Irish poet Alan Gillis wields humour and clever word-play with deadly precision that is as illuminating as it is irreverent.
Undergrad Alessia Di Cesare's chapbook is How the Heartache Humbled Me.
Right from the first poem, Ali Blythe pulls you down the rabbit hole of desire.
Amélie Prévost is the current world champion of slam 2016.
Narbonne's voice is piercingly authentic, composing a human world of compassion.
Angèle Bassolé Ouédraogo is a poet, a publisher and a university researcher who won the Trillium Prize.
A metal poet experience unlike any other.
Barâa Arar loves stories. She believes everyone has a narrative and we should all lend our ears to hear it.
Co-founder of some of Quebec's major cultural events, Benoit Jutras's books were shortlisted for most of its literary awards.
A multidicsiplinary Jack of all trades, Benoit Laverdure welcomes diverse poetic collaborations.
Beth Anne brings a spotlight to coming into one's own essence and role in community.
bill bissett is a CanLit institution under a baseball cap. His chant songs are a lifeforce.
Brandon Wint's first print collection is Divine Animal (Write Bloody North, 2020).
Cannon2x is a spoken word artist and videographer. He's competed nationally for spoken word.
Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller.
Carolyn Smart's poems of infamous women have been adapted for performance on stage.
Catriona Wright's wild narratives are sometimes funny, sometimes frightening and always ravishingly observed.
The professor and the theoretician make way for the poet!
Galician Poet Chus Pato pushes languages and they push back into a new space.
Dominic Langlois has published three poetry collections, a novel, and poems in literary journals "“ all in the last 6 years!
Actor, poet and novelist Erika Soucy is a cultural dynamo who founded the Trois-Rivières Poetry Off-Festival.
*TRANSLATOR-F* Erin Mouré is dedicated to poetry and the translation of poetry and poetics.
Eva H.D. is a conundrum with the same tarantula charm as Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday.
Evan J. Hoskins likes the words non-sequitur disjunctive parataxis polysemous. He'd like to dent normalization.
Ottawa-native, queer and Muslim, Faizal Deen's voice can carry a crowd anywhere.
Frédérique Champagne's muse is among the epic battles fought under fleur-de-lys adorned flags.
A VERSeFest Hall of Famer and awarded Gatineau's Prix Hommage, Guy Jean's poetry is internationally acclaimed.
Who will be crowned the winner of the Capital Slam VERSeFest Invitational Poetry Slam?
Jill Jorgenson finds voice for the tender and the bitter, the peace and the turmoil, the playful and the wise.
Nisga'a writer Jordan Abel reconstructs First Nation history & myth with great impact, serving to destabilize Western narratives.
Kay'la Fraser's poetry ushers the listener to a place of understanding, healing, and transformation.
Kayla Czaga's sly, contemplative thought experiments with itself, showing humour suspended between unsettling thoughts.
The sweeping diverse landscapes of Windsor-Essex Country inspires Lauren Stiers.
Of Irish lyric tradition, rich in assonance, Leanne makes slow- burning poems that reward with successive readings.
The incomparable Lisa Robertson's feminist poetry is a deeply satisfying, sexy, workout for the mind.
Louis Bertholom of France has a committed, powerful, lucid poetry, in tune with the world on the move.
Humorous and socially committed, LouNat's style seeks both to move audiences and raise their awareness.
Madhur Anand's thought-provoking poetry has a naturalist's eye for detail and patterns.
Celebrated widely in North America and Japan, Marco Fraticelli is a true master of the haiku form.
Quiet and fierce, Irwin is an upcoming star, and recent finalist for the bpNicol Award.
"œTo invent the poet to complete the century"¦I would create Mark Doty just as he is, a maker of big, risky, fearless poems."-Philip Levine
Mark Frutkin's quiet glow of Hermit Thrush was shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award in 2016.
A leader in haiku nationally, Maxianne Berger pushes constraints and constants.
Poetry by Michael Dennis is earthy, sexy, common man and comic when you least expect.
Michel Côté is a poet and visual artist whose work has won many awards. He has also taught philosophy and Chinese thought.
Moez Surani's poetry is conscientiously observing and the force of ØÙ…Ù„Ø© Operación Opération Operation è¡ŒåŠ¨ OÐ¿ÐµÑ€Ð°Ñ†Ð¸Ñ is proof.
Paisley Rekdal's newest book of poems, Imaginary Vessels is crashingly vital writing.
Poet, playwright, and translator Patrick Friesen won the Manitoba Book of the Year Award.
Phoebe Wang is a Canadian writer and educator, author of Admission Requirements.
New Poets Laureate inducted.
Rhizome, générateur de projets interdisciplinaires au cÅ“ur littéraire.
One of Canada's most loved English writers, Robyn Sarah, writes of the lyrical beauty of the daily.
The fantasy of his children's books offers a humorous counterpart to the darker images of Des Roches's poems.
An intense reader who could still and silence any pins in the room.
Sharon McCartney's Metanoia is a consciously streamed commentary on what the heart wants and is willing to settle for.
Bold, relevant, and revolutionary, Collis's poetry makes unflinching, astute and unpretentious calls on social issues.
Are you part of the Heighton fan club? A live appearance to tide you over until next time.
Hear Tereza Riedlbauchová and get a rare chance to hear a Czech poet and publisher.
Thierry Dimanche is the author of nine books of poetry.
I am a poet because I do not know how not to be one, Truth Is.
Celebrated Danish poet Ulrikka Gernes' Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments leaps landscapes with a dreamlike agility.
A national treasure as musician, film maker and voice of Acadian history.