Fresh Air by Gordon Taylor – Winner of the Toronto Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Poetry Award

Congratulations to the 2022 Winner of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Poetry Award!

Fresh Air by Gordon Taylor

About the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Poetry Award

A $500 prize, sponsored by the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation, to the best single poem by a poet in the early stages of their career. 

“To advance education by providing scholarships, bursaries and awards to Canadian residents for demonstrated excellence in the arts.”

Thank you to the contest judges, Concetta Principe and Stuart Ian McKay. 

Gordon Taylor (he/him) is a queer poet who walks an ever-swaying wire of technology, health care and poetry. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Grain, Rattle, Event, Banshee, Descant and Plenitude. In his spare time Gordon is a volunteer reader for Five South Magazine.

Honourable Mentions

(in no particular order)

Diving Birds by Catherine St. Denis

Here, Grass by Farah Ghafoor

Florivore by Masa Torbica

Mystics by Hannah Siden

This Arrival Poem by Jason Coombs

About the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto 

 On a blustery March night in 1908, a group of writers, musicians, architects, academics and supporters of the arts, encouraged by Augustus Bridle, a journalist covering the arts beat, met to found an organization committed to championing of the arts in English-speaking Canada: The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto. 

Celebrating both the creative and performing arts — and equally devoted to spirited, sometimes biased and often hilarious argument — the Arts & Letters Club quickly became a forcing-ground for ideas in all artistic disciplines. Into the Club’s embrace came people who would become prime movers in creating the artistic culture we enjoy today: great names such as Robertson Davies, Vincent Massey, Marshall McLuhan, Eden Smith, Wyly Grier, Ernest MacMillan, Mavor Moore and many, many more. Their contributions to the arts in Canada are legendary. 

The avowed purpose of the club was to be a rendezvous for people of diverse interests to meet for mutual fellowship and artistic creativity. It was to become a “comradely haven for kindred souls.”