The Tartan Turban Secret Readings #29

The 29th session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings is curated by Kateri Lanthier and features Shane Book, Bardia Sinaee, Joseph Dandurand, Jennifer Hosein and Isabelle Zhu.

Date and Time

7:00 – 9:30 PM EST, April 29, 2021. Add to Calendar

How to book

Please book a seat on TTSR 29’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.


Curator Kateri Lanthier’s work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Fiddlehead, Event, Hazlitt, Green Mountains Review, Arc, Grain, Best Canadian Poetry 2014, The Walrus, the Literary Review of Canada, and The Night Heron Barks (forthcoming). She won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize and third prize in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize, 2016. She holds a BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, where she is a Mentor in the MA in Creative Writing. Her books are Reporting from Night (Iguana, 2011) and Siren (Signal Editions, Véhicule Press, 2017), longlisted for the 2018 Pat Lowther Award. Her essay appeared in Against Death (Anvil Press, 2019; Montaigne Medal finalist) and her poems have been included in five anthologies.

Shane Book is an award-winning poet and filmmaker. He was educated at the University of Victoria, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Stanford University where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His writing has appeared in more than twenty anthologies, including The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry.

Bardia Sinaee was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives in Toronto. His poems have appeared in magazines across Canada and in several editions of Best Canadian Poetry. He holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, where he was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal. His first book is Intruder (House of Anansi, 2021).

Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River about 20 minutes east of Vancouver. He resides there with his 3 children Danessa, Marlysse, and Jace. Joseph is the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center. Joseph received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. His recently published books are I WANT (Leaf Press, 2015) and HEAR AND FORETELL ( BookLand, 2015) and The Rumour, (BookLand 2018). SH:LAM (The Doctor) (Mawenzi House 2019) was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Prize in 2020 and his latest book, The East Side of it All (Nightwood Editions 2020) has just been shortlisted for the 2021 Dorothy Livesay Prize.

Jennifer Hosein is a Toronto-based, Montreal-born writer, visual artist, and educator. Her debut collection of poetry, A Map of Rain Days, published by Guernica Editions, has been longlisted for the League of Canadian Poets 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her poems, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and a play have been published in magazines in Canada, as well as translated into Hungarian for the anthology Crystal/Kristálykert. Her artwork has appeared on book covers, in magazines, and in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto; it is also featured on the cover of A Map of Rain Days.

Isabelle Zhu lives in Toronto. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Toronto. She is working on her first poetry manuscript entitled The Butterfly Effect, which considers the improbabilities and limitations within diasporic connections.

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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 #28, please contact series curators Gavin or Mayank. This allows them to line up readers and manage the evening in a way that respects each writer’s work.

The ambience at our readings is intimate, extremely informal and very supportive. Open mic 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.