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November 3, 2008
VOL. 9, Issue 6

November 3, 2008
At the Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street, W., 8:00pm

image of sara berniker Sara Joan Berniker
Writer, grad student, and baker Sara Berniker has been published in Playboy, Horror Garage, and Albedo One, and has a short story upcoming in the horror magazine Cemetery Dance. When not writing or making gourmet delights for East City's Atomic Bagels, she is hard at work on a thesis about authorship, audience, and Stephen King.

image of rozena maart Rozena Maart
Rozena Maart was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and moved to Canada in 1989.

In 1987, at the age of 24, Rozena was nominated to the “Woman of the Year” award hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, for her work in the area of violence against women and for starting, with four women, the first Black feminist organization in Cape Town, South Africa, Women Against Repression [W.A.R]. She had her first poetry book published in 1990 and her book Rosa’s District Six, which was published in December of 2004 made the weekly bestseller list in March 2006. Rozena Maart has a Masters degree from the University of York, UK and a Phd in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis from the Centre for Contemporary Studies, from the University of Birmingham, UK.
She has taught within Universities in Canada and given talks at many universities across the globe. More recently, Rozena taught in her hometown of Cape Town. Rozena Maart lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Vusi Moloi
A shepherd boy in a matrilineal society of Matamong and a former Television Journalist with the SABC TV News of South Africa, Vusi Moloi was born with a pen in his hand. Prior to going into exile, during the era of the anti-apartheid struggle, he worked with the South African women’s movement like the Black Sash of Johannesburg. Vusi rendered his last poetry at the women’s liberation conference held at the University of Witwatersrand in his hometown of Johannesburg organized by the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDRAW).

"Vusi Moloi encapsulates humanity with its universal emotions and feelings in a pulsating rhythm of a symphony. Flavored uniquely with African condiments of benevolence, compassion, and forbearing (Ubuntu) in his A Goodbye To My Little Troubles, the author gives us the lay of the land in terms of the purpose of the writings.

"In this poetry, we experience a cavalcade of grief and joy, darkness and light, despair and hope. A Goodbye To My Little Troubles is a sublime tribute to that uniquely African concept in interpersonal relationships — Ubuntu, and is an incontrovertible affirmation of the adage, “Luctor et Emergo”, I struggle and I emerge."
-Elizabeth Mbata

image of janette platana Janette Platana
Janette Platana was born and raised in Saskatchewan and now lives in Peterborough, Ontario. Her writing has been published in Canada, the United States, and Turkey. She is the recipient of funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as a fellowship from the Chalmers Arts Foundation. She has been nominated for the K.M. Hunter Award for literature, and has been shortlisted several times for the CBC Literary Awards. She has a collection of short stories and a novel ready for publication, and is working a second novel.
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