Ottawa Poet Laureate, Andrée Lacelle, organized and presented the project Poems of the City 2018 – our waters, our spirits. Twenty-odd poets and local artists created original works to celebrate the aquatic diversity – rivers, canals, streams, ponds, marshes, lakes and other bodies of water – of the National Capital and its surrounding region. These artists read poems and exhibited art work created for the occasion on a City of Ottawa websitelaunched April 18, 2018. The second part of the project, Poems of the City 2019 – our places, our steps will be unveiled at the official launch of VERSeFest 2019, March 23 at Ottawa City Hall in the presence of Councilor Mathieu Fleury.

One of several works created by participating artists
Denise Levesque, Rideau en eau calme (acrylic on canvas, 76x100cm, 2017).