The Tartan Turban Secret Readings #30

The 30th session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings is curated by Terese Mason Pierre and features Avi Silver, Vivian Li, Leslie Joy Ahenda and Yohani Mendis.

Date and Time

7:00 – 9:30 PM EST, June 24th, 2021. Add to Calendar

How to book

Please book a spot on TTSR 30’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. (Please note: this link may change. Only those who have booked through Eventbrite will receive the update link.)


Terese Mason Pierre is an award-nominated writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, filling Station, Quill & Quire, Uncanny Magazine, and elsewhere online and in print. She is a co-editor-in-chief of Augur Magazine and the author of chapbooks Surface Area (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Manifest (Gap Riot Press, 2020). Follow her on Twitter @teresempierre.

Yohani Mendis is a Toronto-based emerging writer. Her work was shortlisted as a Notable Essay in the 2020 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest; placed second in the 2021 Toronto International Festival of Authors/Fan Expo Flash Fiction Contest; and her first published poem is forthcoming this fall in Best Canadian Poetry 2021. Her writing has appeared in several places including The New Quarterly, the Watch Your Head anthology, and This Magazine. She works at Brick, A Literary Journal, and is an incoming student in the Guelph MFA Program. She is working on her first novel.

Vivian Li is a writer, editor, and musician who enjoys acting, the visual arts, as well as dance. An MFA candidate at UBC, she has been published in Uncanny Magazine, ellipsis… literature & art, Plenitude Magazine, and elsewhere. She was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020 and received Honorable Mentions from Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize 2019. She is currently an Editor at Augur and Prose Editor at PRISM international and can be reached on Twitter @eliktherain.

Avi Silver is a spec fic author (Two Dark Moons, 2019; Three Seeking Stars, 2021), editor (Augur Magazine), and poet. Find their short fiction in Common Bonds: An Aromantic Speculative Anthology, and their poetry in or forthcoming in Strange Horizons and Uncanny Magazine. In 2018, they co-founded The Shale Project, an award-winning indie arts collective, and have not stopped worldbuilding since. For lizard pictures, follow them on Twitter @thescreambean. Books: TWO DARK MOONS and THREE SEEKING STARS (preorder)

Leslie Joy Ahenda is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and the poetry editor for Augur Magazine. She is a finalist for the Alberta Magazine Publishers’ Award for poetry. Her poems have appeared in filling Station, Plenitude Magazine, Poetry is Dead, and more. Her debut chapbook, THRENODY FOR A DROWNED GIRL (2021) is available from Moon Jelly House. Follow her on Twitter: @lesliejoyahenda.

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 #30, please contact series curators Gavin or Mayank or TTSR30 curator Terese Mason Pierre. 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.