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CATHERINE GRAHAM TAKES TOP PRIZE AT POETRY NOW: 6th ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BARDS

TORONTO, April 3, 2014 --- After a well-fought battle of words, IFOA has named Catherine Graham as the winner of the 6th annual Battle of the Bards. For the sixth year in a row, IFOA, in partnership with NOW Magazine, welcomed 20 upcoming and established poets to the stage last night (April 2). A jury comprising IFOA’s Director, Geoffrey E. Taylor, Artistic Associate Jen Tindall and the Dean of the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts, Joe Kertes, selected Graham following her captivating performance. As the winner, Graham receives an invitation to read at the 35th annual International Festival of Authors (October 23 to November 2, 2014) and an ad for her book in NOW Magazine.

Catherine Graham is the author of four previous poetry collections. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world. A new and selected volume of her poetry is forthcoming in the United Kingdom. She lives in Toronto. Last night, she presented work from her 2013 collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects.

IFOA has also invited two additional Poetry NOW participants to read at the IFOA: Julie Joosten (Light Light) and Jacob Scheier (Letter From Brooklyn).

In February, IFOA and NOW Magazine invited submissions from poets with collections published within the past five years and currently in print with a trade publisher. IFOA selected 20 readers via a random draw of all eligible submissions following the deadline for submissions on March 3. Those poets selected read last night in Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room.

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 over 20 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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