David Clink is a poet, poker player, podcaster, and punster.

Please see the "Publications" section for publication credits.
Please see the "Awards / Praise" section for award nominations and blurbs.
Please see the "Press Kit" section for author photos and bios.

David was invited to join the Algonquin Square Table Poetry Workshop in the Fall of 1995, and other than a brief retirement in 2020, has returned to the group. He is also a member of Monday Night Poets, which he joined in February of 2006 (when it was then called The Muse Cooperative). He also retired from the group, in 2020, but has since returned. David was also a member of the Plasticine Poets for many years, back in the day.

David was co-publisher, with Myna Wallin, of Believe Your Own Press, which published 20 quality chapbooks between 2002 and 2006.

David has started writing genre fiction, mainly short stories, novellas, and novellettes, and began this in the Spring of 2019, when he joined "The Vault" - a genre fiction writing workshop. e has not submitted any of these works, and hopes to do so in late 2021 or early 2022.

David has been a panelist at science fiction conventions for over thirty years.

David has been a poetry organizer since June of 2002, when he bacame the Artistic Director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. This lasted until June of 2005. He later was the Artistic Director of the Rowers Pub Reading Series, for its first three years, and then Board President the following two years, between 2008/09 - 2012/13 (these are approximate dates).

David started the annual Dead Poets Society Night in December of 2003, where he organizes and hosts this event as part of the Art Bar Poetry Series. David has organized and hosted this event each year with two exceptions: 2015 (when Andrea Jarmai stepped in to host), and 2020 (when there was no event due to Covid-19).

David has played poker most of his life, and has been at two WPT events in Niagara Falls. he played int he Red Hot Poker League, and was its top player for three years.

David is now a podcaster. He is working with Troy Harkin to produce a bi-weekly podcast: Two Old Farts Talk Sci-Fi.

David has been known as a punster, and his nickname at university was "PunMaster."

David does have a degree in English, from York University, from 1995.

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Workshop Experience (Attending Member):

            Member of The Algonquin Square Table Poetry Workshop. Joined in 1995
            Member of the monday Night Poets (formerly MUSE Cooperative). Joined in 2006

            Member of The Plasticine Poetry Series Poetry Workshop. Joined in 2008.
                        [This workshop ended in 2015 (?)]

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Workshop Experience (Leader / Co-Leader):

            A Fistful of Poems

            David co-runs (along with Sandra Kasturi) a day long poetry workshop called “A Fistful of Poems.” This has been run 7 times.

            University of Guelph Workshop

            On Saturday, March 22nd, 2003, I lead an all-day seminar on poetry workshopping in           Guelph.

            Humour Workshop

            David led a humour workshop as part of the 8th annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word –      on February 13th, 2011. This ran from 11 am – 12:45 pm. Description in programme book:

            Want to bring some more funny to your poetry? This workshop led by Toronto poet David          Clink will give    you a chance to perform a humorous poem and get instant feedback on how to make it even funnier. Limited performance capacity so don’t be late. Hosted by Jeff Cottrill.


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Artistic Director / Board President Positions:


            Art Bar Poetry Series

                        Artistic Director, June 2002 – June 2005


            Rowers Pub Reading Series

                        Artistic Director July 2007 – June 2010

                        Board President July 2010 – June 2012


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Other things of note:

He is the webmaster of poetrymachine.com, a resource for poets.

David is the creator, host and organizer of the annual Dead Poets Society Night readings at the Art Bar Poetry Series, its 15th anniversary was held in December 2017.


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Featured Readings:

David has averaged about 4 featured readings a year over the last 15+ years.

            This is incomplete – only showing 2000 - 2005

            October 2000 -            Art Bar Poetry Series (my first feature!)
            March 2001 –               Syntactic Sunday Reading Series
            September 2001 –        I.V. Lounge Reading Series
            January 2002 -              Grabbapoem!
            March 2002 -               Art Bar Poetry Series
            March 2002 -               Writuals
            October 2002 -            Strange Tongues
            December 2002 -         Additional Pub Fare Series
            March 2003 -               Syntactic Sunday Reading Series
            May 2003 -                   Toronto Small Press Fair
            May 2003 -                   Parallel Chaos 6
            July 2003 -                   Nik Beat’s Words and Music in July
            January 2004 -              Grabbapoem!
            April 2004 -                 Cryptic Chatter
            April 2004 -                 I. V. Lounge Reading Series
            July 2004 -                   Suburban Spoken Word
            December 2004 -         We Still Got Words
            February 2005 -           I.V. Lounge Reading Series
            April 2005 -                 Diamond Cherry Reading Series
            August 2005 -              Art Bar Poetry Series
            December 2005 -         Cryptic Chatter

Group Readings and Festivals:


                        This is incomplete – only showing 2000 - 2005

            February 2002 -           Junction Books Winter Party
            January 2004 -              Art Bar Poetry Series, Team Reading
            May 2004 -                   (w)Rites of Spring

            August 2004 -              I.V. Lounge Reading Series, Blackout Anniversary Night
            August 2004 -              GrabbaPoem!, Klingon Knight
            January 2005 -              Art Bar Poetry Series, Art Bards Reading

            June 2005 -                  Art Bar Poetry Series, Canadian Poetry Night
            October 2005 -            diVERSEty, Klingon Poetry Evening
            December 2005 -         Diamond Cherry Christmas Show

Radio Appearances:

            I have been a guest on HOWL (a spoken word / literary program) on CIUT Radio.
            I have not put together the appearances here.
            I think I have been on about 5 times in the last 15 years or so.

Convention Panelist:


            I have been a convention panelist for 20+ years at a number of conventions, including

            Ad Astra
(averaging 4-5 panels each year for the last 20+ years)
                        (averaging 4-6 panels each year since it began 7 years ago)
            Anime North
                        (I was a panelist two different years, haiku with my sister Carolyn)
            Toronto Trek / Polaris
                        (averaging 3-5 panels each year for many years until it closed down)
                        (average 2-3 panels each year, missed one year, convention ran 17 years)
                        (I believe I was a panelist at this convention, but it closed down 10 years ago)
            Toronto Worldcon (2003)
            Montreal Worldcon (2007)


Convention Organizer:


            Nasfacon III
                        (I was the chair of a 1-day Science Fiction convention at my high school,
                        back in 1982 – I was the president of the high school SF group, NASFA -
                        The Northview Association of Science Fiction Addicts, a club my brother-in-law

                        Robert J. Sawyer started in 1977).




David Clink
15 Mendel Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4C 1E6

Phone: 647-298-9367

E-mail: davidlclink@gmail.com

Website: http://www.poetrymachine.com/

Twitter: @DavidClink13

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/david.clink.14

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-clink/63/118/8a5

Link: http://www.rowerpubreadingseries.com/

Link: http://chizinepub.com/

Link: http://tightropebooks.com/

Link: http://www.artbar.org/

Link: http://www.sfpoetry.com/