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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。

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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#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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Two New Poems in The High Window

the chorus of mosquitoes there benevolent, their hum telling of sorrow overcome by good I am thrilled to have two new poems included in The High Window, Issue 6, Summer 2017 : The Dearest Freshness, and Origin of the Image. You can read them here alongside the work of several other poets. This summer, the High Window’s featured poet is Richard …

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You That I Loved in UofTMagazine

Still longing though long gone for the health of all forests and cities and one day to visit them… My poem, “You That I Loved,” from The Sentinel, has been reprinted in UofTMagazine’s Spring 2017 issue as part of their celebration of National Poetry Month in Canada. Also included in this edition are poets George Elliott …

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CNQ Interview

A person is a vow, a promise he makes to himself and others, a faithfulness to a love, and not in the sense that we usually give to making a vow, but in the sense of a decision which is an orientation of the total self. CNQ, Canadian Notes and Queries, has published Evan Jones’ one-on-one …

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Four Poems in The High Window

The High Window is a new quarterly review of poetry co-founded by David Cooke and Anthony Costello. It publishes poetry in English from poets in the UK and around the world. In addition, each issue contains an editorial, a literary essay, poems in translation, poetry reviews, and an occasional feature. I am pleased to have …

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My Conversation With James Wood In This Week’s PRISM

This week, PRISM magazine published a conversation I had with James Wood, entitled: “In poetry, what is learned is of the blood”: An Interview with Award-Winning Poet A.F. Moritz.” Here’s a sampling of the questions Wood asked me: What inspired the writing of your most recent collection, Sequence (House of Anansi, 2015)? How do you see the new book’s relationship …

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Read “Creating Despair” On The Resonance Reading Series Archives

Last Fall, I had the pleasure of reading at the Resonance Series in Montreal. Klara Du Plessis has curated the monthly readings at Resonance since 2013. When putting together a night, she aims to pair young, upcoming and established writers, and to complement poetry with prose. Not bound by style, all text-based projects of quality are welcome. …

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Elana Wolff Reads Sequence and Presents a Distillation

As part of Brick Books’ ongoing Celebration of Poetry, Elena Wolff has written about my book, Sequence. In reading Sequence I feel myself brought into an ongoing conversation—deep and old, yet new and ever-present. Immediate and accessible, yet challenging too. It resists interpretation, provokes interpretation, and personalization. I am drawn to locating myself within the work. …

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The Search for Wonder

Events and moments slip the bonds of chronology to find connection, or sequence, through their common essence.. The reviews for my book, Sequence, are starting to pour in. Take a look at Alison Goodwin’s review on ARC Poetry Magazine’s website: Alison Goodwin, The Search for Wonder, A.F. Moritz’s Sequence.

Open Book Toronto Poetry Special

Along with fellow Anansi poets Erin Mouré and Karen Solie, I took part in a special Poetry Month Q&A for Open Book Toronto. You can find that interview here: Poetry Month Special: Talking with Anansi Poets A.F. Moritz, Erin Mouré and Karen Solie.  

CBC Quickie Couplet Contest

As part of their celebration of National Poetry Month, CBC Books hosted a “Quickie Couplet Contest” on April 7th. Followers on Twitter and Facebook were invited to complete couplets whose first lines were provided by eleven Canadian poets. I was lucky enough to be one of those eleven poets. Here’s my couplet! How would you …

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CBC Magic 8 Interview

To celebrate National Poetry Month and the launch of my collection, Sequence, I took part in the CBC’s Magic 8 series of interviews. I had the pleasure of responding to questions posed by the following writers: Lynn Coady, J.B. McKinnon, David McGimpsey, Johanna Skibsrud, Kim Thùy, Alan Bradley, Charlotte Gray, and Shani Mootoo. Read the full article, …

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Sequence Is Now In Print!

My new book of poems, Sequence, is now in print! Order the Book from Anansi now! Or, join me at the Toronto and Ottawa launches and purchase your copy in person! Sequence Anansi, April 9, 2015 from the publisher In Sequence, the reader accompanies the poet step after step and breath after breath through a haunting and …

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The Tradition: Print-On-Demand

The Tradition has been chosen one of the first group of books to be offered in a print-on-demand edition in Princeton University Press‘s new Princeton Legacy Series, a group of titles republished as print-on-demand from the press’s history back to 1906. Here’s a look at the original cover, from 1986: And here’s a link to the …

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