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Authors at Harbourfront Centre Announces 20 Poets for NOW Open Poetry Stage

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Authors at Harbourfront Centre Announces 20 Poets for NOW Open Poetry Stage

Authors at Harbourfront Centre has announced the poets who will read at this year's NOW Open Poetry Stage held on March 31st at the Harbourfront Centre, where one poet will be selected to read at the International Festival of Authors in October and have their book advertised in NOW. Among the 20 poets are Open Book's current writer in residence, Paul Vermeersch, and past writer in residence, Damian Rogers. Jacob McArthur Mooney, another former OBT writer in residence and last year's winner of the Open Poetry Stage, will host the event.

From our friends at Authors at Harbourfront Centre:

Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) is pleased to announce the 20 poets selected for this year’s NOW Open Poetry Stage. A jury comprising Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall, and NOW Magazine contributor Robert Priest will select one author to win an invitation to read at the 31st annual International Festival of Authors (October 20–30, 2010) and have their book advertised in NOW.

On March 31, poets from a range of Canadian presses grace the AUTHORS stage to give 20 readings in one night. The NOW Open Poetry Stage poets are: Domenico Capilongo, Brian Day, Dayle Furlong, Len Gasparini, Sky Gilbert, Susan Holbrook, M.T. Kelly, Alexis Kienlan, Michael Lista, Irene Marques, Chris Pannell, Damian Rogers, Julie Roorda, David Sobelman, Fraser Sutherland, Matthew Tierney, Priscila Uppal, Paul Vermeersch, Patrick Watson, and Tara-Michelle Ziniuk. This year’s event will be hosted by last year’s Open Stage winner, Jacob McArthur Mooney.

In March 2009, AUTHORS hosted Open Stage Night – the first time it had issued an open call for submissions to be part of its reading series, and the first time participants had been selected by random draw. The age limit for that event was 35. For this second incarnation, no age limit applied, but in keeping with AUTHORS’ mandate to promote new literature and new voices, books must have been published within the past five years and currently be in print with a trade publisher. AUTHORS accepted submissions for the event through each poet’s publishing representative until March 1, with selected participants notified through March 5. Each poet reads for up to five minutes and books will be for sale at the event.

Tickets to attend the event are $8 (free for members and students with ID). AUTHORS is pleased to offer a 50% discount to members of the League of Canadian Poets, and also to members of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. This event takes place Wednesday, March 31 at 7:30pm in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Authors at Harbourfront Centre weekly readings continue through June 2010. For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit www.readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

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