Toronto’s Poet Laureate, A.F. Moritz, will be joined by three young poets at special event set for Leslieville on the evening of Wednesday, April 24.
An Evening of Poetry Readings is being presented by East End Arts and Fieldgate Urban, and will take place at The Poet Presentation Centre on Queen Street East near Jones Avenue.
Fieldgate Urban are the developers of The Poet condominiums in Leslieville, and Wednesday’s free readings are being held in honour of National Poetry Month.
“East End Arts is thrilled to partner on this event with Toronto’s newest Poet Laureate, A. F. Moritz, and with Fieldgate Urban. It’s a great example of how developers can work with artists and arts groups to create necessary space for arts and culture in our communities,” said Shana Hillman, Executive Director of East End Arts in a press release.
“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the vibrant literary voices of east Toronto, and how fitting that it falls during National Poetry Month!”
Mortiz was named Toronto’s sixth Poet Laureate in March of this year, succeeding Anne Michaels.
A University of Toronto professor, Moritz’s accomplishments include the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2013 Raymond Souster Award. Moritz has also published more than 20 books of poetry.
Moritz will be joined at An Evening of Poetry Readings by Mercedes Killeen, Peter Norman and Lily Wang.
“I’m proud to present three young poets whose work will inspire anyone, whether inside or outside the vibrant Toronto literary community,” said Mortiz of Wednesday’s reading. “Each of them expresses vital aspects of Toronto’s diversity, and the dynamism of its poetry.”
Dov Seidenfeld, Principal at Fieldgate Ubran, said they are excited to be hosting Wednesday’s poetry reading.
“The eclectic flair of Leslieville is a big part of what makes The Poet Condos a fantastic living opportunity and the arts and cultural ambiance of this neighbourhood is a big part of that,” said Seidenfeld. “We’re excited to host Toronto’s newest literary ambassador and talented community members at The Poet, and we look forward to bridging the gap between urban growth and the inherent vibrancy found in Leslieville’s arts and cultural circles.”
The Poet Presentation Centre is located at 1170 Queen St. E. Doors for An Evening of Poetry Readings will open at 6:30 p.m. and readings will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.