David Silverberg

David Silverberg is a spoken word poet, arts educator, workshop leader, artistic director, producer and journalist. He founded Toronto Poetry Slam, one of Canada’s largest spoken word events. His first theatre show, Jewnique, debuted in Toronto in 2018.

He has performed across Canada, including at events such as the Luminato Festival of the Arts, Word on the Street, Words Aloud Poetry Festival in Durham, Vancouver Poetry Slam, Saskatoon Poetry Slam, Throw Poetry Slam in Montreal and many more.

David’s debut book of poetry, Bags of Wires, was published by LyricalMyrical Press in 2007.

His non-fiction work has been published in the The Washington Post, BBC News, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Vice, Buzzfeed, Ars Technica, NOW Magazine, Quill & Quire, Canadian Business, Canadian Jewish News, Pharmacy Business, Ryerson Alumni Magazine, Raptors Magazine, and many more.

Find David Silverberg on:

The Official David Silverberg Website

Check out “Terms and Conditionals” from As Close to the Edge Without Going Over at BoingBoing!


“This book is a time machine. With nostalgia and wit, these poems bring us to childhood shrines of forgotten manuscripts and pop culture, while forecasting the future we may face: a crossroads where each person has to decide what they stand for, and how to make themselves heard. Part celebration, part call-to-action, David Silverberg uses these pages to remind poets and readers alike: we need you now more than ever.”
—Alessandra Naccarato, winner of the Writers’ Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award, and of the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize

“Turning his sweet tooth into a Bluetooth connected to the future, David Silverberg explores a future where a man’s brain is one with the internet and where language is changing so fast it’s sometimes too gizzle and gronk for us to keep up. I recommend you check out all the other words David has to offer in this new collection.”
—RC Weslowski, broadcaster and Canadian poetry slam champion