About the Program
2017/18: Andrée Lacelle
2017/18: Jamaal Jackson Rogers
March 15 – 20, 2016
Amal El-Mohtar's poetry has won the Rhysling Award three times, and her short fiction has received the Locus Award.
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.
André Duhaime is a retired teacher who now gives his full attention to poetry.
Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist. Her 2015 book,
Garments Against Women
was published by Ahsahta Press.
Official Slammaster of
(Ligue québécoise de slam), Annie St-Jean is passionate about slam poetry.
Barâa Arar has performed her spoken word poetry individually and on a team, both locally and nationally.
Ben Ladouceur received the Earle Birney Poetry Prize in 2013. His debut poetry collection,
(2015) was published by Coach House Books.
Blue Louise Moffatt
Poetry is gay and so is Blue Louise Moffatt.
An internationally-acclaimed writer, Caroline Bergvall's books include
Caroline Pignat is the two-time Governor Generalʼs Award winning author of highly acclaimed young adult novels.
Cathy Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster and musical saw player for The Silverhearts.
Winner of the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize, Christian Bök's newest poetry collection is
(Coach House Books).
Colin Morton has published more than ten books, ranging from visual and sound poetry to historical narratives.
Daniel Groleau Landry
Daniel Groleau Landry's
Rêver au réel / Dreaming Reality
was awarded the 2014 Trillium Book Award for French Poetry.
David McGimpsey lives in Montreal and is the author of
and winner of 2015's A.M. Klein Award for Poetry.
Doyali Islam’s poems have been published in
Kenyon Review Online
, and she contributed to
The Manifesto Project
Élise Turcotte has published many poetry collections, for which she has received several awards.
Erin is a performance poet from Calgary and has been part of five consecutive Calgary Slam teams from 2010-2015.
Ottawa poet Frances Boyle is the author of
and a chapbook,
François Turcot is the author of
(Bookthug), a finalist for the 2014 Prix du Festival de poésie de Montréal.
Frédéric is a Masters student of the University of Ottawa's French Department, specializing in science fiction.
Trained as an actor, Gabriel Robichaud also writes (poetry, plays) and sings.
Geneviève Bouchard is currently completing her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa.
George Elliott Clarke
George Elliott Clarke has recently been named Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate.
Two-time winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry, Gerald Hill’s latest collection is
Gerður Kristný won the Icelandic Literature Awards in 2010 for her book of poetry
Guy Perreault creates and sets up concerts, comedy shows and variety shows that are presented as far away as Switzerland.
Hector Ruiz is the author of
Désert et renard du désert
Qui s’installe ?
Jamaal Jackson Rogers
JustJamaal ThePoet, is a poet, arts educator, creative entrepreneur, rapper, and children’s storyteller.
Jane Munro’s sixth poetry book,
(Brick Books), won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.
Katherine Leyton's first collection of poetry,
All the Gold Hurts My Mouth
, will be published in March 2016 by GooseLane.
Kathryn is a passionate advocate for ecological integrity, and the theme is commonly reflected in her poetry.
Kevin Matthews has performed his work for more than ten years throughout Canada.
King Kimbit is an Ottawa rapper. Deal with it.
Part of the 2015 Saskatoon Slam Team, Larissa Tarasoff won first place at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.
Leontia Flynn has won the Forward prize for best First Collection and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, among many more.
Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent
(M&S, 2015) was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Poetry.
M. Travis Lane
M. Travis Lane has published fifteen books of poetry--most recently
Marc LeMyre is a media based poet living in Toronto. He is also a photographer and a psychotherapist.
Award-winning poet Marilyn Dumont's latest collection
The Pemmican Eaters
(ECW Press) was published in 2015.
Editor of London, UK's
The Poetry Review
, Maurice Riordan’s latest collection is
The Water Stealer
Maya Basudde is an artist who has been singing and writing ever since she can remember.
Former editor of the
Ottawa Arts Review
, Mia Morgan's
(2014), was published by In/Words press.
Natalie Hanna's work has appeared with above/ground press, In/Words Press, phafours press, and Hussy Press.
Pamela Mordecai's first novel,
(2015) was shortlisted for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize.
Paul Savoie is a writer and translator with more than twenty books in both French and English.
Winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, Hall will launch his newest book,
, at VERSeFest. 2016.
As a spoken word artist, activist, writer and a philanthropist, Rational Rebel's mission is to tell stories that are hard to tell.
Rebecca Lea Thomas
Rebecca Lea Thomas was captain of the Nova Scotia Slam poetry team for two consecutive years.
My Shoes Are Killing Me
(Biblioasis, 2015) won the 2015 Governor General Award for Poetry.
Fejzić's second novella,
, shortlisted for the 2015 Ken Klonsky Contest, will be published by Quattro Books in 2016.
Sébastien Bérubé published his first book of collected works,
Sous la boucane du moulin
(Éditions Perce-Neige) in 2015.
Shannon Maguire's most recent collection of poetry is
Myrmurs: An Exploded Sestina
Winner of the 2015 Diana Brebner Prize, Sneha Madhavan-Reese's debut collection is
Observing the Moon
(Hagios Press, 2015).
Sonia Lamontagne hails from Northern Ontario and her debut collection,
À tire d’ailes
, won the Trillium Prize for poetry in 2012.
Terry Ann Carter
Terry Ann Carter is the author of five collections of poetry and five chapbooks of haiku.
Thierry Dimanche is the author of nine books of poetry.
Born in Iroquois, Ontario, Tina Charlebois is proud Franco-Ontarian who has been composing poetry since her youth.
Vanessa Rotondo (better known as V) is an freelance writer, national spoken word artist, and youth educator.
Wes Ryan is a genre-mashing performance artist living in Peterborough, Ontario.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1994, Yusef Komunyakaa is the current Poet Laureate for the State of New York.
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