Meet Doyali Islam: Winner of 2019 Battle of the Bards

Doyali Islam at the 2019 PoetryNOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards

On April 3, we hosted PoetryNOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards, featuring 20 talented poets, each reading four minutes of their work. All poets maximized their limited time and gave us a showing of funny, compelling and beautiful performances. It was a fantastic way to begin National Poetry Month.

All the participants delivered remarkable work, however, it was Doyali Islam who stood out on this day to earn the 2019 title of top bard. We caught up with her to discuss the people she has to thank for her journey so far, the moment she fell in love with poetry and the poet we should all be looking out for.


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5 Books To Read By Indigenous Authors

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kegedonce Press, “one of only three established Aboriginal publishers in Canada”. We’ve compiled a list of books from prominent Indigenous writers, all of which are just as enlightening as they are compelling. You won’t soon forget this cast of characters as they embark on quests for self-discovery and survival.

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A Day In the Life of University of Toronto Bookstore’s Brian C. Curran

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Situated a stone’s throw away from Spadina and College Streets, the historic University of Toronto Bookstore building stands tall with pride. We’re here on a Monday morning to meet Brian Charles Curran (32), a man of many titles (manager, trade buyer and off-site events coordinator), who has promised to show us around the heritage building and its suite of services.

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Toronto Authors Reveal Their Favourite Places to Read

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Daniel Perry, author of Nobody Looks That Young Here, at the Artful Dodger Pub

Ever wonder where authors read when they’re not writing? We asked Toronto-based authors Daniel Perry, Kim Moritsugu, Diane Flacks and Dominique Bernier-Cormier about their favourite reading habits and more.

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