Drafts and Drafts 2017

Welcome to the first year of Drafts and Drafts – a fun, casual event where our gritLIT authors join three other Hamilton writers to share a drink and a reading in a casual setting.

The catch? They have to focus at least part of their presentation on a work-in-progress, so this is a unique opportunity for you to hear the next great work from a prominent writer before anybody else.

Plus, a drink is included in the cost of admission. What more could you ask from a gritLIT event?

Here are your 2017 Drafts and Drafts authors:

Wayne Grady WayneGradyis an award-winning writer of nonfiction and fiction. He has written 14 books of science and natural history, travel and personal essays. He has also published short fiction and a novel, Emancipation Day, which was longlisted for the Giller Prize and won the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. He lives in Kingston with his wife and fellow writer, Merilyn Simonds.


E. Graziani E.Graziani Headshot 1is a teacher/librarian, author, and speaker. She is the author of War in My Town (Second Story Press)—one of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens and finalist in the Hamilton Arts Council 2016 Literary Awards for Best Non-Fiction—as well as the ‘Alice’ young adult novel series, Alice of the Rocks and Alice–Angel of Time, and a novella Jess Under Pressure (Morning Rain Publishing). Breaking Faith, her newest contemporary fiction novel is now available. She resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband and four daughters.

Shane Neilson shane neilsonis a poet, critic, memoirist, and scholar from New Brunswick. He published Dysphoria with PQL this Spring. He won the Robin Blaser Award in 2015 and his book Complete Physical was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Prize in 2011.



Merilyn Simonds

Merilyn Simonds

Merilyn Simonds is the author of 16 books, including The Holding, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; The Convict Lover, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award; and most recently The Paradise Project, flash-fiction stories hand-printed on a 19th-century press. She is founding artistic director of Kingston WritersFest and a past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. She teaches creative writing and mentors emerging writers around the world. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.



Marnie Woodrow. Photo credit: Janette Piquette.jpg

Marnie Woodrow

Marnie Woodrow is the acclaimed author of two short fiction collections, Why We Close Our Eyes When We Kiss, and In The Spice House, and a novel, Spelling Mississippi, a love story set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Spelling Mississippi was short-listed for the amazon.ca First Novel Prize.



Ryan Pratt

Ryan Pratt lives in Hamilton, Ontario. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Quiddity, Contemporary Verse 2 and Great Lakes Review, among others. Rabbit months (shreeking violet press, 2016) is his debut chapbook.