Tartan Turban Secret Readings #37

You are invited to the 37th session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings curated by Dane Swan, featuring Clifton Joseph, Adebe DeRango-Adem and Tyneisha Ternent.

Curated by Dane Swan. Featuring Clifton Joseph, Tyneisha Ternent and Adebe DeRango-Adem.

Date and Time

7:00 – 9:30 PM EST, Thursday, February 16, 2023. Book your free tickets now, via Eventbrite!


Dane Swan is a Bermuda-raised, Toronto-based, internationally published poet, writer, and musician. His first collection, Bending the Continuum, was published by Guernica Editions in the spring of 2011. The collection was a recommended mid-summer read by Open Book Toronto. In 2013 Dane was short-listed for the Monica Ladell Award for his poem “Stopwatch.” In 2016, Guernica Editions also published his second collection of poetry, A Mingus Lullaby, a finalist for the 2017 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His first novella, Tuesday, was published in 2019 by Grey Borders Books. Dane also compiled, edited and led the team behind the anthology, Changing the Face of Canadian Literature. He is an accomplished slam poet and touring spoken-word performer, placing second at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, third at the Rust Belt Regional Slam and touring the US Midwest and West Coast regions. He has graced numerous festival stages, including IFOA, Hillside, Lab Cab, Parkdale Arts, Junction Arts, and Pitter Patter festivals.


Dubzz/poet/at/large Clifton Joseph is a poet and journalist living in Toronto. A founding member of the dub poetry movement in Canada, he has performed widely across this country, the US, UK, Europe and the Caribbean; & released Metropolitan Blues, a book of poems, and the CD Oral Trans/Missions. He has written for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, This, Toronto life and Canadian Geographic magazines; and at CIUT, CKLN and CBC radio; movie reviewer for CTV’s Canada AM; at Imprint, TVOntario’s literary talk show; national reporter for CBC TV’s The National and investigative reporter for Undercurrents and Marketplace. Among his awards are two Gemini Awards; a Silver Fleece Award from the Chicago film festival; a Time-Warner Freddies Award for International health reporting; and the Peter Tosh Memorial Award from the Canadian Reggae Music Awards. his latest recordings are the single Where’re the politicians, and not poem.

Adebe DeRango-Adem is a former attendee of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University), where she mentored with poets Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka to produce her debut book of poems, Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010), a text that considers how art can respond to the annihilation of particular identities struggling to exist in an impossibly post-racial world. Ex Nihilo was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest prize for writers under thirty. She is also the editor, with Andrea Thompson, of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010). Her second poetry collection, Terra Incognita (Inanna Publications, 2015), was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Poems from the collection were also longlisted for the 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, judged by poet Claudia Rankine. Her third collection, The Unmooring, was published in 2018 by Mansfield Press. A poem from the collection was featured in the 2019 Poem-In-Your-Pocket anthology, co-created by the League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets. Adebe served as the 2019-20 Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence with Twelve Literary Arts, in Cleveland, Ohio. Her poem, “Vox Genus / Provectus,” was selected by poet Sonia Sanchez as the winner of the 2021 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest, Her fourth collection, Vox Humana, was launched in fall 2022 with Book*hug Press.

Tyneisha Ternent, AKA Ty the Poetess, is Barrie’s newest Poet Laureate. Also, a spoken word artist and author of Bearing Fruit – Tyneisha understands the importance of words and uses them to uplift and encourage those around her. Tyneisha uses her platform to support local artists by giving them unique stages to perform on. Tyneisha is the first mother and BIPOC individual to hold this prestigious title in Barrie and vows to be the “People’s Poet”. To stay connected to Tyneisha follow her @tythepoetess on Instagram and Facebook. A veteran song and poetry writer, Tyneisha creates poetry that empowers and connects women and has performed her materials in the Toronto and GTA area. Bearing Fruit (Friesen Press) is her first book; a second book of poems is underway, which picks up where Bearing Fruit ends. Tyneisha’s poetry is characterized by a simple seriousness and a sense of humour.


Open mic

Open mic readers:

Marta Ziemelis and Jovan Shadd.

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 upon finishing their readings