A short workshop on the binding of chapbooks introducing simple binding structures such as one section pamphlet sewings and other structures that might be useful for self-publishing small amounts of poetry. The workshop facilitators will show examples from various chapbook presses, discuss technicalities such as paper grain, binding materials, opening characteristics, edition work, and typography. Participants will have the chance to try their hand at making a few simple structures.
Materials will be provided.
Suggested tools that participants to bring to workshop if they have them but not required: small awl, bone folder, ruler, X-acto blade, small cutting mat.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is limited capacity and not included in Festival Pass access. Please purchase tickets separately to guarantee admission.
An evening highlighting queer-themed poetry and music that spans recent Canadian history, contemporary figures, AIDS, romance, social issues, sex and local 2SLGBTQ+ Ottawa life, found within the poems from the Coda For the Victims section of John Barton’s sonnet memoir Lost Family, this Saturday March 25th special musical event (as part of 2023 VERSeFest) will feature an oratorio-style reading of poems by renowned Canadian gay poet John Barton.
Ensemble Allure is a collective presenter of contemporary classical and experimental music originally based in Ottawa, now spread apart interprovincially. The ensemble convenes annually and operates in a modular way. For this performance in Ottawa, the ensemble will be composed of Ben Borg, Guitar, Erik Johnson-Scherger, Violin, Renée Dahn, Viola, and Stephen Eckert, piano. https://www.ensembleallure.com/
At KEYBOARDS!, host Justin Million encourages attendees to talk amongst themselves so that he might mine their conversations for material for improvisational typewritten poems. He brings no notes, and there is no prep. He has a bell, which he will *DING* when he’s completed a poem, and then recite that poem immediately, without editing, and place that poem on a stool for a willing audience member to take away for a small donation to the “Art Jar”. Justin keeps no copies and takes no pictures of these poems, so the one you pick up off the stool is the only version of that poem.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is limited capacity and not included in Festival Pass access. Please reserve tickets in advance to guarantee admission.
The Throw! Poetry Collective runs a monthly poetry slam in Tio'tia:ke (aka Montreal). Local poets compete in an inclusive, bilingual space and a professional poet or author is featured at half-time to inspire the next generation. At Throw!, it's about the poetry and not the points because, as Jason 'Blackbird' Selman put it: "Poetry saves lives; poetry allows us to be human in a world that continuously tries to rinse that out of us."
You can find out more about shows, workshops, and our past recordings at linktr.ee/throwpoetry
"Writing is a lonely job," Isaac Asimov once said. "No one else is or can be involved in the matter." But he was wrong and we want to show you just how wrong he was. Join us for a workshop that offers historic and contemporary examples of two or more writers working together, as well as a toolbox of various approaches and processes for writing collaboratively. Whether you're new to collaborative writing, or a seasoned co-creator, this workshop will make you think more deeply about the possibilities of the field.
This workshop intends to work with a physical object that one is emotionally/affectively attached to, and use that “affect” that object elicits within you, to write. What is affect? What makes objects affective? How does the “affect” of an object (physically or otherwise) affect you? How does your attachment to the object “feel” within your body? What does this “feeling” from this object mean to you? How can you use affective objects effectively to write poetry? These are some questions this workshop will explore. Through writing prompts and free-writing exercises, participants will be encouraged to write poetry using their affective objects, with a particular focus on the body and intersectionality.
Prep: Participants are encouraged to have already chosen an object that is personal to them. For example, photograph, coins, a piece of jewellery, toy, mug, etc.; basically any physical object that elicits a vivid memory and strong feelings.
Limit: 30 participants.