Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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

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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  

Poetic License: Shaping Our Views on Culture

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Canadian magazines play host to some of our country’s best poetry and prose. Often the starting point for Canadian authors, literary journals have an important role in supporting cultural activity. So who are the poets of tomorrow, and what voices are taking shape? Take a journey through the literary landscape with Nailah King (Room), Alejandro Saravia (The Apostles Review), Brett Popplewell (The Feathertale Review), and Laurie D. Graham (Brick).

Nailah King

Nailah King is a writer whose work focuses on social justice and explores racism, discrimination, identity, and her Caribbean heritage. She is also a member of the Room editorial collective.

Alejandro Saravia

Alejandro Saravia is a Canadian-Bolivian author. He settled down in Montreal in 1986 where he started writing again. His latest publications include Jaguar con el corazón en la mano (2010) and L’homme polyphonique (2014). He is the co-director of the Montreal literary magazine The Apostles Review.

Brett Popplewell

Brett Popplewell is an author, editor, and professor. His longform journalism in Canadian magazines has taken him from the foot of Mount Everest, to the site of a plane crash in Russia, a chess tournament in Iceland and a marksmanship academy in Alberta. He is also the founding editor of The Feathertale Review, a literary journal devoted to humour. At Feathertale, he has published more than 300 works of fiction penned by Canadians he has never met and has led an editorial team to NMAs for Best Single Issue in 2012 (Gold) and 2014 (Silver). He is co-author of The Escapist: Cheating Death on the World’s Highest Mountains (HarperCollins Canada, 2016) and an assistant professor of journalism at Carleton University.

Laurie D. Graham

Laurie D. Graham is a poet, an editor, the publisher of Brick magazine, and a member of the advisory board for the University of Regina Press’s Oskana Poetry & Poetics series. She has been involved with Brick in various capacities since 2010, and she has also worked with The Malahat Review, and the now-dearly-departed Toronto-based literary journal Descant. Settler Education, her second book of poetry, was a finalist for this year’s Trillium Award for Poetry. She comes from Treaty 6 territory (Sherwood Park, Alberta) and currently lives in Haldimand Treaty territory (Kitchener, Ontario).