Lindsay Zier-Vogel is a Toronto-based writer, arts educator and love letterer. Her first novel “Letters to Amelia” comes out with Book*Hug Press in 2021, and she has two place-based picture books coming out with Kids Can Press in 2022 and 2023. She received her Masters in English, Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, after working with thesis advisor, Anne Michaels. Her work has been published in various publications including The Letters Page (University of Nottingham), Where The Nights are Twice as Long (Goose Lane Editions), Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers (Frogmore Press/Pells Pool, UK), The Temz Review, The Quarantine Review, The Toronto Star, The Lampeter Review, and Taddle Creek. She is also one of three contributors to the popular swimming blog, Swimming Holes We Have Known.
Lindsay is also the creator of the internationally-acclaimed Love Lettering Project, a community engagement project. Since 2004, Lindsay has been asking participants in over 250 events to write love letters to the communities and hide them for strangers to find, spreading the love. The project has been all over the world – from New York City to Whitehorse, Toronto to Teresopolis, Brazil, L.A. to London. The Love Lettering Project has been featured in international media including The Atlantic’s CityLab, NPR, The Londonist, CBC Television’s The National, Global National, CTV’s Canada AM, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and CBC Radio’s Metro Morning and World Report and was deemed one of the 50 reasons to love Toronto by Toronto Life. Because of The Love Lettering Project, CBC Radio deemed Lindsay a “national treasure.”
Since 2001, Lindsay has been created curricula and working with students of all ages on literacy-based arts programming. She’s worked in classrooms, taught workshops through various organizations including Pathways to Education, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and been the artist-in-residence at a number of schools across Canada. She’s led place-based creative writing workshops and drop-in events at three different Toronto Public Library locations, working with both youth and adult participants. She is also the director of Word-Play’s Writing In The City—a creative writing program for youth based out of TYPE Books in Toronto.
She has also done interactive guest lectures about community engagement and placemaking at Humber College, the Toronto Public Library, and at Victoria College at the University of Toronto, the University of Toronto’s English Department, and in Montreal through Concordia’s University of the Streets program.
Residencies & Performances
In 2009, she travelled to Vitteaux, France for a month-long writing residency at La Roche D’Hys and in 2010, she was awarded a month-long writing residency at The Art Farm in Nebraska, U.S.A. In 2012, she was one of four artists-in-residence at the Anne Portnuff Theatre in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. In 2013, she received funding from Access Copyright to spend time in Newfoundland, researching the sites of Amelia Earhart’s two trans-Atlantic flights.
She has also written text/scripts for dance pieces including Shannon Litzenberger’s HOMEbody and Sylvie Bouchard’s Histoire d’Amour. She also wrote WWI-based letters for Laurence Lemieux’s Dora Award-nominated Jusqu’a Vimy/VIMY 1917.
She has read at various reading series and festivals including the Pivot Reading Series, Art Bar Series, Eden Mills Writers Festival and the Hillside Festival.
Lindsay is also a bookbinder, using new and experimental binding techniques, she creates small-run and limited edition hand-bound books. Lindsay’s books are currently housed in the National Library and Archives of Canada and in the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library’s permanent collection.
The Love Lettering Project has been deemed one of the 50 reasons to love Toronto by Toronto Life magazine and has been featured in international media, including The Atlantic’s CityLab, NPR, CBC Television’s The National, Global National News, CTV’s Canada AM, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera and World Report. (More press details here).
The Love Lettering Project travelled to New York City with Artery in February 2017 and pop-up events have been touring the U.S. with stops in Chicago, Boston, L.A. and Atlanta. The Love Lettering Project was the basis for the David Suzuki Foundation’s 2016 international 30×30 campaign and launched the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Weston Family Learning Centre in Toronto. Lindsay has also partnered with the Toronto Public Library system, the Toronto District School Board, Tourism Toronto, the Canadian High Commission in London, England, among others.
In 2019, Lindsay hosted the third year of her place-based creative writing program Writing The City at High Park Library (with previous years at Parkdale and Annette Street Libraries), funded by the Ontario Arts Council. The project was featured at Parkdale’s Spring Festival in Toronto and traveled to Teresopolis, Brazil in July 2019.