Announcement: My City My Six

I am very honoured and pleased to announce that one of my stories was chosen as part of the City of Toronto’s My City My Six contest.

The contest asked for stories that described Toronto in 6 words or less. It was run as part of Canada’s 150 anniversary and organized by the City of Toronto.

I am still in a bit of a shock to be included as one of the 150 stories chosen from 4,000 entries. The stories will be shared at various public locations throughout the city.  from a diverse pool, to represent the city that…

It fulfills a dream of mine that I was able to capture in words the heart of the city that…

I love
was my refugee
and is my home.

So if you are in and around Toronto, make sure to check out the launch event on September 27, 2017:

Reception: September 27, 5 – 7 p.m.
City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W.

The exhibit will be on at City Hall from Sept 25 – 28, before going to different parts of the city. Exhibit details can be found here.

Thank you to the City of Toronto and the Jury for this opportunity to share my view of Toronto.



Day 56: Beauty

You would be so pretty,
If you straightened your hair
You would be so pretty,
If you just wore some makeup
You would be so pretty,
If you walked like a lady
You would be so pretty,
If your skin weren’t so dark
You would be so pretty,
If you lost a few pounds

But Wait…

I would be so pretty.
If I stopped listening
I would be so pretty.
If I smiled at my reflection
I would be so pretty.
If I wore my own style
I would be so pretty.

But Then…

I would only be pretty
So keep your pretty petty words
I am fresh, fierce and confident
I am me and I am beautiful

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

AN: I am ridiculously attached to this poem. I originally wrote this piece in March of 2011 and it was the one the reinvigorated my love of write. To be honest, It was the first real poem I had written since 2006. I was lucky enough to have this poem and others published in a writing anthology called Beyond the Journey: Women’s Stories of Settlement and Community Building in Canada in 2013.