Mystic Playground by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco was launched on 10 October 2015. Also present was Mia Anderson, launching Into This Holy Estate (Wipf and Stock), introduced by Bishop Mark MadDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop. All photos courtesy of David O’Rourke, Port Hope, ON.
Here is the cover bio for Mystic Playground:
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco was born in Italy and raised in Maryland. He is the author of 22 books of poetry and a book on city building (Municipal Mind, Mansfield Press). He has lectured widely in the domain of creative economies throughout N. America and Europe and is the recipient of a Canadian Urban Institute Award for his thesis of civic spirit as the underpinning of prosperous modern cities. He is a Roman Catholic priest, a jazz trumpeter, and principal of the urban consultancy, “Municipal Mind” (municipalmind.com). He is presently the public space liaison between the stakeholders of the Toronto waterfront land and the City of Toronto. He was the Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto between 2004 and 2009, and taught at the University of Toronto in the early part of the century in a field that he established as editor of the first anthology of Italian Canadian Literature (1976). He lives north of Toronto on a farm and devotes his time to the priesthood, his urban consultancy, and the research on and invention of devices that protect the bio-ecosystem from electro-magnetic radiation.