Award-winning poet and novelist Anne Michaels has been chosen to serve as Toronto’s fifth poet laureate, beginning in November.
Michaels is the author of five poetry collections and two novels and has received numerous accolades, including the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Toronto Book Award, and a Commonwealth prize. She also has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and a Governor General’s Literary Award, among others, and has had her sophomore novel Fugitive Pieces adapted into a feature film. Her first book for children, The Adventures of Miss Petitfour, will be published by Tundra Books in November.
“I am very honoured by this appointment and eager to serve our wonderful city in all its diversity,” Michaels said in a press release. “Toronto is fortunate to embrace dozens of languages and has an invaluable literary history. I am looking forward to celebrating our many voices, old and new.”
Michaels will receive an honorarium of $10,000 a year over her three-year term. She follows the city’s previous poet laureate, George Elliott Clarke.