Amy Lavender Harris

Amy Lavender Harris teaches in the Department of Geography at York University, where her work focuses on urban identity and the cultural significance of place. She is the author of Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism and won the Award of Merit, the highest honour given to a book at the 2011 Heritage Toronto Award.

About

Amy Lavender Harris teaches in the Department of Geography at York University in Toronto, Canada, where her work focuses on urban identity and the cultural significance of place.

She is the author of Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism and won the Award of Merit, the highest honour given to a book at the 2011 Heritage Toronto Awards. The Imagining Toronto project has a website accessible here.

Amy is a contributing editor with Spacing Magazine, where she writes a regular column on Toronto literature. She has also contributed essays to Open Book Magazine, Reading Toronto, The State of the Arts: Living with Culture in Toronto (Coach House, 2006), GreenTOpia (with Peter Fruchter, Coach House, 2007), Canada: A Literary Tour (Library & Archives Canada, 2009), Hagar: Studies in Culture, Polity and Identities, Plan Canada and the Ontario Planning Journal. Her work has been featured in the Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail, the National Post, Eye Weekly (now The Grid) and on CBC Radio One.

Amy speaks regularly to popular and scholarly audiences about Toronto literature and the imaginative qualities of cities. Recent and forthcoming appearances include Salon Voltaire (2006), the Goethe Institute (2006), Juice Dialogues/Think Tank at OCAD (2006), the Toronto Festival of Architecture & Design (May 2007), Walk21 (October 2007), Beyond Bureaucracy (November 2007), the Walk21 Toronto Community Conference (March 2008), Jane’s Walk (2008, 2011), the 4th annual Osgoode Constitutional Roundtable (March 2009), Doors Open Toronto (May 2009), Bookcamp Toronto (June 2009), the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada (June 2010), Brockton Writers’ Series (June 2011), the Glocal City in Canadian Literature conference (June 2011), Classical Pursuits (July 2011). In the spring of 2011 the Toronto Public Library featured her ‘Imagined City’ series of talks; this series is set for a second session in the fall of 2011.

Amy lives in the Toronto Junction area with her husband and daughter.