Poetry in the Park, a celebration of poetry, music, and food, will take place August 28th, 2021. VERSe Ottawa will be hosting this summer prelude to the fall festival with a full afternoon of bilingual arts programming and culinary delights in the natural surroundings of Strathcona Park.
The event kicks off at 1:00 PM with a communal welcome lunch and will feature a number of Canadian poets, including Shane Rhodes, a politically minded visual poet; Frances Boyle, a poet and fiction writer topping numerous award lists; and Ashley Hynd, whose writing grapples with erasure, reclamation, and accountability. Stuart Ross, a poet of sharp wit and whimsy; Ren Iwamoto, an important, emerging voice;Angèle Bassolé Ouédraogo, aTrillium Book Award winner and publisher whose work explores women and African themes; and Gilles Latour, the French-language Ottawa Poet Laureate, will also be reading. John Carroll, a regular fixture in The Chateau Lafayette lineup, will take the stage with a musical interlude of gritty folk and blues songs.
All events are free.
Ottawa’s international poetry festival takes place each spring, celebrating written poetry and spoken word in English and French, with a week of some of the most exciting poets on the planet.
Ottawa’s new poets laureate, Albert Dumont and Gilles Latour, will be serving as the English and French-language laureate respectively. They will be in their roles as the city’s poetry ambassadors for a two-year term, and we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for Ottawa poetry.