Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Toronto Lit Up

Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: FREE

IFOA and BookThug invite you to the release of The Unpublished City, a collection of works by Toronto’s  emerging literary talents, as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.


Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities.

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  • Diana Biacora. Author. The Unpublished City. BookThug. IFOA.

    Diana Biacora

    Diana Biacora is an MFA candidate in the University of Guelph's Creative Writing Program. She writes fiction and creative non-fiction. She lives and writes in Toronto.

  • David Bradford. Author. The Unpublished City. BookThug. IFOA.

    David Bradford

    David Bradford is the author of Nell Zink is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017) and Call Out (knife | fork | book, 2017). He leads and curates the Slo-Po group reading series at knife | fork | book and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lemon Hound, Vallum, Prairie Fire, Poetry Is Dead, Toronto Lit Up’s The Unpublished City, The Capilano Review, and more. A poetry editor and MFA candidate at the University of Guelph, he splits his time between Toronto and Montreal.

  • Nicole Chin. Author. The Unpublished City. Shooting the Bitch. BookThug. IFOA. House of Anansi.

    Nicole Chin

    Nicole Chin is the author of the House of Anansi Press Digital Short, “Shooting the Bitch”, which received the McIllquham Foundation Prize for best original short story. Her work has appeared in Joyland Magazine, Room Magazine, The Puritan, Found Press and others. She has been long-listed for the House of Anansi Broken Social Scene Short Story Contest and was the recipient of the Helen Richards Campbell Memorial Award.

  • Simone Dalton. Author. The Unpublished City. BookThug. IFOA.

    Simone Dalton

    Simone Makeba Dalton is a writer currently working on her MFA thesis through the University of Guelph, which explores the histories inherited by daughters of absentee fathers. Her story “Undersigned" was published in The Unpublished City, curated by Dionne Brand, and her essay “What Will You Tell Your Children” will be published in the forthcoming Black Writing Matters, edited by Whitney French. She is the co-host of Guelph's Speakeasy reading series. Simone lives in Toronto and was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.

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    Dalton Derkson

    Dalton Derkson is a poet from parts of the Canadian Prairies unknown. More work can be found in B after C, In/Words, and the Toronto Star.

  • Doyali Islam. Author. The Unpublished City. BookThug. IFOA.

    Doyali Islam

    Doyali Islam is the winner of Arc Poetry Magazine’s 2016 Poem of the Year Contest, and other poems can be found through CBC’s Sunday Edition and in Kenyon Review Online and The Fiddlehead. Her current poetry manuscript is the formally-innovative and lyrical heft and sing, which contains her ‘split sonnets’, ‘double sonnets’, and ‘parallel poems’.

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    Laboni Islam

    Laboni Islam's poetry has appeared in echolocation, FreeFall, (parenthetical), spiral orb, and wildness. She teaches at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Aga Khan Museum, animating the gap between art and young audiences.

  • Ian Kamau. Author. The Unpublished City. BookThug. IFOA.

    Ian Kamau

    Ian Kamau is a writer, music maker and designer; an artist who believes in the pursuit of actualization, especially by marginalized individuals and groups. Born and raised in Esplanade, a neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, to Trinidadian parents who immigrated to Canada in the 1970s,  he is interested in exploring the value of art to society. His parents are documentary filmmakers, his mother a producer, his father a writer and director. He grew up around ideas, social movements, education and all forms of creativity.

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    Shoilee Khan

    Shoilee Khan’s fiction has appeared in a diverse collection of magazines and journals, including Adbusters, Room Magazine, The New Quarterly, and Other Voices. She teaches English in the School of Communication and Literary Studies at Sheridan College and is the host and curator of Bluegate Reading Collective, a reading series in the Peel region.

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    Adnan Khan

    Adnan Khan has written for VICE, The Globe & Mail, Hazlitt, and others. He was awarded the RBC Taylor Prize for Emerging Writer in 2016 and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.

  • Canisia Lubrin. Author. The Unpublished City. BookThug. IFOA.

    Canisia Lubrin

    Canisia Lubrin serves on the editorial board of the Humber Literary Review and on the advisory board of the Ontario Book Publishers Organization. She completed an MFA in fiction at Guelph-Humber and is the author of the poetry collection, Voodoo Hypothesis, forthcoming this fall from Wolsak & Wynn. 

  • Sofia Mostaghimi. Author. The Unpublished City. BookThug. IFOA.

    Sofia Mostaghimi

    Sofia Mostaghimi's stories have appeared in The Hart House Review, Joyland Magazine, Flyway: The Journal of Writing and Environment, Echolocation, as well as two anthologies: Aestas 2014: A Fabula Press Anthology (3rd place winner) and You Care Too Much: Creative Women on the Question of Self-Care. A graduate of the University of Toronto's Creative Writing Master's program, she teaches, lives, and writes in Toronto.

  • Nadia Ragbar. Author. The Unpublished City. BookThug. IFOA.

    Nadia Ragbar

    Nadia Ragbar's work has appeared in Broken Pencil, Echolocation, Dragnet Magazine, and The Glass Coin. She lives in Toronto.

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    Rudrapriya Rathore

    Rudrapriya Rathore's work has appeared in The Hart House Review, The Puritan, The Walrus, Minola Review, and Carousel, among other publications. Her fiction recently won an honourable mention in Joyland's inaugural Open Border contest. She lives and writes in Toronto.

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    Phoebe Wang

    Phoebe Wang was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies  and Hanging Exhibits, and was the 2015 winner of Prism international's Poetry Contest. Admission Requirements is her debut collection of poetry.

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    Chuqiao Yang

    Chuqiao Yang's writing has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2ArcRice PaperPRISM Internationalthe PuritanRoom, Filling StationGrain, and on CBC. In 2011, Chuqiao was the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards. She was a 2015 finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Chuqiao was also featured in 30 under 30: an anthology of Canadian millennial poets (In/Words Press, 2017).