Thursday, June 28, 2018

Third Annual Love Poetry Festival

The Love Poetry Festival, July 28, 2018
5.00 - 7.00p
Queen Books
914 Queen St. E. at Logan Avenue

Michelle Alfano (emcee) is the author of the personal memoir The Unfinished Dollhouse (Cormorant Books, 2017) which was selected as one of The Globe 100 Best Books of the Year in 2017. Her novella, Made up of Arias, was the 2010 winner of the F.G. Bressani Award for Short Fiction. Her short story “Opera”, on which the novella was based, was a finalist for a Journey Prize anthology.

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Born when rotary telephones came in multiple colours, Domenico Capilongo began writing with pencil and paper, passing poetry notes from the back of the class. He still writes in notebooks, used a typewriter in high school, and his earliest published poems were printed on a dot-matrix printer. His first books of poetry, I thought elvis was Italian (2008) and hold the note (2010), as well as his first book of short fiction, Subtitles (Guernica, 2012), came very close to winning awards and were all mailed in the post. A high school creative writing teacher and karate instructor, he lives with his wife and children in Toronto. Find out more at

George Elliott Clarke has won several prizes, been nominated for a few others, and has published seventeen works-in-verse, including plays, opera libretti, book-length narratives, and narrative lyric suites, and epic poetry. He was Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and Poet Laureate for Canada (2016-17).

James Deahl is the author of twenty-seven literary titles, the five most recent being: Red Haws To Light The Field, To Be With A Woman, Landscapes (with Katherine L. Gordon), Unbroken Lines, and Two Paths Through The Seasons (with Norma West Linder). He is the father of Sarah, Simone, and Shona.

Norma West Linder is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada. A novelist, poet, and short story writer, she lives in Sarnia where she taught English and conducted classes in Creative Writing at Lambton College until her retirement. Her latest publications are The Pastel Planet (children’s novel) and Tall Stuff (adult novel), both from Hidden Brook Press.

Catherine Graham is the author of the award-winning novel Quarry and six acclaimed poetry collections. The Celery Forest was named a CBC Books Top 10 Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017 and appears on their Ultimate Canadian Poetry List. Winner of IFOA’s Poetry NOW, she teaches at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. See more at and on Twitter: @catgrahampoet

Stedmond Pardy is a left handed poet from Toronto. He has performed his work at various venues, in the city and on the radio. His first full length book the pleasures of this planet, aren't enough is coming soon.

Banoo Zan has approximately170 published poems and three books, two of which were released after she landed in Canada—Songs of Exile (2016) and Letters to My Father (2017.) She founded Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series, in 2012. 

With thanks to the League of Canadian Poets and
The Writers' Union of Canada for its support

Milton Acorn and Gwen MacEwen

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