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Toronto Lit Up: Ash Winters

April 03 at 7:00pm
Ash Winters Toronto Lit Up banner with Run Riot book cover and "Toronto Lit Up Book Launch, Free, Saturday April 3, 7pm"

Join Toronto Lit Up, Glad Day Books, and publisher Dagger Editions (an imprint of Caitlin Press) to celebrate the launch of Ash Winters’ debut collection, Run Riot: Ninety Poems in Ninety Days. Come gather online for a live event on April 3, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (EST) with Glad Day TV. Hosted by Tianna Henry of Glad Day Books, the launch will include raw, heartfelt poetry and honest discussion, with audience questions at the end.

Run Riot is a fiercely personal account that will remind readers of Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House and Roxane Gay’s Hunger, in how one copes with and embodies trauma. Through poetry, Winters’ shares a vulnerable and powerful portrait of their struggles with addiction, sobriety, and self-acceptance—and the power of healing. Ash Winters is a queer and sober Toronto-based poet.

All are welcome. Free to attend. Signed books are available for sale from Glad Day Books in Toronto.

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Ash WinterAsh Winters is an emerging Toronto-based poet. Queer and sober, their work navigates the intersections of addiction, identity and trauma. Growing up queer in small town Ontario gave Winters a chance to develop a lavish sense of humour and a deep respect for empathy, both of which come through in their work. They graduated with their BA in English from Lakehead University in 2010. Their poetry has recently appeared in Existere and Open Minds Quarterly. Run Riot is their first book of poetry. Photo by Andrew Rowat.

Toronto Lit Up is a multi-year initiative, started in 2016 by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Between April 2016 to December 2020, Toronto Lit Up has produced 107 events to launch 131 books by 177 Toronto authors. Toronto Lit Up book launches take place throughout the year at venues across the city. They are open to the public and free to attend. Click here for more information.

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