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 is a writer, editor, and publisher of Brick magazine. Her first book of poetry, a long poem called Rove, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. The first pages of that poem appeared in the 2012 Best Canadian Poetry anthology. Her second book of poetry, Settler Education, is out now with McClelland & Stewart, and a version of the first poem in the book appears in this year's Best Canadian Poetry anthology. Laurie is also on the advisory board of the University of Regina Press’s Oskana Poetry & Poetics series. She grew up outside Edmonton, and she currently lives in Kitchener.

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    Helen Humphreys

    Helen Humphreys is the award-winning author of seven novels, four books of poetry, and three works of creative non-fiction.

  • Lee Maracle

    Lee Maracle is the author of a number of award winning and critically acclaimed literary works and her work is published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide.  She was born in North Vancouver and is a member of the Sto: Loh nation.  The mother of four and grandmother of seven Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto.  She is also the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House and is an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth. She is the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2016 recipient of the Ann Green Award.  

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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.

  • A.F. Moritz

    A. F. Moritz's most recent book is Sequence: A Poem from House of Anansi Press in 2015. In the same year, Princeton University Press republished his 1986 collection, The Tradition. He was the guest editor of The Best Canadian Poetry 2009.

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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.