On the night of October 8th, “The Studio” at the Arts and Letters Club was graced with the low-key bohemia of Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity MA students and faculty as they celebrated the start of a new school year as well as the launch of White Wall Review Issue 39. The old wooden floorboards, large windows, random oversized Christmas-dinner-esque props, and cash bar of The Studio set the casual yet excited tone for the night as people gathered around candlelit tables. Also in attendance were several Literatures of Modernity alumni, undergraduate students, writers, poets, and supporters of WWR.
Dr. Dennis Denisoff, the Literatures of Modernity program director, opened the night, welcoming everyone to the event and praising the new cohort of MA students for their enthusiasm, before handing off the microphone to Dr. Thomas Heise, one of the editors of WWR and our MC, who introduced each of the night’s readers, all contributors to WWR Issue 39. The event featured poetry readings by Cameron MacDonald, a current undergraduate student; Samantha Bernstein; Michael Cavuto; Klara du Plessis; and Persis Karim; as well as a fiction reading by recent Literatures of Modernity graduate Danyse Golick. Each reader was unique, sharing with us a diversity of content and style. Themes of fragility and loss were tempered by images of pomegranates and Kraft Dinner, not to mention Persis’s ode to large yet noble noses which brought the readings to a lighthearted conclusion. The event was a resounding success, and many are those who eagerly count down the days until the next one.
Thanks to all our wonderful readers, to the Arts and Letters Club for hosting the event, to everyone who helped to make it happen, and of course to everyone who came out and made it such a fantastic night.