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s3: iteration one

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Riverbed Reading Series is happy to announce the launch of season three of their series with a talented lineup of poets and performers.
Join them live or tune into the livestream online to hear from Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, Grace Lau, Khashayar “Kess” Mohammadi and Jack Hui Litster, presented in partnership with Ottawa New Music Creators.

This event is free to attend.
If you like what you hear we encourage you to donate to our ongoing GoFundMe campaign to continue supporting our artist and series.
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about our performers:

KIMBERLY QUIOGUE ANDREWS is a poet and literary critic. She is the author of A Brief History of Fruit, winner of the Akron Prize for Poetry from the University of Akron Press, and BETWEEN, winner of the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Prize from Finishing Line Press. She teaches creative writing and American literature at the University of Ottawa, and you can find her on Twitter at @kqandrews.
GRACE LAU is a settler living in Ontario on the traditional and Treaty territory of the Anishinabek people, now known as the Chippewa Tri-Council comprised of the Beausoleil, Rama, and Georgina Island First Nations. Her debut collection of poetry, The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak, is published by Guernica Editions and a Lambda Award finalist. Her work can be found in Grain Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, Arc Poetry, and elsewhere. Find her @thrillandgrace.
JACK HUI LITSTER is a multi-instrumentalist and composer of concert music and film and TV score based in Ottawa. Jack plays percussion, keyboard, guitar, and guzheng (Chinese zither), and has performed across Canada and internationally. Jack’s music explores the deep emotions of lived experience, and blends his classical and jazz training with sounds of many cultures, especially Chinese classical music, which he fell in love with when he married into a Chinese family.
Presented in partnership with the Ottawa New Music Creators

KHASHAYAR “KESS” MOHAMMADI (He/They) is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer and Translator. They were shortlisted for the 2021 Austin Clarke poetry prize, they are the winner of the 2021 Vallum Poetry Prize and the author of three poetry chapbooks and two translated poetry chapbooks. Their debut poetry collection Me, You, Then Snow is out with Gordon Hill Press. Their second book WJD is forthcoming in a double volume with the translation of Saeed Tavanaee’s The OceanDweller from Gordon Hill Press Fall 2022. Their collaborative poetry manuscript with poet Klara Du Plessis is forthcoming with Palimpsest Press Fall 2023.


May 18
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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