Toronto’s new Poet Laureate is making his first public appearance of his tenureship at an event co-hosted by Fieldgate Urban and East End Arts, and you’re invited.
Timed perfectly with National Poetry Month, An Evening of Poetry Readings is a free event at Fieldgate Urban’s The Poet Condos presentation centre. Poet Laureate A. F. Moritz will be joined by three up-and-coming poets.
“I'm proud to present three young poets whose work will inspire anyone, whether inside or outside the vibrant Toronto literary community,” says Moritz in a release. “Each of them expresses vital aspects of Toronto's diversity, and the dynamism of its poetry. I'm proud that Mercedes killeen, Peter Norman, and Lily Wang have agreed to join me in the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series, ‘The Poet Laureate Presents,’ discovering and offering poetry in every part of our city.”
The theme of the evening is to present how urban development and a community’s arts & culture scene can complement one another.
“The eclectic flair of Leslieville is a big part of what makes The Poet Condos a fantastic living opportunity and the arts and cultural ambiance of this neighbourhood is a big part of that,” says Dov Seidenfeld, Principal at Fieldgate Urban. “We’re excited to host Toronto’s newest literary ambassador and talented community members at The Poet, and we look forward to bridging the gap between urban growth and the inherent vibrancy found in Leslieville’s arts and cultural circles.”
This is the type of community involvement we like to see from developers. Toronto’s vibrant arts community is the fabric that forms and holds neighbourhoods together. We create emotional connections not only with our home but with the communities in which we live, and our collective identities are often expressed through local artists.
"East End Arts is thrilled to partner on this event with Toronto’s newest Poet Laureate, A. F. Moritz, and with Fieldgate Urban. It’s a great example of how developers can work with artists and arts groups to create necessary space for arts and culture in our communities,” says Shana Hillman, Executive Director of East End Arts. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the vibrant literary voices of east Toronto, and how fitting that it falls during National Poetry Month!"
An Evening of Poetry Readings will take place on April 24 at The Poet Condos presentation centre at 1170 Queen St. East. Doors are at 6:30 pm and readings will begin at 7 pm.