UK Tour

UK TOUR: London, Manchester, & Edinburgh Readings

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 […]

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Two new Poems in the high window

Two New Poems in The High Window

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 […]

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My review Campbell in Vallum

My Review of Campbell’s Shimmer Report in Vallum 14:1

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, […]

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You That I Loved in UofTMagazine

You That I Loved in UofTMagazine

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 […]

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The Rhythm of Time In The Yale Review

“The Rhythm of Time” in The Yale Review

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 […]

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Sequence An Extended Interview with James Wood

Sequence : An Extended Interview with James Wood

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 […]

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West End Poetry Workshop Series

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 […]

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A.F. Moritz Interviewed by Evan Jones in CNQ Online

CNQ Interview

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 […]

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Autumn Getty Reads a Houseboat on the Styx

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 […]

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Chapbook Release and Ekphrastic Poetry Reading

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 […]

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Ellul Conference

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 […]

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Four Poems in The High Window

Four Poems in The High Window

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 […]

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25% Off These Anansi Titles This Month!

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?

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My Conversation With James Wood In This Week’s PRISM

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 […]

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Read Creating Despair on the Resonance Reading Series Archives

Read “Creating Despair” On The Resonance Reading Series Archives

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. […]

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Measures of Astonishment Is In Print!

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 […]

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March 23 Pivot Reading Series at The Steady

Pivot Reading Series this Wednesday, March 23, 8pm, The Steady, 1051 Bloor

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 […]

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James W Wood reviews Sequence for Stand Magazine

James W. Wood reviews Sequence for Stand Magazine

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 […]

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Elana Wolff Reads Sequence

Elana Wolff Reads Sequence and Presents a Distillation

  As part of Brick Books’ ongoing Celebration of Poetry, Elena Wolff has written about my book, Sequence. In reading Sequence I feel myself brought into an ongoing conversation—deep and old, yet new and ever-present. Immediate and accessible, yet challenging too. It resists interpretation, provokes interpretation, and personalization. I am drawn to locating myself within the […]

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Sequence Special Edition with a Hand-Lettered Valentine

Flowers? Check. Chocolate? Check. Poetry? House of Anansi’s got you covered. Their collection of Special Edition Poetry, which includes my own Sequence, will make the perfect gift for your Valentine. Each limited-edition hardcover book included in the collection was printed and bound at Coach House on bpNichol Lane in Toronto, in a limited edition of only 50 printings each. […]

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Patrick Pilarski reviews Sequence

Patrick M. Pilarski reviews Sequence for Vallum

The result is a long poem that at different times appears modern and ancient, common and rare, solitary and communal. The effect works beautifully. What makes it so engaging? The answer seems to rest in a series of risky stylistic choices made by the author. As I said before, the reviews for Sequence are pouring […]

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The Search for Wonder

Events and moments slip the bonds of chronology to find connection, or sequence, through their common essence.. The reviews for my book, Sequence, are starting to pour in. Take a look at Alison Goodwin’s review on ARC Poetry Magazine’s website: Alison Goodwin, The Search for Wonder, A.F. Moritz’s Sequence. [I’ve also posted a link to […]

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Read THE CLOCK on Newpoetry dot ca

Read “The Clock” on NewPoetry.ca

                                             … Star systems were conceived and died in the silences between each two. New Poetry published a new poem of mine today. It’s called “The Clock.” I hope you’ll read it and enjoy it!  Then, […]

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IFOA: Best Canadian Poetry 2015 Launch

I am excited to be a part of the launch of The Best Canadian Poetry 2015 at the International Festival of Authors. This event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on October 30th on the Lakeside Terrace at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. This year’s Best Canadian Poetry 2015 in English was edited by Jacob McArthur Mooney […]

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An Essay and Two Poems in The Volta

I have an essay and two poems in the October 2015 edition of The Volta online. This edition was edited and introduced by Johanna Skibsrud and John Melillo. Do read their fantastic introduction, The Art of Losing, and have a look around at the full complement of this month’s writers. Here’s a link to my […]

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McGill Lecture : The Sequential Poem

As part of my visit to Montreal next week, I will be delivering a lecture on the campus of McGill University entitled The Sequential Poem: Formal and Philosophical Dimensions. This lecture, which is sponsored by McGill University and the Canada Council via the Writers’ Union of Canada, will take place on Tuesday, October 13, at […]

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Résonance Reading Series in Montreal

On Tuesday, October 13, I will do a solo reading in Montréal at the Résonance Reading Series. This event features my new book, Sequence, and begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Résonance Café, 5175 Avenue du Parc. Call 514-360-9629 for more information.

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Hot-Sauced Words

Hot-Sauced Words

Along with fellow poet Jenny Sampirisi, I will be a featured reader at the first Fall 2015 installment of Toronto’s Hot-Sauced Words reading series. When? This Monday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. Where? C’est What! Say What? James Dewar’s Hot-Sauced Words series has a new home: C’est What, 67 Front St. East (at Church St.) a popular resto-bar and […]

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High Park Reading Festival

I’ll be one of the readers at the High Park Reading Festival on Sunday, September 27, in Toronto. This event will run from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at High Park’s picnic site #19, located just south of the Grenadier Restaurant, across Colbourne Lodge Road. Each of the approximately 20 poets will read for about 5 minutes. […]

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Launch of Jeff Bien's In a Time of No Song

Launch of Jeff Bien’s In a Time of No Song

On Wednesday, September 23, at The Small Music Centre, 108 Shaw St., Studio 101, Toronto, M6J 2W5, I will be participating in the launch of Jeff Bien’s new book of poems, In a Time of No Song. I wrote the introduction to this book for Jeff and for the publisher, Exile Editions. The doors for this event […]

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Tree Reading Series

Tree Reading Series

I will be reading from my new book, Sequence, at the Tree Reading Series in Ottawa on Tuesday, September 8.  The reading begins at 8:00pm, but there is a publishing workshop with Avonlea Fotheringham at 6:45 if you’d like to arrive early. Both the workshop and the reading take place at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 […]

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Earth and Heaven Book Launch

Earth and Heaven Book Launch

On Tuesday, July 7, I will read with other contributors at the Toronto launch of Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry, edited by Amanda Jernigan and Evan Jones, and recently published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd. The free event will be held at 6:00 p.m. at No One Writes To The Colonel, 460 College St., […]

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Northern District Library Reading

On Thursday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m., at Toronto’s Northern District Library, I will be reading from my new book, Sequence, along with fellow poets Ian Burgham (Midnight, Quattro Books), Chris Chambers (Thrillows & Despairos, Wolsak & Wynn) and Catherine Graham (Her Red Hair Rises With the Wings of Insects, Wolsak & Wynn). Orchardviewers June […]

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“Better Days” Featured on Words & Music

Words & Music is an hour-long weekly program on WMNR radio in which Will Duchon reads poems and pairs them with music he feels reflects the soul and energy of each poem. On Friday, May 22, Duchon featured my poem, “Better Days,” from The Sentinel, on the show, following it up by some “Reflections” by Duke Ellington. The […]

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An Evening of All Things Scottish at the Windup Bird Cafe

An Evening of All Things Scottish at the Windup Bird Café

On Sunday, May 24, from 6:00 – 8:00pm, I will be reading with Catherine Graham and Ian Burgham at the Windup Bird Café [382 College Street, Toronto]. At this celebration of all things Scottish, all three poets will be reading work inspired by Scotland or written by Scottish poets. Preceding the readings, the café will […]

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Open Book Toronto Poetry Special

Along with fellow Anansi poets Erin Mouré and Karen Solie, I took part in a special Poetry Month Q&A for Open Book Toronto. You can find that interview here: Poetry Month Special: Talking with Anansi Poets A.F. Moritz, Erin Mouré and Karen Solie.  

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CBC Quickie Couplet Contest

As part of their celebration of National Poetry Month, CBC Books hosted a “Quickie Couplet Contest” on April 7th. Followers on Twitter and Facebook were invited to complete couplets whose first lines were provided by eleven Canadian poets. I was lucky enough to be one of those eleven poets. Here’s my couplet! How would you […]

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