"I've spent the majority of my adult life thinking about how women are treated and represented here and throughout the world, and I believe it may be part of the reason I write poetry--this daily observance of interactions or portrayals that are accepted as normal but that I find highly disturbing."
"Katherine Leyton spent her nights this past summer arguing with the ghost of Al Purdy. “I’d talk to him about poems,” says the 31-year-old Toronto writer who was named the inaugural poet-in-residence at Purdy’s renovated A-Frame cottage in Eastern Ontario’s Prince Edward County."
"My undergrad was in English lit. In some ways it was the typical canon – a lot of male authors from a long time ago. It was the same in my other courses as well. I came across it in grad school again. I loved reading these authors, but I think that my own poetry reacts to that. I now read a lot of, probably predominantly, women. I’m interested in exploring less traditional and more subversive forms of expression. I felt pressured when I was younger to write in a certain way – I wouldn’t say it was a masculine way necessarily, but I’d say it was a voice and style influenced by a predominantly male canon. I don’t know that I ever actually was writing that way, but my impression was that it was the way to write. I rebelled against that feeling. I wanted to write in a way that felt more authentic to me."
"I had been frustrated for years by the common misperception that poetry is boring, pretentious and/or simply beyond the average person’s understanding. My relationship with poetry has always been defined by pleasure – pure, spontaneous, unrestrained pleasure – and it has the potential to give each and every individual this."
"Sifting through the blog entries, the diversity of poets represented is immediately apparent, yet there is something even more striking: the diversity of the readers. Toronto is Canada’s — and perhaps the world’s — most multi-ethnic city, and Leyton captures this cultural diaspora brilliantly: Among her readers are Trinidad-Tobagans, Chinese, Greeks, South Africans, Italians and Crees. The variety of professions is also eye-opening — we see a priest, a cab driver, a bartender, a chef, a newscaster, a painter, a professor, a rapper and a Danforth gyro-maker, all reciting verse."