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April 2018

Anansi Poetry Bash: Brooklyn, NY, USA

April 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
McNally Jackson Books (Williamsburg), 76 North 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States
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Friends from the States! New Yorkers! Brooklynites! On April 10, at 7:00 pm, please join me for the U.S. launch of my new book, The Sparrow, along with fellow Anansi poets Emma Healey, who launches Stereoblind, and Mikko Harvey, who launches Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit. This event will be hosted by McNally Jackson booksellers at their brand new Williamsburg location, 76 N 4th St (near Wythe) in Brooklyn, NY, 11249, USA. All three of our books will be available for sale. No tickets…

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Anansi Poetry Bash: Toronto

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Henderson Brewing Company, 128A Sterling Road
Toronto, Ontario M6R2B7 Canada
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At 7:00 pm on April 12, 2018, join me at the Henderson Brewing Company (128A Sterling Road) for the Anansi Poetry Bash. I will be launching my new book, The Sparrow, along with fellow poets Emma Healey (Stereoblind) and Mikko Harvey (Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit)! The evening will be hosted by Kevin Connolly. All three books will be available to purchase, including limited edition broadsheets and special edition poetry books. No tickets required + the event is free. There will be…

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Anansi Poetry Bash: Montreal

April 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
La Petite Librarie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard West
Montreal, Quebec H2K2T2 Canada
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Please join me at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 13 at La Petite Librarie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard West) for the Montreal launch of Anansi's Spring poetry titles. We will be fêting my selected poems, The Sparrow, along with Emma Healey's  Stereoblind and Mikko Harvey's Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit. Here's a shot of Emma and Mikko holding their books for the first time: This event is free. All three titles will be availble to purchase.  Feel free to RSVP via Facebook.…

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Anansi Poetry Bash: Ottawa

April 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Manx Pub, 370 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1N1 Canada
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Please join me at 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 14 at the Manx Pub (370 Elgin St.) for the Anansi Poetry Bash: Ottawa. I will be launching my selected poems, The Sparrow, along with fellow Anansi poets Emma Healey (Stereoblind) and Mikko Harvey, (Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit).   All three titles will be for sale at the party. You can RSVP via Facebook! The signs alone should be enough to draw a crowd.... This event is part of the Ottawa International Writer's…

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Lyrical Fire, Iconic Poets: Eh! List Reading Series, Moritz, Chiasson

April 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4W2G8 Canada
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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 the Toronto Public Library's Eh! List series. I will sit down with poet Herménégilde Chiasson. We will discuss our careers and read from our new books, The Sparrow, and To Live and Die in Scoudouc (Goose Lane), translated by Jo-Anne Elder. There will be a Q&A after our readings. And, books will be available to purchase…

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May 2018

Big Al’s Lovefest at Knife Fork Book

May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
knife fork book, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5T2L7 Canada
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To celebrate the launch of my Selected Poems, The Sparrow, Kirby, at knife | fork | book (244 Augusta, 2nd floor) has arranged an A.F. Moritz "Lovefest" set for May 25, 7:00 pm. Several poets will read their "favourites" from my selected, followed by my own reading from The Sparrow. Readers include: Jessica Joy Hiemstra. Shannon Bramer. Ben Gallagher. James Lindsay. Noah Wareness. Khashayar Mohammadi. Ally Fleming. Kate Sutherland. Jacob McArthur Mooney. Conor McDonnell. Fan Wu. David Seymour. A. Light Zachary. Alison LaSorda.…

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June 2018

Jacques Ellul and the Bible: A Cross Disciplinary Exploration

June 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - June 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Regent College, 5800 University Boulevard
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 2E4 Canada
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Between June 28 and 30, I will be attending this year's Conference of the International Jacques Ellul Society at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jacques Ellul (1912-94) is best known as one of the premier voices of the 20th century analyzing the emergence, characteristics, and challenges of the “technological society” --- the growing and seemingly irresistible dominance of technological tools, processes, and values over the whole of life and the whole of the world. But the Bordeaux sociologist simultaneously…

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July 2018

Common Reading Series

July 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H3H3 Canada
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Common Readings is a reading series hosted and curated by Toronto poet Daniel Kincade Renton with support from the Common Readings Collective. Join us on Monday, July 23rd and engage with the works of poets Al Moritz, Nyla Matuk, Jeff Latosik who will all be reading from their recent collections and their works in progress. Jul 23, 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3H3, Canada Pay-What-You-Can Come for the words and the…

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September 2018

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

September 9, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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 Rivermead Venue. Join me for a day of pleasure! And view the full Sunday reading list here. For tickets, a full lists of events, and…

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Someone Editions launches Noctograms

September 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T1S3 Canada
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Someone Editions launches Noctograms, poems by Luciano Iacobelli, art by Deborah Barnett, the second in Someone Editions' Little Letterpress series. With readings by Someone Editions authors Albert Moritz and Beatriz Hausner. Luciano Iacobelli and Deborah Barnett will be signing copies of this limited, exquisitely produced publication. Admission is free. Raise a glass and nibble away, while celebrating poetry, art and fine printing! R.S.V.P. via Facebook

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Atwater Poetry Project

September 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 1200 Atwater Avenue
Westmount, Quebec H3Z1X4
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On Thursday, September 27, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre in Westmount, Quebec, I will be reading with talented poets Rebecca Păpucaru & Moez Surani as part of the Atwater Poetry Project. The event is FREE and everyone is welcome. All of our books will be for sale. This event is a co-presentation with the University of New Brunswick’s 2018 Poetry Weekend. RSVP via Facebook now! REBECCA PĂPUCARU’S first collection of poetry, The Panic Room…

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Poetry Weekend at UNB

September 29, 2018 - September 30, 2018

I will be in Fredericton at the University of New Brunswick's annual Poetry Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 29th and 30th, 2018. I will read at two events. More information to follow. In the meantime, check out the Poetry Weekend Facebook Page.

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October 2018

UPEI Winter’s Tales

October 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building, UPEI, 550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Canada
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Join me on October 1 at 7:30pm in the Faculty Lounge of the SDU Main Building at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, for UPEI's Winter's Tales. I will read from my selected poems The Sparrow. From UPEI: A.F. Moritz’ all-seasons subject matter includes love and eroticism; divine presence and mortality; contemplation of nature; history, modernity, and current events; philosophical, ethical, sociological, and political inquiry; and an elegant evocation of life’s exaltation and ennui, emptiness and fulness. At UPEI,…

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SMU Reading Series with Rachel Lebowitz

October 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Oaks Estate, 5290 Gorsebrook Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H1G2 Canada
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At 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, I will be reading with Rachel Lebowitz at St. Mary's University in Halifax. This event takes place on campus at the Oaks Estate, 5290 Gorsebrook Ave . Feel free to RSVP via Facebook. I hope you will attend!  

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Art Bar Poetry Series: Frank, Jenoff, Moritz

October 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Art Bar Poetry Series at the Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T1S3 Canada
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On Tuesday, October 16th, at 8:00 p.m., I will be a featured reader at the Art Bar Poetry Series. I will take the stage alongside featured poets Linda Frank and Marvyne Jenoff. Our host will be Terry Trowbridge. The Art Bar is held at the Free Times Café at 320 College Street in Toronto. There is a $5 cover charge for the event. RSVP via Facebook! Linda Frank Linda Frank was born in Montreal but now lives in Hamilton. She…

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Reading and Talk for Members of the Arts & Letters Club

October 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1G7 Canada
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On Monday, October 22, I will be giving a reading and talk on my Selected Poems, The Sparrow, for Members of the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto. More information to follow.

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March 2019

City of Toronto Economic and Community Development Meeting

March 6
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H2N2

At this morning's Economic and Community Development Meeting at Toronto City Hall, I was selected to be Toronto's Sixth Poet Laureate. This appointment must still be made official in a meeting of City Council on March 28, 2019. See my blog post for more information.

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Radio Interview: CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway – BUMPED

March 7 @ 5:30 am - 8:30 am

RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY! I will be on CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway on Thursday, March 7 Friday, March 8, to discuss my new role as Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto. CBC Metro Morning airs on CBC Radio One 99.1 Toronto, Weekdays from 5:30-8:30 am. Listen Live Here: I will provide a more specific time-slot as that becomes available.

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Radio Interview: CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway

March 8 @ 5:30 am - 8:30 am

I will be on CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway on Friday, March 8 to discuss my new role as Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto. CBC Metro Morning airs on CBC Radio One 99.1 Toronto, Weekdays from 5:30-8:30 am. Listen to the segment here:

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CP24 Interview

March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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 take place in studio around 3:00pm. Tune in to CP24 Toronto via your television provider, stream on CP24.com/now  or check out the video library on CP24.com to see if the segment becomes archived.

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Open Mic Night at the Parliament Street Library, Featuring Tamaracks

March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Parliament Street Library, 269 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5A2G3 Canada
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On Tuesday, March 26, at 6:30 pm, I will read as part of the Open Mic Night at the Parliament Street Branch of the Toronto Public Library. During my portion of the event, I will celebrate the publication of the anthology, Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century edited by James Deahl, which presents the work of 113 Canadian poets from Halifax (Brian Purdy) to Vancouver (Daniel Eliza). I will be reading my work from this collection as well as…

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Toronto City Council Meeting

March 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H2N2
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At 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, I'll be recognized and introduced at the City Council meeting as Toronto's new Poet Laureate. At the same time, the Council will launch the City's involvement in National Poetry Month. The introduction will include remarks by the Mayor. Then, I'll briefly address Council and read one poem.  

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April 2019

Memorializing the Yonge Street Tragedy

April 23 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Mel Lastman Square [Outdoor Stage], 5100 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M2N5V7 Canada
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As Toronto's Poet Laureate, I will take part in a memorial for the victims of the Yonge Street Tragedy, the Van Attack which occurred on April 23, 2018. The 10 victims who died were identified as: Beutis Renuka Amarasingha, 45, of Toronto Andrea Bradden, 33, of Woodbridge Geraldine Brady, 83, of Toronto So He Chung, 22, of Toronto Anne Marie D’Amico, 30, of Toronto Mary Elizabeth Forsyth, 94, of Toronto Ji Hun Kim, 22, who was a student living in…

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The Poet Laureate Presents

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Poet [Event Space], 1170A Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4M1L1
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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 hosted by myself, alongside three incredible local poets – mercedes killeen, Peter Norman and Lily Wang – come and celebrate my appointment as Toronto’s newest Poet Laureate, literary excellence in our communities, and National Poetry Month! “I’m proud to present three young poets whose work will inspire anyone, whether inside and outside the vibrant Toronto…

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Vallum Issue 16:1 and Art of Surgery Chapbook Launch – Toronto

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2M7 Canada
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Celebrating National Poetry Month, in tandem with the launch of Vallum 16:1 "Connections," I will be launching my new Art of Surgery chapbook, part of the Vallum Chapbook Series.  I will be reading alongside of Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes, Ashley Hynd, MA | DE, John Reibetanz, and Meg Freer. This event takes place on Friday, April 26, from 7-10pm at the Tranzac Club in Toronto . Feel free to RSVP via Facebook. I hope to see you there. The chapbook and…

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May 2019

Vallum Issue 16:1 and Art of Surgery Chapbook Launch – Montreal

May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rocket Science Room, #204-170 Jean Talon O., Atlas Building, Little Italy H2R 2X4
Montreal, Quebec H2R 2X4 Canada
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In tandem with the launch of Vallum 16:1 "Connections," I will be launching my new Art of Surgery chapbook, part of the Vallum Chapbook Series, in Montreal. I will be reading with Colin Morton, Mary Catherine Shea, Mark Grenon, Deanna Radford, Bryan Sentes, Erin Robinsong, and M.W. Jaeggle. Join us from 6:30 to 9:30pm on May 4, 2019 at the the Rocket Science Room, #204-170 Jean Talon O., Atlas Building, Little Italy, Montreal, QC, H2R 2X4. This event is free…

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Scrivener Square Poetry Writer’s Group

May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On May 9th, at 2:00 pm, I will present poems from The Sparrow to the Scrivener Square Poetry Writer's Group. This event is limited to members. More information to follow.

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Scarborough Slam

May 17 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wexford C.I. School for the Arts, 1176 Pharmacy Avenue
Scarborough, ON M1R 2H7 Canada
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On Friday, May 17, I will be attending the Scarborough Slam, a spoken word event hosted by Wexford C. I. School for the Arts. The slam includes performances by student artists from Wexford C.I. School for the Arts, David and Mary Thompson, SATEC, and Porter. I will be one of the judges, as will Scarborough Centre MPP Christina Mitas, Brad Morley, Cate Barnes, and Renata Catenacci. Patrick de Belen returns as M.C.  Medals, gifts, and scrolls will be handed out…

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June 2019

Department of English Reunion Reading

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On June 1st, at 2:00pm, I will be reading at the annual reunion of the Department of English of the University of Toronto. The reading will take place at St. Michael's University. This is a members-only event for English faculty and faculty alumni. More details to follow.

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Walk With Excellence 2019

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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 annual event, led by Itah Sadu, author and director of A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, is organized by a committee of students, educators and community members all devoted to excellence in education. The Walk with Excellence celebrates the achievements of Toronto’s students and the efforts of principals, teachers and community partners in a public demonstration…

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July 2019

Danforth Tragedy Commemorative Ceremony

July 21 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Withrow Park, 725 Logan Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4K3K7 Canada
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The City of Toronto with commemorate the Danforth Tragedy at a solemn ceremony to be held on Sunday, July 21, at 1:30 pm in Withrow Park (725 Logan Ave). This event acknowledges those who lost their lives and those injured during the July 22, 2018 shooting on Danforth Ave. The ceremony will include the reading of names, a moment of silence, a musical selection from an interfaith choir, a recognition of the injured, and a poem written and read by…

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