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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has presented thousands of Canadian authors for readers of all ages and literary appetites. This year's schedule includes over 200 presenters on 14 stages.
Join four poet / community organizers as they discuss ways in which they encourage community involvement, reciprocity, recognition and relationship building. Part of The Word On The Street’s 30th Anniversary Series. Moderated by Khashayar Mohammadi.
rob mclennan lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. His most recent poetry titles include A halt, which is empty (Mansfield Press, 2019) and Life sentence, (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019). His chapbook press, above/ground, recently celebrated twenty-six years.
Kirby’s earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful, and SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY (knife | fork | book, 2017). They also appear in Matrix Magazine, National Poetry Month.ca, Dusie, Canthius, Carousel, and The Rusty Toque (Pushcart Nominee). Their full-length debut, THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF is newly out from Permanent Sleep Press. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book
Bänoo Zan is an immigrant poet and poetry curator with over 180 published pieces and three books, including Songs of Exile (2016) and Letters to My Father (2017). She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series (inception 2012).
Khashayar Mohammadi is an Iranian-born writer/translator based in Toronto. He is the Host of knife I fork I book’s Chapbook club and the author of Chapbooks ‘Moe’s Skin’ with ZED PRESS 2018 and ‘Dear Kestrel” with knife I fork I book 2019. His poems have also appeared in Poetry is Dead, Bad nudes, Half a Grapefruit Magazine and elsewhere. He is currently working on a full length poetry manuscript.