Last night (April 3) a packed house at Harbourfront Centre celebrated National Poetry Month with Poetry NOW: 5th annual Battle of the Bards. Nineteen poets competed in a battle of words and creativity reading their poetry for five minutes each. A jury comprising the Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall came together after all of the participants had their moment on stage to decide on a winner.
And the winner is…
Peter Norman, author of Water Damage, is the winner of the 5th annual Battle of the Bards.
As the winner, Norman receives an invitation to read at the 34th annual International Festival of Authors (October 24 to November 3) and an ad for his book in NOW Magazine. This is the fifth year AUTHORS has partnered with NOW Magazine for this unique event. NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole hosted the event.
AUTHORS has also invited 4 additional Poetry NOW participants to read at IFOA: Warren Clements (Bird Doggerel), Beatriz Hausner (Enter the Raccoon), Mathew Henderson (The Lease) and Christine McNair (Conflict).
For a look at the full press release click here.