Spend an afternoon with poetry and discover new worlds. Enjoy readings by Roo Borson, Mireia Calafell, Amanda Earl, David Goldstein, Jennifer LoveGrove, John Nyman, Nicholas Power, Stuart Ross and Dane Swan. This event will feature 2016 CBC Poetry Prize winner Michael Fraser. Hosted by Phoebe Wang.
Presented in partnership with CBC Books.
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.
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.
Mireia Calafell is the author of Poètiques del cos, Costures and Tantesmudes. In 2015, she was awarded the Lletra d’Or for the best book published in Catalan for Tantesmudes, which has recently been translated into Spanish. Her poetry has been included in anthologies published in Argentina, Brazil, Holand, UK, the United Arab Emirates and Spain. Calafell also works for Artsmoved, where she is involved in the development of cultural and educational projects as well as studies into cultural politics. She has had several articles published in cultural studies research journals and, in 2016, became the co-director of the i+ Poetry festival. She presents Forked Tongues. Supported by the Institut Ramon Llull.
Amanda Earl is a writer, visual poet, editor and publisher. She has authored three books of poetry, fiction and over a dozen chapbooks. Earl is the managing editor of Bywords.ca and the fallen angel of AngelHousePress. Electric Garden won the 2017 Tree Press Chapbook Award. She was inducted into VERSe Ottawa's Hall of Honour in 2014. Earl's poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Innovative Poetry Award. Her writing and visual poetry have appeared in journals across North America, in Europe, the UK and Australia. She runs the AngelHousePress Close Reading Service for New Women Poets and co-hosts the Small Machine Talks, a poetry podcast, with a.m. kozak. She presents Kiki.
Michael Fraser is a Toronto high school teacher, poet, and writer. He has been published in various national and international journals and anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013. His manuscript, The Serenity of Stone, won the 2007 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest and was published in 2008 by Bookland Press. Tightrope Books released his second poetry collection, To Greet Yourself Arriving, in 2016. He won the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize and was also the winner of FreeFall‘s 2014 and 2015 poetry contests. Michael is the creator and former director of the Plasticine Poetry Series.
David B. Goldstein is the author of a previous poetry collection, Laws of Rest, a book of criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England, and two chapbooks, the most recent of which is Object Permanence. Goldstein is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award. He lives with his family in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of English at York University. He presents his latest book Lost Originals.
Jennifer LoveGrove is the author of the Giller Prize longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, as well as two poetry collections: I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel and The Dagger Between Her Teeth. In 2010, LoveGrove was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature and in 2015 her poetry was shortlisted for the Lit POP Awards. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications across North America. She divides her time between downtown Toronto and rural Ontario. She presents Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes.
John Nyman’s verse, visual, and conceptual poems and poetics have appeared in a variety of print and online publications including Rampike, (parenthetical), Cordite Poetry Review, and Hamilton Arts and Letters. Originally from Toronto, he is currently completing a PhD in Theory and Criticism at Western University in London, Ontario. Players, his debut collection of poetry, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Gerald Lampert Award.
Nicholas Power is a founding member of the Meet the Presses literary collective, and has performed with the storytelling duo The Wordweavers and the sound poetry ensemble Alexander’s Dark Band. As part of the River Poets he has read along the Don, the Humber, lost rivers and wild places. His works include Melancholy Scientist, The Boneshaker Anthology, wells, a modest device, a wrinkle in the mind and No Poems. He has been editing and publishing with his own Gesture Press for 30 years.
Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, writing teacher, and small press activist living in Cobourg, Ontario. He is the author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays, most recently the poetry collection Motel of the Opposable Thumbs and the novel in prose poems Pockets. Stuart is a founding member of the Meet The Presses collective, has taught writing workshops across the country, and was the 2010 Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University. He is the winner of, among others, the 2017 Poetry NOW competition, the 2017 Jewish Literary Award for Poetry, the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction. Stuart’s micro-press, Proper Tales, is in its 40th year.
With a publishing history that spans four nations, the writings of Dane Swan include poetry, prose, and editorials on literature and popular culture. Bermuda-born with Jamaican heritage, Dane is based in Toronto, Canada. A former writer in residence for Open Book Toronto, he's been shortlisted for the Monica Ladell Award and his second poetry collection, A Mingus Lullaby, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Prize for Poetry. Swan’s work has been taught in schools and featured in print, online, on vinyl and CD. His first collection of poetry, Bending The Continuum, was published by Guernica Editions followed by A Mingus Lullaby.
Phoebe Wang was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies and Hanging Exhibits, and was the 2015 winner of Prism international's Poetry Contest. Admission Requirements is her debut collection of poetry.