Join IFOA for the inaugural edition of Toronto Lit Up, our new book launch series, as we celebrate McClelland & Stewart’s 2016 poetry program by toasting poets Laurie D. Graham, Tim Lilburn, Jacob McArthur Mooney, and Matt Rader.
Members of the M&S poetry board in attendance: Ken Babstock, Dionne Brand, and Kevin Connolly.
Laurie D. Graham comes from Treaty 6 territory (Sherwood Park, Alberta) and currently lives in Haldimand Treaty territory (Kitchener, Ontario), where she is a poet, an editor, the publisher of Brick magazine, and a member of the advisory board for the Oskana Poetry & Poetics series. Her first book, Rove, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada, and her second book, Settler Education, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Poems from that book were shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, won the Thomas Morton Poetry Prize, and appeared in the Best Canadian Poetry anthology.
Tim Lilburn is the author of nine previous books of poetry, including Assiniboia, Orphic Politics, Kill-site, and To the River. His work has received the Governor General’s Award and the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, among other prizes. Lilburn is also the author of two essay collections, Living in the World As If It Were Home and Going Home, and the editor of two other influential books on poetics. He teaches at the University of Victoria.
Jacob McArthur Mooney was born in Nova Scotia and lives in Toronto. He edited the 2015 edition of Best Canadian Poetry in English. His books include Don’t Be Interesting and the Dylan Thomas Prize finalist, Folk.
Matt Rader is the author of three previous collections of poetry and a book of stories, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This. His work has appeared in journals and magazines across North America, Europe, and Australia. He teaches Creative Writing in the Department of Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.