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Wound Turned to Light

Please join me at Toronto’s Heliconian Club, 35 Hazleton Avenue on the evening of Friday, October 13 or Saturday, October 14, 2023 for Confluence Concerts: Wound Turned to Light. Starting with a pre-show chat at 6:45 p.m., we will celebrate the launch of the CD of composer James Rolfe’s beautiful settings of the work of a […]

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Spring Minstrels and Bards

Join me on Tuesday, April 25th at 5:45 pm, in the Southern Cross Lounge at the Tranzac Club in Toronto for Minstrels and Bards. Hosted by Brenda Clews, Minstrels and Bards is a quarterly Soirée celebrating writing and music. For Spring 2023, Beatriz Hausner and I will be the featured poets, along with featured musicians

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Eh Poetry Podcast!

Great news! I’m today’s feature on the Eh Poetry Podcast! Hosted by Jason E. Coombs, the Eh Poetry Podcast provides: A space to listen to poetry like you listen to your favourite music, on repeat! We feature poetry from poets who call Canada home with the goal of exposing it to the world, while giving

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One Week Until Lost Launches II

Please join me for the second evening in an ongoing series, Lost Launches, at 7pm, April 26, 2022, at the Art Bar (Clinton’s, 693 Bloor W, Toronto). In my role as Toronto’s Poet Laureate, I am proud to help launch books of poetry whose proper entrance into the world was stymied by the Covid-19 crisis.

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The Quarantine Review, Issue 2

My son, Blaise Moritz, and daughter-in-law, Roseanne Carrara, have a trio of paired drawings and poems entitled “‘Til Now” in the second issue of The Quarantine Review, a new magazine created by Sheeza Sarfraz and J.J. Dupuis and published by Dundurn Press. Moritz and Carrara’s collaboration appears alongside the work of Teri Vlassopoulos, Teresa Mason

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Poetry at the Manor

On Tuesday, October 8, I represented the City of Toronto in the Seventh Annual “Poetry at the Manor” event in Windsor. There, I had the pleasure of reading poetry at Windsor’s Willistead Manor along with fellow Poets Laureate Steven Ross Smith (Banff), Victoria Butler (Barrie), Micheline Maylor (Calgary) and Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate Samantha Badaoa.

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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 Ave). This solemn ceremony acknowledges those who lost their lives and those who were injured during the July 22, 2018 shooting on Danforth Ave. The event will include the reading

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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 Toronto Star very kindly reprinted the poem. Two months from the memorial, and 14 months from the tragedy, I have included both my preparatory remarks and the full text of

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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, to be read at Doors Open Toronto. While my poem, “The Current of the Sugar,” was dropped from the roster of the event, the poem will be considered for inclusion

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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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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 of responding to questions posed by the following writers: Lynn Coady, J.B. McKinnon, David McGimpsey, Johanna Skibsrud, Kim Thùy, Alan Bradley, Charlotte Gray, and Shani Mootoo. Read the full article,

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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 purchase your copy in person! Sequence Anansi, April 9, 2015 from the publisher In Sequence, the reader accompanies the poet step after step and breath after breath through a haunting and

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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 of Toronto’s MA in the Field of Creative Writing. We will be joined by Charles Foran and his student Liz Windhorst Harmer. The Department of English will also announce the winner of the

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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 the next few months, I’ll be adding more content to this and other sections of the site. Look for archival reviews, audio and video recordings, an extended bibliography and a

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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 Ottawa during the following week, on April 15 and 16, respectively. Exact times and venues are to follow. Please keep checking the Events Page for more details about these launches and about

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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 Series, a group of titles republished as print-on-demand from the press’s history back to 1906. Here’s a look at the original cover, from 1986: And here’s a link to the

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