For six days and five nights (August 14 – 18th) Ottawa’s English Poet Laureate, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, organized, hosted, and facilitated the inaugural WRITERS POINT Poetry Retreat. Ten writers of all poetic genres came together at Jamaal’s country home to explore, reflect, engage and enhance their craft.The retreat facilitators, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, Kay’la M. Fraser, and Jacqui Du Toit, helped page poets, spoken word poets, song writers, and storytellers deepen and extend their practice. The retreat offered the writers an opportunity to disconnect from the world in order to reconnect with the word.

Yoga Break at the Retreat
Reflecting on the retreat, Jamaal offered his thanks “to the poets who trusted me enough to enter my home and live with word, sound and power. With beauty, purpose and truth. With conscience, feeling and offering.”

August 18th Post-Retreat reading at the Arts Court, Ottawa