Friday, August 31, 2007

James Dewar

James Dewar
Originally uploaded by random acts of poetry
James Dewar is a poet who actively promotes the popularization of poetry in the Toronto area through personal performances and by hosting poetry events with a laid-back comedic flare. His first full-length book of poetry, The Garden in the Machine was published (March 2007) by Hidden Brook Press. He has contributed dozens of stories and articles to various magazines and publications as a freelance writer and has published 2 chapbooks and been included in both Renaissance Conspiracy Anthologies.

He has been hosting his own Toronto Poetry Reading Series, emphasizing audience participation and on-the-spot poetry challenges, Hot-Sauced Words at the ultra-cool Queen West hangout, It’s Not a deli, for well over a year. He is a frequent feature at the Artbar and enjoys randomly walking up to open mics and reading both his own and his favourite writers’ poetry. James is a busy fellow these days starting up a spicy new business, Piquant Productions, with partner/author Sue Reynolds, publishing poetry chapbooks, performing as the Public Relations Director of the Writer’s Circle of Durham Region and offering poetry workshops through the Oshawa Arts Council and the WCDR on every aspect of poetry from editing poems to designing a “personal best” poetry feature set. He is proud to have been chosen to represent the poets of Canada and chomping at the bit to get at the general public during Random Acts of Poetry week!

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