Wonderful Women Writers Series
A new reading series showcasing some of Toronto's finest women writers & their feminist & women-centred fiction
Co-ordinated and hosted by Dr. Nora Gold, prize-winning author and Writer-in-Residence at the CWSE.
Tuesday April 19, 2016, 5:30-7:00pm
Room 2-279,OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., Toronto
Free, no pre-registration required
Come hear Cynthia Holz, Gail Benick, Dawn Promislow & Nora Gold
Gail Benick is an author and educator. Her debut novella, The Girl Who Was Born That Way, was published by Inanna Publications in 2015. Benick earned a B.A. from City College of New York, an M. Phil. from the City University of New York and a M.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She was a professor on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario where she offered courses on the immigrant experience. She has also served as the coordinator of the Toronto Jewish Book Fair and a judge for the Ve'ahavta Creative Writing Contest.
Cynthia Holz is the author of a collection of short stories and five novels, including Semi Detached, A Good Man, and Benevolence. She began publishing short stories in 1980, and since then her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her essays and book reviews have run in The Globe and Mail, The Ottawa Citizen, Quill & Quire,and The National Post. She has been a Writer-in-Residence for the Toronto Public Library and taught creative writing at Ryerson University for nearly twenty years. She has also been a mentor for emerging writers in programs sponsored by Diaspora Dialogues. Cynthia lives in Toronto.
Dawn Promislow was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and has lived in Toronto since 1987. Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Numéro Cinq, Canadian Poetries, Munyori Literary Journal, Canopic Jar, SLiP (Stellenbosch Literary Project), and Penguin Random House's Hazlitt, among other publications, and have been anthologized in TOK: Writing the New Toronto, Book 5, 2010 and African Roar 2012. Her debut short story collection, Jewels and Other Stories (TSAR Publications, 2010), was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2011 and named one of the 8 best fiction debuts of 2011 by The Globe and Mail (Canada). Her poem "lemon" was a finalist for the 2015 Berfrois Poetry Prize. She is the 2015-2016 writer-in-residence at the Toronto Heliconian Club.
Nora Gold is a prize-winning author, researcher, and activist. Her recent novel, Fields of Exile, won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and was internationally acclaimed, including by Phyllis Chesler and Cynthia Ozick. Gold’s previous book, Marrow and Other Stories, won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and praise from Alice Munro. Gold’s third book, the novel The Dead Man, will be published in May 2016 (Inanna). In addition, Dr. Gold is the founder and editor of the prestigious literary journal, Jewish Fiction .net.