Come for the words and the wine! Common Readings is a reading series hosted and ...
When reading The Sparrow, Moritz’s latest selected poems, I was taken aback by how fluid ...
The poet is privileged to remember that sometimes, dark times, poetry is under the sign ...
What a Broadside! To celebrate the launch of The Sparrow, Anansi has produced a Special ...
Look at this fabulous creature! To celebrate the launch of my Selected Poems, Anansi has ...
The effects of Moritz’s poems are startling, unnerving, and deeply satisfying.” – Micheline Maylor Quill ...
Then the strong one was off, a willing arrow, gone, curving into the trees. -from ...
the chorus of mosquitoes there benevolent, their hum telling of sorrow overcome by good I ...
Come for the words and the wine! Common Readings is a reading series hosted and curated by Toronto poet Daniel Kincade Renton with support from the Common Readings Collective. Join me on Monday, July 23rd as I read from The Sparrow and from new work along with friends and fellow poets Nyla Matuk and Jeff Latosik. […]
When reading The Sparrow, Moritz’s latest selected poems, I was taken aback by how fluid it all seemed—it felt like reading a single, very long, very old sequence that is determined to smoke-out something from a thick, thorny brush…its target unknowable, yet still set in its ways. I have an interview with James Linsday available […]
Mark your calendars! On Friday, May 25th, at 7:00 pm, Kirby from knife | fork | book is throwing Big Al’s Lovefest. To celebrate the launch of my selected poems, The Sparrow, several poets will gather together to read their favourite poems from the book. I’ll also take the floor and read some poems myself. Readers include: Jessica […]
The poet is privileged to remember that sometimes, dark times, poetry is under the sign of hope, and hope only exists in any true sense when there is hopelessness. As part of their month-long #anansipoetryproject, Anansi is published a blog post or interview with each of the three poets on their spring roster. My short […]
Join me at 7:00 pm on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge) for Lyrical Fire, Iconic Poets, a reading for the Toronto Public Library’s eh List series. I will sit down with poet Herménégilde Chiasson and our poet-moderator, Beatriz Hausner. Hausner will spur on a discussion of our careers. And, we […]
Great news, everyone! As part of the #AnansiPoetryProject, you can enter to win a copy of The Sparrow, along with Emma Healey’s Stereoblind and Mikko Harvey’s Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit. On top of this, you’ll receive a $50 Gift Card to knife | fork | book. Click here to enter! There is one prize to be […]
What a Broadside! To celebrate the launch of The Sparrow, Anansi has produced a Special Edition Broadside of my poem, “Death of a Sparrow,” in a limited release of 50. This Broadside was printed and bound at Coach House on bpNichol Lane. A select number of these prints will be available at the Anansi Bashes […]
Look at this fabulous creature! To celebrate the launch of my Selected Poems, Anansi has produced a Special Edition Hardcover of The Sparrow in a limited release of 50. This book was printed and bound at Coach House on bpNichol Lane. A select number of these books will be available at the Anansi Bashes in […]
The fourth and final stop on our Anansi Spring Poetry Tour is OTTAWA!! Please join me at 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 14 at the Manx Pub (370 Elgin St.) for the Anansi Poetry Bash: Ottawa. I will be launching my selected poems, The Sparrow, along with fellow Anansi poets Emma Healey (Stereoblind) and Mikko Harvey, […]
The third stop on our Anansi Poetry Tour is MONTREAL! Please join me at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 13, at La Petite Librarie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard Ouest) for the Montreal launch of Anansi’s Spring poetry titles. We will be fêting my selected poems, The Sparrow, along with Emma Healey’s Stereoblind and Mikko […]
Stop #2 on the April poetry tour is a Hometown Bash: Toronto! At 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018, join me at the Henderson Brewing Company for the Anansi Poetry Bash. I will be launching my new book, The Sparrow, along with fellow poets Emma Healey (Stereoblind) and Mikko Harvey (Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit)! The […]
During the second week of April, 2018, I’m going on a poetry road trip like none other. I’ll be launching my selected poems, The Sparrow, in four cities! First stop? Brooklyn, New York! On April 10, at 7:00 pm, please join me at McNally Jackson booksellers for the Brooklyn launch of my selected poems, The Sparrow, along with […]
The effects of Moritz’s poems are startling, unnerving, and deeply satisfying.” – Micheline Maylor Quill & Quire has published a starred review of The Sparrow in their April 2018 edition. In “A Resplendent Sparrow,” Micheline Maylor calls The Sparrow “an essential read.” Maylor identifies a “cohesive arc” to the selected, identifying both the optimism of the […]
Then the strong one was off, a willing arrow, gone, curving into the trees. -from “Death of a Sparrow,” The Sparrow I’m pleased to show off the cover design of my forthcoming book, The Sparrow: Selected Poems, A. F. Moritz, whose official “birth date” from Anansi is April 3, 2018. Many thanks to Alysia Shewchuk at […]
PLEASE JOIN ME to celebrate the launch of Someone Editions’ new collection of letterpress broadsides, someone:water. These fine print broadsides feature my own poetry as well as the evocative work of Beatriz Hausner, Astrida Neimanis, and Karl Jirgens. Our words appear alongside images created by artists Susana Wald, Deborah Barnett, Seth Scriver, Pamela Dodds, Paul Till and […]
For the sixth year in a row, Beatriz Hausner and Gaston Bellemare have organized a bilingual poetry event. This Friday, December 1st, the Festival International de la Poésie presents three francophone poets, Stéphane Despatie, Corinne Chevarier, and Eric Charlebois. Along with Julie Joosten, I will have the pleasure of reading English translations of their work. […]
Freedom is that autumn street in the outspread city, never vast enough, astir with glinting darkness… -from ‘The Upper Stories,’ Mahoning Great news! Every Tuesday until the end of the year, Brick Books is having a 24-Hour Flash Sale on selected ebook titles. Each will be available for $4.99. This week, my book, Mahoning, is […]
Join me at the International Festival of Authors on Sunday, October 29th to celebrate the launch of The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English. This 10th Anniversary issue presents the work of 90 poets chosen from the first nine volumes of the series. I will read alongside a host of poets whose work […]
Hey Folks! knife | fork | book is celebrating its First Anniversary the weekend of October 6-8 in their new digs at The Dark Side Studio (244 Augusta Ave., Toronto, 2nd Floor), including an afternoon of poets reading on Saturday, October 7th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Ryan Eckes, Sue Landers, Alison Lasorda, and a whole […]
Please join me on Thursday, October 5th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hinton Learning Theatre at the Toronto Reference Library for the next installment of Exchanging Notes: The Interviews. I will have a sit-down chat with John Miller of the Toronto Writers’ Co-Operative about my life as a poet and my work. And, I will […]
In a few days, I will head off for readings at festivals in the UK with poets Catherine Graham, Ian Burgham, Jeanette Lynes, Giovanna Riccio, and George Elliot Clarke. The readings are sponsored by the Centre for Creative Learning in Kingston, Ontario, and organized by the CCL and by Ian Burgham. Burgham was the initiator of this UK tour […]
the chorus of mosquitoes there benevolent, their hum telling of sorrow overcome by good I am thrilled to have two new poems included in The High Window, Issue 6, Summer 2017 : The Dearest Freshness, and Origin of the Image. You can read them here alongside the work of several other poets. This summer, the High Window’s featured poet is Richard […]
Brian Campbell’s Shimmer Report is a book of artistic power and accomplishment, wisdom, and pleasure. Among its many dimensions, both of form and of subject matter, a notable one is its many wonderful developments of the theme, “Out of certain mud, we rose” (“The Arrow”): aspiration surviving and blossoming in the all-too-human facts of damage, […]
Still longing though long gone for the health of all forests and cities and one day to visit them… My poem, “You That I Loved,” from The Sentinel, has been reprinted in UofTMagazine’s Spring 2017 issue as part of their celebration of National Poetry Month in Canada. Also included in this edition are poets George Elliott […]
The images and words, lying scattered, hear the line’s mute shape and come dancing to make up a body for it, visible and solid. I have a new poem in The Yale Review. “The Rhythm of Time” appears in the April 2017 issue [Vol. 5, No.2]. You can access “The Rhythm of Time” and the rest of the […]
Last year, Prism International published a selection from my interview with James Wood regarding my most recent book of poems, Sequence. Below, you will find a transcript of that interview in its entirety. Sequence : An Extended Interview with James Wood JWW: What inspired the writing of Sequence? AFM: I think that primarily it came […]
On May 6, 2017, I will lead the West End Poetry Workshop at the Long Branch Toronto Public Library in Etobicoke. Curated by poet and writer Mercedes Killeen, the West End Poetry Workshop Series consists of a reading, a talk, and a poetry workshop led by a visiting artist. I look forward to reading some […]
A person is a vow, a promise he makes to himself and others, a faithfulness to a love, and not in the sense that we usually give to making a vow, but in the sense of a decision which is an orientation of the total self. CNQ, Canadian Notes and Queries, has published Evan Jones’ one-on-one […]
Join me in celebrating the launch of The Best Canadian POETRY 2016 next Wednesday, November 30th, at the Harbourfront Centre. I will read alongside a host of poets whose work appears in the ninth edition of this now-classic anthology from Tightrope books. Readers include: Dani Couture, Lynn Crosbie, Helen Humphreys, Laurie D. Graham, Steve McOrmond, […]
I will be reading with poet and playwright, Donna Langevin and poet and memoirist, Ariane Blackman at the Art Bar on Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00pm. The Art Bar is Canada’s longest running poetry-only weekly reading series. The show has recently relocated to the Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street, Toronto. Come for the readings! And, stay […]
And yet it was this sense of poetry as a type of thinking that drew me to A Houseboat on the Styx and solidified my decision to devote the bulk of my literary activities to poetry. It seemed necessary to disavow all that my early life had been built on, but I had an awareness that doing […]
Join me on Saturday, October 15 for the launch of Ruth Pierson’s Untranslatable Thought [Anstruther Press, 2016] at the Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto [401 Richmond, West, Suite 128, just east of Spadina]. The event begins at 2:00pm. The launch will be followed by an ekphrastic poetry reading featuring several poets, including Pierson, Richard Greene, Phoebe Wang, and myself. The Gallery will be […]
In July, I attended a conference at UC Berkeley dedicated to the life’s work of Jacques Ellul, the French philosopher, sociologist, law professor, lay theologian, and Christian Anarchist. The conference took place from July 6 to 8, 2016 at the Faculty Club on the Berkeley campus. Entitled Politics without Illusion, Revolution without Violence, the 3-day event […]
The High Window is a new quarterly review of poetry co-founded by David Cooke and Anthony Costello. It publishes poetry in English from poets in the UK and around the world. In addition, each issue contains an editorial, a literary essay, poems in translation, poetry reviews, and an occasional feature. I am pleased to have […]
Great News! To celebrate National Poetry Month, Anansi is offering 25% off of almost all of their poetry titles this April. Among these, you’ll find my own Sequence, The New Measures, The Sentinel, and Night Street Repairs. Look, there’s The Sentinel in Anansi’s recent Instagram post: Why not take a second and check out Anansi’s Poetry Sale?
This week, PRISM magazine published a conversation I had with James Wood, entitled: “In poetry, what is learned is of the blood”: An Interview with Award-Winning Poet A.F. Moritz.” Here’s a sampling of the questions Wood asked me: What inspired the writing of your most recent collection, Sequence (House of Anansi, 2015)? How do you see the new book’s relationship […]
Last Fall, I had the pleasure of reading at the Resonance Series in Montreal. Klara Du Plessis has curated the monthly readings at Resonance since 2013. When putting together a night, she aims to pair young, upcoming and established writers, and to complement poetry with prose. Not bound by style, all text-based projects of quality are welcome. […]
In 2012, I delivered the Anne Szumigalski lecture of the League of Canadian Poets. This talk, now an essay, “A Garden Is Not a Place: Poetry and Beauty,” has just become available in the new book, Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry, published by the League of Canadian Poets in conjunction with the University of […]
This Wednesday, March 23, at 8pm, I’ll be reading at the Pivot Reading Series along with fellow writers Tajja Isen, Alessandro Porco and Daniel Kincade Renton. Pivot, hosted by poet Jacob McArthur Mooney, runs every other Wednesday at 8pm at The Steady Café in Toronto. The series features both established and emerging writers from across Canada. You can learn […]
Authentic, lived experience is the means by which humanity can heal ‘the rift/between aspiration, delusion and your body’: the physical world manifests the spiritual and enables humans to ‘produce your own style or faith.’ The Toronto novelist, poet and critic, James W. Wood has reviewed my book, Sequence, for Stand magazine, a co-production of the […]