Author of “Selected Poems”
Irving Layton (1912-2006) was a Romanian-born, Canadian poet. Early in his life, Layton faced anti-Semitism growing up in the St. Urbain Street neighborhood of Montreal. Politically outspoken, he was a familiar face on the CBC's Fighting Words political talk show. Layton was a mentor to Leonard Cohen, who gave a eulogy at Layton's funeral.