Poets @ IFOA

Do you love poetry? Here are events featuring poets @ IFOA 2016.

1. Shakespeare Lives in Poetry: Friday, October 21, 2016 – All Day

To celebrate the international influence of Shakespeare, during the year of the 400th anniversary of his death, the British Council is bringing international poet and facilitator, Deanna Rodger to IFOA to work with emerging spoken word poets. Taking Shakespeare’s sonnets as inspiration, this Spoken Word Workshop will explore how sonnets can be utilized by contemporary voices in fresh and unexpected ways to talk about their lives today. The workshop will culminate in a performance by the participants.

The workshop is free and open to all spoken word poets, from beginners to seasoned performers. To participate in the workshop, download the Sign up form, and email learning@ifoa.org.

2. Immersive Settings: Sunday, October 23, 2016 – 1:30pm


Chris Chambers presents Thrillows & Despairos, a collection of poems that speak of our connection to a place, in Immersive Settings.

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3. Interrupting Familiar Spaces: Sunday October 23, 2016- 5pm

Hear Japanese writer Takashi Hiraide alongside Canadian poets Sylvia Legris and Sarah Pinder read from their latest works. The reading will be hosted by Catherine Graham and followed by an audience Q&A.

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4. Interpreting the Past: Monday, October 24, 2016- 8pm


Join Adam Hochschild, Guy Gavriel Kay, Lola Lafon and Daniel Scott Tysdal as they explore the theme of writing about history. Daniel Scott Tysdal will present Fauxccasional Poems,

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5. Sound & verse: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – 8pm


Join poets Phil Hall, Maureen Hynes, Sylvia Legris and Mark Wagenaar reading from their new collections! If you love poetry, this is a must-attend event.

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6. Poetry Ireland @ IFOA:  Thursday, October 27, 2016- 2pm


Part of festival focus this year, Ireland @ IFOA, we welcome two contemporary Irish poets, Julie Morrissy and Ciaran O’Rourke!

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Click here for Ireland @ IFOA, featuring both Julie Morrissy, Ciaran O’Rourke, as well as Emma Donoghue and Paul Muldoon presenting the best contemporary  Irish literature.

7. Recklessness: The Art of Writing – Celebrating Ten Years of the Guelph Creative Writing MFA

Thursday, October 27, 2016- 7:30pm

Join hosts Michael Winter and Catherine Bush as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program, whose faculty, alumni, and students have been pushing boundaries―being reckless!―for the past ten years.

This event features award winning poet Motion.

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8. Artist talk: Paul Muldoon: Friday, October 28, 2016- 5:30pm

Award-winning poet Paul Muldoon will talk about his craft and inspiration. This event is hosted by poet Jacob McArthur Mooney.

This event is FREE.

See our full list of events here. For ticket information call our box office at 416- 973 4000.