Doors Open Toronto
Saturday, May 27th, 2017
1st Walk: 11am
2nd Walk: 2pm
The League of Canadian Poets is proud to host this walking tour in partnership with Doors Open Toronto. This walk will introduce participants to the historic University of Toronto neighborhood, while offering the chance to enjoy poetry readings from Canada’s historic and contemporary poets! Join tour leader Tanya Neumeyer, and poets Puneet Dutt, Catherine Graham, Kate Sutherland, Julie Cameron-Gray, and Ayesha Chatterjee in this beautiful walk celebrating Canadian poetry.
ABOUT THE POETS
Tanya Neumeyer is a queer poet and artist educator committed to access and equity. As a member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Toronto Poetry Project, Tanya performs poetry and offers workshops at festivals, conferences, events and schools across Canada. www.tanyaneumeyer.com
Puneet Dutt holds a MA in English from Ryerson University. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), which was a Finalist for the 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her poetry has been published in a number of journals and in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She is an editorial board member at Canthius and a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective. Her debut collection of poetry is forthcoming with Mansfield Press in Fall 2017. She lives in Toronto with her husband. To reach out, follow her on Twitter @puneet_dutt.
Catherine Graham’s most recent collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, was finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Poetry Award. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies where she teaches creative writing and was also the winner of IFOA’s Poetry NOW. Recent invitations include the Thessaloniki Book Fair and Spur Festival Calgary. This summer she’s been invited to read at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Linen Hall Library (Belfast) and Bangor’s Open House Festival as well as venues in London and Manchester. She publishes two books in 2017: her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, and her debut novel, Quarry. www.catherinegraham.com. Quarry launch info here.
Kate Sutherland’s first collection of poems, How to Draw a Rhinoceros (BookThug), has been shortlisted for a Creative Writing Book Award by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry 2016. She is host and producer of the podcast On the Line: Conversations About Poetry. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Julie Cameron Gray’s most recent poetry collection, Lady Crawford (Palimpsest Press, 2016) was recently shortlisted for The League of Canadian Poets’ Pat Lowther Award, and the book was also recommended by Lena Dunham on Lennyletter.com. She has previously published Tangle (Tightrope Books, 2013), has been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry, and published in literary journals such as The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, Grain, and Prairie Fire.
Ayesha Chatterjee was born and raised in India, has lived in England, the USA and Germany, and now calls Toronto home. Her poetry has appeared in The Missing Slate (Pakistan), The Moth (Ireland), The Rusty Toque (Canada) and elsewhere, as well as being featured by the (Great) Indian Poetry Collective and on the official website of Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke. Her first collection The Clarity of Distance was published in 2011. She is President of the League of Canadian Poets.