Readings

Ottawa International Writers Festival & VerseFest2020: As Far As You Know, An Interview with A.F. Moritz

 Moritz’s sensibility is unique: melancholic, intellectual, comic, erotic, pitying . . . The emotional content of Moritz’s work is so abundant and accessible that the reader is never lost. National Post Join me on Sunday, November 8, at 2:00, for an online event co-sponsored by The Ottawa International Writers Festival & Versefest2020. I will be

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Join Me at Word on the Street 2020

Canada’s largest book festival has gone virtual! Please join me at The Word on the Street 2020, a national celebration of literacy and Canadian writing. Each September, WOTS hosts hundreds of author readings for visitors of all ages and a vibrant marketplace featuring the best selection of books and magazines in Canada. The festival and

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Thin Air 2020

The Winnipeg International Writers Festival has taken their annual Thin Air Festival and made it into an interactive online experience. I am proud to be a participant in this year’s #ThinAir2020. This rich experience will be available and active online from September 20 to October 12, 2020. Go to Thin Air to register for free.

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CBC Q Interview with Tom Power, “Thoughts in Time of Plague”

Towards the end of National Poetry Month, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tom Power of CBC Radio’s Q about my poem “Thoughts in Time of Plague.” CLICK HERE to read about and listen to the interview: Here’s a hard link: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/tuesday-april-28-2020-avril-lavigne-a-f-moritz-and-more-1.5547890/a-f-moritz-reads-his-poem-thoughts-in-time-of-plague-1.5547894 You can also listen to the interview here: CBC Q also posted

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Kirby reads “Names of Birds”

I am thrilled and honoured that Kirby of knife|fork|book chose to read “Names of Birds” from my new collection, As Far As You Know, as part of his Bedtime Poems Series on social media during National Poetry Month. I believe he’s carrying on the series for the foreseeable future, perhaps as an effort to shake

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THE SUNDAY EDITION: BOOKS FOR SOLACE, PERSPECTIVE, AND CONNECTION DURING SELF-ISOLATION

Inspired by the #TolstoyTogether reading project hosted by writer YiYun in collaboration with New York’s A Public Space, CBC Radio’s Michael Enright canvassed Canadian writers for their book recommendations in a time of crisis. This weekend, at home, I recorded my thoughts on returning to Juan Ramón Jiménez’s The Invisible Reality during the corona virus

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Poetry & Healing, A League Fundraiser for Sick Kids Hospital [MOVING ONLINE!]

THIS EVENT WILL BE MOVING ONLINE. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES! Mark your calendars for Sunday April 5th! And please join me for “Poetry and Healing,” the League of Canadian Poets’ inaugural fundraiser for Sick Kids Hospital. This event will take place from 1:00 to 4:00pm at The Supermarket [268 Augusta Avenue] in Kensington Market, Toronto.

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Poetry in Union

The League of Canadian Poets and Toronto’s Union Station are excited to present Poetry in Union 2020, a public art experience. At this event, a selection of Toronto’s strongest, most diverse and most talented poets will provide personalized poetry on request to reflect participants’ own experiences and stories. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly

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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 in Vallum 16:1 Connections. For both venues, the event is free with $5 suggested donation. Pay $10 for entry and get a copy of issue 16:1! All proceeds go towards

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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 Joe, held on 6 April, at Qualicum Beach, BC, where he lived. Joe died on 11 March 2019. Hearing of Joe Rosenblatt’s death, and having the chance to write a

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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 at the Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street in Toronto. The event begins at 8:00pm. And, there is a $5 charge at the door. Terry Trowbridge will be the evening’s

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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 Westmount, Quebec, alongside poets Rebecca Păpucaru, and Moez Surani. On Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, I join an all-star line-up at Poetry Weekend at the University of New Brunswick. On Monday,

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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 Luciano Iacobelli, art by Deborah Barnett. Noctograms is the second in Someone Editions’ Little Letterpress series. I will be reading alongside of Beatriz Hausner. Luciano Iacobelli and Deborah Barnett will

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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 Verse” division. The festival takes place in the Village of Eden Mills, 12 km east of Guelph and 90 km west of Toronto. Our reading is at 2:30 pm in The

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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 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

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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 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

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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 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.

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