In the spirit of inspiring conversation about local poets, and the many ways poetry is expressed in Ottawa, Apartment613 invited its readers and writers to submit their original poetry for publication on the blog. During National Poetry Month, this call for submissions sparked the interest of at least 50 local poets (!!!) whose original poems make up Apt613’s first-ever collection. We hope to do this again!
Established artists and folks just starting out sent their work in French, English, all kinds of genres and many styles. A team of volunteer readers and editors made the selection (including works by every artist who submitted) which was laid out by Ottawa designer Steve St. Pierre. The photography featured in Apt613’s digital chapbook comes from another Ottawa-based artist, Natasha Reddy.
We’re so excited to finally share this collection of new works, and we hope you find something in the book that inspires and moves you. Please download, enjoy, and share it with your poetry-loving friends!