Poetry Saved Our Lives

October 17, 2017 | Claire A

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"It's gotten me to come out of my shell and it's gotten me to write more. It’s a fun experience overall. The people there are uplifting and supportive." -Dorian, on Poetry Saved Our Lives Come out and work with some of the finest young poets our city has to offer...

Water We Shall Not Waste: A Poem

August 28, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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by Khadijah, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group Water we shall not waste The calm waterfall Rushing down rapidly, fast The fresh start of spring The sparkles it makes when splashed Water we shall not waste Be aware of what it brings Sensations of being clean Thanks to water...

Staff Picks: A Crown of Wishes

April 30, 2017 | Elsa

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A companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen. Gauri, an exiled princess, has been captured and imprisoned by a rival kingdom, Ujijain. However, just before she is executed, the prince of Ujijain, Vikram, rescues her and forces her to compete in the deadly Tournament of Wishes. In order to win a...

Ask Vivek: Recap

This, sadly, is my last post as E-Writer in Residence. It’s been such a gift to connect with you in person at various libraries and events, and online through your writing. I feel fortunate to have been given this opportunity to read (and listen) to your words. I am immensely...

Ask Vivek: How do you write about the personal?

This week’s question is about how to write about the personal—specifically, how to write personal narratives based on or including friends and family. Different writers approach this in different ways, but it is something many of us struggle with. In my case, I am often inspired by family and the...

Ask Vivek: How do I write poetry?

This week’s question was about how to write poetry. This is a question that I resonated with a lot. Working on my recent book of poetry, even this page is white, I often felt lost and unsure about what I was writing, and if it qualified as poetry. Given what...

Poetry Contest! Win Headphones!

August 8, 2016 | Susan

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The winner of the poetry contest is B, for "This Cool Blue Hue!" Thumbs up to all the poets who submitted and keep writing! Sharpen your pencils! Limber up your typing fingers! Shake the ink into your pens! It's time to use your poetic prowess for a chance to win...


Darkness Image from weknowyourdreams.com Swallowing all the laughter Cries that turn into screams after Filling emptiness Devouring happiness They say it is the reason why this world suffers through sadness But I believe that that is true madness They say darkness is where all the evil creatures lay But the...

Students on Ice Expedition: Inspired by Torngat

By Robert, a TPL Youth Advisory Group member Photo by Paul Gierszewski Note: Robert, a TPL volunteer is travelling in the far north and sharing a blog series about his experience with the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition. From the wonder of the Torngat Mountains, Robert sends this poem. July...

Poems by Jayden

July 7, 2016 | stephen

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Written by Jayden Book Title Poetry When we were Matched, and our paths Crossed, dreams and goals were Reached, forWhen You Reach Me, you bring happiness and joy. And though my grand scheme had Holes, you were there, and taught me to take Small Steps. And though I soon will...


Roots The need, The need to please, Was Everywhere We Looked. Mother and Father brought with them the seeds from the Old World, And, like the water hyacinth, they quickly blossomed, spread, Invaded, Trailed out of our mouths and eyes; A kowtow: beautiful and ugly. Now that I am grown,...

An Ode to Toronto

by Editorial Youth Advisory Group member Geraldynn

What's on at the Library -- June 27 - July 3

June 30, 2016 | Christine

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Hi everyone! Happy early Canada Day! I hope you're all enjoying your summer vacations so far. :) Here are some more great programs for youth that you can take advantage of this summer at your local branch of the Toronto Public Library this coming long weekend: 3D Printer Certification --...

YAG Writing: Poetry

June 23, 2016 | Alice

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The poem I wrote is actually inspired by Shakespeare, written in a sonnet style and starting in a similar fashion as Romeo and Juliet. Hope you'll like it! Shall I compare thee to a love story Thou art more revolting and rather fake For love is no more than a...

GET PUBLISHED! Submit to Young Voices by April 5 for the 2016 Issue

April 1, 2016 | Ken Sparling

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Wanna see your creative work published in 15,000 copies of Young Voices? You have till Tuesday, April 5, 2016 to send us your best creative endeavours for consideration in this year's issue. Submit online now! Send poems, stories, rants, raps, comics, reviews, or black and white artwork or photos! See...

Imagine 15,000 copies of Young Voices magazine - with your story in it!

March 25, 2016 | Ken Sparling

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Why not go for it! We circulate nearly 15,000 copies of Young Voices every year! Submit your story, photo, comic, artwork, poem, rant... Here's some work from Toronto teens who were published in Young Voices last year to get you inspired. Hypnotized, by Rabaya Khan, in Young Voices 2015 atmospheres...

"No one deserves to be harassed. No one."

March 20, 2016 | Ken Sparling

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Human Nature, by Jasmine Zhang, age 14, from Young Voices 2015 So ends Carrie Noble's rant in Young Voices 2015. Got a rant you want to share? Or a story? A poem? Artwork? A photo? Send it to Young Voices for a chance to get it published in Young Voices...

LGBTQ2S+ Youth Writers Drop In and Open Mic

January 26, 2016 | Ray

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Are you a creative writer of fiction, sci-fi, poetry, song, etc? And identify as LGBTQ2S+ under 29 years old? Welcome! Starting February 8th, Writing Our Futures (formerly Pink Ink) is meeting at every Monday at Lillian H. Smith branch from 5-7pm. For more info check out the event listing or...

Haiku to Win!

Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry. A Haiku is three lines long. It has seventeen syllables. The syllable count is 5/7/5. Haiku often depicts nature and stresses simplicity, elegance, and clarity. It is traditionally written in the present tense. Modern Haiku often breaks the 5/7/5 rule and moves...

Writing Prompt #2

We all have those wonderful writing days. The ones where the words flow like crystal waters pouring over smooth rocks, reflecting the rays of the summer sun. We all have those other writing days. The ones where it takes three hours to scratch out a single sentence and self-doubt snarls...

Summer Contest: My Toronto Story

July 23, 2015 | stephen

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From #WeTheNorth to the TO2015 Games, our great city has received a significant amount of international exposure over the last year. Now I'm just going to put it out there, I love my city! I am incredibly proud of the people, the culture and the innovation that makes "The Six"...

Mini-Writing Contest #2 -- July 16 to July 23

July 16, 2015 | Christine

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Hi everyone! Welcome back for Mini-Writing Contest #2. This week’s contest is all about downsizing, but in a very fun way. Have you ever read a really good book, but found that it was a bit too long? Do you ever wish that there was a way to condense everything...

Pan Am Poetry Slam: The Finals

May 15, 2015 | stephen

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This is the big one ladies and gentlemen! In the spirit of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Canada's most talented young poets take their skills to the stage. Included in this showcase, are the winning poets from the Poetry Saved Our Lives showcase. Come out and cheer on the...

A classy night of spoken word and music - literary salon style!

May 14, 2015 | Teen Blogger

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Posted by Kathleen Chen The tradition of literary salons was prominent in France in the 17th and 18th centuries, where a lady of high society would invite friends over for discussions about literature and ideas. Salons were cultural hubs where guests would show off their skill with art, etiquette and...

Poetry Saved Our Lives Showcase: Event Review

May 13, 2015 | stephen

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An event review submitted by Farhiya from Jane/Dundas. "A few weeks ago, the YAG group had been invited to go to something special. There was a program Poetry Saved Our Lives set up to let the youth get to perform for the first time It was happening at the North...