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Amal El-Mohtar
Amal El-Mohtar
Amal El-Mohtar's poetry has won the Rhysling Award three times, and her short fiction has received the Locus Award. 
Amy Iliza
Amy Iliza
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
André Duhaime
André Duhaime is a retired teacher who now gives his full attention to poetry. 
Anne Boyer
Anne Boyer
Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist. Her 2015 book, Garments Against Women was published by Ahsahta Press. 
Annie St-Jean
Annie St-Jean
Official Slammaster of SlamOutaouais (Ligue québécoise de slam), Annie St-Jean is passionate about slam poetry. 

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Barâa Arar
Barâa Arar
Barâa Arar has performed her spoken word poetry individually and on a team, both locally and nationally. 
Ben Ladouceur
Ben Ladouceur
Ben Ladouceur received the Earle Birney Poetry Prize in 2013. His debut poetry collection, Otter (2015) was published by Coach House Books. 
Blue Louise Moffatt
Blue Louise Moffatt
Poetry is gay and so is Blue Louise Moffatt. 

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Caroline Bergvall
Caroline Bergvall
An internationally-acclaimed writer, Caroline Bergvall's books include Meddle English and Drift (Nightboat Books). 
Caroline Pignat
Caroline Pignat
Caroline Pignat is the two-time Governor Generalʼs Award winning author of highly acclaimed young adult novels. 
Cathy Petch
Cathy Petch
Cathy Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster and musical saw player for The Silverhearts. 
Christian Bök
Christian Bök
Winner of the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize, Christian Bök's newest poetry collection is The Xenotext (Coach House Books). 
Colin Morton
Colin Morton
Colin Morton has published more than ten books, ranging from visual and sound poetry to historical narratives. 

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Daniel Groleau Landry
Daniel Groleau Landry
Daniel Groleau Landry's Rêver au réel / Dreaming Reality was awarded the 2014 Trillium Book Award for French Poetry. 
David McGimpsey
David McGimpsey
David McGimpsey lives in Montreal and is the author of Asbestos Heights and winner of 2015's A.M. Klein Award for Poetry. 
Doyali Islam
Doyali Islam
Doyali Islam’s poems have been published in Kenyon Review Online, CV2, and Grain, and she contributed to The Manifesto Project

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Élise Turcotte
Élise Turcotte
Élise Turcotte has published many poetry collections, for which she has received several awards. 
Erin Dingle
Erin Dingle
Erin is a performance poet from Calgary and has been part of five consecutive Calgary Slam teams from 2010-2015.  

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Frances Boyle
Frances Boyle
Ottawa poet Frances Boyle is the author of Light-carved Passages and a chapbook, Portal Stones
Francois Turcot
Francois Turcot
François Turcot is the author of My Dinosaur (Bookthug), a finalist for the 2014 Prix du Festival de poésie de Montréal. 
Frédéric Lanouette
Frédéric Lanouette
Frédéric is a Masters student of the University of Ottawa's French Department, specializing in science fiction. 

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Gabriel Robichaud
Gabriel Robichaud
Trained as an actor, Gabriel Robichaud also writes (poetry, plays) and sings. 
Geneviève Bouchard
Geneviève Bouchard
Geneviève Bouchard is currently completing her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa. 
George Elliott Clarke
George Elliott Clarke
George Elliott Clarke has recently been named Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate. 
Gerald Hill
Gerald Hill
Two-time winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry, Gerald Hill’s latest collection is Hillsdale Book (NeWest Press). 
Gerður Kristný
Gerður Kristný
Gerður Kristný won the Icelandic Literature Awards in 2010 for her book of poetry Blóðhófnir (Bloodhoof). 
Guy Perreault
Guy Perreault
Guy Perreault creates and sets up concerts, comedy shows and variety shows that are presented as far away as Switzerland.  

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Hector Ruiz
Hector Ruiz
Hector Ruiz is the author of Désert et renard du désert, Gestes Domestiques, and Qui s’installe ?

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Jamaal Jackson Rogers
Jamaal Jackson Rogers
JustJamaal ThePoet, is a poet, arts educator, creative entrepreneur, rapper, and children’s storyteller. 
Jane Munro
Jane Munro
Jane Munro’s sixth poetry book, Blue Sonoma (Brick Books), won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.  

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Katherine Leyton
Katherine Leyton
Katherine Leyton's first collection of poetry, All the Gold Hurts My Mouth, will be published in March 2016 by GooseLane. 
Kathryn Sweet
Kathryn Sweet
Kathryn is a passionate advocate for ecological integrity, and the theme is commonly reflected in her poetry. 
Kevin Matthews
Kevin Matthews
Kevin Matthews has performed his work for more than ten years throughout Canada. 
King Kimbit
King Kimbit
King Kimbit is an Ottawa rapper. Deal with it. 

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Larissa Tarasoff
Larissa Tarasoff
Part of the 2015 Saskatoon Slam Team, Larissa Tarasoff won first place at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. 
Leontia Flynn
Leontia Flynn
Leontia Flynn has won the Forward prize for best First Collection and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, among many more. 
Liz Howard
Liz Howard
Liz Howard's Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (M&S, 2015) was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Poetry. 

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M. Travis Lane
M. Travis Lane
M. Travis Lane has published fifteen books of poetry--most recently Crossover (Cormorant Books). 
Marc LeMyre
Marc LeMyre
Marc LeMyre is a media based poet living in Toronto. He is also a photographer and a psychotherapist.  
Marilyn Dumont
Marilyn Dumont
Award-winning poet Marilyn Dumont's latest collection The Pemmican Eaters (ECW Press) was published in 2015. 
Maurice Riordan
Maurice Riordan
Editor of London, UK's The Poetry Review, Maurice Riordan’s latest collection is The Water Stealer (Faber, 2013).  
Maya Basudde
Maya Basudde
Maya Basudde is an artist who has been singing and writing ever since she can remember. 
Mia Morgan
Mia Morgan
Former editor of the Ottawa Arts Review, Mia Morgan's Suburbia (2014), was published by In/Words press. 

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Natalie Hanna
Natalie Hanna
Natalie Hanna's work has appeared with above/ground press, In/Words Press, phafours press, and Hussy Press. 

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Pamela Mordecai
Pamela Mordecai
Pamela Mordecai's first novel, Red Jacket (2015) was shortlisted for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. 
Paul Savoie
Paul Savoie is a writer and translator with more than twenty books in both French and English. 
Phil Hall
Phil Hall
Winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, Hall will launch his newest book, Conjugation, at VERSeFest. 2016. 

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Rational Rebel
Rational Rebel
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
Rebecca Lea Thomas was captain of the Nova Scotia Slam poetry team for two consecutive years. 
Robyn Sarah
Robyn Sarah
Robyn Sarah’s My Shoes Are Killing Me (Biblioasis, 2015) won the 2015 Governor General Award for Poetry. 

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Sanita Fejzić
Sanita Fejzić
Fejzić's second novella, Psychomachia, shortlisted for the 2015 Ken Klonsky Contest, will be published by Quattro Books in 2016. 
Sébastien Bérubé
Sébastien Bérubé
Sébastien Bérubé published his first book of collected works, Sous la boucane du moulin (Éditions Perce-Neige) in 2015. 
Shannon Maguire
Shannon Maguire
Shannon Maguire's most recent collection of poetry is Myrmurs: An Exploded Sestina (BookThug, 2015). 
Sneha Madhavan-Reese
Sneha Madhavan-Reese
Winner of the 2015 Diana Brebner Prize, Sneha Madhavan-Reese's debut collection is Observing the Moon (Hagios Press, 2015). 
Sonia Lamontagne
Sonia Lamontagne
Sonia Lamontagne hails from Northern Ontario and her debut collection, À tire d’ailes, won the Trillium Prize for poetry in 2012. 

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Terry Ann Carter
Terry Ann Carter
Terry Ann Carter is the author of five collections of poetry and five chapbooks of haiku.  
Thierry Dimanche
Thierry Dimanche
Thierry Dimanche is the author of nine books of poetry.  
Tina Charlebois
Tina Charlebois
Born in Iroquois, Ontario, Tina Charlebois is proud Franco-Ontarian who has been composing poetry since her youth. 

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Vanessa Rotondo
Vanessa Rotondo
Vanessa Rotondo (better known as V) is an freelance writer, national spoken word artist, and youth educator. 

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Wes Ryan
Wes Ryan
Wes Ryan is a genre-mashing performance artist living in Peterborough, Ontario.  

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Yusef Komunyakaa
Yusef Komunyakaa
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1994, Yusef Komunyakaa is the current Poet Laureate for the State of New York.