We’ve arrived at this final weekend in March and what is, hopefully, the season’s final snowfall.
VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival, will return for its ninth annual edition March 26-31, 2019, showcasing a diverse and talented group of more than 80 poets from six countries.
After a brief reminder that we’re not quite out of the winter woods yet, the weekend holds greater promise of spring. And as always, there’s lots going on to keep you distracted from the fact that the spring equinox has passed and there’s “mixed precipitation” in the forecast for Friday.
Canadian poet and critic Phoebe Wang will be presenting at VerseFest as part of the Arc Poetry discussion panel at 3pm on Sunday, March 26.
Cathy Petch is one of the poets who will be performing in the Capital Slam event at VERSeFEST on Friday, March 18. Petch is a woman-of-all-trades: a poet, a theatre performer, a musician, a comedian, and a slam performer. She told Apt613 that she was very pleased to be invited to take part in the festival […]
Local poet and short story author Amal El-Mohtar will be performing at VERSeFEST on Tuesday, March 15. El-Mohtar’s writing often explores fantastical and supernatural concepts. She’s won the Rhysling Award for short poetry three times, and is currently nominated for a Nebula Award for her short story Madeleine. She is also the editor of The […]
In our final post for Poetry Week, we interview Ottawa’s own Kim Nguyen aka King Kimbit who performed at VERSeFEST this weekend. As a testament to the power — and reach — of spoken word, Kim Nguyen, 22, stands less than five-feet tall yet speaks with award-winning conviction. “You wanna know how to rhyme you […]
Matt Jones, the artistic director of VERSeFEST 2015, is unexpectedly calm as we sit down on Saturday morning for coffee near Elgin Street. It’s only a few days away from the opening of Ottawa’s annual poetry festival and he acknowledges that a few pieces haven’t come together yet (noted later in the article) but he […]
VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival, will take place from March 25-30. In advance of this literary celebration, we spoke with acclaimed local poet David O’Meara, who is also the artistic director of the festival. Apartment613: The first VERSeFest took place in 2011. What was the aim of starting this annual poetry gathering, given that Ottawa already has a […]