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Alessandra Naccarato
Alessandra Naccarato
A three-time Canadian national slam finalist who speaks about resilience, queer identity and the inheritance of struggle. 
Amanda Earl
Amanda Earl
Amanda Earl is the author of Kiki, and was inducted into the VERSeOttawa Hall of Honour in 2014. 
Anne Compton
Anne Compton
Anne Compton won the 2005 Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, for her collection Processional.  
Anthony Bansfield
Anthony Bansfield
Anthony Bansfield is an iconic Canadian spoken word artist and builder of community. 
Arleen Paré
Arleen Paré
Arleen Paré's Lake of Two Mountains won the 2014 Governor General's Award for poetry. 
Armand Ruffo
Armand Ruffo
Armand Ruffo is a First Nations writer with an abiding interest in the complexities of Aboriginal identity in a multi-cultural society. 
Artemysia
Artemysia
Artemysia has been performing in Ottawa for over two years, and runs the monthly series Words to Live By. 

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Barâa Arar
Barâa Arar
Barâa Arar is a seasoned performance poet and a self-proclaimed optimistic pragmatist. 
bill bissett
bill bissett
Known as the Godfather of Canadian Poetry, bill bissett is renowned for his dynamic repertoire of concrete and sound poetry. 

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Claire Caldwell
Claire Caldwell
Claire Caldwell is a poet and editor living in Toronto, and runs SmallPrintTO's Rhyme Stew, a rap-poetry workshop for kids. 

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dalton derkson
dalton derkson
dalton derkson is a punk poet from the prairies, and runs the D.I.Y. collective Hurtin’ Crüe Press. 
Daphne Marlatt
Daphne Marlatt
Daphne Marlatt is a poet, dramatist, and novelist, and winner of the 2012 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award. 
Deanna Young
Deanna Young
Deanna Young is the author of three books of poems, and has published widely across Canada. 
Dennis Cooley
Dennis Cooley
Dennis Cooley is the author of 19 poetry collections. 

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Éric Charlebois
Éric Charlebois
Poète, réviseur, traducteur, analyste de l'argumentation, Éric oscille entre le cynisme caustique et la candeur de l'autodérision. 
El Jones
El Jones
Poet Laureate of Halifax, El Jones is a spoken word champion, activist and teacher who has performed all over Canada. 
Elaine Feeney
Elaine Feeney
A part of a growing band of new young political Irish poets, Elaine Feeney has flourished as an internationally-acclaimed spoken word artist. 
Emily McRae
Emily McRae
Emily McRae s'inspire de ses paysages Néo-Brunswickois pour composer ses poèmes. 
Emma Blue
Emma Blue
Emma Blue was a member of the London Poetry Slam's 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word team. 

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Forrest Gander
Forrest Gander
Forrest Gander has written numerous books of poetry, and has translated poets' writing in Spanish and Japanese. 
Frances Itani
Frances Itani
Frances Itani is an award-winning author of 16 books: novels, poetry, short stories and children's books. 
Frederic Lanouette
Frederic Lanouette
Frédéric est un étudiant en Lettres françaises. 

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Gail Scott
Gail Scott
Gail Scott, an acclaimed Montreal novelist, has written several ground-breaking novels. 
Gary Geddes
Gary Geddes
Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 45 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, and translation. 
Geneviève Bouchard
Geneviève Bouchard
Geneviève Bouchard. Étudiante. 
Gerður Kristný
Gerður Kristný
Gerður Kristný won the Icelandic Literature Awards in 2010 for her book of poetry Blóðhófnir (Bloodhoof). 
Giles Benaway
Giles Benaway
Giles Benaway (Anishinaabe/Métis/Tsagli) is of Odawa/Potawatomi, Cherokee, Métis and European descent. 
Gilles Latour
Gilles Latour
Après avoir publié des poèmes dans quelques revues, Gilles Latour a publié Mon univers est un lapsus à L’Interligne en 2014.  
Gillian Wigmore
Gillian Wigmore
Gillian Wigmore has written 3 poetry collections. Her book, soft geograhy, won the 2008 ReLit award. 
Grant Savage
Grant Savage
Grant Savage is among the best known and respected Canadian writers of Japanese forms. 

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Herménégilde Chiasson
Herménégilde Chiasson
Herménégilde Chiasson est un artiste visuel, mais il crée aussi dans le domaine de la littérature, du cinéma, et du théâtre. 

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Jamaal Jackson Rogers
Jamaal Jackson Rogers
Jamaal Jackson Rogers is a nationally recognized professional independent artist, creative entrepreneur and educator.  
JC Bouchard
JC Bouchard
JC Bouchard a Toronto poet and the author of Portraits (2014), and WOOL WATER, forthcoming Spring 2015. 
Jeramy Dodds
Jeramy Dodds
Poetry editor at Coach House books, Jeramy Dodds' Crabwise to the Hounds won the Trillium Book Award for poetry. 
John Akpata
John Akpata
John Akpata is a writer, musician, Spoken Word artist and Art Educator based in Ottawa, Canada. 

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Kathleen Goulet
Kathleen Goulet
À coup de folie et de passion, cette jeune géographe teint sa vie de mots et de poésie. 
King Kimbit
King Kimbit
King Kimbit is an internationally recognized singer and spoken word artist from Ottawa, Ontario. 
Komi Olaf
Komi Olaf
Komi Olaf’s surrealistic art and poetry bridges cultural divides and speaks of the immigrant’s perspective. 

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Lélia Young
Lélia Young
Critique littéraire, poète et nouvelliste, Lélia Young habite aujourd'hui Toronto où elle enseigne à l'Université York. 
Lillian Allen
Lillian Allen
Lillian Allen specializes in dub poetry, a highly politicized form preferring a black aesthetic and cultural codification.  
Lisa Jarnot
Lisa Jarnot
Lisa Jarnot is the author of four full-length collections of poetry. 
Lise Gaboury-Diallo
Lise Gaboury-Diallo
Lise Gaboury-Diallo a publié de nombreux recueils de poésie et des anthologies. 
Lorna Crozier
Lorna Crozier
Lorna Crozier is an icon in Canadian poetry circles. 

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Margaret Michèle Cook
Margaret Michèle Cook
Margaret Michèle Cook est poète. Son sixième recueil, Chronos à sa table de travail, a remporté le Prix du livre d’Ottawa 2009. 
Marshall Hryciuk
Marshall Hryciuk
Marshall Hryciuk has been awarded prizes for his haiku in Croatia, England and Japan.  
Mehdi Hamdad
Mehdi Hamdad
Mehdi Hamdad is a songwriter, musician, poet and actor who's been performing across Canada since 2007.  
Michel Therien
Michel Therien
Michel A. Thérien est né et vit à Ottawa. "La fluidité des heures" est son neuvième recueil de poésie publié aux Éditions David.  

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Nick Laird
Nick Laird
Nick Laird is an award-winning Irish poet and novelist. 
Nicole Brossard
Nicole Brossard
Nicole Brossard est deux fois gagnante du Prix du Gouverneur général (1974, 1984) pour sa poésie. 

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OpenSecret
OpenSecret
Ikenna Onyegbula a.k.a OpenSecret is a writer, arts educator and World Champion spoken word poet of Nigerian descent. 

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Patrick Friesen
Patrick Friesen
Patrick Friesen is the author of numerous books of poetry, a book of essays, a play, and co-translations of several Danish poets. 
Patrick Lane
Patrick Lane
Patrick Lane is one of Canada's pre-eminent poets, winner of numerous awards, including the GG Award for Poetry. 
Paul Vermeersch
Paul Vermeersch
Paul Vermeersch is the author of several poetry collections, and is Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. 
Pearl Pirie
Pearl Pirie
Pearl Pirie is the author of three trade collections, and runs phafours press in Ottawa. 

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Raúl Zurita
Raúl Zurita
Raúl Zurita Canessa (born 1950) is a Chilean poet. He won the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 2000.  
Rational Rebel
Rational Rebel
Rational Rebel is a believer in abstract storytelling, and has performed at VERSeFest, HoP's OG 500 Slam, and more. 
Roland Prevost
Roland Prevost
Roland Prevost is the author of Singular Plurals (Chaudiere, 2014) and four chapbooks. 

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Sandra Ridley
Sandra Ridley
Sandra Ridley has received the bpNichol Chapbook Award and was twice short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch Award. 
Sheri-D Wilson
Sheri-D Wilson
Sheri-D Wilson has nine collections of poetry and two Spoken Word CDs. 
Stan Dragland
Stan Dragland
Stan Dragland's books have won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian literary criticism and the bpNichol Chapbook Award, among others. 
Stephen Brockwell
Stephen Brockwell
Stephen Brockwell is a Canadian poet and small business owner living in the national capital and dreaming of other places.  
Steven Artelle
Steven Artelle
Steven Artelle's first collection of poems, Metropantheon, was published in 2014 by Signature Editions.  
Stevie Howell
Stevie Howell
Stevie Howell’s first book, Sharps, was released in Fall 2014.  

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Titilope Sonuga
Titilope Sonuga
Titilope is a Nigerian born spoken word poet and winner of the 2011 Canadian Authors’ Association Emerging Writer Award.