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Toronto Poetry Slam Finals coming to Royal Cinema April 19 Special

Toronto - A spoken word competition is about to take over the 450-seat Royal Cinema in Toronto's Little Italy district. The annual Toronto Poetry Slam Finals will feature eight poets vying to make the Toronto Poetry Slam Team.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg

Ukrainian spring exhibit celebrates humanitarian poet Special

Edmonton - The annual spring exhibit of Ukrainian art in Edmonton features the life and work of Taras Shevchenko, a noted poet, artist, and humanitarian.
Digital Journal Report by Paula Kirman

Belfast Laureate Sinead Morrissey awarded TS Eliot prize

London - Irish poet Sinead Morrissey, Belfast's first poet laureate, has won the prestigious TS Eliot prize for her poetry collection Parallax.
In the Media by Layne Weiss

Rockit! Herbie Hancock appointed Harvard professor of poetry

U.S. jazz musician Herbie Hancock has been appointed as the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. He is the latest in a long line of poets and artists to be appointed to this honorary post.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Cambridge — The Chinese Connection

Cambridge - There is no obvious connection between China and Cambridge, England, so why is the university city so popular with Chinese tourists?
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 1 comment

Toronto Poetry Slam wins 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Special

On November 9 in Montreal, the spoken word series Toronto Poetry Slam won the annual poetry competition The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, poetically battling against 23 other slam teams from cities across Canada.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg

Video: Poet 'misspells' the word 'father' in a spelling bee & why

Marshall Davis Jones relates a story of a dream he had about a spelling bee. In poetry form, he explains why he spells the word "father" as "M-O-T-H-E-R."
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

David McFadden and Ghassan Zaqtan win 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Special

Toronto - Thursday night at Corus Quay, along Toronto’s waterfront, the winners of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize were announced during the annual awards ceremony.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins

Review: 'Cats' remains a crowd-pleaser, in a smaller Toronto revival Special

Toronto - Say what you want about Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Cats”, but it's a show that knows how to captivate and move an audience. The current Toronto reboot, which opened last night, is lots of fun all the way through.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Why the Griffin Poetry Prize is so important

Toronto - Since 2000 the Griffin Trust has been funding the Griffin Prize, a celebration of poetry and poets. This week Torontorians will be treated to the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings and the announcement of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Winners.
In the Media by KJ Mullins
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