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Toronto’s poet laureate among notable draws for Oct. 14 Bengali literary event

 

Participants taking part in Canadian Bengali Writers’ Conference [Left to Right]: Anne Michaels, the Toronto Poet Laureate; Poet Iqbal Hasan; Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith; noted Bengali poet Asad Chowdhury; Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts; Mary Osborne, Executive Director of the Writers' Trust of Canada; John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers' Union of Canada; writer Dr. Dilip Chakraborty.

Participants taking part in Canadian Bengali Writers’ Conference [Left to Right]: Anne Michaels, the Toronto Poet Laureate; Poet Iqbal Hasan; Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith; noted Bengali poet Asad Chowdhury; Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts; Mary Osborne, Executive Director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada; John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers’ Union of Canada; writer Dr. Dilip Chakraborty.

Toronto’s Poet Laureate, the executive directors of two Canadian writers’ organizations, local politicians and several Bengali authors will be among the high-profile participants at the first Canadian Bengali Writers Conference taking place Sat. October 14 in East York.

Put on by the Bengali Literary Resource Centre (BLRC), ‍a Toronto-based non-profit organization for literary activities, the event takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11 at 9 Dawes Road.

Organized with a view to bridging with the Canadian literary world and exhibiting the literary talents of the Bengali community living in Canada, the 4-9 p.m. event will be attended by Toronto’s Poet Laureate Anne Michaels, Writers’ Union of Canada executive director John Degen, Mary Osborne, the executive director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and the riding’s MPP, Arthur Potts.

Along with Canadian poets and writers and a huge number of Bengali writers living in different cities of Canada expected to be on hand, there also will be featured appearances by noted Bengali poet Asad Chowdhury, poet Iqbal Hasan and writer Dr. Dilip Chakraborty.

As part of the event, the second just-published issue of BLRC’s literary journal, to which a large number of Canadian-Bengali writers contributed, will be available.

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