a poet, writer and editor of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent. Winner of the 2019 Vallum Award for Poetry and the 2020 POWER OF THE POETS Contest for her ekphrasis of Abbas Akhavan’s variations on a landscape, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Watch Your Head, long con magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, and more. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Unlucky Fours (Anstruther Press, 2020) and Assimilation Tactics, forthcoming in Fall 2020. Ellen lives and works on the traditional unceded territories of The Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation. Find out more at

Kristen Smith is a maritimer currently ashore in Toronto. She is pursuing doctoral studies at York University, concentrating on the intersections of poetry and sound. Kristen’s creative work has appeared in Canthius, Naugatuck River Review, and SewerLid Magazine. Her poem, “here” won second place in NRR’s Narrative Poetry Contest (2019). She was selected as one of six poets internationally to participate in the Writing with Style program at the Banff Centre. One of her poetry collections, Voices, was awarded the Graham Atlantic Writing Prize. As founder of the writers’ collective, The Musings, Kristen is interested in how art is created in community, connection, and collaboration. Visit

Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani writer and artist. Her most recent project, Reth aur Reghistan, is an exploration of Pakistani folklore interpreted through poetry and sculpture. She is carrying it out with her sister, Nimra Bandukwala. See more at She has two solo chapbooks, Paper Doll (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Pipe Rose (battleaxe press, 2018), and Sprawl, a collaborative chapbook with Conyer Clayton, forthcoming from Collusion Books in 2020.

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 #26, please contact series curator Gavin, who will connect you to Puneet Dutt. 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.