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Len Gasparini is the Winner of the NOW Open Poetry Stage

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Len Gasparini is the Winner of the NOW Open Poetry Stage

Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) announced today that Len Gasparini, author of The Broken World: Poems 1967–1998 (Guernica Editions), is the winner of the 2010 NOW Open Poetry Stage.

From our friends at Authors at Harbourfront Centre:

As a result of last year’s highly successful Open Stage Night, AUTHORS, for the second year in a row, presented 20 published poets to a packed house last Wednesday evening (March 31). A jury comprising Authors at Harbourfront Centre’s Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall along with author and NOW Magazine contributor Robert Priest selected Gasparini following his stand-out performance. As the winner, Gasparini received an invitation to read at the world-renowned International Festival of Authors (October 20–30, 2010) and an ad for his book in NOW.

Says AUTHORS Geoffrey Taylor of Gasparini’s win: “Len’s performance coupled with his great writing provided for a unanimous decision by the evening’s judges.”

Gasparini, the first author to be announced for the 31st annual IFOA, is the author of three story collections – The Undertaker’s Wife, Blind Spot and A Demon in My View – and a work of non-fiction, Erase Me. In 1990, he was awarded the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for poetry. Born in Windsor, Ontario, he now lives in Toronto. The Broken World: Poems 1967-1998, which he presented at the NOW Open Poetry Stage, was published by Guernica Editions in 2005.

As a result of the NOW Open Poetry Stage, AUTHORS has also invited 5 additional poets to read at IFOA. Those authors are: M.T. Kelly (Downriver), Michael Lista (Bloom), Julie Roorda (Courage Underground), Matthew Tierney (The Hayflick Limit), and Priscila Uppal (Traumatology).

On February 10, AUTHORS, in partnership with NOW Magazine, invited submissions from poets whose works have been published within the past five years and are currently in print with a trade publisher. AUTHORS selected 20 readers via a random draw of all eligible submissions following the deadline for submissions on March 1. The 20 poets selected read on the evening of March 31 in Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto).

Authors at Harbourfront Centre weekly events 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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Congratulations to you, Len, to Guernica, to the " 5 additional" winners, and to all in-show! The Open Poetry Stage is a wonderful showcase for the writing and reading talent we have in this city and beyond, and the entry-by-lottery format adds the spice of surprise. Great that the organizers decided to lift the age restriction this year to allow a broader pool of the community to perform their work at Harbourfront. Hopefully, this is only the second round in an ongoing annual event. Love it!

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