Poets & Performers from 2017

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Alan Gillis
English

Irish poet Alan Gillis wields humour and clever word-play with deadly precision that is as illuminating as it is irreverent.

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Alessia Di Cesare
English

Undergrad Alessia Di Cesare's chapbook is How the Heartache Humbled Me.

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Ali Blythe
English

Right from the first poem, Ali Blythe pulls you down the rabbit hole of desire.

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Amélie Prévost
French

Amélie Prévost is the current world champion of slam 2016.

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André Narbonne
English

Narbonne's voice is piercingly authentic, composing a human world of compassion.

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Angèle Bassolé Ouédraogo
French

Angèle Bassolé Ouédraogo is a poet, a publisher and a university researcher who won the Trillium Prize.

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Anonymus
French

A metal poet experience unlike any other.

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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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Benoit Jutras
French

Co-founder of some of Quebec's major cultural events, Benoit Jutras's books were shortlisted for most of its literary awards.

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Bertrand Laverdure
French

A multidicsiplinary Jack of all trades, Benoit Laverdure welcomes diverse poetic collaborations.

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Beth Anne Ellipsis
English

Beth Anne brings a spotlight to coming into one's own essence and role in community.

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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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Brandon Wint
English

Brandon Wint's first print collection is Divine Animal (Write Bloody North, 2020).

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Cannon2x
English

Cannon2x is a spoken word artist and videographer. He's competed nationally for spoken word.

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Carlos Andrés Gómez
English

Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller.

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Carolyn Smart
English

Carolyn Smart's poems of infamous women have been adapted for performance on stage.

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Catriona Wright
English

Catriona Wright's wild narratives are sometimes funny, sometimes frightening and always ravishingly observed.

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Christian Milat
French

The professor and the theoretician make way for the poet!

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Chus Pato
English

Galician Poet Chus Pato pushes languages and they push back into a new space.

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Dominic Langlois
French

Dominic Langlois has published three poetry collections, a novel, and poems in literary journals "“ all in the last 6 years!

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Erika Soucy
French

Actor, poet and novelist Erika Soucy is a cultural dynamo who founded the Trois-Rivières Poetry Off-Festival.

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Erin Mouré
English

*TRANSLATOR-F* Erin Mouré is dedicated to poetry and the translation of poetry and poetics.

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Eva HD
English

Eva H.D. is a conundrum with the same tarantula charm as Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday.

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Evan J. Hoskins
English

Evan J. Hoskins likes the words non-sequitur disjunctive parataxis polysemous. He'd like to dent normalization.

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Faizal Deen
English

Ottawa-native, queer and Muslim, Faizal Deen's voice can carry a crowd anywhere.

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Frédérique Champagne
French

Frédérique Champagne's muse is among the epic battles fought under fleur-de-lys adorned flags.

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Guy Jean
French

A VERSeFest Hall of Famer and awarded Gatineau's Prix Hommage, Guy Jean's poetry is internationally acclaimed.

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Invitational Poetry Slam
English

Who will be crowned the winner of the Capital Slam VERSeFest Invitational Poetry Slam?

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Jill Jorgenson
English

Jill Jorgenson finds voice for the tender and the bitter, the peace and the turmoil, the playful and the wise.

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Jordan Abel
English

Nisga'a writer Jordan Abel reconstructs First Nation history & myth with great impact, serving to destabilize Western narratives.

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kay'la fraser
English

Kay'la Fraser's poetry ushers the listener to a place of understanding, healing, and transformation.

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Kayla Czaga
English

Kayla Czaga's sly, contemplative thought experiments with itself, showing humour suspended between unsettling thoughts.

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Lauren Stiers
English

The sweeping diverse landscapes of Windsor-Essex Country inspires Lauren Stiers.

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Leanne O'Sullivan
English

Of Irish lyric tradition, rich in assonance, Leanne makes slow- burning poems that reward with successive readings.

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Lisa Robertson
English

The incomparable Lisa Robertson's feminist poetry is a deeply satisfying, sexy, workout for the mind.

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Louis Bertholom
French

Louis Bertholom of France has a committed, powerful, lucid poetry, in tune with the world on the move.

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LouNat
French

Humorous and socially committed, LouNat's style seeks both to move audiences and raise their awareness.

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Madhur Anand
English

Madhur Anand's thought-provoking poetry has a naturalist's eye for detail and patterns.

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Marco Fraticelli
English

Celebrated widely in North America and Japan, Marco Fraticelli is a true master of the haiku form.

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Marilyn Irwin
English

Quiet and fierce, Irwin is an upcoming star, and recent finalist for the bpNicol Award.

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Mark Doty
English

"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

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Mark Frutkin
English

Mark Frutkin's quiet glow of Hermit Thrush was shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award in 2016.

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Maxianne Berger
French

A leader in haiku nationally, Maxianne Berger pushes constraints and constants.

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Michael Dennis
English

Poetry by Michael Dennis is earthy, sexy, common man and comic when you least expect.

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Michel Côté
French

Michel Côté is a poet and visual artist whose work has won many awards. He has also taught philosophy and Chinese thought.

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Moez Surani
English

Moez Surani's poetry is conscientiously observing and the force of حملة Operación Opération Operation 行动 Oперация is proof.

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Paisley Rekdal
English

Paisley Rekdal's newest book of poems, Imaginary Vessels is crashingly vital writing.

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Patrick Friesen
English

Poet, playwright, and translator Patrick Friesen won the Manitoba Book of the Year Award.

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Phoebe Wang
English

Phoebe Wang is a Canadian writer and educator, author of Admission Requirements.

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Poet Laureate/ Poète lauréat
French

New Poets Laureate inducted.

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Rhizome
French

Rhizome, générateur de projets interdisciplinaires au cÅ“ur littéraire.

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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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Roger Des Roches
French

The fantasy of his children's books offers a humorous counterpart to the darker images of Des Roches's poems.

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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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Sharon McCartney
English

Sharon McCartney's Metanoia is a consciously streamed commentary on what the heart wants and is willing to settle for.

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Stephen Collis
English

Bold, relevant, and revolutionary, Collis's poetry makes unflinching, astute and unpretentious calls on social issues.

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Steven Heighton
English

Are you part of the Heighton fan club? A live appearance to tide you over until next time.

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Tereza Riedlbauchová
French

Hear Tereza Riedlbauchová and get a rare chance to hear a Czech poet and publisher.

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Thierry Dimanche
French

Thierry Dimanche is the author of nine books of poetry.

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Truth Is
English

I am a poet because I do not know how not to be one, Truth Is.

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Ulrikka S. Gernes
English

Celebrated Danish poet Ulrikka Gernes' Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments leaps landscapes with a dreamlike agility.

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Zachary Richard
French

A national treasure as musician, film maker and voice of Acadian history.

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