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PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED FOR POETRY NOW: 4th ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BARDS
Governor General’s Literary Award-winning poet Phil Hall to judge

TORONTO, March 5, 2012 --- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) is pleased to announce the 20 poets selected for this year’s Poetry NOWevent taking place on March 28. A jury comprising the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award winner for poetry Phil Hall, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall will select one author to win an invitation to read at the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (October 18 to 28, 2012) and have their book advertised in NOW Magazine.

The 20 established and upcoming poets selected to grace the AUTHORS stage are: Jonathan Bennett, Linda Besner, Mark Callanan, Ayesha Chatterjee, John Donlan, Catherine Graham, Elizabeth Greene, Alyxandra Harvey, Laurence Hutchman, Maureen Hynes, Steve Luxton, John B. Lee, Anthony M. Pignataro, Sandra Ridley, Jenny Sampirisi, Jennifer Still, Fraser Sutherland, Eva Tihanyi, Daniel Scott Tysdal,and Calvin Wharton. NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole will host this year’s event.

For the fourth year, AUTHORS has joined their long-time media partner NOW Magazine in issuing an open call for submissions from poets who have been published within the past five years and are currently in print with a trade publisher. AUTHORS accepted submissions for the event through each poet’s publishing representative until February 24, with selected participants notified through March 1. Each poet reads for up to five minutes and books will be for sale at the event.

Event date, time, and location: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30pm in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Tickets: $10 to the general public, FREE for members, students, and youth 25 and under.

Authors at Harbourfront Centre weekly readings continue through June 2012. For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Jennifer Asselin: jasselin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395

About Authors at Harbourfront Centre:
Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 7,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 18 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 18–28, 2012), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 15–16, 2012).

About NOW Magazine:
Toronto's independent weekly – NOW Magazine – was launched Thursday, September 10, 1981, as the city's alternative voice. After starting with just five staff members, founding owner/operators Michael Hollett and Alice Klein have seen the weekly grow to become a key cultural and political voice in Toronto – and Canada – with more than 100 employees.

NOW is published every Thursday (though available at key downtown locations and in street boxes Wednesday nights) and distributed at over 3,400 locations in the Greater Toronto Area.
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