Readings & News

Camille Martin’s News & Events

“Martin’s quick-paced tempo led the audience through a whirlwind of intimate and surreal thought that was entirely engaging." (Amanda Roth, Grey Borders Reading Series)


7:00 pm, Friday, April 18, 2014
Quill Puddle Anthology Releast Party
Scarab Club / 217 Farnsworth Street / Detroit
Reading with Will Alexander, Barb Henning, Kim Hunter, Rob Lipton, Ken Mikoloski, Christine Monhollen, Julie Patton, Dennis Teichman, George and Chris Tysh. The event will also feature music with Alexander on piano and Patton on vocals with guitarist Paul and drummer James Hart II, as well as a performance by the Doll Hairs.

8:00 pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Tree Reading Series
Club SAW / 67 Nicholas Street / Ottawa
Reading with Brecken Hancock


Friday, February 14, and Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Poetry Workshops for Teens
Humberside Collegiate / Toronto
Sponsored by the Young Voices Program of the Toronto Public Library

7:30, Tuesday, February 11, 2014
BookThug’s 10th Anniversary Party
Monarch Tavern / 12 Clinton Street / Toronto, ON
Hosted by Jay and Hazel Millar
Reading with Kemeny Babineau, Adam Seelig, Roger Greenwald, Lise Downe, Michael Boughn, Marianne Apostolides, Shannon Maguire, Julie Joosten, Margaret Christakos

7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 15, 2014
UBC Okanagan Visiting Author Series
Okanagan Regional Library
1380 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC
Free admission
Curated by Sonnet L’Abbe

4:00 PM, Thursday, October 14, 2013
“Robert Zend: Poet without Borders”
A talk for The Center for Marginalia, The Poetry Collection, University at Buffalo
420 Capen Hall
Curated by Edric Mesmer

7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Friday, November 29, 2013
Black Friday 2013
A reading curated by the editors of The Puritan
Also reading: Rob Benvie, Laura Clarke, Liz Howard, R. Kolewe, Ben Ladouceur, Jim Smith, Kilby Smith-McGregor, Aaron Tucker

January 2014, date TBA
Visiting Author Series
University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Curated by Sonnet L’Abbé

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Tree Reading Series


My 2012-2013 readings are timed for the launch of my new collection, Looms. Please help me celebrate its publication by fabulous Shearsman Books! You can purchase a copy at a bookstore or at the list of online sources at the Looms Shearsman webpage.

I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

3:00 pm, Thursday, February 14
Interview at KRVS Radio Acadie, 88.7 FM, with Judith Meriwether
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

7:00 pm, Saturday, February 16, 2013
Voices Seasonal Reading Series
Carpe Diem! / 812 Jefferson Street / Lafayette, Louisiana
Also reading: Matthew Hofferek & Lana M. Wiggins

7:00 pm, Thursday, March 14, 2013
Robson Reading Series
Robson Square Bookstore / 800 Robson Street / Vancouver
Also reading: Andrew Kaufman and Barry Webster

7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Argo Bookshop
1915 Sainte-Catherine Street West / Montreal
Also reading: Oana Ava­s­i­li­chioaei

8:00 pm, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Art Bar Poetry Series
Q Space / 382 College Street West / Toronto
Also reading: Jim Johnstone, Adam Seelig


Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Doug Stewart Reading Series
Palisade Gardens / 240 Chapel Street / Cobourg, Ontario
Also reading: Sharon Knap and Rick Webster
Emcee: Bridget Campion

7:00 pm, Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Woodward Line Poetry Series
Scarab Club / 217 East Farnsworth / Detroit, MI
Also reading: Tyrone Williams, James La Croix

9:00 pm, Saturday, November 24, 2012
Skylab Gallery
57 E. Gay St, 5th Floor / Columbus, OH
Also reading: Natalie Shapero, James Payne, Wendy Lee Spacek, John M. Bennett, and Adam Rose


Thursday, September 6 to Friday, October 5, 2012
Rescue in the group exhibition at the Elgin Wintergarden Theatre
189 Yonge Street / Toronto, ON

Also in the exhibition: works by Stacey Camp, David Marshak, Romas Astrauskas, Zora Buchanan, Ila Kellermann, Menno Krant, Myriam Levy, Andrew M. Smith, Jay McCarten, Frances Ferdinands, Adi Zur


8:00 pm, Saturday, January 28, 2012
Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BIG NIGHT
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk / Buffalo, NY
Free food, cash bar
$5, $4 members & students
Also reading: Mark Goldstein
Video: Carl Lee
Food: Geoffrey Gatza

7:00 pm, Saturday, April 21, 2012
Myopic Poetry Series
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave (near Damen Blue Line CTA stop)
Also reading: Mark Goldstein


7:00 pm, Friday, September 23
Grey Borders Reading Series
Hosted by Eric Schmaltz
Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street, St Catharines, ON
also reading:
Shannon Maguire, Aisha Sasha John, and Zorras Multimedia Group

7:00 pm, Tuesday, September 27
Boneshaker Reading Series
Hosted by Lillian Necakov
St. Clair/Silverton branch, Toronto Public Library
1748 St. Clair Avenue West (between Caledonia and Old Weston)
Also reading: Jim Johnstone

4:00 – 5:00 pm (EST), Friday, October 14
Bruce Kaufmann interviews Camille Martin and Beverly Akerman
with music by Blame Sally
“Finding a Voice” / CFRC 101.9 FM
Kingston, Ontario
Listen live:
Shows are also archived:

8:00 pm, Saturday, October 15 (doors open 7:30)
AB Reading Series
Hosted by Max Middle
Gallery 101 / 301 1/2 Bank Street
Also featuring a performance by Zorras Multimedia Group

8:00 pm, Monday, October 17
Thrive Reading Series
Hosted by Erin Foley
The Grad Club (Queen’s University)
Kingston, Ontario

Wednesday, October 19
Ryerson University
Hosted by Dale Smith
Toronto, Ontario
Also reading: Susan Briante
Details TBA

3:00-4:00 pm (CST), Sunday, October 23

Interview by John Herbert Cunningham
“Speaking of Poets” / CKUW 99.5 FM
Listen live:
Shows are also archived:

7:30 pm, Thursday, October 27
Bridge Street Books
Hosted by Rod Smith
Bridge Street Books is located 5 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro, next to Four Seasons in Georgetown at the end of M street.
Washington, DC
Also reading: Mel Nichols and Amy Wright

4:00 pm, Saturday, October 29
Segue Reading Series
New York
Also reading: Rae Armantrout

June 2011
Toronto Public Library, Woodside Square Branch
Twelve limited-edition collage prints on exhibit and available for purchase


6:30 – 9:30 pm, Tuesday, June 7, 2011
AvantGarden at The Ossington / 61 Ossington Avenue
Camille Martin
Beatriz Hausner
Claire Lacey

8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Pivot at The Press Club / 850 Dundas Street West
Camille Martin (Sonnets)
Jonathan Bennett (Civil and Civic)
Paul Vermeersch (The Reinvention of the Human Hand)


Monday, April 18, 2011
Conducted two poetry workshops at Humberside Collegiate
Auspices of the Young Voices program of the Toronto Public Library

FACILITATOR: Margaret Christakos
READERS AND SPEAKERS: Kaie Kellough, Larissa Lai, Camille Martin, rob mclennan, Erin Moure, Mark Truscott, Daniel Scott Tysdal and Rachel Zolf

April 13, 2011
Reading by Camille Martin
rob mclennan speaking on Camille Martin’s Sonnets

May 11, 2011
Reading by Kaie Kellough
Camille Martin speaking on Kaie Kellough’s Maple Leaf Rag
Click here for more info and registration for the class at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education

Five Tuesdays: March 15 – April 12, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Toronto New School of Writing
click here for details & registration

Sunday, December 12 – Thursday, December 23, 2010
Toronto: Arta Gallery at The Distillery / 55 Mill Street
Three limited-edition collage prints on exhibit and available for purchase

April 1 – April 30, 2010
Rainbow Market Square Gallery (Toronto)
Located inside the Rainbow Cinema (free)
Twelve of my collage prints will be on show and available for purchase:
80 Front Street East between Church and Jarvis



7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 4
Shearsman Reading Series
Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House
20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London

7:30 pm, Thursday, May 6
Bangor University Reading series
Bangor, Wales

7:30 pm, Saturday, May 8
PoAttic Reading Series
Jersey Opera House
St. Helier, Jersey, U.K.

6:30 – 8:00 pm, Monday, May 10
Poetry Workshop for Ó Bhéal Reading Series
The Long Valley
Cork, Ireland

9:00 pm, Monday, May 10
Ó Bhéal Reading Series
The Long Valley
Cork, Ireland

6:00 – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, May 11
University of Salford
Reading and two-hour session with students in the MA in Creative Writing program

7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 18
Ivy Writers Reading Series
Le Next
17 rue Tiqutonne, Paris


Tuesday, 8:00 pm, February 23
This Ain’t the Rosedale Library: Launch of Sonnets
86 Nassau Street (Kensington Market)
Toronto, Ontario
Also reading: Fred Wah and Jim Smith

Sunday, 7:30 pm, March 7
LiT LiVe Reading Series
Sky Dragon Centre
27 King William Street
Hamilton, Ontario

11:30 am, Thursday, March 25
Open Text Reading Series
CE 148
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC

8:00 pm, Friday, March 26
Kootenay School of Writing
Camille Martin and Ray Hsu
W2 Perel Gallery
112 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC


February 2010
Shearsman Books (Exeter, U.K.)
Sonnets will be distributed in Canada, the UK, and the US.
The Shearsman Books web page for Sonnets


Wednesday, February 17, 4:00 pm
Unleash Your Inner Poet: A Workshop for Youth
Centennial Branch (578 Finch Avenue West, west of Bathurst)


Friday, August 29, and Saturday, August 30, at 8:00 pm
Majlis Multidisciplinary Arts, Figure of Speech: summer nights of poetry, dance, and live music in an urban garden in Queen West West

I’ll be performing with a baroque guitarist and lutenist, and a kathak/modern dancer.

163 Walnut Avenue / Toronto (from Queen Street West, turn south on Walnut Avenue, just east of Trinity-Bellwoods Park)

Admission: $15


Show dates: Saturday, August 15, – September 6, 2009
Artists Reception: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 7 pm
Gallery Hours: Th – Sa 12-6 pm / Su 1-5 pm

Square Foot Show (Toronto)
Three of my collage prints will be on show and available for purchase:
100A Ossington Avenue, Toronto (a few blocks north of AWOL Gallery, the show’s organizer)


5:30 – 6:00 pm EST, Sunday, May 10, 2009
To be interviewed by John Herbert Cunningham on CKUW 95.9 FM (Winnipeg)


8:00 pm, Friday, February 6, 2009
Toronto: Launch of Misunderstandings Magazine 11
Cerevejaria / 842 College Street (near Ossington)
I’ll read from “The Evangeline Papers,” an excerpt of which Misunderstandings Magazine is publishing. This work is based on my Cajun/Acadian heritage and on my recent visit to Nova Scotia to participate in an archaeological dig at Beaubassin and to research Acadian and Mik’maq history and culture.

Saturday, May 6, 2009 (time TBA)
Toronto: The Pivot Series at the Press Club
850 Dundas Street West

7:00 pm, Thursday, October 8, 2008
Montreal: The Atwater Reading Series
Atwater Library / 1200 Atwater Ave.
Westmount, Québec

8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Halifax: The Shoestring Reading Series
The Economy Shoe Shop
1663 Argyle Sreet / Halilfax, NS

7:00 pm, Friday, July 11, 2008
Toronto: The Scream Literary Festival
Toronto Women’s Bookstore, 73 Harbord Street
Featured readers: Camille Martin, Harmony Rice, Monica Rosas


Sunday, April 6, 2008
Workshop: The Poetry of Borrowed Words
12-5 pm (with breaks)
This Ain’t the Rosedale Library
483 Church Street near Maitland (enter the door to the right of the bookstore and go upstairs)
DESCRIPTION: Every day, you’re surrounded by words, from advertising to reality shows; from neon signs to instruction manuals. Why not use these words in your poetry? Borrowing from other texts to create poetry that’s uniquely yours is a fun way to jump-start your imagination. And it has a venerable tradition – medieval poets cribbed from Homer to write their Life of Christ!

In this workshop, we’ll examine ways in which poets incorporate found words into their poems. You’ll get lots of opportunity to try some of these processes. We’ll pillage many different kinds of texts -cookbooks, advertisements, pulp fiction, dictionaries of clichés, TV guides, travel guides, weather reports, and poems by other poets – even very famous poets. This is your chance to have your way with Shakespeare!

You’ll leave the workshop with new poems and fresh inspiration. Beginning and experienced poets are welcome!

REGISTRATION: Call (416) 929-9912 (This Ain’t the Rosedale Library) to sign up. $60 includes materials and light refreshments.

CAMILLE MARTIN is a poet and collage artist whose collection Codes of Public Sleep recently appeared from BookThug (2007). She has also published several chapbooks. Recent work is published or forthcoming in journals such as The Literary Review of Canada, The Walrus, West Coast Line, PRECIPICe, Rampike, This Magazine, W Magazine, Peter O’Toole, and The Chicago Review. Her current project is a book of edgy sonnets. She earned an MFA in Poetry at the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. She teaches at Ryerson University. She is an experienced workshop facilitator, having taught this workshop and similar ones numerous times to both high school students and adults.


Saturday, December 29, 2007, 2-4 pm
New York City: The Bowery Poetry Club
BookThug Book Party featuring Cara Benson, Greg Betts, Jason Dickson, Evan Kennedy, Camille Martin, Jay MillAr, Gregory Pardlo

Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 8:00 pm
Ottawa: Tree Reading Series
Royal Oak II Pub
Featured reader: Camille Martin
A review of my Ottawa reading on Amanda Earl’s blog

Friday, 8 February 2008, 7:30 pm
St. Catharines: The Grey Borders Reading Series
Strega Cafe / 19 King Street
Featured readers: Aaron Giovannone, Sharon Harris, Geoffrey Hlibchuk, and Camille Martin

Friday, February 15, 2008, 8:00 pm
Toronto: Test Reading Series
Mercer Union / 27 Lisgar Street
Featured readers: Susan Holbrook and Camille Martin

Sunday, March 2, 2008, 7:30 pm
Hamilton: LiT LiVe
Sky Dragon Centre / 27 King William Street
Featured readers: Camille Martin and others (TBA)