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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,...