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Word on the Street: #WOTS30 Anniversary Series: Building Literary Communities

September 22 @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm


A festival 30 years in the making—The Word On The Street Toronto has championed literacy and excellent Canadian writing since 1989, delighting audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair.

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, the WOTS returns to the Harbourfront Centre to celebrate the past and beckon in the future of Canadian literature with an exciting lineup of debut authors alongside perennial favourites.


#WOTS30 Anniversary Series: Building Literary Communities

Location: Vibrant Voices of Ontario stage
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Join four poet / community organizers as they discuss ways in which they encourage community involvement, reciprocity, recognition and relationship building. Part of The Word On The Street’s 30th Anniversary Series. Moderated by Khashayar Mohammadi.

rob mclennan

rob mclennan lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. His most recent poetry titles include A halt, which is empty(Mansfield Press, 2019) and Life sentence, (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019). His chapbook press, above/ground, recently celebrated twenty-six years.


Kirby’s earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful, and SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY (knife | fork | book, 2017). They also appear in Matrix Magazine, National Poetry, Dusie, Canthius, Carousel, and The Rusty Toque (Pushcart Nominee). Their full-length debut, THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF is newly out from Permanent Sleep Press. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book

Bänoo Zan

Bänoo Zan is an immigrant poet and poetry curator with over 180 published pieces and three books, including Songs of Exile (2016) and Letters to My Father (2017). She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series (inception 2012).

Khashayar Mohammadi

Khashayar Mohammadi is an Iranian-born writer/translator based in Toronto. He is the Host of knife I fork I book’s Chapbook club and the author of Chapbooks ‘Moe’s Skin’ with ZED PRESS 2018 and ‘Dear Kestrel” with knife I fork I book 2019. His poems have also appeared in Poetry is Dead, Bad nudes, Half a Grapefruit Magazine and elsewhere. He is currently working on a full length poetry manuscript.


September 22
11:30 am - 12:15 pm


The Word on the Street


Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON Canada
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