Luke Hathaway at Wild Writers Festival: Poetry Workshop

October 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Balsillie School of International Affairs Rm #123
67 Erb St W
Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2

Join us at the Wild Writers Literary Festival for the workshop ‘The Poem as a Mask,’ where Luke Hathaway (The Affirmations) will explore the use of assumed personae in poetry, and writing in the voice of a character or characters as a way of getting at the complex truths of lived experience. The workshop will take place at the Balsillie School of International Affairs Room #123 on Saturday, October 29 at 11:10 AM ET.

Tickets and details here.

Grab a copy of The Affirmations here!


“…a trans-mystical work of love and change…”—Ali Blythe, author of Hymnswitch

The mystics who coined the phrase ‘the way of affirmation’ understood the apocalyptic nature of the word yes, the way it can lead out of one life and into another. Moving among the languages of Christian conversion, Classical metamorphosis, seasonal transformation, and gender transition, Luke Hathaway tells the story of the love that rewired his being, asking each of us to experience the transfiguration that can follow upon saying yes—with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, with all one’s mind, with all one’s strength … and with all one’s body, too.


Luke Hathaway is a trans poet who teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. He has been before now at some time boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. His book Years, Months, and Days was named a best book of 2018 in The New York Times. He mentors new librettists as a faculty member in the Amadeus Choir’s Choral Composition Lab, and makes music with Daniel Cabena as part of the metamorphosing ensemble ANIMA.