Poetry: the Still Point of the Turning World
Join Toronto’s poet laureate Anne Michaels and her guests Joseph Kertes and Moez Surani for an evening of probing poetry and discourse. This evening will explore the importance of poetry: an ancient form of civic engagement which continues to speak in our rapidly changing world of digital media and data.
Moderated by David Nostbakken, McLuhan Centenary Fellow
NB: Participants are welcome to bring a favourite poem - any poem that is meaningful to them by a poet they admire - which could be read aloud and contribute to the discussion.
Anne Michaels is an internationally acclaimed novelist and poet. Her books are translated and published in over forty-five countries and have won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Lannan Award for Fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize (twice), the Governor-General’s Award, and long-listed for the IMPAC Award (twice). Her novel FUGITIVE PIECES was adapted as a feature film. Her latest book of poetry, CORRESPONDENCES, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2014. She is Toronto’s Poet Laureate."
Joseph Kertes is a critically acclaimed novelist whose most recent book, The Afterlife of Stars, has just been released in the U.S. and was chosen by the New York Times for their '10 New Books We Recommend This Week". Kertes has received the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour as well as the Canadian Jewish Book Award and the U.S. Jewish Book Award for Fiction. He is the founder of the widely respected creative writing and comedy programs at Humber College, where he served for many years as Dean of Creative and Performing Arts.
As a student at the University of Toronto he was encouraged in his writing by Marshall McLuhan.
Moez Surani has published three books of poems - Reticent Bodies, Floating Life, and Operation. His poems have appeared in The Walrus, Harper’s Magazine, and was anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry in both 2013 and 2014. He has received a Chalmers Fellowship and was awarded the Kingston Literary prize, as well as Antigonish Review''s Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize.
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The McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto, is pleased to announce a Fall 2016/Winter 2017 rollout of events. Weekly sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court.
A roster of programs for Fall 2016/Winter 2017 brings together an eclectic mix of innovators and thinkers from the university and the larger global village. This program of events is designed to challenge notions, provoke thought and help us imagine our collective future.
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