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PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED FOR POETRY NOW: 6th ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BARDS

TORONTO, March 14, 2014 — Hear ye, hear ye! IFOA is delighted to announce the 20 poets selected for this year’s Poetry NOW competition, taking place on April 2, 2014. A jury comprising Director Geoffrey E. Taylor, Artistic Associate Jen Tindall and Joe Kertes, Dean of Creative and Performing Arts at Humber, will select one author to win an invitation to read at the 35th annual International Festival of Authors(October 23 to November 2, 2014) and have their book advertised in NOW Magazine.

The 20 established and upcoming poets selected to grace the IFOA stage are: Clara Blackwood, Jason Camlot, Edward Carson, Sadiqa de Meijer, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Len Gasparini, Catherine Graham, Aisha Sasha John, Julie Joosten, JonArno Lawson, Shannon Maguire, Chris Pannell, Sarah Pinder, Jacob Scheier, Deena Kara Shaffer, Jim Smith, Sheila Stewart, John Terpstra, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang and Adrienne Weiss. IFOA welcomes back NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole to host this year’s event.

On February 3, IFOA joined their long-time media partner NOW Magazine to issue 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. IFOA accepted submissions for the event through each poet’s publishing representative until March 3. At the event, each poet will read for up to five minutes, and their books will be for sale.

Event date, time and location: Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30pm in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

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

IFOA Weekly events continue through til the end of June 2014. For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit ifoa.org or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

About IFOA:
Since its inception in 1974, IFOA has hosted over 8,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 21 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (October 23–November 2, 2014), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario, and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 14–15, 2014).

About NOW Magazine:
Toronto's independent weekly, NOW Magazine was launched in 1981 as the city's alternative voice. Since then, it has become the largest alternative news and entertainment weekly in North America, and is considered one of Toronto's most influential taste-making publications both in print weekly and online every day of the week.

NOW Magazine is available free every Thursday at all 65 Gateway newsstand locations throughout the TTC, at over 3,310 racks, boxes and newsstands across the GTA and daily on nowtoronto.com, mobile and iPad.

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