Main Stage Events

1pm: National Capital Region Showcase

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue W
Free Event
Albert Dumont
Albert Dumont
Albert Dumont’s poems in Sitting by the Rapids have a powerful energy, like Albert himself. 
Blaine Marchand
Blaine Marchand
A long-time manager with CIDA, Blaine Marchand writes of many places that could be called home. 
Gilles Latour
Gilles Latour
Poet Gilles Latour knows that Planet Earth, with all its miseries and beauty, is indeed “blue like an orange” (Paul Éluard). 
Sarah MacDonell
Sarah MacDonell
Emerging local writer Sarah MacDonell has remarkable breakout poems. 

3pm: Poèmes de la Cité 2019 – nos lieux, nos pas

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue W
Free Event
Andrée Lacelle
Andrée Lacelle
Andrée Lacelle is the first francophone to be appointed Poet Laureate of Ottawa.  
Éric Charlebois
Éric Charlebois
Éric Charlebois debuts Sandscapes with expert wordplay, technically sound poetry, and bold imagery. 
Guy Jean
Guy Jean
A VERSeFest Hall of Famer and awarded Gatineau’s Prix Hommage, Guy Jean’s poetry is internationally acclaimed.  
Herménégilde Chiasson
Herménégilde Chiasson
Herménégilde Chiasson is a visual artist, but also a writer, a filmmaker and a playwright.  
Julie Huard
Julie Huard
Author Julie Huard is also a reporter/director, a facilitator, a photographer and a traveler.  
Michel Côté
Michel Côté
Michel Côté is a poet and visual artist whose work has won many awards. He has also taught philosophy and Chinese thought. 
Michel Ouellette
Michel Ouellette
Michel Ouellette is an author, playwright and poet. 
Nicole Brossard
Nicole Brossard
Nicole Brossard is an acclaimed Montreal-born poet, novelist and essayist who has won numerous literary awards.  
Paul Savoie
Paul Savoie
Paul Savoie is a writer and translator with more than twenty books in both French and English.  
Pierre Nepveu
Pierre Nepveu
Pierre Nepveu wrote The Hardness of Matter and Water , translated by Donald Winkler, (Signal Editions, 2018). 

7pm: Poet Laureate Inauguration

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue W
Free Event
Amal El-Mohtar
Amal El-Mohtar
VERSeFest is thrilled to introduce our inaugural Poet-in-Residence, local poet and short fiction author Amal El-Mohtar.  
Deanna Young
Deanna Young
See the inauguration of Ottawa's new Anglophone Poet Laureate and hear her read. 
Margaret Michèle Cook
Margaret Michèle Cook
See the inauguration of Ottawa's new Francophone Poet Laureate and hear them read. 

Other Happenings

Concrete is Porous Exhibit

Mar 26-31 • Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.