"I’d never had the chance to treat my writing as if it were my number one priority, which it is, but everything else so easily gets in the way at home – especially making a living."

"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."

"Leyton said living in the house alone has given her the luxury of being able to drop everything and write when inspiration strikes.

"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."

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