Poets & Performers from 2015

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Alessandra Naccarato
English

A three-time Canadian national slam finalist who speaks about resilience, queer identity and the inheritance of struggle.

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Amanda Earl
English Local

Amanda Earl (she/her) is a queer writer, visual poet, editor, and publisher

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Anne Compton
English

Anne Compton won the 2005 Governor-General's Award for Poetry, for her collection Processional.

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Anthony Bansfield
English

Anthony Bansfield is an iconic Canadian spoken word artist and builder of community.

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Arleen Paré
English

Arleen Paré's Lake of Two Mountains won the 2014 Governor General's Award for poetry.

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Armand Garnet Ruffo
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Armand Garnet Ruffo's Treaty# is from Wolsak and Wynn.

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Artemysia
English

Artemysia has been performing in Ottawa for over two years, and runs the monthly series Words to Live By.

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Barâa Arar
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Barâa Arar loves stories. She believes everyone has a narrative and we should all lend our ears to hear it.

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bill bissett
English

bill bissett is a CanLit institution under a baseball cap. His chant songs are a lifeforce.

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Claire Caldwell
English

Claire Caldwell is a poet and editor living in Toronto, and runs SmallPrintTO's Rhyme Stew, a rap-poetry workshop for kids.

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dalton derkson
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dalton derkson is a punk poet from the prairies, and runs the D.I.Y. collective Hurtin' Crí¼e Press.

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Daphne Marlatt
English

Daphne Marlatt is a poet, dramatist, and novelist, and winner of the 2012 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Deanna Young
English

Deanna Young "“ English Poet Laureate, Ottawa.

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Dennis Cooley
English

Dennis Cooley is the author of 19 poetry collections.

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El Jones
English

Poet Laureate of Halifax, El Jones is a spoken word champion, activist and teacher who has performed all over Canada.

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Elaine Feeney
English

A part of a growing band of new young political Irish poets, Elaine Feeney has flourished as an internationally-acclaimed spoken word artist.

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Emily McRae
French

Emily McRae s'inspire de ses paysages Néo-Brunswickois pour composer ses poèmes.

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Emma Blue
English

Emma Blue was a member of the London Poetry Slam's 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word team.

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Eric Charlebois
French Local

Poet, motivational speaker, Éric Charlebois specializes in English-language aboriginal poetry translation.

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Forrest Gander
English

Forrest Gander has written numerous books of poetry, and has translated poets' writing in Spanish and Japanese.

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Frances Itani
English

Frances Itani is an award-winning author of 16 books: novels, poetry, short stories and children's books.

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Frédéric Lanouette
French

Frédéric is a Masters student of the University of Ottawa's French Department, specializing in science fiction.

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Gail Scott
English

Gail Scott, an acclaimed Montreal novelist, has written several ground-breaking novels.

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Gary Geddes
English

Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 45 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, and translation.

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Geneviève Bouchard
French

Geneviève Bouchard is currently completing her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa.

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Ger∂ur Kristny
English

Ger∂ur Kristny won the Icelandic Literature Awards in 2010 for her book of poetry Bló∂hófnir (Bloodhoof).

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Giles Benaway
English

Giles Benaway (Anishinaabe/Métis/Tsagli) is of Odawa/Potawatomi, Cherokee, Métis and European descent.

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Gilles Latour
French Local Canada

Gilles Latour is Ottawa's current Francophone Poet Laureate (2021-2022).

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Gillian Wigmore
English

Gillian Wigmore has written 3 poetry collections. Her book, soft geograhy, won the 2008 ReLit award.

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Grant Savage
English

Grant Savage is among the best known and respected Canadian writers of Japanese forms.

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Herménégilde Chiasson
French

Herménégilde Chiasson is a visual artist, but also a writer, a filmmaker and a playwright.

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Jamaal Jackson Rogers
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Jamaal Jackson Rogers is a nationally recognized artist, entrepreneur and arts educator, and Ottawa's English Poet Laureate.

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JC Bouchard
English

JC Bouchard a Toronto poet and the author of Portraits (2014), and WOOL WATER, forthcoming Spring 2015.

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Jeramy Dodds
English

Poetry editor at Coach House books, Jeramy Dodds' Crabwise to the Hounds won the Trillium Book Award for poetry.

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John Akpata
English

John Akpata is a writer, musician, Spoken Word artist and Art Educator based in Ottawa, Canada.

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Kathleen Goulet
French

À coup de folie et de passion, cette jeune géographe teint sa vie de mots et de poésie.

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King Kimbit
English

King Kimbit is an Ottawa rapper. Deal with it.

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Komi Olaf
English

Komi Olaf's surrealistic art and poetry bridges cultural divides and speaks of the immigrant's perspective.

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Lélia Young
French

Critique littéraire, poète et nouvelliste, Lélia Young habite aujourd'hui Toronto oí¹ elle enseigne í  l'Université York.

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Lillian Allen
English

Lillian Allen specializes in dub poetry, a highly politicized form preferring a black aesthetic and cultural codification.

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Lisa Jarnot
English

Lisa Jarnot is the author of four full-length collections of poetry.

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Lise Gaboury-Diallo
French

Lise Gaboury-Diallo a publié de nombreux recueils de poésie et des anthologies.

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Lorna Crozier
English

Lorna Crozier is an icon in Canadian poetry circles.

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Margaret Michèle Cook
French

Margaret Michele Cook is the official French Poet Laureate for Ottawa.

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Marshall Hryciuk
English

One of Canada's leading haikuists Marshall Hryciuk makes a return visit to VERSeFest.

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Mehdi Hamdad
French

Mehdi Hamdad is a songwriter, musician, poet and actor who's been performing across Canada since 2007.

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Michel Therien
French

Le poème involontaire is Michel Therien's eleventh collection.

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Nick Laird
English

Nick Laird is an award-winning Irish poet and novelist.

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Nicole Brossard
French

Nicole Brossard is an acclaimed Montreal-born poet, novelist and essayist who has won numerous literary awards.

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OpenSecret
English

Ikenna Onyegbula a.k.a OpenSecret is a writer, arts educator and World Champion spoken word poet of Nigerian descent.

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Patrick Friesen
English

Patrick Friesen is the author of numerous books of poetry, a book of essays, a play, and co-translations of several Danish poets.

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Patrick Lane
English

Patrick Lane is one of Canada's pre-eminent poets, winner of numerous awards, including the GG Award for Poetry.

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Paul Vermeersch
English

Paul Vermeersch is the author of several poetry collections, and is Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd.

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Pearl Pirie
English Local

Pearl Pirie's fourth collection is footlights from Radiant Press.

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Rational Rebel
English

As a spoken word artist, activist, writer and a philanthropist, Rational Rebel's mission is to tell stories that are hard to tell.

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Raúl Zurita
English

Raúl Zurita Canessa (born 1950) is a Chilean poet. He won the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 2000.

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Roland Prevost
English

Roland Prevost is the author of Singular Plurals (Chaudiere, 2014) and four chapbooks.

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Sandra Ridley
English Local

Sandra Ridley is the author of three chapbooks and five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Vixen, published by BookHug Press in the fall of 2023.

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Sheri-D Wilson
English

Sheri-D Wilson has nine collections of poetry and two Spoken Word CDs.

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Stan Dragland
English

Stan Dragland's books have won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian literary criticism and the bpNichol Chapbook Award, among others.

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Stephen Brockwell
English

Stephen Brockwell is a Montreal poet living in Ottawa.

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Steven Artelle
English

Steven Artelle's first collection of poems, Metropantheon, was published in 2014 by Signature Editions.

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Stevie Howell
English

Stevie Howell's first book, Sharps, was released in Fall 2014.

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Titilope Sonuga
English

Titilope is a Nigerian born spoken word poet and winner of the 2011 Canadian Authors' Association Emerging Writer Award.

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