Dec 7, 2022 7PM EST

Hamilton Literary Awards

Theatre Aquarius, in-person event

190 King William St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A8

Anuja hosts the 29th annual Hamilton Literary Awards presented by the Hamilton Arts Council. Enjoy readings from the shortlisted authors and discover this year’s award winners!

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Nov 19, 2022 3PM EST

Writing Across Genres Workshop

Virtual event

Anuja leads a generative writing workshop exploring incorporating genre elements into your writing 

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Oct 30, 2022 7PM EST


Relay Cafe, Staircase Theatre

27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Free in-person event

Anuja sits down with author Ainslie Hogarth for a reading and interview around her darkly funny new novel Motherthing

Oct 26, 2022 12-1:30PM EST

Hamilton Arts Council Funding Applications Workshop

Free virtual event

Anuja will lead an interactive workshop guiding participants through the process of answering those dreaded “statement” questions that so many funding applications call for – and answering them well! Topics will include developing an artistic statement, an impact statement, a vision statement, and building alignment between your statements and funder goals. We will also discuss the different types of funding applications (public, private, corporate) that may call for these types of statements and how to tailor responses effectively.

Registration here: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | HamiltonArtsCouncil

Oct 19, 2022 9:30PM EST

Writers Beyond Borders

Free virtual event

Anuja is the featured guest at this monthly series where international authors and guests discuss their creative journey and their writing process. Anuja will discuss the process of writing and editing short stories all the way to publishing a debut short story collection!

Registration here: South Boulevard Writers Beyond Borders | Events | Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (

Oct 6, 2022 7PM EST


Art Gallery of Hamilton & Streaming Online

$10 in person, free online

Anuja hosts Hamilton’s monthly reading series, featuring Stuart Ross, Jim Nason, Jean Rae Baxter, Dawn Cheryl Hill, and Carl Watts, and Catherine Lewis

Registration here: LITLIVE OCT 6TH Tickets, Thu, Oct 6, 2022 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

Oct 1, 2022 2-3PM EST

Real Vancouver Writing School: Queer Little Nightmares

FREE virtual event!

Anuja joins fellow anthology contributors David Demchuk, Matthew Stepanic, and Anton Pooles for a discussion with editors David Ly and Daniel Zomparelli around the new anthology QUEER LITTLE NIGHTMARES

Registration here: Real Vancouver Writing School: Queer Little Nightmares – Crowdcast

Sep 24, 2022 2-4:30PM

Bi+ Arts Festival

FREE in-person event!
Bi+ Arts Festival Stage
Barbara Hall Park, Toronto, ON

Join us for a laid back afternoon of readings, music, and performance art as part of the 2022 Bi+ Arts Festival!

Info here:

Jul 3, 2022 5:00PM EST

Queer Literary Horror Panel

FREE in-person event!
Little Ghosts Bookstore
930 Dundas St. West, Toronto

Anuja joins Nic Brewer, Emily Kellogg and Andrew Wilmot for a reading and discussion around queer literary horror

Space is limited!

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May 10, 2022 2:00PM EST

OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT – When Other People Saw Us, They Saw the Dead

Anuja reads from “In the Bone Fields” as part of the international launch of this new anthology of BIPOC gothic fiction. This event is hosted live online in partnership with The Portobello Bookshop, Edinburgh. 

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Apr 25, 2022 8:00PM

Speakeasy Reading Series

FREE virtual event via Zoom

Readings from Anuja Varghese, Kate Barss, Nancy Jo Cullen & Lawrence Hill

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Apr 24, 2022 3:30PM

gritLIT Festival – Hamilton Writes


Homewood Suites by Hilton, 40 Bay Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 0B3

Anuja hosts an in-person reading and chat with 4 of Hamilton’s most exciting writers! Featuring: Jolie Phuong Hoang, Margaret Nowaczyk, Sarah Raughley and John Lawrence Reynolds.

Tickets on sale at

Feb 3, 2022 6:00PM (7:00PM Atlantic)

Launch of The Fiddlehead’s BIPOC Solidarities Issue

FREE FROSTival Virtual Event via Zoom

Dec 22, 2021 8:00-9:30PM


Virtual event via Zoom
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Oct 30, 2021

The Quarantine Review Halloween Podcast

Anuja reads “Throwing Salt” at 3:05

Oct 20, 2021 7:00PM

Ephemera Reading Series

Sep 23-26, 2021

Bi+ Arts Festival Author Showcase

Jul 13, 2021 8:00PM

COMING SOON: Women’s Orgasm Erotica Anthology Book Launch

Join us for contributor readings + panel discussion as we launch this hot new collection of women’s erotica. 

Live on Love’s Sweet Arrow YouTube Channel: Love’s Sweet Arrow

Jun 30, 2021 3:30-5:00PM

Lifting Up Queer Voices – Pride Literary Panel

Readings and conversation at the intersection of queer identity and writing. 

FREE VIRTUAL EVENT (registration required for Zoom link):

May 14, 2021 8:00PM

Danger Flower Preview: Poetry Reading & Author Q&A with Jaclyn Desforges

A reading and discussion of themes of mothering, poetry and process in Jaclyn’s forthcoming book, DANGER FLOWER. 

FREE INSTAGRAM LIVE EVENT (registration requested):

Apr 18, 2021 3:30PM

gritLIT Festival: Drafts & Drafts

A lively virtual discussion featuring readings by Hamilton authors Gary Barwin, Jane Christmas, Denise Davy, Krista Foss, Dallas Hunt, Amanda Leduc, Pasha Malla and Brent van Staalduinen, as they share an exclusive glimpse into a work in progress and discuss their city, their inspirations and what’s next for them.

Co-hosted by gritLIT Artistic Director Jennifer Gillies and gritLIT Board Member Anuja Varghese

FREE EVENT (registration required): Register at Eventbrite

Feb 17, 2021

In Conversation with Cherie Jones

A moderated discussion between Anuja Varghese and Cherie Jones, author of “How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House” followed by Q&A with viewers, introduction by Ian Elliott of A Different Drummer Books. The event takes place over Zoom.

Info and tickets at

Dec 18, 2020

Feminist Erotica Presents: Happy Hour + Panel Discussion

Watch on Facebook

Anuja reads from 40:30 to 45:45

Nov 5, 2020

The Art of the Review Workshop + The Young Feminist Book Review Launch

Zoom 6pm EST

Register at the YWCA Hamilton website

Sep 23, 2020

Bi+ Arts Festival: Books and Beats

Zoom 7:30pm-9pm

Register on Facebook , or the Bi+ Arts Festival website

Aug 23, 2020

Draft Reading Series, Virtual Event

Visit for details

Mar 11, 2020

Brockton Writers Series, Toronto, ON

Author Readings

Feb 10, 2020

Glad Day Bookshop, Toronto, ON

Emerging Writers Reading Series

Jan 27, 2020

Humber Literary Review Volume 7, Issue 2 Launch – Contributor Readings

The Piston, 937 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON, 7–9pm

Fall, 2019

Buried Memories: Kelsie Tan in Conversation with Anuja Varghese

The Malahat Review, Fall 2019 Issue,

Oct 30, 2019

Writers’ Union of Canada BIPOC Writers Connect Conference, Toronto, ON

May 25, 2019

Alice Munro Festival, Wingham, ON

Short Story Contest Winner Readings