Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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For the past 26 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 at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

Literary Journals: The Crucible of CanLit?

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Literary magazines have long been held up as the starting point of the countries best and brightest new authors. Where do editors find the stories and poems that populate their journals? How often do unsolicited stories and poems end up in their pages? And what changes have these established journals undergone in recent years, and how do the editors keep their journals fresh? Editors from Brick, Canadian Notes and Queries, and Room reveal all in this showcase of Canadian literary journals and magazines.

Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson’s book reviews and writing appear regularly in national newspapers including The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star as well as a variety of periodicals. In 2015 she became first female editor-in-chief of Canadian Notes & Queries (CNQ), Canada’s oldest magazine of culture and literary criticism. Born and raised in Montreal, she lives in Toronto with her husband, the designer/director Craig Small, and their two sons.

Laurie D. Graham

Laurie D. Graham’s first book of poetry, Rove, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. Poems from her second collection, Settler Education, were shortlisted for the 2014 CBC Poetry Prize and won The Puritan’s Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for Poetry. Graham holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and an MFA from the University of Guelph. She is an editor of Brick, A Literary Journal, as well as an instructor at Fanshawe College. She grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta, and now lives in London, Ontario.

Nailah King

Nailah King wants to live in a world where meetings are brief, stories are magic, and .gifs reign supreme. In 2016, she co-edited Room‘s Women of Colour issue. She is an alumnae of UBC in English Literature and moved to Toronto to chase those publishing dreams. She is currently working on a web series, a novel, and retaining her sanity.