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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 27th festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Canadian writer Margaret Christakos has published nine collections of poetry, including Multitudes (2013), Welling (2010; A Globe100 book), Sooner (2005; a Pat Lowther Memorial Award nominee), and Excessive Love Prostheses (2002; winner of a ReLit Award), as well as a novel, Charisma (2000; a Trillium Book Award nominee). Christakos designed and facilitated Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon from 2006 to 2012 and was Canada Council Writer in Residence at the University of Windsor (2004–05). Her latest book is Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies (BookThug, 2016).
Margaret Christakos’s latest book, Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies, is a love song to her mother and daughter. Formed of ten intimate études that move from considerations of mothering, sex and photography to settler bloodlines, erasure and divorce, Her Paraphernalia profoundly embodies the feelings of living as a woman and a mother in all its tumult and precocity and promise.
At once daring, erotic and original, Her Paraphernalia explores the beauty of the selfie, menopause, daughters, lust, solo travel, depression, the death of a parent, the writing life and women’s transgenerational vitality, among other interwoven themes.