Poets & Performers from 2016

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Amal El-Mohtar
French

VERSeFest is thrilled to introduce our inaugural Poet-in-Residence, local poet and short fiction author Amal El-Mohtar.

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Amy Iliza
English

Amy Iliza is an African writer, creator and poet who made her debut as a spoken word artist at the OG500 slam competition in Ottawa.

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André Duhaime
English

André Duhaime is a retired teacher who now gives his full attention to poetry.

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Anne Boyer
English

Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist. Her 2015 book, Garments Against Women was published by Ahsahta Press.

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Annie St-Jean
French

Annie St-Jean is the editor of Slam Outaouais : 10 ans de parole (Renaud-Bray, 2018)

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Barâa Arar
English

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

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Ben Ladouceur
English Local

A local and much lauded poet, Ben Ladouceur's most recent is Mad Long Emotion (Coach House).

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Blue Louise Moffatt
English

Poetry is gay and so is Blue Louise Moffatt.

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Caroline Pignat
English

Caroline Pignat is the two-time Governor Generalʼs Award winning author of highly acclaimed young adult novels.

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Cathy Petch
English

Cathy Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster and musical saw player for The Silverhearts.

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Colin Morton
English

Colin Morton has published more than ten books, ranging from visual and sound poetry to historical narratives.

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David McGimpsey
English

David McGimpsey lives in Montreal and is the author of Asbestos Heights and winner of 2015's A.M. Klein Award for Poetry.

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Doyali Islam
English

Doyali Islam's hot off the press second collection, heft investigates rupture and resilience.

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Élise Turcotte
French

Élise Turcotte has published many poetry collections, for which she has received several awards.

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Erin Dingle
English

Erin is a performance poet from Calgary and has been part of five consecutive Calgary Slam teams from 2010-2015.

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Frances Boyle
English

Ottawa poet Frances Boyle is the author of Light-carved Passages and a chapbook, Portal Stones.

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Francois Turcot
French

Franí§ois Turcot is the author of My Dinosaur (Bookthug), a finalist for the 2014 Prix du Festival de poésie de Montréal.

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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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Gabriel Robichaud
French

Trained as an actor, Gabriel Robichaud also writes (poetry, plays) and sings.

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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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George Elliott Clarke
English

George Elliott Clarke has recently been named Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

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Gerald Hill
English

Two-time winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry, Gerald Hill's latest collection is Hillsdale Book (NeWest Press).

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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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Guy Perreault
French

Guy Perreault creates and sets up concerts, comedy shows and variety shows that are presented as far away as Switzerland.

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Hector Ruiz
French

Hector Ruiz is the author of Désert et renard du désert, Gestes Domestiques, and Qui s'installe ?.

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Jamaal Jackson Rogers
English

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

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Jane Munro
English

Jane Munro's sixth poetry book, Blue Sonoma (Brick Books), won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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Katherine Leyton
English

Katherine Leyton's first collection of poetry, All the Gold Hurts My Mouth, will be published in March 2016 by GooseLane.

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Kathryn Sweet
English

Kathryn is a passionate advocate for ecological integrity, and the theme is commonly reflected in her poetry.

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Kevin Matthews
English Local Canada

Rhythmic moral voice Kevin Matthews calls for our best selves.

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King Kimbit
English

King Kimbit is an Ottawa rapper. Deal with it.

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Larissa Tarasoff
English

Part of the 2015 Saskatoon Slam Team, Larissa Tarasoff won first place at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.Â

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Leontia Flynn
English

Leontia Flynn has won the Forward prize for best First Collection and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, among many more.

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Liz Howard
English Canada

In Letters in a Bruised Cosmos, Liz Howard makes sentences a sculptor's elegance.

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M. Travis Lane
English

M. Travis Lane has published fifteen books of poetry--most recently Crossover (Cormorant Books).

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Marc LeMyre
French

Marc LeMyre is a media based poet living in Toronto. He is also a photographer and a psychotherapist.

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Marilyn Dumont
English

Award-winning poet Marilyn Dumont's latest collection The Pemmican Eaters (ECW Press) was published in 2015.

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Maurice Riordan
English

Editor of London, UK's The Poetry Review, Maurice Riordan's latest collection is The Water Stealer (Faber, 2013).

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Maya Basudde
English

Maya Basudde is an artist who has been singing and writing ever since she can remember.

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Mia Morgan
English

Mia Morgan is the former OAR Magazine editor, and co-founder of Coven Editions.

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Natalie Hanna
English

Natalie Hanna's work has appeared with above/ground press, In/Words Press, phafours press, and Hussy Press.

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Pamela Mordecai
English

Pamela Mordecai's first novel, Red Jacket (2015) was shortlisted for the Rogers Writer's Trust Fiction Prize.

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Paul Savoie
French

Paul Savoie is a writer and translator with more than twenty books in both French and English.

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Phil Hall
English Local Canada

A festival favourite GG winner Phil Hall’s newest collection is Toward A Blacker Ardour.

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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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Rebecca Lea Thomas
English

Rebecca Lea Thomas was captain of the Nova Scotia Slam poetry team for two consecutive years.

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Robyn Sarah
English

One of Canada's most loved English writers, Robyn Sarah, writes of the lyrical beauty of the daily.

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Sanita Fejzic
English Local Canada

Playwrite, novelist and poet, Sanita Fejzić’s latest poetry collection is: Psychomachia.

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Sébastien Bérubé
French

Sébastien Bérubé published his first book of collected works, Sous la boucane du moulin (Éditions Perce-Neige) in 2015.

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Shannon Maguire
English

Shannon Maguire's most recent collection of poetry is Myrmurs: An Exploded Sestina (BookThug, 2015).

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Sneha Madhavan-Reese
English Local

Sneha Madhavan-Reese is the winner of the 2015 Diana Brebner Prize. Her debut collection is Observing the Moon.

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Sonia Lamontagne
French

Sonia Lamontagne hails from Northern Ontario and her debut collection, À tire d'ailes, won the Trillium Prize for poetry in 2012.

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Terry Ann Carter
English

Terry Ann Carter is the author of five collections of poetry and five chapbooks of haiku.

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Thierry Dimanche
French

Thierry Dimanche is the author of nine books of poetry.

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Tina Charlebois
French

Tina Charlebois is the author of four books of poetry published with Le Nordir and Les Éditions L'Interligne.

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Vanessa Rotondo aka V
English

Vanessa Rotondo merges science with art and words to facilitate expression.

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Wes Ryan
English

Wes Ryan is a genre-mashing performance artist living in Peterborough, Ontario.

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Yusef Komunyakaa
English

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1994, Yusef Komunyakaa is the current Poet Laureate for the State of New York.

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