"We": The Toronto Street Writers
by Jill Lennox
The story of the Toronto Street Writers (alias the Parkdale Street Writers) and their creative beginnings through the determination of Emily Pohl-Weary who channelled the energy of 'troubled' Parkdale youth in her neighbourhood into creative writing. Emily is a writer of youth fiction who grew up in Parkdale and was virtually raised by her grandmother, Judith Merrill, acclaimed science fiction writer and director of the Science Fiction and Fantasty Collection of the Toronto Public Libraries. Emily started the group in the basement of the Parkdale Library. Seven years later their writing reflects people who have only found their voices and their selves. They have also expanded their creativity to include other arts as well as writing and have moved to their own studio called "The Academy of The Impossible". Much of the poetry they deliver in this documentary was recited at a party which they held to forlaunch of their new magazine "West of What We Know."and to share their works of art with their friends, family and interested members of the media and the public. The film tells of their incredible courage through their unique creative voices, and of their respect and love for one another and their founder, Emily Pohl-Weary. The "We" of the film is also the title of the first poem we hear, that of Shawna, whose theme is youth drug addiction. She's brilliant, funny, and on her way to becoming a professional performer of her own works.