Pier Giorgio Di Cicco is the author of some twenty volumes of poetry and a book of manifestos on creative cities. He was Goggio Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto in 2004 and in that year was appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto. Since then he has become a major speaker and thinker on creative economies and has informed municipal policy on federal and provincial levels. He is an urban consultant and Curator of the Toronto Museum Project and Global Center for Cities and a recipient of a 2007 Canadian Urban Institute Urban Leadership Award. He is on the design team of BMI/Pace Architects/Planners, Principal of The Municipal Mind Consultancy, and an ordained Roman Catholic Priest.