Poets in the House

Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird, Dennis Lee, Eileen Myles

Poets in the House
Event Number: 61
Tickets: $17.00

Poets in the House

Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird, Dennis Lee, Eileen Myles

Friday, October 20
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

The point of reading poetry is not to try to “solve” its puzzles, or find the meaning, or—worst of all—analyze the meter. Poetry lovers want to feel it; all else is secondary. Enjoy an afternoon full of feeling with four fine poets as they read from their latest works. American Kim Addonizio was a finalist for the National Book Award and won a Pushcart Prize. New Zealand’s Hera Lindsay Bird is a cult figure who has gained thousands of Twitter followers since her raunchy self-titled debut collection. Dennis Lee has been a pillar of Canada’s cultural landscape for 50 years. Similarly, Eileen Myles has been an icon of the American poetry scene over her 40-year career. Come enjoy the feeling of poetry that doesn’t waste a word.

Suitable for grades 10-12 and adults.

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Kim Addonizio

United States

Kim Addonizio has written poetry, poetry guides, fiction and non-fiction books. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships and was a finalist for the National Book Award. After receiving her BA and MA from San Francisco State University, she taught there and currently teaches in the MFA  program at Goddard College. She was also a founding editor of the journal Five Fingers Review. Mortal Trash, Addonizio’s new poetry collection, pulls readers into the beauty and absurdity of our time on earth.


Hera Lindsay Bird

New Zealand

​Hera Lindsay Bird has an MA in poetry and is one of the most acclaimed young poets to emerge from New Zealand. Her poetry reflects her wicked sense of humour and has been described by Sunday Magazine as “fearless.” Bird’s self-titled debut was the fastest selling book of poetry published by Victoria University Press and has “themes as varied as snow and tears.” She continues to work in a bookstore in Wellington while writing a children’s detective novel.


Hera Lindsay Bird’s appearance is made possible by Creative New Zealand.

Dennis Lee


Dennis Lee is a teacher, editor, critic, poet and literary icon. He is a Governor General’s Award winner, an Officer of the Order of Canada and the author of more than 30 books. Lee was the first poet laureate of Toronto and has served as a writer-in-residence for a number of universities. He also worked as a songwriter on the television program, Fraggle Rock. This year, a collection of his poetry from 1967-2017 is being released, entitled Heart Residence. His incredible range of styles and depth of emotion has touched people of all ages throughout his career.

Eileen Myles

United States

Eileen Myles is an award-winning poet, performer, art journalist and novelist with more than 20 books. In the 1970s they moved to New York to become a poet and learned plenty from the readings and workshops put on by the St. Mark’s Poetry Project. Later, Myles became the artistic director. They have toured throughout North America and Europe and have contributed to many publications such as The New Yorker, TimeOut and Paris Review. Afterglow, a collection of poems, is Myles’ love letter to their recently departed dog, Rosie. The heartfelt poems discuss loss and the bond between a pet and owner.