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Margaret Michèle Cook at Salon du livre de l’Outaouais

On Feb 29th at 6 pm, Ottawa Francophone Poet Laureate Margaret Michèle Cook will participate in the event Livres comme l'air at the Salon du livre de l'Outaouais. Margaret Michèle has been matched with a writer in prison and has written a dedication of one of her...

Poèmes de la Cité Redux

Poèmes de la Cité Redux, a project organized by the City of Ottawa’s Francophone Poet Laureate for 2019-2021 Margaret Michèle Cook, includes texts written by sixteen poets and works of art by ten visual artists inspired by the theme Ottawa: our story-history, our...

Poetry Workshop – The Underglimmer

Workshop Conductor: John Wall Barger Saturday, June 8th, 2-5 pm, MacOdrum Library 583, (Archives & Special Collection) Program Fee $40 Reduced Fee (for underemployed, students, seniors, or economically disadvantaged) $20 Workshop size: 12 Playful writing exercises and...

Poèmes de la Cité 2019

Following its first edition in 2018, Ottawa Poet Laureate Andrée Lacelle's project Poèmes de la Cité 2019 - nos lieux, nos pas continues its celebration of Ottawa with the words and images of 11 poets and 10 visual artists (several of them also poets in their own...

Our Poet Laureate in Action — in Switzerland!

For three weeks this past December, Ottawa's English Poet Laureate, Jamaal Jackson Rogers was in Switzerland to conduct his 10th international spoken word residency. In this, he was accompanied by with poet and film maker, Randy Kelly.  Jamaal and Randy took their...

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Vimy Brewing 145 Loretta Ave N Thurs Feb 7, 7:00pm Free drinks for volunteers Book draws Preview of the VerseFest 2019 program Poetry with Manahil Bandukwala, Chantal Havard, Rhube Knox Music with Conyer Clayton and Nathanael Larochette Special guests The...

VERSeFest’s New Poet-in-Residence

VERSeFest is thrilled to introduce our inaugural Poet-in-Residence, local poet and short fiction author Amal El-Mohtar. During her tenure, she will lead a youth workshop, journal for the festival via social media, and pen a poem for the occasion. She will also be...

WRITERS POINT Retreat

For six days and five nights (August 14 – 18th) Ottawa’s English Poet Laureate, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, organized, hosted, and facilitated the inaugural WRITERS POINT Poetry Retreat. Ten writers of all poetic genres came together at Jamaal’s country home to explore,...