Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Poetry NOW: IFOA Weekly

Brigantine Room

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $10, Free for Supporters & Students

1 stage. 20 poets. 1 winner.11 Poetry NOW logo

Our popular poetry competition returns in 2017 to feature readings by 20 of Canada’s emerging and established poets.

IFOA Director Geoffrey E. Taylor, Juno award winning recording artist and dub poet Lillian Allen and 2016 Poetry NOW winner Chris Chambers will select the night’s winner. NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole will host.

Winner will receive an automatic invitation to read at the 38th edition of the International Festival of Authors AND an ad for their book and IFOA event in NOW Magazine!

Poetry NOW is presented in partnership with NOW Magazine.

Participants will be announced March 2nd.


Please submit eligible titles by email to by Friday, February 24 at 5pm.

You must include the following information:

  • Name of Author
  • Brief bio
  • Eligible title(s) and their year(s) of publications

Please write “Poetry NOW” in the subject line. Once the 20 authors have been picked, we will contact the relevant publishers to confirm details. For more information about the submission process click here!



  • Susan G. Cole

    Susan G. Cole

    Susan G. Cole is an author, playwright and activist. She is the author of two books on violence against women, the author of A Fertile Imagination, a groundbreaking play about two lesbians trying to have a baby and has been a contributor to the Authors Festival for over 15 years. She is currently Senior Entertainment and Books Editor at NOW Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @susangcole