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Write On Ottawa: Collected works of an Ottawa legend

Ahead of Chaudiere Books spring 2015 launch this Thursday, June 18 at Raw Sugar (692 Somerset St. W.) we review The Collected Poems of William Hawkins. A near-legend, William Hawkins may be one of Ottawa’s most important and influential poets and songwriters to date.  Yet many outside the artist community do not know his name.  Many do not […]

Poetry Week: Cameron Anstee’s voyage of discovery

Ottawa-based Apt. 9 Press published this past fall Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this would be a great opportunity to profile each of the writers featured in this poetry collection.  Today we conclude our look at all five wordsmiths by reviewing the work of Cameron Anstee, the founder […]

Poetry Week: Rachael Simpson’s playful words

Ottawa-based Apt. 9 Press published this past fall Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this would be a great opportunity to profile each of the writers featured in Five.  Today we look at the work of Rachael Simpson, whose poetry has appeared in print and online throughout Canada and the United […]

Poetry Week: The fragile equilibrium of Justin Million

Ottawa-based Apt. 9 Press published this past fall Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this would be a great opportunity to profile each of the writers featured in Five.  Today we look at the work of Justin Million.  (See also part 1, part 2, part 4 and part 5 of this series of […]

Poetry Week: Spotlight on Jesslyn Delia Smith

This past fall,  Apt. 9 Press published Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this was be the perfect opportunity to profile all five writers featured in this collection.  Today we look at the work of Jesslyn Delia Smith, an Ottawa-based author whose work has appeared in ottawater, the […]

Poetry Week: The versatile pen of Jeff Blackman

Ottawa-based Apt. 9 Press published this past fall Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this would be a great opportunity to profile each of the writers featured in Five.  Today we look at the work of Jeff Blackman.  (See also part 2, part 3, part 4 and part […]

Discovering the poetic secrets behind the doors of Apt. 9

“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” – Henrik Ibsen. Henrik Ibsen, the renowned 19th century Norwegian playwright, would likely be proud of the National Capital Region.  While some cities are known for their literary jealousies, in which published authors resent the success of their fellow scribes, our region […]

Ottawa Small Press Fair promises bookish delights for local readers

A treasure trove of literary gems will be on display this coming Saturday, as vendors from the National Capital Region and beyond set up shop in Centretown to sell their valuable wares. Since 1994, the Ottawa Small Press Fair has offered local bookworms a chance to purchase rare, limited edition works, as well as becoming familiar […]

Celebrating 20 years of poetry with above/ground press

Since 1993, Ottawa-based above/ground press has been releasing poetry chapbooks and broadside poems from local writers, as well as out-of-town authors from Canada and the United States. Edited and published by literary jack-of-all-trades rob mclennan, (whose name is spelled all lowercase), this independent press has been an indispensable staple in the National Capital Region’s thriving poetry scene.  Among the numerous […]