Windsor, Ontario’s premier literary reading series

Founded in 2015, By the River is a monthly series in celebration of the literary arts of Southwestern Ontario and world beyond. We craft an open and welcoming space where the works of writers can be enjoyed by our local community. Our series is a bridge that brings writers and audiences and communities together.

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What We Do

We provide a welcoming, paying space for poets and writers to share their work with local audiences. Our series receives funding from the League of Canadian Poets and The Writers Union of Canada.

By The River Reading January 2019. MacKenzie Hall, Windsor, ON

Our readings and events are free and open to public. Author books are available for purchase and our venue(s) are chosen for the accessibility and transit access.

Bert Weeks Memorial Fountain, December 2018

By the River believes in promoting diverse and important voices in the literary arts today.

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2020-2021 Season

As our world comes to face the new realities of COVID-19, we have decided to continue By The River in an online format. We will miss you all in person, but look forward to expanding our footprint across the internet to the world.

Our Featured Readers for this season:

  • Bob Campbell
  • Khary Mason
  • Micheline Maylor-Kovitz
  • Sharon Berg
  • Lisa Richter
  • Karl E. Jirgens
  • Jade Wallace
  • Mark Laliberte

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