It was a full house at Harbourfront in Poetry NOW’s Battle of Bards last week. Nerve racking as it was, there was such a welcome warmth, I felt like I was reading to friends. To my delight, I’ve been invited to read at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto in the fall. I’ll be there with a new collection *The More*.
At Poetry NOW’s annual Poetry Competition Battle of the Bards, I will be one of the 20 poets to throw their poems in the ring. Come cheer the poets, troubadours, gladiators, town criers etc.
March 29, 2017
What Do You Need A Poem For?
I will be prescribing poems to celebrate PRIDE at BOTH Mount Sinai Hospital and Bridgepoint. Note TWO dates: June 16 and June 22.
Come and get a poetry prescription for what ails you.
Zones of Expression: Poet in Community and “WRITE NOW!” featured on the Talking Walls at Hart House
The Poet in Community program at the University of Toronto has used poetry to stir reflection and conversation for the last 8 years. The last 2 years has seen the creation of a student mentor program called “WRITE NOW!” Now Talking Walls at Hart House will showcase both programs.
Come and read poems by individual students as well as by groups. Also poems I wrote at Spontaneous Poetry Booths.
There will be a poetry party to celebrate. More details soon.
The event is on now until January 31st.
In April, I was invited by Michelle Spadoni, RN and Associate Professor at Lakehead University, to give a workshop for the Provincial Nurses Education Interest Group AGM. Michelle introduced me by reading “A Parade of Gowns.” This is a poem of mine that even I had never read publicly, feeling it risky, the poem being about mistakes in health care and sometimes the silences that follow. She chose this poem and went further by offering her own reflection on why that poem. Here is the poem followed by her comments.