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Monty Reid

VERSe Ottawa celebrates the art of poetry with communal event, Poetry in the Park

VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual international poetry festival, wants to celebrate the art of poetry, music, and food by presenting Poetry in the Park. The festival will include an entire afternoon of bilingual arts performances along with a delicious lunch. The day of poetry will be held on Aug. 28 from 1pm to 5:30 pm at Strathcona Park in the Sandy Hill area. The event, including lunch, is free for anyone to attend.

Write On Ottawa: Garden plants things deep in the brain

“Wow, you really kicked Nature’s butt,” that’s what a friend told me after we finally tamed our rear garden. It was wildly overgrown. There were gooseberry shrubs, a swath of ostrich ferns, Manitoba maple saplings, and half a dozen other weeds that thrive on neglect. I love gardens. I love admiring gardens from afar. They […]

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 […]