If you would like me to read at your school, festival, reading series or other type of literary event, please email me at sampson[underscore]mark[at]hotmail[dot]com.

Upcoming events

Past events

  • Virtual launch event for Big Wilson: November 26, on Zoom, with Sue Sinclair and and Kim Fahner.
  • Reading (hybrid in-person/virtual): September 22. The Tartan Turban Reading Series #40. Barrett and Welsh (Toronto, ON)
  • Virtual interview & launch party: September 10 on Zoom. Rebecca Rosenblum's These Days Are Numbered: Diary of a High-Rise Lockdown. 

  • Reading: Wolsak & Wynn 40th Anniversary Celebration. June 9. Toronto ON. With Nancy Jo Cullen, Catherine Graham, Susan Perly, Rasiqra Revulva, Daniel Scott Tysdal, Katie Welch, and Dan K. Woo.


  • Reading: September 5 on Zoom. Lit Live Reading Series. (Hamilton, ON.)

  • Launch Party and Reading: November 19 on Zoom. Wolsak & Wynn Fall Prose Book Launch. Watch a recording of the event here.
  • Reading: September 29: On Zoom. Launch party for the Cootes Paradise Writers Anthology (Hamilton, ON.)  
  • Reading: September 24. All Lit Up's Instagram page, as part of its Indie Reading Room Series
  • Appearance and reading: September 21. Toronto Word on the Street's Instagram page. 

  • Reading and lecture: October 23. Lakehead University, with Rebecca Rosenblum. Orillia, ON.
  • Reading and lecture: September 26. McMaster University, Health Sciences department. Hamilton, ON.
  • Reading: June 25. Sanctuary - A Cootes Paradise Writers Anthology launch. Hamilton, ON.
  • Reading: May 26. The Draft Reading Series. St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, Toronto, ON. 
  • Reading/curation: March 14. The Tartan Turban Reading Series #15, with Randy Boyagoda, Pratap Reddy and Bänoo Zan. Barrett and Welsh, Toronto, ON.

  • Public appearance: December 21. Harrison Trimble High School. Moncton, NB.
  • Reading and lecture: September 27. McMaster University, Health Sciences department. Hamilton, ON.
  • Reading and lecture: September 26. Write Now! reading series, Western University,  London, ON. 
  • Reading: January 22. With Rebecca Rosenblum. Toronto Public Library (S. Walter Stewart branch), Toronto. 
  • Reading: January 19. Planet Earth Poetry Series. With Wendy McGrath. Hillside Coffee and Tea, Victoria, BC. 
  • Reading: January 3, 2018. Pivot Reading Series. With Kate Sutherland, Ralph Kolewe, and Jessica Westhead. The Tranzac Club, Toronto.

  • Reading: December 11. Common Reading Series. The Belljar Bar/Cafe, Toronto, Ontario. 
  • Reading: November 1. Guest reader at the launch for Daniel Griffin's novel, Two Roads Home. Ben McNally Books, Toronto, ON.
  • Reading: October 26. Tartan Turban Secret Readings #5. Barrett and Welsh, Toronto, ON.
  • Reading and lecture: October 19. McMaster University, Health Sciences department. Hamilton ON.
  • Introduction of J.J. Steinfeld's new poetry collection - Guernica launch party. October 1, 2017. Supermarket, Toronto ON.
  • Presentation: Pechakucha Night, September 29, 2017. Markham Public Library. Markham, ON.
  • Reading (with Rebecca Rosenblum): June 29, 2017 The Confederation Library,  Charlottetown, PE. 
  • Reading (with Rebecca Rosenblum): June 26, 2017. Tidewater Books, Sackville, NB. 
  • Launch party for The Slip. May 31. Ben McNally Books, Toronto, ON. 
  • Reading: April 25. Guest reader at the launch for Richard Scarsbrook's new poetry collection, Apocalypse One Hundred. C'est What. Toronto, ON. 
  • Reading: April 4. The Toronto Review of Books Spring Party. Poetry Jazz Café, Toronto, ON.
  • Reading: March 2. Art Bar Poetry Series. Free Times Cafe. Toronto, ON.
  • Book signing: February 2. The Ontario Library Association Super Conference. Toronto, ON.
  • Reading and lecture: October 20. McMaster University, Health Sciences department. Hamilton, ON.
  • Reading. October 1. Poetry Weekend, University of New Brunswick. Fredericton, NB.
  • Reading: September 30. Harrison Trimble High School, Moncton, NB.
  • Signing: September 25. Palimpsest Press booth, Word on the Street, Toronto, ON. 
  • Reading: June 17. The Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON. With Mike Knox and Aaron Tucker.
  • Reading: June 10. The Belljar Cafe, 2072 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON. With Kyp Harness and Matt Cahill.
  • Reading: May 10. The Art Bar Reading Series: The Black Swan Tavern, Toronto, ON. With Rocco de Giacomo and Sneha Madhavan-Reese.
  • Reading: April 28.  Brown & Dickson Books, 211 King St., London, Ontario.  with John Nyman and Dorothy Mahoney.
  • Weathervane launch and reading: April 5. Another Story Bookshop, Toronto, Ontario. With Shawna Lemay and John Nyman.
  • Reading: March 23. Biblioasis, Windsor, Ontario. With Dorothy Mahoney.
  • Reading: January 28, 2016. Supermarket, Toronto ON. With Jeff Bursey, Rebecca Rosenblum and S.D. Chrostowska.

  • Reading and lecture: November 12, 2015. Health Sciences department, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
  • Reading and panel discussion: Friday, September 25, 2015. The Kingston WritersFest, Kingston, ON. Details here.
  • The Secrets Men Keep book launch: Thursday, May 28, 2015. Another Story Bookshop, Toronto, ON. With Elizabeth Ross.
  • Reading: Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Westdale Secondary School. Hamilton, ON. 
  • Reading. Thursday, December 18, 2014. The Attic Owl Reading Series, Folio Books. Moncton, NB.
  • Reading: Wednesday, December 17, 2014. The Confederation Library, Charlottetown, PE.
  • Reading: Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Peter Wilson Common Room, the University of King's College, Halifax, NS
  • Reading: Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Pivot at the Press Club. 850 Dundas St. West, Toronto. Ontario. 
  • Reading: Sunday, November 16, 2014. Plasticine Reading Series. Pauper's Pub (2nd floor) - 539 Bloor St. W., Toronto 
  • Reading: Thursday, October 16, 2014. The Bookshelf.  Guelph, Ontario. With John Jantunen.
  • Reading: Monday, October 6, 2014. The Rowers Reading Series. The Central - 603 Markham St., Toronto Ontario. 
  • Sad Peninsula launch. Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Ben McNally Books, Toronto. Facebook invitation.
  • Signing: Sunday, September 21, 2014. The Dundurn booth: Word on the Street, Toronto.
  • Reading: April 23, 2014. The launch of the new issue of Hart House Review. Hart House, University of Toronto.
  • Readings and lectures: April 14, 2014. Harrison Trimble High School, Moncton NB.
  • Reading: February 15, 2014. Guest reader at the book launch of Ron Schafrick's short story collection Interpreters. The Old Nick, Toronto.

  • Reading and lecture: November 14, 2013. McMaster University, Health Sciences department, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
  • Reading: May 17, 2013. Racket at the Rocket. Red Rocket Coffee, Toronto.
  • Reading: November 22, 2012. Black Thursday: Anthology, Contest, and Issue Launch. The Supermarket, Toronto, ON.
  • Reading: May 8, 2012. Virus Reading Series, St. Catherines, ON.
  • Reading and lecture: March 22, 2012. McMaster University, Health Sciences department, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
  • Reading: February 12, 2012. Draft Reading Series, The Only Cafe, Toronto, ON.
  • Reading: August 25, 2011. Type Books, Queen St. West location, Toronto, ON.
  • Reading: April 8, 2011. The First Edition Reading Series. The Factory Grind Cafe and Bistro, Perth, Ontario.
  • Reading and lecture: March 24, 2011. McMaster University, Health Sciences department, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
  • Reading December 27, 2010. Botsford Station. Moncton, NB.
  • Reading: April 18, 2010. Draft Reading Series. The Merchants of Green Coffee. Toronto, ON 
  • Reading and lecture: March 25, 2010. McMaster University, Health Sciences department, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. 
  • Reading: August 12, 2009. Pivot Reading Series. The Press Club, Toronto, ON. 
  • Reading and lecture: February 10, 2009. Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON.
  • Reading and lecture: October 20, 2008. Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON. 
  • Reading: March 28, 2008. The Press Club, Moncton, NB
  • Reading: March 4, 2008. Westdale Secondary School, Hamilton, ON. 
  • Reading: March 2, 2008. The Press Club, Toronto, ON
  • Reading: November 18, 2007. The Book Shelf, Guelph, ON
  • Reading: October 14, 2007. Harrison Trimble High School. Moncton, NB
  • Reading: October 12, 2007. Indigo Bookstore, Charlottetown, PE.
  • Reading and Off Book launch: October 11, 2007. The Wardroom,University of King's College, Halifax, NS.

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