Poetry In Abundance at The Word On The Street Toronto

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The Word On The Street Toronto is thrilled to celebrate more poetry than ever before at this year’s festival! From veteran writers Austin Clarke and Robert Priest to Halifax Poet Laureate Shauntay Grant and the Toronto Poetry Slam Team, there is something for everyone.

Featured on (and on the way to) its popular stages around Queen’s Park Circle, The Word On The Street is pleased to present Poetry’s many facets when the annual festival returns on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Festival-goers won’t want to miss these highlights: Join Adam Dickinson and Gillian Savigny as they use poetry to transgress boundaries between art and science at noon at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent. Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning fiction author Austin Clarke will debut his first-ever poetry collection Where the Sun Shines Best at the Bestsellers Stage at 2:15. Over at the Great Books Marquee at 3:00, new poet Sara Peters joins long-time fan favourite Robert Priest for Out of the Darkness. Peters and Priest will read from their just-published collections on emerging from darkness, and follow with a discussion about what inspired their transformative works. Also at 3:00, poets Andrew Faulkner and Jacob Scheier are onstage at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent to explore concepts of identity in their modern context.

Around Queen’s Park Circle, Poetry hits the street when the 2013 Toronto Poetry Slam Team performs “guerilla spoken word” from 2:30 – 4:30. Co-presented by The League of Canadian Poets and Toronto Poetry Project, the team will later compete in a slam against each other! Guests will be treated to some high-energy, thoughtful and compelling spoken word from some of Toronto’s most talented poets and be invited to jump in as well! Sign up on-site or in advance to battle the team at 5:00, back at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent. Participants are asked to prepare two poems, limit their time to three minutes and 10 seconds, and focus on their voice (no props, costumes, or covers!). Get the full scoop at [email protected].

And that’s not all… Children’s poet Shauntay Grant will present Apples and Butterflies, a gentle, lyrical poem about a family’s autumn vacation in the bright blue and orange light of fall. In this interactive performance, Grant, who was Halifax’s third Poet Laureate, will weave spoken word, music and rhythm into an event that is sure to wow audiences of all ages. Two of Canada’s favourite poets—Anne Michaels, whose new book-length poem, Correspondences, hits bookstores in November, and Robert Priest—are contributors to The Word On The Street’s Journal Reflections initiative, an auction of Moleskine® journals customized by great Canadian writers.

About The Word On The Street:

Each September, in the cities of Toronto, Halifax, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Kitchener, The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the written word.  Annually attracting more than 200,000 visitors to its Queen’s Park Circle location, The Word On The Street Toronto is the largest book and magazine festival in Canada.

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