Please join the League of Canadian Poets and the IFOA in launching National Poetry Month, and the new works of five wonderful Toronto Poets.
R. Kolewe, Inspecting Nostalgia (Talonbooks)
Kateri Lanthier, Siren (Véhicule Press)
Jennifer LoveGrove, Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes (BookThug)
Phoebe Wang, Admission Requirements (McClelland & Stewart)
Catriona Wright, Table Manners (Véhicule Press)
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities.
R. Kolewe was born in Montreal. Educated in physics and engineering at the University of Toronto, he pursued a successful career in the software industry for many years. He now lives in Toronto and writes full time. His work has appeared online at ditch, e-ratio, The Puritan, and (parenthetical), as well as in the Literary Review of Canada. His first book, Afterletters, was published by BookThug in 2014; Inspecting Nostalgia, his second, is new from Talon Books in 2017.
Kateri Lanthier holds a BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Her poems have been published in Canada, the United States and England. Her poem “The Coin Under the Leftmost Sliding Cup” won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize and was included in Best Canadian Poetry 2014. Her poem “Reluctant, Reluctant” was shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year 2016 and was an Editors’ Choice. She won third prize in the London, England-based 2016 Troubadour International Poetry competition. She delivered a TEDx talk on poetry at TEDx Ashbury College 2016 in Ottawa. She is a full member of The League of Canadian Poets and taught Creative Writing in the English and Drama department at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She was profiled in Portraits of Canadian Writers.
Jennifer LoveGrove is the author of the Giller Prize–longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, as well as two poetry collections: I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel and The Dagger Between Her Teeth. In 2010, LoveGrove was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature and in 2015, her poetry was shortlisted for the Lit POP Awards. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications across North America. Her latest book is Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes (BookThug, 2016). She divides her time between downtown Toronto and rural Ontario.
Phoebe Wang was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies and Hanging Exhibits, and was the 2015 winner of Prism international's Poetry Contest. Admission Requirements is her debut collection of poetry.
Catriona Wright is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Prairie Fire, Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, The Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for The Walrus's Poetry Prize, Arc's Poem of the Year Contest, and a National Magazine Award. In 2014, she won Matrix Magazine's LitPop Award. She is the co-founder of Desert Pets Press, a chapbook press. She lives in Toronto.