VerseFest, Ottawa’s annual festival of poetry from around the world, will be back next in March for its sixth year. The reading series I co-direct, Tree, will be sponsoring narrative poets Caroline Pignat and Pamela Mordecai on Wednesday, March 16. Then on Sunday the 20th, I will be reading as part of the Ottawa Showcase feature. The rest of the program features poetry in English, French and English translation from all over, including appearances by Joseph Komunyaka of the U.S. and Canada’s poet laureate George Elliott Clarke and this year’s Governor-General’s Award winner Robyn Sarah.
The full program is here – http://versefest.ca/year/2016/ – and here are some details about my own reading:
Author most recently of Winds and Strings
(BuschekBooks), Ottawa poet Colin Morton has published more than ten books, ranging from visual and sound poetry to historical narratives, sometimes all in the same collection. His other work includes a novel, an animated film, many reviews, and collaborations with artists and writers. Twice winner of the Archibald Lampman Award for poetry, he is co-director of Ottawa’s Tree Reading Series. Visit his website at colinmorton.net
Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 at Ottawa’s Carlton Tavern, several contributors to rob mclennan’s annual poetic and artistic showcase of national capital-related talent, http://www.ottawater.com/
I’ll be among the readers. Ottawater’s always-elegant design isn’t quite ready yet, but a whole decades’ archive of previous volumes can still be read at the site.
Another chapter from Rob McLennan’s historical review of literary presses in our town, Ottawa. This one is about the micropress I started to make chapbooks for friends: