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For the past 27 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 appeared at our 28th festival on September 24, 2017
This diverse debut collection follows the speaker on a path of self-discovery and navigates the tension between memory and imagination, between the personal and the political, and the primacy of sensual, sensory, lived experience. The poet explores overlapping/intersecting identities that shape and inform us, celebrating the importance of telling our stories as a means of bringing us closer to our authentic selves.
Lisa Richter’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Puritan, Minola Review, The Malahat Review, Canthius, and lichen, amongst others, and has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Closer to Where We Began is her first full-length collection of poetry. Lisa lives and teaches English in Toronto.
Marian Wihak is an award-winning production designer of film and television, with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design. Marian Wihak integrates her design and visual art practices to devise site-responsive, experiential environments. Employing a wide range of analogue, theatrical and sculptural-material elements she invites questions amid confusing pleasure, prompting thoughtful reflection upon one’s own state of being in the world and the connectivity inherent within the evolutionary process. Marian has been supported by the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and was a Finalist in the RBC Painting Competition. Her work is in private and corporate collections across North America.