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Alan Gillis
Alan Gillis
Irish poet Alan Gillis wields humour and clever word-play with deadly precision that is as illuminating as it is irreverent. 
Alessia Di Cesare
Alessia Di Cesare
Undergrad Alessia Di Cesare's chapbook is How the Heartache Humbled Me
Ali Blythe
Ali Blythe
Right from the first poem, Ali Blythe pulls you down the rabbit hole of desire.  
Amélie Prévost
Amélie Prévost
Amélie Prévost is the current world champion of slam 2016. 
André Narbonne
André Narbonne
Narbonne's voice is piercingly authentic, composing a human world of compassion. 
Angèle Bassolé Ouédraogo
Angèle Bassolé Ouédraogo
Angèle Bassolé Ouédraogo is a poet, a publisher and a university researcher who won the Trillium Prize. 
Anonymus
Anonymus
A metal poet experience unlike any other. 

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Barâa Arar
Barâa Arar
Barâa Arar loves stories. She believes everyone has a narrative and we should all lend our ears to hear it.  
Benoit Jutras
Benoit Jutras
Co-founder of some of Quebec’s major cultural events, Benoit Jutras’s books were shortlisted for most of its literary awards. 
Bertrand Laverdure
Bertrand Laverdure
A multidicsiplinary Jack of all trades, Benoit Laverdure welcomes diverse poetic collaborations. 
Beth Anne Ellipsis
Beth Anne Ellipsis
Beth Anne brings a spotlight to coming into one’s own essence and role in community. 
bill bissett
bill bissett
bill bissett is a CanLit institution under a baseball cap. His chant songs are a lifeforce. 
Brandon Wint
Brandon Wint
An uplifting performer Wint reminds us all of the value of community and love. 

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Cannon2x
Cannon2x
Cannon2x is a spoken word artist and videographer. He's competed nationally for spoken word. 
Carlos Andrés Gómez
Carlos Andrés Gómez
Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller. 
Carolyn Smart
Carolyn Smart
Carolyn Smart's poems of infamous women have been adapted for performance on stage.  
Catriona Wright
Catriona Wright
Catriona Wright’s wild narratives are sometimes funny, sometimes frightening and always ravishingly observed. 
Christian Milat
Christian Milat
The professor and the theoretician make way for the poet!  
Chus Pato
Chus Pato
Galician Poet Chus Pato pushes languages and they push back into a new space. 

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

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Erín Moure
Erín Moure
Erín Moure is a performer of language and play and one of the foremost avant-garde Canadian writers. 
Erika Soucy
Erika Soucy
Actor, poet and novelist Erika Soucy is a cultural dynamo who founded the Trois-Rivières Poetry Off-Festival. 
Eva HD
Eva HD
Eva H.D. is a conundrum with the same tarantula charm as Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday.  
Evan J. Hoskins
Evan J. Hoskins
Evan J. Hoskins likes the words non-sequitur disjunctive parataxis polysemous. He’d like to dent normalization. 

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Faizal Deen
Faizal Deen
Ottawa-native, queer and Muslim, Faizal Deen's voice can carry a crowd anywhere. 
Frédérique Champagne
Frédérique Champagne
Frédérique Champagne's muse is among the epic battles fought under fleur-de-lys adorned flags. 

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Guy Jean
Guy Jean
When you hear Guy Jean read, you will understand why he has been acclaimed for his contribution to Outaouais literature. 

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

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Jill Jorgenson
Jill Jorgenson
Jill Jorgenson finds voice for the tender and the bitter, the peace and the turmoil, the playful and the wise.  
Jordan Abel
Jordan Abel
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
kay’la fraser
Kay'la Fraser's poetry ushers the listener to a place of understanding, healing, and transformation. 
Kayla Czaga
Kayla Czaga
Kayla Czaga’s sly, contemplative thought experiments with itself, showing humour suspended between unsettling thoughts. 

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Lauren Stiers
Lauren Stiers
The sweeping diverse landscapes of Windsor-Essex Country inspires Lauren Stiers. 
Leanne O’Sullivan
Leanne O’Sullivan
Of Irish lyric tradition, rich in assonance, Leanne makes slow- burning poems  that reward with successive readings. 
Lisa Robertson
Lisa Robertson
The incomparable Lisa Robertson’s feminist poetry is a deeply satisfying, sexy, workout for the mind. 
Louis Bertholom
Louis Bertholom
Louis Bertholom of France has a committed, powerful, lucid poetry, in tune with the world on the move. 
LouNat
LouNat
Humorous and socially committed, LouNat's style seeks both to move audiences and raise their awareness. 

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Madhur Anand
Madhur Anand
Madhur Anand’s thought-provoking poetry has a naturalist’s eye for detail and patterns. 
Marco Fraticelli
Marco Fraticelli
Celebrated widely in North America and Japan, Marco Fraticelli is a true master of the haiku form.  
Marilyn Irwin
Marilyn Irwin
Quiet and fierce, Irwin is an upcoming star, and recent finalist for the bpNicol Award. 
Mark Doty
Mark Doty
“To 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  
Mark Frutkin
Mark Frutkin
Mark Frutkin's quiet glow of Hermit Thrush was shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award in 2016. 
Maxianne Berger
Maxianne Berger
A leader in haiku nationally, Maxianne Berger pushes constraints and constants. 
Michael Dennis
Michael Dennis
Poetry by Michael Dennis is earthy, sexy, common man and comic when you least expect. 
Michel Côté
Michel Côté
Michel Côté’s poetry and art, while imbued with oriental philosophy, also speak to our own here and now. 
Moez Surani
Moez Surani
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
Paisley Rekdal
Paisley Rekdal's newest book of poems, Imaginary Vessels is crashingly vital writing. 
Patrick Friesen
Patrick Friesen
Poet, playwright, and translator Patrick Friesen won the Manitoba Book of the Year Award. 
Phoebe Wang
Phoebe Wang
Phoebe Wang critically engages how we construct ourselves, among gender, diversity and other gaps. 
Poet Laureate/ Poète lauréat
Poet Laureate/ Poète lauréat
New Poets Laureate inducted.  

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Rhizome
Rhizome
Rhizome, générateur de projets interdisciplinaires au cœur littéraire. 
Robyn Sarah
Robyn Sarah
One of Canada's most loved English writers, Robyn Sarah, writes of the lyrical beauty of the daily. 
Roger Des Roches
Roger Des Roches
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
Sandra Ridley
An intense reader who could still and silence any pins in the room. 
Sharon McCartney
Sharon McCartney
Sharon McCartney’s Metanoia is a consciously streamed commentary on what the heart wants and is willing to settle for.  
Stephen Collis
Stephen Collis
Bold, relevant, and revolutionary, Collis’s poetry makes unflinching, astute and unpretentious calls on social issues.  
Steven Heighton
Steven Heighton
Are you part of the Heighton fan club? A live appearance to tide you over until next time. 

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Tereza Riedlbauchová
Tereza Riedlbauchová
Hear Tereza Riedlbauchová and get a rare chance to hear a Czech poet and publisher. 
Thierry Dimanche
Thierry Dimanche
Thierry Dimanche freely mixes up the sacred with the iconoclastic every day of the week. 
Truth Is
Truth Is
I am a poet because I do not know how not to be one, Truth Is. 

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

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