POETRY MONTH EVENT
Mentoring and Editing in Poetry: An Hour of Reading and Conversation between Tolu Oloruntoba and Jim Johnstone
Scheduled event date: 4/6/2022
Poets: Tolu Oloruntoba and Jim Johnstone
Host: Shane Neilson, Team Narrative member of the Health Arts and Humanities Program at the University of Toronto
Description: Tolu Oloruntoba’s The Junta of Happenstance was awarded the current Governor-General’s Award Winner for Poetry. Jim Johnstone, a noted poet himself, whose Infinity Mirror was just released from Vehicule Press, served as mentor and editor for Oloruntoba at Palimpsest Press. Both poets have experienced periods of illness in their lives. This evening will feature readings from Oloruntoba (who is also a medical doctor) and Johnstone, as well as a conversation held between each other about editorial process and illness. The kind of intimate conversational space created is uncommon in Canadian literature. Time will be preserved for audience questions for two of the most exciting poets currently writing in Canada.
Sponsors: League of Canadian Poets, Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Health Arts and Humanities Program at the University of Toronto, and the Ontario D/deaf/HoH, Disabled, Mad and Neuroatypical Poetics Festival.