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Poetry Bash with House of Anansi Press

Thursday, April 27, 2023
 | 7:00 pm
 – 10:00 pm 
 | Pay What You Can
Recommended ages 19+ | Drinks will be available for purchase

Join MOCA Toronto in hosting and celebrating House of Anansi Press’ annual Poetry Bash, featuring poetry readings and performances. The Bash will highlight the launch of three stunning poetry collections: Jen Currin’s Trinity Street, Hannah Green’s Xanax Cowboy and Michael Crummey’s Passengers. This year’s in-person bash also provides the opportunity to celebrate additional collections published during the pandemic, including Sanna Wani’s My Grief, the Sun, Bardia Sinaee’s Intruder, A. F. Moritz’s As Far As We Know and Mathew Henderson’s Roguelike. 

Celebrate these collections with readings from all seven poets in attendance. This event will be held on the ground floor of the museum and act as an opportunity for visual language to meet with written word. 

This event is in memory of Steven Heighton who was lost in 2022 and will be honoured with a special tribute reading. 

In April of 2022 we lost prolific and prize-winning author, poet and musician, Steven Heighton. Anansi had the distinct pleasure of working with Steven on both his poetry at House of Anansi Press and his work for children at Groundwood Books. Anansi is honoured that so many of us had the opportunity to know Steven, work with him and interact with his writing.

At Poetry Bash, Steven and his life’s work will be honoured with a special reading and tribute.

Publications Featured

Trinity Street – Jen Currin

Xanax Cowboy – Hannah Green

Passengers – Michael Crummey

My Grief, the Sun — Sanna Wani

Intruder — Bardia Sinaee

As Far As You Know A.F. Moritz

Roguelike — Mathew Henderson

About House of Anansi Press

House of Anansi Press is Canada’s leading independent publisher. They continue to break new ground with award-winning and bestselling books that reflect the changing nature of the country and the world. They help to shape the national conversation with the publication of the annual CBC Massey Lectures (in conjunction with University of Toronto’s Massey College and CBC Ideas) with contributors like Martin Luther King, Jr., Tanya Talaga, Esi Edugyan, and Tomson Highway. Anansi also continues to publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, French-Canadian writers in translation and lifestyle, as well as authors from around the world. They take pride in finding and developing talent, publishing Indigenous, Black, and other deserving writers, and firing up the imagination with Very Good Books.

Image Courtesy House of Anansi Press.

Venue Information

MOCA Toronto

158 Sterling Rd
Toronto, ON  M6R 2B7

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