Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM
: Year-Round

Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: FREE

the-best-canadian-poetry-2016Join us in celebrating the work of Canadian poets presented in the ninth edition of Canada’s vibrant yearly anthology The Best Canadian Poetry 2016.

Dani Couture, Lynn Crosbie, Helen Humphreys, Laurie D. Graham, Steve McOrmond, Lee Maracle, Stephen Maude, A.F. Moritz, Kate Sutherland, Souvankham Thammavongsa and Tara-Michelle Ziniuk will read from their featured work.

A reception will follow!



  • Dani Couture

    Dani Couture’s most recent collection of poetry is Yaw (Mansfield Press). Sweet (Pedlar Press) was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Couture received an Honour of Distinction from The Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers.

  • Lynn Crosbie

    Lynn Crosbie was born in Montreal and is a cultural critic, author, and poet. A Ph.D in English literature with a background in visual studies, she teaches at the University of Toronto and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her books (of poetry and prose) include Pearl, Queen Rat, and Dorothy L'Amour. She is also the author of the controversial book, Paul's Case and most recently, Life Is About Losing Everything. She is a contributing editor at Fashion, and a National Magazine Award Winner who has written about sports, style, art, and music.

  • Laurie D. Graham

    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.

  • Helen Humphreys

    Helen Humphreysmost recent novel, The Evening Chorus, was nominated for a Governor General's Award and was a national bestseller. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Nocturne, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. Previous novels include Coventry, a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year, and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award; Afterimage, which won the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize for fiction; Leaving Earth, which won the Toronto Book Award; and The Lost Garden, which was a Canada Reads selection. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario. She presents The Ghost Orchard.

  • Lee Maracle

    Lee Maracle is the author of numerous critically acclaimed works, including My Conversations with Canadians, finalist for the Toronto Book Award and the First Nation Communities READ Award. Her latest book is Hope Matters, written collaboratively with daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter. Maracle has received many awards and recognitions including, most recently, the Blue Metropolis Festival First Peoples Prize and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. Maracle is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. A member of the Sto:lo Nation, Maracle lives in Toronto and teaches at the University of Toronto.

  • Stephen Maude

    Stephen Maude lives in Toronto. His writing has appeared in The Antigonish Review, FreeFall, The New Quarterly, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2016.

  • A.F. Moritz

    A.F. Moritz lives in Toronto. His most recent books are The Sparrow: Selected Poems (2018) and Art of Surgery(2019), a chapbook in the Vallum Chapbook Series. He has published twenty books of poetry, which have received honours including the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, and selection to the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets; three of his books have been finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He is poet laureate of Toronto, the sixth poet to hold this office.

  • Kate Sutherland

    Kate Sutherland was born in Scotland, grew up in Saskatchewan, and now lives in Toronto, where she is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is the author of two collections of short stories: Summer Reading (winner of a Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book) and All In Together Girls. How to Draw a Rhinoceros is Sutherland’s first collection of poems.

  • Souvankham Thammavongsa

    Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and most recently, Cluster. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Granta, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut collection of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in the spring of 2020. She was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand and was raised and educated in Toronto.

  • Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

    Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is the author of two books of poetry, her third, Whatever, Iceberg, is forthcoming with Mansfield Press this spring. She's had poetry and fiction published in Joyland, Taddle Creek, Matrix, Prism, make/shift and This Magazine. Her byline has also appeared in The National Post, Quill & Quire, The Grid, Today's Parent, Bitch Magazine, Maximum Rocknroll and various other print and digital publications. She lives in Toronto with her daughter.