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Danforth Tragedy Commemoration

Please join me at The City of Toronto’s commemoration of the Danforth Tragedy on Sunday, July 21, at 1:30 pm in Withrow Park (725 Logan …

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“Their Charge of Love”

In April, I was honoured to write and read a poem for the one-year memorial (23 April 2019) of the Yonge Street tragedy. And The …

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Quill & Quire on more than the Art of Surgery

In a few short months, I became Toronto’s poet laureate and launched my Art of Surgery chapbook with Vallum. Steven Beatty documents this great change …

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“The Current of the Sugar”

In my role as Poet Laureate, I received a commission to write a poem for the 60th anniversary of Redpath Sugar’s residency on Toronto’s waterfront, …

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Celebrating Toronto’s Walk with Excellence 2019

On Tuesday, June 11, I will march with an incredibly talented group of Toronto High School graduates as part of the Walk With Excellence. This …

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Scarborough Poetry Slam!

This afternoon, Friday, May 17, I will be attending the Scarborough Slam, a spoken word event hosted by Wexford C. I. School for the Arts. …

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“Art of Surgery” Chapbook Launching with Vallum 16:1 “Connections” in Toronto and Montreal

Please join me in celebrating the launch of my new Art of Surgery chapbook, part of the Vallum Chapbook Series, alongside of the writers featured …

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Commemoration of the April 23, 2018 Yonge Street Tragedy

Please join me at 1:30pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the outdoor stage in Mel Lastman Square for the one-year commemoration of the Yonge …

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A Remembrance of Joe Rosenblatt

The Remembrance below was written at the invitation of Joe Rosenblatt’s friends Sharon Drache, Marci Katz, Peter Millroy, and Allan Safarik, for a celebration of …

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The Poet Laureate Presents Poetry Readings at ‘The Poet’

Come and join East End Arts and Fieldgate Urban for The Poet Laureate Presents: Readings at ‘The Poet’, an intimate evening of poetry! Featuring and …

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Toronto’s Sixth Poet Laureate

On Thursday, March 28, I will be named Toronto’s Sixth Poet Laureate at Toronto’s City hall. I will be officially recognized at Toronto’s City Council …

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Open Mic Night at the Parliament Street Library

On Tuesday, March 26, I’ll be the featured reader at the Parliament Street library’s Open Mic Night. This promises to be an excellent event. I’m …

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CP24 Interview

I’ll be heading over to CP24 this Sunday afternoon, March 10, to be interviewed about my new role as Toronto’s Poet Laureate. The interview will …

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CBC Metro Morning Interview

On Friday, March 8, I spoke with CBC Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway about my new role as the City of Toronto’s Poet Laureate. And I …

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Toronto’s Next Poet Laureate

This morning, at a meeting of the Economic and Community Development Committee at City Hall, I was honoured to be chosen as the next Poet …

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Tamaracks Anthology Now Available!

This fall, Lummox Press released Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century, an anthology edited by James Deahl. Tamaracks presents the work of 113 Canadian …

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Translations by Ann Yin in Poetry East West and Poetry Sky

Fellow poet Anna Yin has translated five of my poems into Chinese for Poetry East West. You can read them HERE. Two of these translations …

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“Descent to the Dead” Featured on Poetry Daily and in Vallum 15:2

… The song needs only paltry you to live. lt wants to catch the blood of your wandering attention, drink it, give it a body. …

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Art Bar Reading – Tonight!

I’ll be reading, tonight, Tuesday, October 16, at the Art Bar, alongside poets Linda Frank and Marvyne Jenoff. The Art Bar Poetry Series is held …

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East Coast Poetry Tour

I am about to take The Sparrow on an East Coast Poetry Tour. This Thursday, September 27, I will read at the Atwater Library in …

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Someone Editions Launches Noctograms

Please join me this Friday night at 7:00pm at the Free Times Cafe (320 College Street, Toronto) to celebrate the launch of Someone Editions’ Noctograms, poems by …

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Eden Mills Writers’ Festival!

On Sunday, September 9, I will be reading at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival alongside poets Carol Rose Daniels and Billy-Ray Belcourt in the “Visceral …

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Come for the Words and the Wine! July 23rd Common Reading Series!

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 …

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Open Book Interview

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, …

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Come Celebrate Big Al’s Lovefest!

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 …

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#AnansiPoetryProject Essay

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 …

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Eh List Reading and Discussion, Moritz and Chiasson

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 …

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#AnansiPoetryProjectContest – Closes April 27

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 …

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Death of a Sparrow Special Edition Broadside Available from Anansi

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 …

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Special Limited Edition Hardcover of The Sparrow Available from Anansi – SOLD OUT!

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 …

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Final Stop on the Anansi Spring Poetry Tour: Ottawa

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 …

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April Poetry Tour: Montreal Launch of The Sparrow

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 …

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Join Me for the Toronto Launch of The Sparrow!

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 …

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April Road Trip: Brooklyn Launch of The Sparrow

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, …

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The Sparrow Reviewed in Quill & Quire

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 …

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The Sparrow: Cover Design and Launch Dates

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 …

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Launch of SOMEONE : WATER at the Davenport

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 …

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A Bilingual Reading

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 …

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Brick Books Tuesday Flash Sales

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 …

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A Celebration of 10 Years of the Best Canadian Poetry

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 …

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This is Good Good at knife | fork | book

Hey Folks! knife | fork | book is celebrating its First Anniversary the weekend of October 6-8 in their new digs at The Dark Side …

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Exchanging Notes: The Interviews

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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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LAUNCH: The Best Canadian POETRY 2016, November 30th, 7:30pm, Harbourfront Centre, Brigantine Room

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 …

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October 25th, 8pm : Langevin, Blackman, and Moritz at The Art Bar @ The Free Times Cafe

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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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: …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Read “The Clock” on NewPoetry.ca

                                             … Star systems …

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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 …

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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 …

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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: …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Art Bar Poetry Series: April 28

I’ll be reading with Patrick Friesen and Stan Rogal at the Art Bar Poetry Series next Tuesday, April 28, 8pm, at the Black Swan Tavern, …

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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 …

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CBC Magic 8 Interview

To celebrate National Poetry Month and the launch of my collection, Sequence, I took part in the CBC’s Magic 8 series of interviews. I had the pleasure …

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Anansi Poetry Podcast with Damian Rogers

To celebrate this month’s release of my new collection, Sequence, Anansi Poetry editor Damian Rogers met with me at the Royal Ontario Museum for a …

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Sequence Is Now In Print!

My new book of poems, Sequence, is now in print! Order the Book from Anansi now! Or, join me at the Toronto and Ottawa launches and …

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Anansi Poetry Bash 2015: Toronto and Ottawa Dates

I’ll be launching my new book, Sequence, at the Anansi Poetry Bash in Toronto on April 15 and in Ottawa/Quebec on April 16. These are …

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A Starred Review of Sequence in Quill & Quire

Quill & Quire has given Sequence, my forthcoming book from Anansi, a starred review. Of the book, Candace Fertile writes: The contemporary long poem as conceived …

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Creative Writing Gala

On March 25, I will be reading with my student, Nicole Grimaldi, at this year’s Creative Writing Gala, showcasing students and mentors in the University …

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A. F. Moritz : Books Page

Welcome to the site. Please be sure to check out the Books Page and its three subsections: Forthcoming, In Print, and Out of Print/Special Order.  Over …

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Sequence is on the CBC’s CANLIT List

Sequence has been featured on CBC’s Canlit 2015: 15 poetry collections to look for in 2015! Here’s what the CBC had to say about Sequence: The …

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Sequence is Coming

My next book of poems, Sequence, will be published by Anansi on April 9, 2015. The Anansi Bash nights will take place in Toronto and …

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The Tradition: Print-On-Demand

The Tradition has been chosen one of the first group of books to be offered in a print-on-demand edition in Princeton University Press‘s new Princeton Legacy …

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