Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Reading/Reception: IFOA Weekly

Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: FREE

the-best-canadian-poetry-2016Join us in celebrating the work of Canadian poets presented in the ninth edition of Canada’s vibrant yearly anthology The Best Canadian Poetry 2016.

Dani Couture, Lynn Crosbie, Helen Humphreys, Laurie D. Graham, Steve McOrmond, Lee Maracle, Stephen Maude, A.F. Moritz, Kate Sutherland, Souvankham Thammavongsa and Tara-Michelle Ziniuk will read from their featured work.

A reception will follow!

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Participants

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    Dani Couture

    Dani Couture’s most recent collection of poetry is Yaw (Mansfield Press). Sweet (Pedlar Press) was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Couture received an Honour of Distinction from The Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers.

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    Lynn Crosbie

    Lynn Crosbie was born in Montreal and is a cultural critic, author, and poet. A Ph.D in English literature with a background in visual studies, she teaches at the University of Toronto and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her books (of poetry and prose) include Pearl, Queen Rat, and Dorothy L'Amour. She is also the author of the controversial book, Paul's Case and most recently, Life Is About Losing Everything. She is a contributing editor at Fashion, and a National Magazine Award Winner who has written about sports, style, art, and music.

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    Laurie D. Graham

    Laurie D. Graham  comes from Treaty 6 territory (Sherwood Park, Alberta) and currently lives in Haldimand Treaty territory (Kitchener, Ontario), where she is a poet, an editor, the publisher of Brick magazine, and a member of the advisory board for the Oskana Poetry & Poetics series. Her first book, Rove, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada, and her second book, Settler Education, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Poems from that book were shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, won the Thomas Morton Poetry Prize, and appeared in the Best Canadian Poetry anthology.

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    Helen Humphreys

    Helen Humphreysmost recent novel, The Evening Chorus, was nominated for a Governor General's Award and was a national bestseller. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Nocturne, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. Previous novels include Coventry, a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year, and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award; Afterimage, which won the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize for fiction; Leaving Earth, which won the Toronto Book Award; and The Lost Garden, which was a Canada Reads selection. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario. She presents The Ghost Orchard.

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    Lee Maracle

    North Vancouver–born Lee Maracle (member of Stó:lō nation, Canada) is the author of numerous critically acclaimed literary works, including Sundogs, Ravensong, Sojourner’s Truth and Other Stories, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel, Daughters Are Forever, Will’s Garden, Bent Box, Memory Serves and I Am Woman. She is the coeditor of a number of anthologies, including the award-winning My Home as I Remember. Her latest book is My Conversations with Canadians. A member of the Sto: Loh nation, Maracle is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the JT Stewart Award, and the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Maracle is currently an instructor in the Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto, where she teaches Oral Tradition. She is also the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House and an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.

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    Stephen Maude

    Stephen Maude lives in Toronto. His writing has appeared in The Antigonish Review, FreeFall, The New Quarterly, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2016.

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    Steve McOrmond

    Steve McOrmond’s most recent book of poetry is The Good News about Armageddon (2010). His previous collection Primer on the Hereafter (2006) received the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award for the best book of poetry by an Atlantic Canadian. A native of Prince Edward Island, he has called Toronto home since 1997. A new collection of poetry is forthcoming in 2018 from Brick Books.

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    A.F. Moritz

    A.F. Moritz lives in Toronto; his most recent book is Sequence (House of Anansi Press, 2015). The New Measures (2012) received the Raymond Souster Award of the League of Canadian Poets and was a Governor General’s Award finalist, and his 2008 collection, The Sentinel, was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Bess Hokin Prize of Poetry magazine. In 2015 Princeton University Press republished his 1986 book, The Tradition.

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    Kate Sutherland

    Kate Sutherland was born in Scotland, grew up in Saskatchewan, and now lives in Toronto, where she is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is the author of two collections of short stories: Summer Reading (winner of a Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book) and All In Together Girls. How to Draw a Rhinoceros is Sutherland’s first collection of poems.

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    Souvankham Thammavongsa

    Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of three poetry books. Her first book, Small Arguments, won a ReLit prize. Her second book, Found, was made into a short film by Paramita Nath and screened at film festivals including TIFF and L.A. Short Fest. Her third book, Light, won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Recently, her stories have been shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the 2016 Journey prize. Next year, Thammavongsa will read her poems at the Guggenheim Museum, in New York, as part of the Agnes Martin program, with Ari Banias and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge.

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    Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

    Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is the author of two books of poetry, her third, Whatever, Iceberg, is forthcoming with Mansfield Press this spring. She's had poetry and fiction published in Joyland, Taddle Creek, Matrix, Prism, make/shift and This Magazine. Her byline has also appeared in The National Post, Quill & Quire, The Grid, Today's Parent, Bitch Magazine, Maximum Rocknroll and various other print and digital publications. She lives in Toronto with her daughter.