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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#onpoli Podcast Interview

The deep job of writing one-year-anniversary poems for the memorial services for the North York Van Attack Tragedy and for the Danforth Shooting Tragedy. Those were such important things and such noble events….It was just a wonderful thing to participate and feel how much people loved and wanted the poem there…You think, your poor poem….It’s

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Toronto Fox Family Mention

‘They are full of courage, full of wit, full of resource and unremitting effort to survive,’ said Al Moritz, Toronto’s poet laureate. Catherine Porter, Canada Dispatch, The New York Times, May 18, 2020. I’ve been cited by Catherine Porter in her New York Times coverage of the Toronto Fox Family living down in the Toronto

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CBC Q Interview with Tom Power, “Thoughts in Time of Plague”

Towards the end of National Poetry Month, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tom Power of CBC Radio’s Q about my poem “Thoughts in Time of Plague.” CLICK HERE to read about and listen to the interview: Here’s a hard link: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/tuesday-april-28-2020-avril-lavigne-a-f-moritz-and-more-1.5547890/a-f-moritz-reads-his-poem-thoughts-in-time-of-plague-1.5547894 You can also listen to the interview here: CBC Q also posted

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Kirby reads “Names of Birds”

I am thrilled and honoured that Kirby of knife|fork|book chose to read “Names of Birds” from my new collection, As Far As You Know, as part of his Bedtime Poems Series on social media during National Poetry Month. I believe he’s carrying on the series for the foreseeable future, perhaps as an effort to shake

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East End Arts Featurette!

I’d like to send some special thanks to East End Arts for featuring me on their Facebook page! It certainly was a pleasure to take part in their 2019 Poetry Month event! East End Arts is a  a non-profit community arts organization that serves the east end of Toronto. They provide inclusive arts programming and

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MPP Percy Hatfield Celebrates National Poetry Month with “Thoughts in Time of Plague” and Susana Wald’s Spanish Translation

I am so very pleased that MPP Percy Hatfield took the time on April 15, 2020 to reprint my poem, “Thoughts in Time of Plague,” on his Facebook account alongside my dear friend Susana Wald’s translation of the poem into Spanish. Here’s a link to Hatfield’s facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/PercyHatfieldWindsor Below, you will find a transcription

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THE SUNDAY EDITION: BOOKS FOR SOLACE, PERSPECTIVE, AND CONNECTION DURING SELF-ISOLATION

Inspired by the #TolstoyTogether reading project hosted by writer YiYun in collaboration with New York’s A Public Space, CBC Radio’s Michael Enright canvassed Canadian writers for their book recommendations in a time of crisis. This weekend, at home, I recorded my thoughts on returning to Juan Ramón Jiménez’s The Invisible Reality during the corona virus

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Poetry & Healing, A League Fundraiser for Sick Kids Hospital [MOVING ONLINE!]

THIS EVENT WILL BE MOVING ONLINE. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES! Mark your calendars for Sunday April 5th! And please join me for “Poetry and Healing,” the League of Canadian Poets’ inaugural fundraiser for Sick Kids Hospital. This event will take place from 1:00 to 4:00pm at The Supermarket [268 Augusta Avenue] in Kensington Market, Toronto.

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Poetry in Union

The League of Canadian Poets and Toronto’s Union Station are excited to present Poetry in Union 2020, a public art experience. At this event, a selection of Toronto’s strongest, most diverse and most talented poets will provide personalized poetry on request to reflect participants’ own experiences and stories. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly

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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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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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