Details: In partnership with the Hart House Literary and Library Committee, a group of writers who have been touched by the art of Federico Garcia Lorca invites you to Lorcation! This evening will celebrate not only his poetry and prose but the literary magic he inspired. Lorca (1898–1936) was born in Granada, Spain, and studied first to become a classical pianist. Music’s loss was literature’s gain, for Lorca, inspired by Spanish folklore, went on to publish a prolific body of plays, poems, operas, and screenplays. At the age of 38, he was assassinated, a shooting that to this day is surrounded by more questions than answers.


When: Tues. Jun. 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Cost: Free


The following authors represent a small number of the individuals Lorca’s work affected.


  • Brian Dedora, a prolific writer of fiction and poetry, is a retired master picture framer and gilder.
  • Poet Sonja Greckol‘s “Emilie Explains Newton to Voltaire” was short-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2008. Be on the lookout for her second book of poetry, due out next year!
  • Beatriz Hausner not only publishes her own poetry but translates Spanish literature to English. Her work “Enter the Raccoon” is an example of her beautiful, surreal writing narrating the affair between a woman and a raccoon.
  • Maureen Hynes, writer, poet, editor, and educator, has won many accolades: her first collection of poetry, Rough Skin, was awarded the League of Canadian Poets’ 1995 Gerald Lampert Award for best debut poetry collection by a Canadian.
  • Jaclyn Piudik is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Mediaeval Studies as well as a poet working on “transtranslations” of Lorca’s oeuvre.
  • Elizabeth Rush spends her time not only writing and editing but teaching creative writing and mentoring aspiring writers. Her first novel, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, and her third novel, Matadora, was recently published. She has held Writer-in-Residence positions at the Toronto Public Library, the Oshawa Public Library, and the Kitchener Public Library. Recently, her involvement with the Writers’ Union of Canada led her to host professional development workshops for writers across Canada.

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