National poetry month: An evening of poetry

In the first appearance of his tenure, Toronto’s newest Poet Laureate A.F. Moritz delivered a public reading alongside three young poets at The Poet presentation centre in Leslieville on April 24.

An Evening of Poetry Readings is a joint initiative brought to life by East End Arts and Fieldgate Urban, with a timely connection to National Poetry Month. The free event was designed to help shift perceptions about what urban development means for the arts and cultural sub-communities within Toronto.

“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,” says Shana Hillman, executive director of East End Arts. “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!”

A.F. Mortiz was appointed Toronto’s sixth Poet Laureate in early March, succeeding Anne Michaels. A University of Toronto professor, Moritz’s many accomplishments include the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2013 Raymond Souster Award. The Toronto poet has also published more than 20 books of poetry.

“I’m proud to present three young poets whose work will inspire anyone, whether inside or outside the vibrant Toronto literary community,” says Moritz, Toronto’s sixth Poet Laureate. “Each of them expresses vital aspects of Toronto’s diversity, and the dynamism of its poetry. I’m proud that Mercedes Killeen, Peter Norman, and Lily Wang 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.”

The event took place at The Poet presentation centre in Leslieville – a hub for the east end’s upcoming development, The Poet Condos.

“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,” says Dov Seidenfeld, Principal at Fieldgate Urban. “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 Street East. Visit for more information.


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