11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Escape the city and return to a simpler way of life: everyone knows someone who has contemplated this move, but only some of us know those who jumped with both feet and landed in a farmyard. Hear two successful urban-to-rural…
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Every single person on this planet is unique, so don’t ever let the haters get you down. Learn from the best as Shawn Hitchins exploits his own misadventures for your enjoyment, Kerry Clare shows us what it’s like to be…
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Whether insinuating or blunt in its message, poetry can be a wonderfully personal art. Join Michael Dennis and Shannon Bramer as they showcase their feelings about the things in life, big and small.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Toronto is a city with a long, rich, queer history and a flourishing and supportive queer community. Get schooled on Toronto’s LGBTQ+ past, present, and future with Jane Farrow and Rahim Thawer, and Marilyn Schuster who are bringing the best…
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
We live in a global community that is sadly divided, but, thankfully, we have writers like Canisia Lubrin and Mehri Yalfani who believe in the restorative power of language and sharing stories.
2:15 PM - 2:35 PM
Youth from all over the city and beyond sent in their stories, recounting the diversity of our country with their words. We’ll be showcasing the winner and runners-up for the contest. Don’t miss it!
2:35 PM - 3:15 PM
It’s the 30th Anniversary of the Trillium Book Award/ Prix Trillium. Be part of Ontario’s celebration! Help congratulate 2017 recipients Melanie Mah and Meaghan Strimas as they present their winning titles.
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Sometimes life delivers a sucker-punch straight to your gut, and all you can do is try to stand as tall as you can. Lisa Lisson and Manjusha Pawagi know that feeling better than most, and came through their hardships to…
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
This year’s Toronto Poetry Slam Team is composed of the very element that makes the city so unabashedly wonderful – voice. Captain Luke Reece alongside Ayla Lefkowitz, SPIN El Poeta, and Jennifer Alicia Murrin prove the city’s most valuable asset…