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Ahmed Ali
Ahmed Ali
Ahmed "Knowmadic" Ali is a multi-award winning Somali-born spoken word poet and serves as Edmonton's current Poet Laureate. 
Albert Belzile
Albert Belzile
Albert Belzile is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from New Brunswick. 
Alex Manley
Alex Manley
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Winner of the 2012 Irving Layton Award for Fiction. 
Alice Notley
Alice Notley
A luminous American poet, Alice Notley has been publishing remarkable poetry for more than four decades. 
Allison LaSorda
Allison LaSorda
Allison LaSorda's debut, Stray , was published by icehouse poetry. 
Apollo the Child
Apollo the Child
Apollo the Child is a spoken word poet, hip hop artist, radio host and co-director of the Urban Legends Poetry Collective. 

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Bassam
Bassam
Bassam is an executive board member with Spoken Word Canada, and has toured Turtle Island performing spoken word. 
Berta García Faet
Berta García Faet
Poetry writer in Spanish and Catalan, Berta García Faet is also a scholar, playwright, translator and fiction author 
Billie the Kid
Billie the Kid
Billie the Kid's poems play with metaphors to tell stories of friends and family, often while exploring the issues of cultural identity. 
Brandon Wint
Brandon Wint
Brandon Wint's second album of spoken word poetry, Infinite Mercies, was released in February 2018. 

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Carolyn Marie Souaid
Carolyn Marie Souaid
Carolyn Marie Souaid is the author of seven books of poetry and her latest is This World We Invented from Brick. 
CauseMo
CauseMo
A person with many talents and ailments, CauseMo is a warrior wielding art as both shield and sword. 
Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
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Chris Johnson works as the Managing Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine
Chris Tse
Chris Tse
Chris Tse is a former Canadian National Slam Champion and writes about identity, immigration, intimacy, and basketball. 
Christine McNair
Christine McNair
Ottawa poet Christine McNair's second poetry collection Charm came out from BookThug. 
Claire Kelly
Claire Kelly
Edmonton poet Claire Kelly's collection, Maunder, is available from Palimpsest Press. 
Colette Bryce
Colette Bryce
Colette Bryce is an award-winning poet from Northern Ireland. 

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Daniel H. Dugas
Daniel H. Dugas
Daniel H. Dugas ninth book of poetry: L’esprit du temps / The Spirit of the Time won the 2016 Prix annuel Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie. 
David Charette
David Charette
David Charette is a multi-talented artist working in visual arts, crafts, and traditional first nations singing & drumming. 
David Groulx
David Groulx
Ottawa poet David Groulx speaks with black humour and raw beauty of the strength of scarred experience. 
Didi Jackson
Didi Jackson
Didi Jackson‘s debut collection of poems, Killing Jar, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2020. 

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Erin Mouré
Erin Mouré
Translator
Erin Mouré is dedicated to poetry and the translation of poetry and poetics. 

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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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Gary Barwin
Gary Barwin
Award-winning poet Gary Barwin's most recent poetry collection is No TV for Woodpeckers (Buckrider Books) 
Georgette LeBlanc
Georgette LeBlanc
Georgette LeBlanc is Canada's newest Parliamentary Poet Laureate. 
Gonzalo Hermo
Gonzalo Hermo
A foremost poet from Galicia (Spain), Gonzalo Hermo has published two collections of poetry in Spanish and Catalan. 

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Hans Jongman
Hans Jongman
Widely respected and widely published, Hans Jongman's haiku have humour and pathos. His latest comes from Catkin Press. 
Henry Beissel
Henry Beissel
Henry Beissel celebrates the agonies and ecstasies of Canada in Cantos North (Guernica), one of 22 collections of poetry.  
Hoa Nguyen
Hoa Nguyen
Hoa Nguyen’s book Violet Energy Ingots was nominated for a 2017 Griffin Prize for poetry. 
Holly Painter
Holly Painter
Holly Painter is a three-time Grand Slam Champion and current Director of the London Poetry Slam. 

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J.Roger Léveillé
J.Roger Léveillé
J.Roger Léveillé has authored some thirty books of fiction, poetry, essays and hybrid writing. 
Jamaal Jackson Rogers
Jamaal Jackson Rogers
Jamaal Jackson Rogers is a nationally recognized artist, entrepreneur and arts educator, and Ottawa's English Poet Laureate. 
Jan Zwicky
Jan Zwicky
Jan Zwicky has published nearly twenty books of poetry and prose, most recently The Long Walk
Jasmine Dreame Wagner
Jasmine Dreame Wagner
Jasmine Dreame Wagner is an American writer, artist, and musician, and author of On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press). 
Jean Van Loon
Jean Van Loon
Jean Van Loon's lyrical poetry as historical biography Building on River (Cormorant Books) will take you away. 
Jeff Latosik
Jeff Latosik
Jeff Latosik's upcoming book, Dreampad, will be published in spring 2018. 
Jennifer Baker
Jennifer Baker
Jennifer Baker is a poet currently exploring the minutiae and hidden secrets of apology, growth, and acceptance. 
Jonathan Lamy
Jonathan Lamy
Jonathan Lamy combines sound poetry, intervention in public spaces, and videopoetry.  

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Kalli Dakos
Kalli Dakos
Kalli Dakos is the best-selling author of over 2,000 poems about elementary school life. 
Kama La Mackerel
Kama La Mackerel
Kama La Mackerel is the co-founder of Qouleur and GENDER B(L)ENDER, based in Montréal. 
Kate Cayley
Kate Cayley
Kate Cayley is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer, and the author of Other Houses (Brick Books). 
Klara du Plessis
Klara du Plessis
Klara du Plessis' chapbook Wax Lyrical was shortlisted for the bpNichol and her debut collection is Ekke (Palimpsest). 

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Lady Vanessa Cardona
Lady Vanessa Cardona
Lady Vanessa Cardona is the 2018 Edmonton Individual Slam Champion. 
Louise Bernice Halfe
Louise Bernice Halfe
Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer served as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for two years. 
Louise Dupré
Louise Dupré
Louise Dupré is the recipient of two Governor General’s Awards for poetry. Rooms comes from Guernica Editions. 
Luce Pelletier
Luce Pelletier
A finalist for Prix Littéraires Radio-Canada Luce Pelletier's newest book is Papier rose pink paper (Catlkin). 
Lynn Crosbie
Lynn Crosbie
Lynn Crosbie's writing is unswerving in honesty and high in impact. Her latest book is The Corpses of the Future (Anansi). 

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Madeleine Stratford
Madeleine Stratford
Prolific poet and translator based in Gatineau, Quebec, Madeleine Stratford was short-listed for a 2017 Kirkus Prize. 
Major Jackson
Major Jackson
With his deeply-refined musicality, Major Jackson is a rich and complex American poet. Roll Deep is his latest. 
Mia Morgan
Mia Morgan
Mia Morgan is the former OAR Magazine editor, and co-founder of Coven Editions.  
Miles Hodges
Miles Hodges
New York-based performance poet Miles Hodges was named one of The Root’s 100 Young Futurists. 

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Natalie Wee
Natalie Wee
Natalie Wee has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and two Pushcart Prizes. 
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is an Innu poet-performer, actor, visual artist, and activist for Indigenous rights. 
Nathanaël Larochette
Nathanaël Larochette
Nathanaël Larochette has has represented Ottawa at the 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. 
Nyla Matuk
Nyla Matuk
Nyla Matuk has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her most recent collection is Stranger (Véhicule Press). 

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Peter Sirr
Peter Sirr
Major Dublin poet Peter Sirr's fluent, lyrical poems in Sway have an affinity with the medieval troubadours he translates. 
Playto
Playto
Panos (aka Playto) is a spoken word poet and co-director of the Urban Legends Poetry Collective. 

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Rachel McCrum
Rachel McCrum
Rachel McCrum is a Northern Irish poet, performer, and promoter, and was the first BBC Scotland Poet in Residence. 
Rasiqra Revulva
Rasiqra Revulva
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Rasiqra Revulva is a queer femme poet, multi-media artist, editor, musician, and performer. 
Robyn Schiff
Robyn Schiff
Robyn Schiff's A Woman of Property was named a best book of the year by The New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune.  

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Sarah Kabamba
Sarah Kabamba
Sarah Kabamba believes in the power of storytelling in constructing identity and exploring family, history, and culture. 
Sjón
Sjón
Celebrated Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist Sjón has been translated into 30 languages. 
Sneha Madhavan-Reese
Sneha Madhavan-Reese
Sneha Madhavan-Reese is the winner of the 2015 Diana Brebner Prize. Her debut collection is Observing the Moon
Steve McCaffery
Steve McCaffery
Steve McCaffery, of sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, has published Dark Ladies, Shakespeare erasures (Chax Pr, 2016). 

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Tina Charlebois
Tina Charlebois
Tina Charlebois is the author of four books of poetry published with Le Nordir and Les Éditions L’Interligne. 

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Valerie Charnish
Valerie Charnish
Valerie Charnish is a mentee of Arc Poetry Magazine's Poet-In-Residence Program. 
Victoria Gravesande
Victoria Gravesande
Upcoming talent, Victoria Gravesande has always been inspired by literature and writing.  

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Zee
Zee
Zineb Nour is a spoken word artist and a student. 

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2018 Hall of Honour Inductees
2018 Hall of Honour Inductees
Individuals who strengthen and enrich the poetry community in Ottawa.