A. F. Moritz is a Canadian-American poet, teacher, and scholar. Born in Niles, Ohio, Moritz was educated at Marquette University. Since 1975, he has made his home in Toronto, Ontario, where he has worked variously as an advertising copywriter and executive, editor, publisher, and most recently, university professor. He now holds the position of Goldring Professor of the Arts and Society at Victoria University at the University of Toronto.
Moritz has written more than twenty books of poetry. Additionally, he has translated the work of Spanish-language poets Ludwig Zeller and Gilberto Meza, most often in collobaration with his wife, the scholar and writer, Theresa Moritz. The two have also collaborated on several works of non-fiction, including biographies of Stephen Leacock and Emma Goldman.
For his poetry, Moritz has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, inclusion in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Ingram Merrill Fellowship. He is a three-time nominee for the Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry (Rest on the Flight into Egypt, The Sentinel, and The New Measures). He was the winner of the ReLit Award for poetry in 2005 for Night Street Repairs. His collection, The Sentinel, won the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 of the Year. His most recent collection is The Sparrow.
In 2019 Moritz was named sixth Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto.