• The Poetry Extension. Bringing poets and dancers together from around the world, one face-melting gig at a time. Our fifth event is online-only, and FREE. Join us here from 12 p.m. Toronto time (EDT) and 5 p.m. UK time (GMT+1) on Thursday August 31st, 2017 for live streaming of the event. We welcome all the megawatt poets below. (Photo courtesy modernmechanix.com)
  • Natalya Anderson is a writer and former ballet dancer from Toronto, Canada. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, and a Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.

    She won the 2014 Bridport Prize for her poem, 'Clear Recent History', and the poem was highly commended at the 2015 Forward Prizes. Natalya was also one of four finalists for the 2015 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize for her poem, 'Dance Therapy'. Her poetry and feature writing has appeared in Poetry London, Prac Crit, The Moth, The Forward Book of Poetry 2016, and other fine publications. Natalya founded The Poetry Extension in 2015, within which she aims to forge cross-Atlantic relationships between poets and dancers from Canada, Ireland, the UK, and the US through live events.
  • Join us here from 12 p.m. Toronto time (EDT) and 5 p.m. UK time (GMT+1) on Thursday August 31st, 2017 for live streaming of our fifth event.
  • Rachael Allen was born in Cornwall and studied English Literature at Goldsmiths College. She is the poetry editor for Granta, co-editor at the poetry press Clinic and of online journal Tender. Her first collection will be published by Faber in 2019.
  • Livia Franchini is a bilingual writer and literary translator from Tuscany, Italy. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Hotel, La Errante, The Quietus, 3AM: Magazine, LESTE and The White Review, among others. Her new English translation of Natalia Ginzburg’s The Road to the City is supported by the Italian Cultural Institute and is forthcoming with Twins Editions in 2017. Her Italian translations of Eileen Gunn and James Tiptree Jr. are forthcoming with Nero Edizioni in 2017. In 2016 she co-founded CORDA, a journal about friendship in the time of new borders. She is one of the writers-in-residence for the European project CELA, which will see her work translated in six different languages. Livia lives in London, and is currently working on her first novel.
  • Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Harmony Holiday is the daughter of Northern Soul artist Jimmy Holiday. She earned a BA in rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA at Columbia University. She is the author of Negro League Baseball (2011), winner of the Fence Books Motherwell Prize; Go Find your Father/A Famous Blues (Ricochet Editions, 2013), a “dos-a-dos” book featuring poetry, letters, and essays; and Hollywood Forever (Fence Books, 2017). Holiday was awarded a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2013. She lives in Los Angeles.
  • Holly Pester is a poet and multidisciplinary writer. She has worked as an archivist, lecturer and practice-based researcher with readings, performances and sound installations featuring at Segue, New York, dOCUMENTA 13, Whitechapel Gallery, and the Serpentine Galleries. She teaches courses on poetic practice and creative writing at the University of Essex.
  • Dave Silverberg is a poet, journalist, editor, producer, event organizer and slammaster. He founded Toronto Poetry Slam, one of Canada's most popular poetry series. He has performed his poetry across the world, including Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, London UK and Paris. His first book of poetry Bags of Wires was published by LyricalMyrical Press and his forthcoming book of poetry will be published by ChiZine. He regularly leads workshops on writing and performing poetry in schools across Ontario. His non-fiction work has been published in The Washington Post, BBC News, The Globe and Mail, Vice, Buzzfeed, Broken Pencil, Metro and many more. His mom is real proud he once did a TEDx talk.