Re-awaken your love of poetry as you hear celebrated poets Phil Hall, Maureen Hynes, Sylvia Legris and Mark Wagenaar read from their new collections. This reading will be hosted by Toronto’s Poet Laureate, Anne Michaels.
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Phil Hall is a writer, editor, and teacher. Among his many published titles are: Killdeer (BookThug, 2011; winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, the 2012 Trillium Book Award, and shortlisted for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize); The Small Nouns Crying Faith (BookThug, 2013); and My Banjo and Tiny Drawings (2015). Hall has taught writing at York University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, George Brown College, and elsewhere, and has held the position of Poetry Editor for BookThug since 2013. Phil lives with his wife near Perth, Ontario. He will present Conjugation.
Maureen Hynes’s first book, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award. Maureen’s work has appeared in numerous journals in Canada and abroad, has been collected in over 20 anthologies, including Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010 and 2016, and twice longlisted for the CBC Canada Reads contest. Maureen teaches Creative Writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and is poetry editor for Our Times magazine. Her fourth book of poetry, The Poison Colour, was a finalist for both the Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster awards.
Sylvia Legris' poetry collections include Pneumatic Antiphonal (2013), published as part of New Directions' acclaimed Poetry Pamphlet Series, and Nerve Squall, her third book, winner of both the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2006 Pat Lowther Award. Among her other awards are the Canada Council's 2012 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement by a mid-career writer, and the 2014 Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Artist Award. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Poetry, and The Walrus. She presents The Hideous Hidden, a richly lyrical collection that, in the words of Rosmarie Waldrop,"makes anatomy sing."
Mark Wagenaar grew up in Grimsby, Ontario. He is a former player in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, where he played for the Hamilton Thunder, Durham Storm, and London City. The 2015 winner of the CBC Poetry Prize, his poems appear or are forthcoming from The New Yorker, 32 Poems, Field, Southern Review, Image, & many others. The Body Distances, won the Juniper Prize for Poetry, from UMass Press. He holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. He is now a Visiting Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University in Indiana.