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Maureen's poem, "The Last Cigarette,"  was selected for The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry 2017, an anthology of 90 poems selected from the last 9 volumes of the Best Canadian Poetry in English -- "poems that have excelled twice"by being included in these anthologies. 

Maureen's poem, "693 Cemetery Road" was selected for inclusion in the online journal, The Puritan, and you can read her author commentary on the poem at

Maureen's poem, Staying Away from the Grand," is published in the online journal, Plenitude 

Three of Maureen's poems have been published online in Canadian Poetries,

Maureen's most recent book of poetry, The Poison Colour, from Pedlar Press, was nominated for TWO prestigious awards for 2016 -- the League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster Awards. Read the League's interview with Maureen here.

Vivek Shraya interviews Maureen and Trish Yeo about editing: 



Sunday, Oct 29 Launch of The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry 2017, International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

Saturday, Oct 28 11:00 am - 12:30 pm With poets Catherine GrahamNicholas Power, and local historian, Daniel Burns, Maureen presents an Ireland Park Poetry Walking Tour (in the pouring rain!).

Saturday, Oct 21, Maureen is honoured to be part of Another Story Bookshop's 30th Anniversary Bash and tribute to Sheila Koffman, co-founder of the bookshop and wonderful presence in the Toronto literary community

Sunday June 11 @ 2 pm  Maureen Hynes reads with Griffin Prize nominee, Soraya Peerbaye, at the Book Shop, Tamworth, Ont. The Book Shop is located in the heart of the village of Tamworth on Bridge Street East at the foot of Peel Street. Info:  613-379-2108 / /

Sunday, May 14, 1:00-4:00 Join Tightrope Books at The Aga Khan Museum for the third annual Human Rights poetry event. Co-hosted by Tightrope Books publisher Jim Nason and author Farzana Doctor, and featuring readings related to human rights issues by ten acclaimed poets from some of Canada’s top independent publishers: Gwen Benaway, Michael Fraser, Maureen Hynes, Sheniz Janmohamed, Sonnet L’Abbé, Nyla Matuk, Soraya Peerbaye, Ann Shin, Vivek Shraya, Moez Surani. Amnesty International will be at the event with information about human rights issues. Auditorium, The Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto. FREE.

Thursday  April 13, 6:30 Maureen reads with one of her writing workshop groups, “The Inconvenients,” –  Kelley Aitken, nancy viva davis halifax, Dilys Leman, Sue MacLeod and Sheila Stewart, at the brilliant & incomparable Jeff Kirby’s reading series knife | fork  | book, Rick’s Café, 281 Augusta Ave, Kensington Market, Toronto

Sunday April 9, 2:00-4:00 On the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, Maureen takes part in a staged reading of David Fennario's Bolsheviki and Motherhouse, two plays that challenge the glorification of war and its role in Canadian history. Directed by Pam Johnson, and with readers Muhammed Ali Aumeer (aka the Socialist Vocalist), Jesse Byiers, Jeremy Hinzman, Steven Bush, Richard Lam, Marion Endicott, Fiona Griffiths, Mary Code and Catherine Marrion. The Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St E., Toronto  

Saturday, April 8, 1:00-4:00  The Annual Richmond Hill Poetry Gala. sponsored by the Richmond Hill Public Library, and hosted by Barry Dempster. With readings by Barry Dempster, Michael Fraser, Steven Heighton, Maureen Hynes, Soraya Peerbaye, and 2017 Griffin Prize nominee, Sandra Ridley. Richmond Hill Public Library, 13,085 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill .

Wednesday Feb 15,  7:30 p.m.  Maureen reads with Stuart Ross at Poetry London  (Pre-reading workshop at 6:30pm), 167 Wortley Rd., London, Ont.


Tues Dec 13, 6:30 --  David Clink’s Annual Dead Poets’ Reading. This year’s selections are read by poets from Best Canadian Poetry in English 2016. Maureen reads from Elise Partridge's The Exile's GalleryRowers Reading Series, The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave,  Toronto. 

Thurs Dec 8, 8:00 pm – As part of a 3-day “Pedlar Press in the City”  Festival, Maureen reads with Martha Baillie, Stan Dragland, Soraya Peerbaye, Sara Tilly & Craig Francis Power. The Ship Pub, St John’s, Newfoundland.

Wed Nov 30, 7:30 – Launch of Best Canadian Poetry in English 2016, which includes Maureen’s poem, “Wing On,” The Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

Thurs Nov 24, 6:30 –  Exciting! Solo reading at Jeff Kirby’s brand new reading series in Toronto’s brand-new ~poetry only~ café and bookstore!! Rick’s Café, 281 Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market, Toronto

Sat Nov 19, 11:30-4:30 Toronto's Indie Book Fair. Over 25 independent small presses at one gathering! Trinity-St Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St W. Visit Maureen at the Pedlar Press table.

Sat Nov 13, 12:00-1:15 – Naked Heart Festival, Toronto, the world's largest LGBTQ literary festival! Maureen participates in a workshop onPresence From Absence:  The Force of Grief and Loss” with Meryn Cadell, Christopher DiRaddo, Shaunga Tagore and Barry Webster. Tickets and info on many other events at

Wed, Oct 26, 8:00 International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront, Toronto – “Sound and Verse,” a reading with Phil Hall, Maureen Hynes, Sylvia Legris, Mark Wagenaar.

Wed, October 19, Cadence Reading Series, Sarnia, Ont.

Friday, September 30, Moonstone Poetry Series, with Ruth Roach Pierson and John Reibetanz. Toast Cafe, Philadelphia, US.

Sunday, May 29, 7:00 pm, at The Wickson Social, 7 St Joseph Street, Toronto, Maureen hosts readings by Jim Nason, Sue MacLeod, Michael Fraser, Vivek Shraya -- each with a new spring 2016 book of poetry!

Tuesday, April 26, 8:00 p.m, Tree Reading Series, at Black Squirrel Books, with Adrienne Gruber. 1973 Bank St, Ottawa, Ont. 

Thursday, March 24, 8:00 pm. The Platform Reading Series, a series for instructors and students in the SCS Creative Writing Program (U of Toronto), at The Social Capital (formerly the Black Swan) 154 Danforth, 2nd floor. Maureen Hynes reads with her students, Jennifer Ann Burns & Julia ThomsonChristine Fischer Guy reads with her students, Charlotte Morrison-Reid Margaret Ormrod.


Wednesday, September 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m., a packed audience helped Maureen LAUNCH her fourth book of poetry, THE POISON COLOUR at Ben McNally Bookstore, 366 Bay Street, (2nd block south of Queen), Toronto.

In March 2016, at Toronto's Poetry NOW:  The 8th Annual Battle of the Bards  Maureen competed with 19 other poets for a reading spot at Toronto's International Festival of Authors -- and won a spot!

Sunday February 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Pillette Village Readings Series 2:00-4:00 pm at Nancy Johns Gallery, 4755 Wyandotte Street E., Windsor, Ont. with Ruth Roach Pierson.

Sunday, January 17, 2:00-4:00, French Press Coffee House & Bistro, a reading in collaboration with next-door neighbour, Booklore Bookstore, and featuring Catherine Graham, Maureen Hynes and Ruth Roach Pierson. Orangeville, Ont.

Saturday January 16, Red Head Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Ground Floor, Suite 115, Toronto, a reading to celebrate the Gallery's  successful 25th Anniversary Exhibition, with Ruth Roach Pierson and other poets in tribute to artists who have inspired our work. 


Thursday, December 3, 7:30 p.m., lay your WORD΅down! reading series, Cobourg, Ont. The Human Bean, 80 King St W. Maureen appears as the evening’s “Guest Poet” with a 20 - 25 minute set; the rest of the evening is an open mike.

Sunday, December 6, 7:30 p.m., Lit Live Literary Reading Series, Hamilton, Ont. Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William Street. With Donna LangevinJonathan Ball, Pearl Pirie, Ruth Roach Pierson and Ron Schafrick.

Wednesday, November 11, 7:00-10:00 p.m., (doors open at 7, reading starts at 7:30pm), RailRoad Reading Series, Pressed Café, Ottawa , 750 Gladstone Ave, with Ruth Roach Pierson.

Wednesday, November 18, 8:00 p.m., Pivot Reading Series, Toronto. The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W. With Faith ArkorfulMatt Cahill and Karen Solie.

Friday, November 20, 7:00 p.m., The Toronto Heliconian Club. 35 Hazelton Ave, Toronto. Five poems from Maureen's book, Marrow, Willow (“Heronry,” “After Rising,” “Night Train,” “Leap Year,” “Dark Morning”) were  set to music by composer Kye Marshall and sung by soprano Jennifer Krebbe, accompanied by Ruth Kazdan (piano) and Rita Greer (clarinet). Tickets:  $25.00

Tuesday, October 27, 8:00 p.m., The Art Bar, Toronto. With Kurt Zybatiuk and Dilys Leman. The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue.

Friday, October 16, 7:30 p.m., Planet Earth Reading Series, Victoria BC, Hillside Coffee and Tea, 1633 Hillside.

Monday, October 5, 7:00 p.m., Video Fag, 87 Augusta Ave, Toronto. "The Sweet Complaint; Four Queer Writers": With Brian Dedora, Vivek Shraya, and Kate Cayley.

Thursday, June 11, 6:00-7:30 pm -- POEMS + ART + JUNE Poetry Reading,  Gerrard Art Space Gallery, Toronto.  Maureen reads with Sue Chenette, Ruth Roach Pierson, Patria Rivera and Norma Rowen.

Saturday, July 4, 2015, 11 am - 1:00 pm – Pan Am Path Poetry Walk. The kick-off of a day marking the opening of the Pan Am Games and the legacy Pan Am Path project. Meet at St Matthew’s Lawn Bowling Club, Broadview and Langley ( north of Gerrard). Lost Rivers’ poetic exploration of the lower Don River with Maureen Hynes, Sue Chenette, Maureen Scott Harris,  Dilys Leman, Nicholas Power  leads into a day of celebration with nature hikes (led by Evergreen), heritage walks (led by Todmorden Mills), and multi-faceted creativity (with Urbanvessel, Native Earth and friends).

Humber River Poetry Walk. Poets Sue Chenette, Maureen Hynes, Anita Lahey, Dilys Leman, Nicholas Power, Maureen Scott Harris and friends led an adventure in nature and poetry along the lower Humber River, with discoveries of  birds, butterflies dragonflies, wildflowers, and a new (to us) lost river.” Starting and ending point, Old Mill subway station.

Monday, March 23, 7:00 pm. Skanky Possum Reading Series. Maureen reads with Chicago poets Michael Autrey, Peter O'Leary and John Tipton. Toronto.


Three poems of Maureen's appear on Canadian Poetries website for Sept 3, 2014:

Maureen's poem, "Stone Sonnet," wins Honourable Mention in The Fiddlehead's Annual Poetry Contest. Fall, 2014.

Toronto poet & artist, Steven McCabe, has made a series of beautiful and evocative images based on Maureen's poem, "Rattle" for his Poemimage website -- check it out and his other wonderful ekphrastic art projects at

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 1 pm – Words on Water, the Humber River Poetry Walk. Poets Sue Chenette, Maureen

Sunday, Sept 21, 2014 "Reading the Don:  Lost River's Fourth Blockbuster Poetry Walk The riverbank is neither book nor text / but I can read it. --Maureen Scott Harris, “3 Views of the Don.” Join poets Maureen Scott HarrisMaureen HynesAnita LaheyNicholas Power and Dilys Leman for a walk along the Lower Don, as they read its history, what it has become and what lies in store for it through poetry and prose. Maureen's poem, "Withrow Avenue," is up at this website along with a map of where the poets read along the Don River.

Thursday, June 12, 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. A QUEER READING!  With Vivek Shraya, Trevor Corkum, Dani Couture, Maureen Hynes and Shawn Syms. The Steady Cafe, Toronto.

Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. Boneshaker Reading Series, hosted by Lillian Necakov. With Nicholas Power and Maureen Hynes, St. Clair/Silverthorn Library, Toronto.

Wednesday, May 28, 7:00-9:30 p.m. MORE THAN BODIES: A Fundraiser for Frontier College's Labourer-Teacher Program,  The Women's Art Association of Canada, Toronto. Maureen Hynes, poet,  and Elizabeth Ruth, novelist, interview each other -- about the work of writing, and writing about work and literacy, politics, feminism!

Saturday, April 26.  Ekphrastic Words: Four Poets Respond to Art in the City. A National Poetry Month reading, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council. With Jim Nason, Kelley Aitken, Jim Johnstone, Maureen Hynes in the “Sarabande” section, The Music Garden, 479 Queen's Quay West. The huge stone in the Poet’s Corner will be our stage.

Thursday, May 1. Livewords Reading Series Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave. The Toronto launch of Ruth Roach Pierson’s new poetry anthology: "I Found it at the Movies" from Guernica Editions with readings by:    Alex Boyd, Sue Chenette, Catherine GrahamMaureen Hynes, Tanis MacDonald,  Albert MoritzBlaise Moritz, Jim Nason, Lillian Necakov, Molly Peacock, Jacob  Scheier, Jim Smith, Adam Sol, Richard Teleky, and Kurt Andre Zubatiuk.

Sunday, May 4. Mayworks / Jane’s Walk:  Toronto Women’s Labour History Walking Tour. This customized tour acknowledges the Mississauga of New Credit, the aboriginal nation whose ancestral lands the city is built on, and highlights the struggles, gains and losses of women in the city’s labour and feminist movements from the 1850s up to the present.  We bring back to life vibrant and committed women union leaders like Grace Hartman and Madeleine Parent; international figures like Emma Goldman and  Amelia Earhart, and lesser-known Toronto women like Lily Ilomaki, a Depression-era union  organizer. The tour is led by Tanya FergusonJennifer HuangMaureen HynesJP Hornick, Kathryn Payne and Sue Smith.  


Launched on September 21, 2013:

About Face, a collection of poems and texts by ten authors inspired by Susan Low-Beer's sculpture exhibit of the same name. A Fieldnotes Chapbook exquisitely designed by Shani Parsons.


Maureen's long poem, "Cueva de Pileta" has been longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes Poetry Award

Maureen is very excited to have poems in four anthologies published in  2013:

  • Untying the Apron:  Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s, Ed Lorri Neilsen Glenn. Toronto:  Guernica Press.
  • Poems from Planet Earth Ed. Yvonne Blomer & Cynthia Woodman Kerkham. Lantzville, B.C.: Leaf Press
  • Cry Uncle! An Avuncular Anthology, Ed. Allan Briesmaster, Sue Chenette, Maureen Hynes. Toronto:  Quattro Press.
  • About Face, an anthology of writings in response to Susan Low-Beer's "About Face" sculpture exhibit. A Fieldnotes Chapbook.  See

What I LOVE about Being QUEER, video by Vivek Shraya 34 Beautiful Queers. One Big Question. Maureen features as one of the 34 in this brilliant and charming video! See the trailer:

Five poems from Marrow, Willow (“Heronry,” “After Rising,” “Night Train,” “Leap Year,” “Dark Morning”) have been set to music by Kye Marshall and performed by The Lyric Trio (piano, clarinet and soprano) in Kansas, Missouri, May, 2012

Brick Books audio website:  To hear Maureen read poems from Harm’s Way, check:

Open Book Toronto Spotlight features Maureen’s questions to several interesting poetic questions:

Open Book Toronto's Poet in Profile:

Black Coffee Poet website:  To read an interview and a review of Marrow, Willow by Jorge Vallejos, and to hear Maureen read from Marrow, Willow, visit the Black Coffee Poet website:


June 4, 2013 7:00 p.m.  LORCATION!

An evening of Lorca-inspired readings with Brian Dedora, Sonja Greckol, Beatriz Hausner, Maureen Hynes, Jaclyn Piudik, Elizabeth Ruth... and an appearance by Gerry Shikatani! Hosted by U of T's Poet in Community, Ronna Bloom, Hart House Library, University of Toronto. Co-sponsored by the Hart House Literary and Library Committee and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

February 28, 2013 Hamilton Poetry Centre, Hamilton, Ont

March 1, 2013,  Poetry Workshop, Pink Ink, Yorkville Public Library, Toronto

May 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m. Labour History Walking Tour of Toronto's "Old Town" Led by JP Hornick, Maureen Hynes and Sue Smith. A Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts and Jane's Walk event. Read about last year's walk:


Jan 21, Novel Idea bookstore, Kingston, Ont

Feb 22,  readings by ten poets at Susan Low-Beer's gallery opening of her sculpture show, "About Face": a poem by Maureen featured at, Toronto

March 1, Working to Disruption Pedlar Press Salon Series:  Beth Follett, Maureen Hynes and Jane Munro on "Feminism & Spirituality," Ezra's Pound, Toronto

March 3, Lit Live Reading Series, Hamilton, Ont

March 7, Brockton Reading Series, Toronto, Ont

March 28, Harbourfront's "Battle of the Bards" -- 20 poets contesting for reading spots at the International Festival of Authors!

April 28, Richmond Hill Poetry Gala, Richmond Hill, Ont

Sept 20,  Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, N.S.

Sept 21,  Alumni Memorial Lounge, University of New Brunswick at Fredericton, N.B

Sept 24, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI


March 3, 2011  Best Canadian Poetry reading with Maureen Hynes, Sonnet L’Abbé, Fiona Lam, Jim Nason, Rebecca Leah Papucaru, Sue Sinclair, Nick Thran, Carey Toane, Verse Visits, Trinity-St Paul’s Chapel, Broadway at Fulton Street, New York City

March 3, Best Canadian Poetry reading with Maureen Hynes, Sonnet L’Abbé, Fiona Lam, Jim Nason, Rebecca Leah Papucaru, Sue Sinclair, Nick Thran, Carey Toane, Cathedral of St John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at W  112th Street, New York City  

March 4, Best Canadian Poetry Launch with Maureen Hynes, Sonnet L’Abbé, Fiona Lam, Jim Nason, Rebecca Leah Papucaru, Sue Sinclair, Nick Thran, Carey Toane, Lillian Vernon Creative Writing House, NYU, 58 W 10th St, New York City

April 5,  Pedlar Press Launch of Marrow, Willowby Maureen Hynes, The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

April 8, reading with Maureen Hynes, Ruth Roach Pierson, Patria Rivera, COLLECTED WORKS Bookstore, 1241 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ont

April 17,  Pedlar Press Reading with Michael Blouin, Maureen Hynes,  Michael Blouin and Michael Boyve, Novel Idea Bookstore,  Kingston, Ont

June 24, The People’s Co-Op Bookshop, Vancouver, BC

August 17-20, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Summerhall, (panels and readings with Canadian poets Ruth Roach Pierson, Jim Nason, Myna Wallin, Moira MacDougall and Tightrope Press editor, Halli Villegas) , Edinburgh, Scotland:

Oct 19, Maureen Hynes reading in Rhea Tregebov’s Graduate Poetry class, Creative Writing Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver,  BC

October 29, Cross Border Pollination Reading with  Rob Taylor, Maureen Hynes, Peggy Shumaker, Rhea Tregebov, Joan Kane, and Sherry Simpson. Hosted by Rachel Rose. SFU arbour Centre Centre, Vancouver BC

November 4,  Planet Earth Reading Series, Maureen Hynes reading with Lisa Shatzky. Hosted by Yvonne Blomer. The Moka House, Victoria, BC

November 16  Maureen Hynes reading and giving a prepared lecture in Margaret Christakos’s Influency course, University of Toronto

December 10, A Queer Solstice Reading of Poetry and Fiction with Dani Couture, Maureen Hynes, Jim Nason, Vivek Shraya and Royston Tester. Ben McNally Bookstore,Toronto

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