Toronto, Ontario

WOTS Festival Marketplace

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Harbourfront Centre | 10am - 5pm


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Saturday, September 21, 2019

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For the past 28 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent that will appear at our 29th festival on September 23rd, 2018.  

Daily Affirmations

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Candid and in-demand poetry that unveils the wisdom hidden within ourselves and the everyday. Hana Shafi and Najwa Zebian offer readers work which converges with the diverse poetics of self-care, feminist conviction, and empowering vulnerability.

Mind Platter

Mind Platter is a compilation of reflections on life as seen through the eyes of an educator, student, and human who experienced her early days in silence.

  • Poetry | Poésie

Najwa Zebian

Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian author, speaker, and educator. Drawing on her own experiences of displacement, discrimination, and abuse, Najwa uses her words to encourage others to build a home within themselves; to live, to love, and create fearlessly.

It Begins With The Body

It Begins With The Body, explores the milestones and hurdles of a brown girl coming into her own. Shafi’s poems display a raw and frank intimacy and address anxiety, unemployment, heartbreak, relationships, identity, and faith.

  • Poetry | Poésie

Hana Shafi

Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Both her art and writing explore themes such as feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture. It Begins With The Body is her first book.