New Toronto Street Writers Anthology: WEST OF WHAT WE KNOW

WE WALK!The Toronto Street Writers launched their new anthology of writing and art by inner-city, West of What We Know, on Sunday July 1st, 2012 at the Academy of the Impossible in Toronto's west-end.

The event featured readings by young poets, hip hop lyricists, playwrights, and short story writers whose work appears in the anthology. In celebration of the Queen's 60th Jubilee, there was an impromptu crown-making workshop where audience members will be encouraged to express what the monarchy means to them.

The Street Writers are a celebrated group of young writers from many different cultures and walks of life across the city. The group meets weekly, ten months out of the year, and is coordinated by award-winning local author Emily Pohl-Weary. Young writers work with professional authors, musicians, artists and screenwriters to generate the skills and confidence needed to express their realities, process difficult experiences, and pursue careers and professional opportunities in the arts.

West of What We Know is the fifth annual anthology of youth writing that the Street Writers have published.

To order your own copy, please send $10 (includes postage) to: Toronto Street Writers, c/o Academy of the Impossible, 231 Wallace Avenue, Toronto, Ontario (Canada), M6H 3G1

The launch took place on Sunday, July 1st (Canada Day), from 6pm to 10pm, at the Academy of the Impossible, 231 Wallace Avenue in Toronto's west-end Junction Triangle neighbourhood. The Academy is an arts and media community hub celebrating “maker culture” that houses the Street Writers and other regular programming. Members of the public are cordially invited to take part in the event, which is free and will also feature a live DJ, food, and refreshments.

For more information, visit www.torontostreetwriters.ca, www.academyimpossible.ca or contact coordinators Emily Pohl-Weary and Irfan Ali at 416-779-1448 or info@torontostreetwriters.ca

Toronto Street Writers would like to thank the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts for all their generous support throughout the length of the program. They would also like to thank Heritage Canada through the Celebrate Canada Fund for their support in making this final event possible.