Laureate City 2019
About the Program
2019/20: Margaret Michèle Cook
2019/20: Deanna Young
2017/18: Andrée Lacelle
2017/18: Jamaal Jackson Rogers
November 6 – 22, 2020
A.F. Moritz has published his twentieth collection of poems,
As Far As You Know
Vancouver poet Adèle Barclay's second collection is
Spiritual Advisor of Algonquin, of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Albert Dumont has 6 collections of poetry.
Andrée Christensen has published over twenty-five works in poetry, novel and literary translation.
Andre Fenton represented Halifax at 7 national poetry slams across Canada.
Colombian poet Angye Goana was imprisoned for her work defending Indigenous people. Her poems find satori in catastrophe.
Desmeules’ collections have garnered many awards, including the GG’s Award and the Prix de poésie de Radio-Canada.
is a collection of love poems that explores how intimacy tests the capacity of language.
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic poet and an artist.
Where Things Touch
(Book*hug) is the first book of Bahar Orang.
A local and much lauded poet, Ben Ladouceur's most recent is
Mad Long Emotion
Brandon Wint's first print collection is
(Write Bloody North, 2020).
Originally trained in contemporary dance, Catherine Lalonde is a poet and journalist.
Born in Beijing and raised in Saskatchewan, Chuqiao Yang’s poetry has received many awards.
Conyer Clayton’s long-awaited debut collection is
We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite
Ottawa poet David O’Meara is the author of four collections of poetry so far.
Dimorphic discovered spoken word in 2008, and has represented Lanark County at 7 national festivals.
was longlisted for the Raymond Souster Award.
Poet, motivational speaker, Éric Charlebois specializes in English-language aboriginal poetry translation.
(BouquinBec) by Eve Bilodeau is like playing with the filaments of hope that surround us.
Gabrielle Marceau is currently completing a book of poems entitled
A Tree in Miami
Helen Robertson was longlisted for the 2019 Vallum Award for Poetry.
Irfan Ali’s debut collection,
is their humility. Faith and cynicism, love and betrayal.
Itinerant poet JR Carpenter lives in Edmonton, where she is the writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta.
The poems of cultural journalist and communicator Janick Belleau have been published for over 30 years.
For Ottawa poet Jayde, spoken word is an opportunity to reclaim self.
Jennifer Pederson's poems have been called powerful and sensual.
Johannes Göransson makes “a language out of the bleed-through” as you’ll see in
Poetry Against All
Irish poet and lawyer Julie Morrissy released
Where, the Mile End
with Book*hug in 2020.
Justin Million’s first book
EJECTA!: The Uncollected KEYBOARDS! Poems
is forthcoming with Apt. 9 Press.
Kaie Kellough experiments in sound and poetry and has authored two sound-poetry recordings.
Kamal Hakim is a Somali-Canadian spoken word, hip hop artist, and entrepreneur from the city of Ottawa.
Karen Solie's most recent collection,
The Caiplie Caves
(Anansi), was short-listed for the TS Elliot Prize.
Karuna Vellino's chapbook
A Year In Violets
is a collection of poems that give voice to Karuna’s experience with love and identity.
Poet, editor and teacher, Ken Babstock’s latest is
from Coach House books.
We Were Like Everyone Else
(Cormorant Books) traverses humanity's challenges.
Part of the 2015 Saskatoon Slam Team, Larissa Tarasoff won first place at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.
Laura Kasischke poems work in haunting fragments and visceral snippets in
New and Selected
The Cyborg Anthology
melds sci-fi and poetry, human and machine.
Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes
finds passion in chaotic liminal spaces.
One of Canada's leading haikuists Marshall Hryciuk makes a return visit to VERSeFest.
Maude Pilon's projects involve generous doses of collaboration and performance.
In her first collection, Maya Cousineau Mollen explores paths of anger, be it territorial, identity-based or femininity.
Le poème involontaire
is Michel Therien's eleventh collection.
Montreuil is a prevailing voice in tanka, haiku, senryu, tanka and haibun in English and French Canada.
Berliner Monika Rinck writes poems of pointed social critique. They will make you be more beautiful.
Namitha Rathinappillai published her first chapbook
with Battleaxe Press in 2019.
Natalie Hanna's work has appeared with above/ground press, In/Words Press, phafours press, and Hussy Press.
Nelson Charest teaches modern poetry at the University of Ottawa.
Nicole Raziya Fong
PEЯFACT is Nicole Raziya Fong’s moving, philosophical debut in poetry.
Performer, translator and poet Oana Avasilichioaei writes of surveillance and resistance in
Pearl Pirie's fourth collection is
from Radiant Press.
Philip Metres' latest collection is
(Copper Canyon 2020).
rob mclennan's most recent are
A halt, which is empty
(Mansfield Press, 2019) and
(Spuyten Duyvil, 2019),
Sara Dignard’s debut collection,
Le cours normal des choses
, won the Prix Jovette-Bernier for poetry.
Shawn K went to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word with a poem called
Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Shazia Hafiz Ramji swept up the prizes with her
Port of Being
Shery Alexander Heinis
Rising iterary star Shery Alexander Heinis is the author of
This Mud, A Word
, was recently released by Frog Hollow Press.
stephanie roberts dreams of a compassion-based society and wrote
rushes from the river disappointment
Belfast poet Stephen Sexton’s
If All the World and Love Were Young
won the Forward Prize.
Susan Atkinson's debut poetry collection is
The Marta Poems
(Silver Bow Press, 2020)
Switch Bridges was a member of the CFSW Championship Youth team in 2011.
Véronique Sylvain specialises in literature of the North French Canadians.
Vivian Vavassis's poetry surges with alert energy.
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