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 in an interview in Quill & Quire: “A.F. Moritz on being poet laureate, his new chapbook, and the ‘glory and tragedy of being human.’” Read it now online.

“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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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. 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 …

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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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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 at 9:30 am sharp. The introduction will include remarks by Mayor John Tory. Then, I’ll briefly address Council and read one poem. This will also mark the launch of the …

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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 take place in studio around 3:00pm. Tune in to CP24 Toronto via your television provider, stream on CP24.com/now [you might need a cable subscription to access this feed] or check …

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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 read my poem, “The Worm Picker.” You can listen to the segment here. CBC Metro Morning airs on CBC Radio One 99.1 Toronto, Weekdays from 5:30-8:30 am.

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 Laureate of the City of Toronto. This appointment must still be made official in a meeting of City Council on March 28, 2019. Per the City’s Press Release: “The position …

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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 poets from Halifax (Brian Purdy) to Vancouver (Daniel Eliza). The anthology contains 183 pages of poetry and 54 pages of full bibliographies and biographies. Included are many new and veteran …

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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 also appear side-by-side in the quarterly, Poetry Sky. You can read those HERE. You can find Anna Yin online at annapoetry.com. Enjoy! 他们为何祈祷 他们所祈祷的似乎并不多,已有的一份领地,尽管尘土飞扬的杂草延伸到天空:一片草地,树木轻微环绕,起伏着,错综复杂的斜坡由溪流穿过,再在湖泊,水域和芦苇沼泽旁平静歇息。微风吹过,波纹泛漾如音乐;海洋,在高处可见,从树林丛中闪闪发光,近得就像当你沉默时在内心深处可以听得见。阴处和影子:那是被大地的绿树手指保护着和湿润着的向太阳和天空的开放。然后在这些先决条件下将有一些事情发生:女人在满堂的光亮中和黄昏水面投影前歌唱;并且以某种方式一起生活不成为一个丑闻和一个耻辱。

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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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, very old sequence that is determined to smoke-out something from a thick, thorny brush…its target unknowable, yet still set in its ways. I have an interview with James Linsday available …

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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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#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 when there is hopelessness. As part of their month-long #anansipoetryproject, Anansi is published a blog post or interview with each of the three poets on their spring roster. My short …

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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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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 until the end of the year, Brick Books is having a 24-Hour Flash Sale on selected ebook titles. Each will be available for $4.99. This week, my book, Mahoning, is …

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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 Exchanging Notes: The Interviews. I will have a sit-down chat with John Miller of the Toronto Writers’ Co-Operative about my life as a poet and my work. And, I will …

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