(WINDSOR, ON) – Tonight at 6:30, at downtown’s Central Library, Urban Farmhouse Press is hosting, “a wonderful cross section of woman in our community.” The event will consist of readings by three local writers in this, its March edition of, By The River.
The authors will be Melanie Janisse Barlow, Irene Moore Davis, and Casey Plett.
Barlow is both a writer and a painter. On her Facebook page, she talks of having an interesting schedule, spending, “the morning working on my poems, with coffee, eggs and hot sauce. I read. I do this until my head swirls and find myself craving an outing. So, I go to my studio and paint until I am tired. Lately, I go after for Papousas on Wyandotte. Always delighted when my poems find air and space.”
Irene Moore Davis was one of several Canadian and American historians to contribute chapters to the book A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland. She is now writing The Long Road Continues, a book about Windsor’s Black history. It is expected to be published this autumn.
An avid community volunteer, Moore Davis relishes opportunities to speak about African Canadian history. Themes related to Black heritage and culture also recur in her poetry. Professionally, she is the manager responsible for Continuing Education and English language programs at St Clair College. She lives in Windsor with her husband, Rodney Davis.
So far, Casey Plett says she has yet to nail down what she’ll read. It is something, she said, those who attend will have to wait to find out. Barlow says the same thing and expects to attendees to be pleasantly surprised.
Plett has some good material to select from, including a section from her forthcoming novel Little Fish, or perhaps her short story collection, A Safe Girl to Love, which won the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for transgender fiction, or the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers, of which she is co-author.
Her writing credits include a column on transitioning for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Maclean’s, The Walrus, Plenitude, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications.