WHAT: The Single Onion kicks into high gear for the fall with five excellent poets: A.B. Dillon, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Diane Guichon, Neil Surkan, and Bernadette Wagner.

WHEN: Thursday, October 17, 7pm

WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 100 – 1302 4th St. SW (

About the readers:

A.B. DILLON is a first-generation Canadian. Her parents emigrated from Ireland in 1959. She is by day, a ‘Defender of Dreams’ as a counsellor and educator for outreach students, and by night, a crafter of prose, poetry, and personal essay. She has written for Swerve, The Calgary Herald, Where  Magazine, Avenue Magazine and Toque & Canoe. Her poetry has been published in Café Beano Anthologies and FreeFall Magazine, where she won third prize (2016). Her poem “Miss Mercy” was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize (2018). Matronalia was her first collection of prose poetry, published by Thistledown Press, and it was the winner of the Stephen G. Stephansson Award for Poetry in 2019.

Kate Marshall Flaherty’s most recent book of poetry, “ Radiant,” launched with Innana Press this June, and her first full musical, “I No Longer Can” had its first staged reading at Alumni Theatre this June as well. Her poems about Ontario’s Georgian Bay area won the 2018 King Foundation Award for 2019. She has been published in numerous Canadian and International Journals and Anthologies, has been shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year 2019, Exile Editions Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry award 2018, Descant’s Best Canadian Poem, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Prize, the Robert Frost Poetry Award and others. She inaugurated “Poetry in Union” in 2019. She guides StillPoint Writing Workshops in schools, youth shelters, senior centres, universities and hospitals; poetry is her lifeline. See her performance poetry to music at

Diane Guichon is a local Calgary Poet whose poetry collection Birch Split Bark won the W.O. Mitchell book prize in 2007. She was short listed for Calgary’s First Poet Laureate and has taught English Literature and Academic Writing for the University of Lethbridge’s Calgary campus for over a decade. She prides herself in doing a little of this and a little of that when it comes to writing: some book reviews, poet interviews, poetry readings, poem publications. She has read poems outside elevator banks, in a hallway at One Yellow Rabbit, on street corners and on the Calgary Peace Bridge. She has just launched her latest book, a collection of poems inspired by the paintings of western landscape artist, Lissi Legge.

Neil Surkan’s debut poetry collection, On High, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press (September, 2018). His chapbook, Super, Natural, was published by Anstruther Press (March 2017). His most recent poems have appeared in PRISM international and Riddle Fence. He’s a PhD candidate in English at the University of Calgary.

Bernadette Wagner, writer, editor, and community based educator, has recent work in Absent Mothers (DP: 2017) and Without Apology: Writings on Abortion in Canada (AUP: 2016). Her poetry and nonfiction have been broadcast on radio and TV, recorded on video and film, and published in magazines and anthologies. Shortlisted for the Saskatchewan First Book Award, she toured This hot place (Thistledown, 2010), her first poetry collection, across the country. An activist for social justice, a spokesperson for various feminist organizations, a founder of the Prairie Lily Feminist Society and Friends of Regina Public Library, a board member for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and Sage Hill Writing Experience, a past Literary Co-ordinator and two-time Chair of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival, and the inaugural literary artist-in-residence at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, Bernadette lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets and the Calgary Arts Development


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