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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 28th festival was one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Anne Michaels is a novelist and poet. Her books have been translated into over forty-five languages. She has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Giller Prize (twice), the Griffin Poetry Prize, among others, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (twice). Her novel Fugitive Pieces was adapted as a feature film. She is Toronto’s Poet Laureate.
Internationally bestselling and award-winning author of Fugitive Pieces and The Winter Vault, Anne Michaels brings us a collection of poems exploring one of her essential concerns: “what love makes us capable of, and incapable of.” Here is the paradox at the heart of loss, the ways in which passion must accept, must insist, that “death . . . give / not only take from us.” These piercing poems treat desire in a style that is chaste, spare, figuratively modulated, almost classical.