Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00 PM
Reading/ Roundtable: Festival

Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
M5J 2G8
Cost: $18/$15 for IFOA Supporters, Free for students and youth

Lead Ontario poets, Roo Borson, Anne Michaels and Stuart Ross, discuss process, inspiration and the state of poetry today with Steven Beattie. Do not miss the opportunity to hear them read from their latest collections. Hosted by Lesley Fletcher.

This event is part of Ontario Day.


Ontario Day has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.



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    Steven Beattie

    Toronto writer and critic Steven Beattie is the review editor for Quill & Quire. His writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Notes & Queries and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.

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    Roo Borson

    Roo Borson has published thirteen previous books of poems, most recently Rain; road; an open boat and Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, winner of the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has also won awards for her essays. With Kim Maltman, she writes and translates collaboratively under the pen name Baziju. She lives in Toronto. She presents Cardinal In The Eastern White Cedar.

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    Lesley Fletcher

    Lesley Fletcher is the Executive Director of the League of Canadian poets. A literature obsessed graduate of the Humber College's Creative Book Publishing Program, Lesley has worked throughout the publishing industry as a community organizer, editor, bookseller, social media manager, and proofreader. She also acts as a freelance writer (with a variety of pen-names) and her work has been published on sites around the world.  She cannot resist a bookstore, a library, a dog, or a new houseplant.

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    Anne Michaels

    Anne Michaels is a novelist and poet. Her books have been translated into over forty-five languages and have won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Lannan Award for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. She has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Giller Prize (twice), the Griffin Poetry Prize, among others, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (twice). Her novel Fugitive Pieces was adapted as a feature film. She is Toronto’s Poet Laureate. She presents All We Saw.

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    Stuart Ross

    Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, writing teacher, and small press activist living in Cobourg, Ontario. He is the prize-winning author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays, most recently the poetry collection A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent. His novel in prose poems, Pockets, is due out from ECW Press this fall. Stuart has taught writing workshops across the country, and was the 2010 Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University. He is currently working on about a dozen different poetry, nonfiction, and fiction manuscripts. He is the winner of the 2017 Poetry NOW competition. Ross presents A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent.