Lit Live

Lit Live is a monthly showcase of local and Canadian authors across a variety of genres. April’s event features poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction with contributions from:Michelle BerryGreg SantosAlbert MoritzAnn ShinConcetta PrincipeJennifer JonesHosted by Benjamin Robinson This month, the event takes place on Thursday, April 7, from 7-9:30 pm, both online and in person at […]

The Spirit of Poetry Across Ontario

Readings by Poet Laureates across Ontario in celebration of National Poetry Month. Time & location Apr 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT Virtual on Zoom About the event Use the following link to join the Zoom meeting at the time of the event: Launch Zoom meeting List of Ontario Poet Laureates Al Moritz – Toronto […]

Mayor’s Arts Lunch [Private Event]

In his role as Toronto Poet Laureate, Moritz attends this private event by invitation of the Mayor, John Tory. The Mayor's Arts Lunch, taking place on Monday April 25, 2022, brings together a room of artists, cultural leaders, arts philanthropists, key business and civic leaders, and politicians from all levels of government to celebrate and spotlight […]

Lost Launches II

The Art Bar at Clinton's 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Please join me for the second evening in an ongoing series, Lost Launches, 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. With […]

CAMPAGNA: ROOFTOP POETRY READING

On Saturday, May 28th, 2022, 7:30pm, join me for a Rooftop Poetry reading with fellow poets, Allan Briesmaster, Beatriz Hausner, Luciano Iacobelli, Corrado Paina, and Giovanna Riccio. This event takes place at Campagna Bronze, at 1718 Queen Street West, in Toronto. This makes for a festive conclusion to the Campagna Sculpture Show, which runs both […]

Lost Launches III

The Art Bar at Clinton's 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Please join me for the third evening in an ongoing series, Lost Launches, 7pm, May 31, 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. With […]

Lost Launches IV

The Art Bar at Clinton's 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Please join me for the fourth and final evening in the series, Lost Launches, 7pm, June 28, 2022, at the Art Bar (Clinton's, 693 Bloor W, Toronto). In my role as Toronto's Poet Laureate, I have been proud to help launch books of poetry whose proper entrance into the world was stymied by the Covid-19 […]

International Jacques Ellul Society Conference

This July, I will attend the International Jacques Ellul Society Conference at McGill University in Montreal. This year's conference is entitled, "The Arts, Culture, and Environment in a Technological Society: Revisiting Jacques Ellul." The conference is preceded by a July 7 symposium: "Music and Antifascism: Reflections on the Past and Possibilities in the Present." This […]

From LeafLove to OpenCut

Someone Editions, with Toronto Poet Laureate Al Moritz and poet Beatriz Hausner, presents new works by Luciano Iacobelli and Deborah Barnett with the launch of a multidisciplinary artists' book event, Open Cut. Exhibition and Readings take place at Someone Editions Book Salon and Gallery, 2059 Dundas Street West, Toronto, M6R 1W8. Exhibition and Readings:Friday, July […]

Oakville Literary Café

Please join me for the Oakville Literary Café, in Partnership with the Oakville Literary Alliance. This zoom event takes place on Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. I am the scheduled speaker for the month of September! Everyone is welcome to attend these monthly sessions to share their writing or just […]

Liter-Art-I: Poetry at the Art Table

The Stop's Wychwood Open Door, in Partnership with St. Clair Arts Network (SCAN) and The Creative Vocalization Studio Presents Liter-Art-I 2022: Poetry at the Art Table.Please join us to listen to poetry, write a poem, read a poem, orcreate an art piece inspired by the poetry!Wednesday Sept 21st 11:30am-1pm In the parking lot of St. […]

Toronto International Festival of Authors, 2022

The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is Canada’s largest and longest-running literary festival, presented with a vision to inspire, empower and connect through the art of stories. Join us annually every fall, to meet, hear and learn from the world’s leading contemporary authors. In 2022, the 43rd Edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors […]

Tribute and Readings in Memory of Luciano Iacobelli

On the evening of Friday, September 23, I will take part in a Tribute and Readings in Memory of my friend and fellow poet, Luciano Iacobelli . The event takes place beginning at 7:00pm, at the Centre for Social Innovation, Annex location, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto. View Accenti Magazine's Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/Accenti/posts/pfbid02EFxyFbRrebKeDDSVhc7PoYryxyAjuqHkbYTykEUTsKkuY211iJNeVYBAArQzUk6rl

TIFA: Theater of War, The Waste Land Project

REGISTER TO WATCH IN PERSON REGISTER TO WATCH ONLINE Poets from Ukraine, Toronto, and other parts of the world come together across borders and boundaries to present readings and reflections on each other’s poems as a catalyst for dialogue, healing, connection and community. The Waste Land Project is a live, hybrid exchange to help frame […]

TIFA: The ReRead, A.F. Moritz on T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

Join us at the Toronto International Festival of Authors, as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer discussing a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In […]

Gordon Hill Press Audiobook Launch

Come join in celebrating the launch of these Gordon Hill Press audiobooks, including all their poetry titles up until this year. Roxanna Bennett's "unmeaningable"Tom Prime / Gary Barwin's "A Cemetery for Holes"Danny Jacobs' "Sourcebooks for Our Drawings"Mike Chaulk's "Night Lunch"Amy LeBlanc's "I know something you don't know"Travis Lane's "Keeping Count"Lily Wang's "Saturn Peach"Khashayar Mohammadi's "Me, […]

Emma Goldman Symposium: Remembering Goldman Through Poetry

I will be attending a one-day event entitled "A Symposium on Emma Goldman 82 Years After Her Death in Toronto" on Saturday, October 15, in the Main Floor Theatre of the St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto.At 5:00pm, I will be introduced as the featured reader in the panel, "Remembering Goldman Through Poetry" chaired […]

Minstrels & Bards Halloween Edition 2022

The Minstrels & Bards reading series presents a celebration of Halloween with poetry and music. The event takes place from 7:00pm to 9:15 pm on Tuesday, October 25th, at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto. Featured readers and all attendees are encouraged to come as a persona, in masquerade or in costume. The event […]

Victoria University Special Lecture and Reception for Blake Goldring and A.F. Moritz

On Wednesday, October 26, I will take part in a special lecture and reception to celebrate the Honorary Doctorate conferred on Dr. Blake Charles Goldring in 2021. Goldring is a long-time supporter of the  VicOne Norman Jewison Stream in Imagination and the Arts. We will also be celebrating my retirement from my role as the Blake C. […]

Five Poets Breaking into Song #7

Please join me at The Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto at 7:00pm on November 19 for an evening of poetry, music, and song. The evening features the work of five poets: Ayesha Chatterjee, Irving Layton , Gwedolyn MacEwen , Giovanna Riccio and myself. Musicians: Juliet Palmer , James Rolfe and Karen Usha […]

Launch of Ampersand Review, Issue 3 – POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. I WILL POST THE NEW TIME AND DATE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Please join me on Thursday, February 23, 2023, for the launch of the Ampersand Review, Issue 3. Along with Naben Ruthnum and Ann Yu-Kyung Choi, I will take part in the panel on "Borders: […]

Launch of Ampersand Review, Issue 3 – NEW DATE

I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW DATE AND TIME FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE AMPERSAND REVIEW, ISSUE 3! Please join me on Thursday, March 23, 2023, for the launch of the Ampersand Review, Issue 3. Along with Naben Ruthnum and Ann Yu-Kyung Choi, I will take part in the panel on "Borders: Canadian Writing […]

Celebrating 50 Years of Exile Quarterly: Fundraising Social

Charles Pachter Gallery & Museum 22 Grange Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada

I will participate in a special fundraising event in celebration of Exile Quarterly's 50th anniversary on April 2, 2023 from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the Charles Pachter Gallery and Museum in Toronto (22 Grange Avenue). There, I will be reading Neruda translations referred to in paintings by Gabriela Campos. This "Inimitable Exile Extravaganza" celebrates 50 […]

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Celebrating 50 Years of Exile Quarterly: An Evening Dinner with Authors

Hothouse 35 Church Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Friends of Exile Editions are invited to book their seat at an evening dinner at Hothouse in Toronto (35 Church Street) with readings by five Exile authors and complimentary copies of their books and media. I will be attending this event but not participating in the reading/book give-away. The cost of the event is $99 […]

Poetry and Place Webinar: In Conversation with Poets Laureate

Celebrate National Poetry Month and join The Writers' Union of Canada in a discussion with Poets Laureate from different cities across the country. At Poetry and Place: In Conversation with Poets Laureate, hear from Vancouver’s Fiona Tinwei Lam, Toronto’s A. F. Moritz, and Saskatchewan’s Carol Rose GoldenEagle. Learn what it means to be a Poet […]

Acta Victoriana Launch

Acta Victoriana is excited to announce its first in-person launch since 2019! The editors look forward to welcoming you to the Cat's Eye for a very literary evening of readings, refreshments, and meeting their wonderful literary journal contributors and editors from the past year. You can also look forward to picking up copies of current […]

Spring into Poetry at Main Street Library

The Ontario Poetry Society and Aeolus House Press present: The Spring Into Poetry Gathering Saturday April 15th, 20232 p.m. to 4 p.m.at The Toronto Public Library, Main Street Branch137 Main Street, Toronto, OntarioBasement Community Room(Wheelchair & Walker Access by Elevator)Hosted by Allan Briesmaster, Publisher, Aeolus House & I.B. (Bunny) Iskov, Founder, The Ontario Poetry SocietyFree […]

Minstrels and Bards Spring 2023

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 […]

Anansi Poetry Bash 2023

RSVP NOW for the 2023 Anansi Poetry Bash! Anansi's Annual Poetry Bash is Back. This year, the party will be held on April 27th, 7:00 to 10:00pm, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto! The Bash will highlight the launch of three stunning poetry collections: Jen Currin’s Trinity Street, Hannah Green’s Xanax Cowboy and Michael Crummey’s Passengers. This year’s […]

Art Bar Poetry Series, 2023

Save the Date! Please join me at 7:00pm on Monday, May 15, at the Free Times Café for the Art Bar Poetry Series. I will join fellow poets Khashayar Mohammadi and Shelly Grace for a trio of readings followed by an Open Mic. RSVP on Facebook now! Follow the Art Bar on Twitter Check out […]

secret handshake reading series

Save the date! On Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 1:30 p.m., I will take part in Bill Bissett's secret handshake reading series, at its new location, 360 College St. 3rd floor #301. I will read alongside fellow poets Andrea Thompson, Kate de Jong, Kedrick James, Adeena Karasick, Honey Novick, Marcy Rogers, Andrea Thompson and David Tinmouth. […]

Confluence Concerts: Wound Turned to Light

Confluence Concerts: Wound Turned to Light 6:45 p.m., Pre-Show Chat7:30 p.m., ConcertFriday, October 13, 2023The Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto M5R 2E3TICKETS Please join us for Confluence Concerts: Wound Turned to Light, the live launch of composer James Rolfe’s beautiful settings of the work of a wide variety of poets, created during the pandemic. […]

Confluence Concerts: Wound Turned to Light

Confluence Concerts: Wound Turned to Light 6:45 p.m., Pre-Show Chat7:30 p.m., ConcertSaturday, October 14, 2023The Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto M5R 2E3TICKETS Please join us for Confluence Concerts: Wound Turned to Light, the live launch of composer James Rolfe’s beautiful settings of the work of a wide variety of poets, created during the pandemic. […]

Launch of Ben Meyerson’s Seguiriyas

The Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto invites you to the launch of Ben Meyerson's poetry collection, Seguiriyas (Black Ocean Press). The launch will take place on Tuesday, October 17th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in the Massey College Common Room, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto. Readings will begin at 6:00pm and will also […]

The Tough Romance

You are invited to a celebration and reading of six outstanding poets, recently deceased, who were major participants in the Italo-Canadian poetry phenomenon of the 1970s and after: one of the major components of the new Canadian literature of the 1960s and 1970s. The poets are Giorgio Di Cicco, Verena Fazio, Len Gasparini, Luciano Iacobelli, […]

She Who Lies Above Launch

Book*hug Press and Flying Books invite you to celebrate the launch of Beatriz Hausner's latest poetry collection, She Who Lies Above. With special guest moderator Al Moritz! Details:Tuesday, November 21st, 2023Event from 6:30-8:00 pm ETFlying Books, 784 College Street, Toronto ONAdmission is free. All are welcome to attend.Books will be available for purchase, and, of […]

Poetry at the Phoenix – POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR A RAIN DATE! The West End Phoenix is proud to present poets A.F. Moritz and Linda Besner on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at their space at 3 Bartlett Avenue in Toronto. Doors open at 7 PM. Tickets are Pay What You Can at the door. No […]

Poetry at the Phoenix: New Date!!!!

The West End Phoenix is proud to present poets A.F. Moritz and Linda Besner on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at their space at 3 Bartlett Avenue in Toronto. Doors open at 7 PM. Tickets are Pay What You Can at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds! Limited space and […]

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