The Poet Laureate Presents: Poetry Readings at ‘The Poet’
Come and join East End Arts and Fieldgate Urban for The Poet Laureate Presents: Readings at ‘The Poet’, an intimate evening of poetry! Featuring and hosted by Toronto’s new Poet Laureate A. F. Moritz, alongside three incredible local poets – mercedes killeen, Peter Norman and Lily Wang – come and celebrate the appointment of Toronto’s newest Poet Laureate, literary excellence in our communities, and National Poetry Month!
“I’m proud to present three young poets whose work will inspire anyone, whether inside and outside the vibrant Toronto literary community: mercedes killeen, Peter Norman, and Lily Wang… They fully embrace the moment we live in, and at the same time they bring us close to the ancient, ever-new center of life whose best voice is poetry. I’m proud that mercedes, Peter and Lily have agreed to join me in the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series, “The Poet Laureate Presents”, discovering and offering poetry in every part of our city.”
Accessibility Note: Although the Poet Condominiums Sales Centre is physically accessible on the main floor, washrooms are located downstairs.
Host Bio – A.F. Moritz, Toronto Poet Laureate:
A.F. Moritz has published 20 books of poetry, which have received many national and international 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 Award, and selection to the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets; three of his books have been finalists for the Governor General’s Award. His most recent book is The Sparrow: Selected Poems (2018). His poems have appeared regularly in journals such as Poetry, The Hudson Review, The American Poetry Review, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The Partisan Review, and The Walrus, and in many editions of the annual anthologies The Best Canadian Poetry and The Best American Poetry.Moritz is presently the Blake C. Goldring Professor of the Arts and Society at Victoria University in the University of Toronto, and the poet laureate of Toronto, the sixth poet to hold this office. He has written various nonfiction and scholarly works, some in collaboration with his wife, Professor Theresa Moritz. These include biographies of Stephen Leacock and Emma Goldman, two books on the picturesque and sublime art tradition in nineteenth-century Canada and America, and The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to Canada. He has also translated books of Spanish and French poetry.
mercedes killeen is an award-winning, Toronto-based writer and editor. Her work has been published widely in periodicals such as Shameless Magazine, The Innis Review, Half a Grapefruit Magazine, and The UC Review, among others. Her first chapbook, tulips, was published by Grey Borders Books in 2016, with a second edition released in 2018. Her second collection of poetry, Using a spoon as a knife, is forthcoming from Grey Borders Books in late 2019. She is also currently writing a new manuscript entitled Poems for my mother. Her work often explores themes of mental illness, sex/sexuality, queer identity, and trauma.
Peter Norman is the author of a novel, Emberton (2014), and four poetry collections, most recently Some of Us and Most of You Are Dead (2018). He is a past winner of the Poetry NOW Battle of the Bards and finalist for the Trillium Poetry Book Award.
Lily Wang is the author of the chapbooks Everyone in Your Dream is You (Anstruther Press, 2018) and Oh(!) (Dancing Girl Press, 2019). She is the founding editor of Half a Grapefruit Magazine and can be found at @liliecup