Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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

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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!

Stuart Ross

Photo Credit: Jennifer Rowsom Photography

Stuart Ross published his first literary pamphlet on the photo-copier in his dad’s office one night in 1979. Through the 1980s, he stood on Toronto’s Yonge Street wearing signs like “Writer Going to Hell,” selling over seven thousand chapbooks. He is the author or co-author of twenty books of fiction, poetry and essays, as well as scores of chapbooks, leaflets and broadsides. Stuart was a member of the short-lived improvisational noise trio Donkey Lopez. He is a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective and has his own imprint, a stuart ross book, at Mansfield Press. Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario, and blogs at

A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent

Stuart Ross is known as the author of some of Canada’s most audacious poetry. Long celebrated for his absurdist narratives and gut-punch humour, in A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent Ross confronts more intimate subject matter – investigating the often complex but always powerful connections between loved ones. Surreally punctuated portraits of family members, childhood friends, heroes, mentors – and even himself – are rendered with arresting care. From the cemetery to the playground, and from the punk club to the synagogue, Ross takes his readers on adventures both wild and tender.