Lead Ontario poets, Roo Borson, Anne Michaels and Stuart Ross, discuss process, inspiration and the state of poetry today with Steven Beattie. Do not miss the opportunity to hear them read from their latest collections. Hosted by Lesley Fletcher.
This event is part of Ontario Day.
Ontario Day has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.
Toronto writer and critic Steven W. Beattie is the review editor for Quill & Quire. His writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Notes & Queries and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.
Roo Borson has published thirteen previous books of poems, most recently Rain; road; an open boat and Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, winner of the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has also won awards for her essays. With Kim Maltman, she writes and translates collaboratively under the pen name Baziju. She lives in Toronto. She presents Cardinal In The Eastern White Cedar.
Lesley Fletcher is the Executive Director of the League of Canadian poets. A literature obsessed graduate of the Humber College's Creative Book Publishing Program, Lesley has worked throughout the publishing industry as a community organizer, editor, bookseller, social media manager, and proofreader. She also acts as a freelance writer (with a variety of pen-names) and her work has been published on sites around the world. She cannot resist a bookstore, a library, a dog, or a new houseplant.
Anne Michaels is a novelist and poet. Her books are translated into more than fifty languages and have won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Lannan Award for Fiction. Among many other honours, she has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize (twice), the Governor General’s Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize, and longlisted for the IMPAC Award (twice). Her novel Fugitive Pieces was adapted as a feature film. She has two new books in 2018, Infinite Gradation and Railtracks (co-written with John Berger).
Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, writing teacher, and small press activist living in Cobourg, Ontario. He is the prize-winning author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays, most recently the poetry collection A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent. His novel in prose poems, Pockets, is due out from ECW Press this fall. Stuart has taught writing workshops across the country, and was the 2010 Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University. He is currently working on about a dozen different poetry, nonfiction, and fiction manuscripts. He is the winner of the 2017 Poetry NOW competition. Ross presents A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent.