NRB TV Celebration

This weekend, I was honoured to give a brief introductory talk for the Toronto Bengali community’s celebration of Basha Shahid Dibos, Martyr’s Day and International Mother Tongue Day. This six-hour event began at 8 p.m., Sunday, February 20, the eve of the holiday, and featured the marking of the day itself at 12:01 a.m. February …

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Dead Poets Society Presser!

I was very happy to read Kathy Flaxman’s review of our December Dead Poet’s Society event at the Art Bar in this weekend’s Toronto Star. And I was happy to be included in the assessment: The current Poet Laureate of Toronto, Al Moritz, who was warmly greeted by the audience, has kind words for the …

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JLF Toronto Virtual Edition: CanListcape Poets and Storytellers

Please join me this weekend, October 2 & 3, 2021, for the Virtual Edition of JLF Toronto: CanLitscape Poets & Storytellers. Register for free right now to gain access to 2 days, 8 conversations, and 7 poetry readings by 30 acclaimed authors, poets, thinkers and change-makers via My poem, “House,” will be featured amongst …

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Word on The Street 2021

I am happy to be participating in this year’s iteration of Toronto’s Word on the Street. On Saturday, September 25, at 11:30 am, I will take part in a live stream panel hosted by the Toronto Star’s Deb Dundas: Celebrating the 2021 Trillium Award Finalists. I will appear with fellow nominees Craig Davidson and Farzana …

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A Greek Translation of The Sparrow

Vakxikon has published Σπουργίτης, Stergia Kavvalou’s Greek translation of my short poems from The Sparrow. And my great friend, the poet and translator Beatriz Hausner has provided an introduction. You can purchase copies of Σπουργίτης from the publisher Vakxikon. Visit my Book Page for The Sparrow, Greek Translation for a more detailed description.

CBC Ideas

Catch me on the CBC Ideas podcast with Nahlah Ayed, “No Feeling is Final, the Wisdom of Rainer Maria Rilke.” The podcast aired on May 13, 2021. And it was followed by a feature by Pauline Holdsworth on CBC Radio online, “Live the Questions Now: Reading Rilke in a Time of Uncertainty and Grief.” Listen …

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Launching The Garden

Last Sunday, I took part in the Gordon Hill Press Spring 2021 Launch Party. I launched my book, The Garden, a poem and an essay, alongside Roxanna Bennett’s The Untranslatable I, Khashayar Mohammadi’s Me, You, Then Snow, and Concetta Principe’s Stars Need Counting. Here’s the full launch party, which can also be viewed on YouTube: Those looking for my …

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Two Poems and an Interview in Volume

I am pleased to have two poems in Issue 4 (2.15.21) of Volume online poetry magazine. The poems printed in this issue are: “The Only Remaining Flower” and “Long Struggle and Float.” Additionally, you can read my interview with Communications and Features Editor [and former student!] Lauren Peat. I hope you’ll take a moment to …

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Interview with David O’Meara

For National Poetry Month, I thought I’d provide you with my hour-long interview with David O’Meara from a few months back for the Ottawa International Writers Festival, in partnership with VerseFest. I’ve also added this to the Audio/Video portion of my website! Enjoy!

Don Domanski: A Celebration

Please join me on March 4, 2021, at 7:30 pm EST [8:30 pm AST] for the Saint Mary’s University Reading Series, Don Domanski: A Celebration. This is a live zoom event dedicated to the poetry of Don Domanski, winner of the Governor General’s Award, the CBC Literary Prize, and the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia …

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Here is Elsewhere [Updated]

You are cordially invited to HERE IS ELSEWHERE, Literature in Translation on Friday, February 19, 2021, from 7 -8 PM. Together with LUCIANO IACOBELLI, I will discuss and read the poetry of LUDWIG ZELLER. Our moderator will be BEATRIZ HAUSNER. This event will air live on Zoom. Please contact via email to register for the link. The …

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AGNI recommends As Far As You Know

I’m so glad to see As Far As You Know is still top of mind for your 2021 reading lists! Earlier this month, Esteban Rodríguez, Assistant Poetry Editor for AGNI, recommended my book alongside of Joy Priest’s Horsepower as his top reading recommendations for the new year! As Far As You Know by A. F. Moritz: Moritz’s …

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Victoria College Faculty Reading with Sarah Dowling

On Thursday, November 19, at 3:00 pm, I will take part in the Victoria College Faculty Reading series along with colleague and fellow poet, Sarah Dowling. This event will take place via zoom.There is no charge.However, you must pre-register here: I hope you’ll join me for this event!

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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Where I’m From, the TWC Installation at Union Station

As part of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, I am pleased to introduce you to a new video installation created by the Toronto Writers Collective. The Toronto Writers Collective (TWC) empowers the voices and illuminates the undiscovered strength in Toronto’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised communities. Together, we worked to create a special video installation …

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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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Poetry in Translation, East Meets West: Videos

Thanks to Anna Yin, our interview and discussion session for her Poetry in Translation, East Meets West series are now online. Here’s the main discussion: And here’s the break-out session: You can access the entire series here. Enjoy!

HOWL Appearance

On Tuesday, August 4th, I appeared on HOWL, CIUT Radio 89.5 FM Toronto’s weekly 10-11pm music and spoken word broadcast. I had the pleasure of reading poetry and speaking with Valentino Assenza about current events and the role of the Poet Laureate. You can still access this interview until tomorrow night on Howl’s website: My …

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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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