The Poet Laureate Presents Poetry Readings at ‘The Poet’

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 literary community: mercedes killeen, Peter Norman, and Lily Wang. Each of them expresses vital aspects of Toronto’s diversity, and the dynamism of its poetry. They communicate directly and powerfully, yet are also experimental, exploratory, in their subjects and styles. They fully embrace the moment we live in, and at the same time they bring us close to the ancient, ever-new center of life whose best voice is poetry. I’m proud that mercedes, Peter and Lily have agreed to join me in the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series, “The Poet Laureate Presents”, discovering and offering poetry in every part of our city.”

Date: Wednesday April 24, 2019
Time: 7-9pm | Doors open 6:30pm
Location: The Poet Condominums Sales Centre | 1170 Queen Street East
Cost: FREE – Tickets via Eventbrite
Refreshments will be provided!

Accessibility Note: Although the Poet Condominiums Sales Centre is physically accessible on the main floor, washrooms are located downstairs.

Poet Bios:

  • mercedes killeen
    mercedes killeen is an award-winning, Toronto-based writer and editor. Her work has been published widely in periodicals such as Shameless Magazine, The Innis Review, Half a Grapefruit Magazine, and The UC Review, among others. Her first chapbook, tulips, was published by Grey Borders Books in 2016, with a second edition released in 2018. Her second collection of poetry, Using a spoon as a knife, is forthcoming from Grey Borders Books in late 2019. She is also currently writing a new manuscript entitled Poems for my mother. Her work often explores themes of mental illness, sex/sexuality, queer identity, and trauma.Website:
  • Peter Norman
    Peter Norman is the author of a novel, Emberton (2014), and four poetry collections, most recently Some of Us and Most of You Are Dead (2018). He is a past winner of the Poetry NOW Battle of the Bards and finalist for the Trillium Poetry Book Award.Website:
  • Lily Wang
    Lily Wang is the author of the chapbooks Everyone in Your Dream is You (Anstruther Press, 2018) and Oh(!) (Dancing Girl Press, 2019). She is the founding editor of Half a Grapefruit Magazineand can be found at @liliecup
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