Join IFOA for the inaugural edition of Toronto Lit Up, our new book launch series, as we celebrate McClelland & Stewart’s 2016 poetry program by toasting poets Laurie D. Graham, Tim Lilburn, Jacob McArthur Mooney, and Matt Rader.
Members of the M&S poetry board in attendance: Ken Babstock, Dionne Brand, and Kevin Connolly.
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.
Tim Lilburn is the author of nine previous books of poetry, including Assiniboia, Orphic Politics, Kill-site, and To the River. His work has received the Governor General’s Award and the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, among other prizes. Lilburn is also the author of two essay collections, Living in the World As If It Were Home and Going Home, and the editor of two other influential books on poetics. He teaches at the University of Victoria.
Jacob McArthur Mooney's second collection, Folk, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas International Prize and the Trillium Book Award in Poetry. He is the Host and Director of Toronto's Pivot Reading Series.
Matt Rader is the author of three previous collections of poetry and a book of stories, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This. His work has appeared in journals and magazines across North America, Europe, and Australia. He teaches Creative Writing in the Department of Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.