Molly Peacock, author of The Analyst: Poems (Biblioasis Press) and A Friend Sails in on a Poem
(Palimpsest Press) will present a brief reading from these recent works and give a poetry workshop
centered on portraits of friendships, from the ordinary to the unusual. School friends, work friends,
mothers who are friends to daughters, humans who befriend animals and plants: the sharing of
common interests generates all sorts of bonds. These relationships may thrive over a lifetime, but
friendships can end painfully, too. Inside this bond are the two drivers of poetry: love and loss.
This workshop is for anyone who’d like to make a portrait of a friendship, whether you’re an
experienced poet, or someone who’s never written a poem ever. All are welcome with Molly’s
motto: In the Attempt is the Success. Please bring something to write with and something to write
on, from a device to an old-fashioned notebook and pencil. Books will be available for sale.
Molly Peacock’s latest poetry collections is The Analyst: Poems (Biblioasis and W.W. Norton). A Friend
Sails in on a Poem, about a 47-year friendship in poetry, was published by Palimpsest Press in 2022.
She is the founder of The Best Canadian Poetry series and the recipient of grants from the Canada
Council as well as a research grant from ACCESS Copyright. Her poems appear in leading literary
journals such as The Walrus, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, The Malahat Review, CV2 and
Windsor Review. Her latest project is Molly Peacock’s Secret Poetry Room, a creative space for first
generation college students to write. Peacock is also a biographer, author of two books about
creativity in the lives of women artists: The Paper Garden and Flower Diary. She lives in Toronto.