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A Panel Discussion on the Art, Business, and Alchemy of Editing Poetry

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Location: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), 215 Spadina Ave., Alterna Savings room, fourth floor

Branch/Twig: Toronto

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Can poems be edited? Should they be edited? What’s happening in Canadian poetry today, and how do poetry editors (who are usually also poet-editors) navigate the microscopic shifts in sense and emphasis needed to edit their own work and those of other poets? Finally, what can poetry editing teach editors working in other genres?
Join Editors Toronto on April 24 for a wide-ranging discussion of the art, business, and alchemy of poetry editing, featuring four accomplished poet-editors: Stevie Howell, Doyali Islam, Canisia Lubrin, and Fraser Sutherland.
Be sure to pocket a toonie and enter our raffle, which includes poetry books, a $50 gift certificate to any Oxford Properties Group shopping centre, one-hour poetry consultations with Doyali Islam and Stevie Howell, and a one-year subscription to Arc Poetry Magazine to be won.
Copies of some of our speakers’ books will be available for purchase at the event.
Stevie Howell is an Irish-Canadian writer and editor.  A first collection of poetry, Sharps (Goose Lane, 2014), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.  A second book, I left nothing inside on purpose, was just released by Penguin Random House Canada. Stevie’s poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, BOAAT, The Cossack Review, Gigantic Sequins, The Best American Poetry site, The Rialto, The Moth, Southword, Banshee, The Best Canadian Poetry (2014 and 2015), Hazlitt, and Maisonneuve. Their critical writing has been published in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and Quill & Quire. Howell is the poetry editor at This Magazine and an MFA candidate in creative writing at New York University.
Doyali Islam’s poems have won several contests, including Arc Poetry Magazine’s 2016 Poem of the Year Contest, CV2’s 2015 Young Buck Poetry Prize for writers under 35, and League of Canadian Poets’ inaugural National Broadsheet Contest. In 2017, she was a National Magazine Award finalist for poetry. Other poems can be found in Kenyon Review Online, The Fiddlehead, and CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition. Islam is the new poetry editor of the Ottawa-based Arc Poetry Magazine, and the new editor of The Writers’ Union of Canada’s Write magazine. She lives in Toronto. You can access her interviews about poetry, poetics, and cats here.
Canisia Lubrin is a writer, critic, educator, and editor. She holds an Hons. BA from York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her work has been published and anthologized widely, appearing in PRISM International, Brick, Vallum, The Capilano Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Best Canadian Poetry 2018, The Unpublished City anthology, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, TVO, and elsewhere. She is 2017–18 Poet in Residence at Poetry in Voice, and she serves as advisor to Open Book Ontario. Lubrin is on the editorial board at Wolsak & Wynn/Buckrider Books, poetry editor at The Humber Literary Review, and edits for presses including Book*hug. Her debut collection, Voodoo Hypothesis, named a CBC Best Poetry Book of 2017, is a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award. Her chapbook, augur, was released by Gap Riot Press in 2017.  
Fraser Sutherland is a Nova Scotian who now lives in Toronto. Frequently a reviewer for The Globe and Mail, he’s published fourteen books, including poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction in Canada and the United States. His work has appeared worldwide in numerous magazines and anthologies in print and online, and has been translated into French, Italian, Albanian, Serbo-Croatian, and Farsi. As a poet, he’s published nine collections, most recently The Philosophy of As If. As an editor, Sutherland co-founded the literary journal Northern Journey and edited nine poetry collections, as well as innumerable individual poems. Having written and edited for many dictionaries in three countries, Sutherland may be the only Canadian poet who is also a lexicographer. He’ll attempt to answer two questions: Can poems be edited? Should poems be edited?
RAFFLE: Enter our raffle to win valuable prizes! All proceeds will be donated to Welcoming Words, a new non-profit association that fosters cultural literacy by placing Canadian books in the hands of new Canadians. 
Cost: $2/ticket, $5 for three tickets, or $10 for seven tickets. 
Prizes: one $50 gift certificate to any Oxford Properties Group shopping centre (includes the Scarborough Town Centre); a one-year subscription to Arc Poetry Magazine; one book by Vancouver poet Lorna Crozier, donated by Vancouver’s Greystone Books; two one-hour poetry consultations (with or without tea, by phone, Skype, or in person) with Doyali Islam and Stevie Howell (these are two separate prizes); at least one book by Fraser Sutherland; and two copies of Canisia Lubrin’s book, Voodoo Hypothesis, donated by Wolsak & Wynn. 
Editors Toronto would like to thank the Oxford Properties Group, Greystone Books, Stevie Howell, Doyali Islam, Canisia Lubrin, Fraser Sutherland, Arc Poetry Magazine, and Wolsak & Wynn, for generously supporting this event.
Program details for Tuesday, April 24, 7 PM
PLEASE NOTE: This month we return to our usual location at the Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave.
LOCATION: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), 215 Spadina Ave., Alterna Savings room, fourth floor
7 PM Mingling and informal Q&A session for new and prospective members 
7:30 PM Branch meeting
7:45 PM Program
9 PM Mix-and-mingle
Free for members; non-members $10.