This week in the Future of Ottawa series, we’re taking a deep dive into Ottawa’s poetry scene—what it’s like now and where it’s headed. Read on for a guest post from rob mclennan on small press publishing.
Since 2007, the Ottawa-based A B Series has been presenting innovative programming filled with experimental poetry, music and spoken word. Founded by Max Middle, the Series’ artistic director, the cutting-edge programming has brought first-rate performers from across Canada and around the world to our region. But while the current programme includes musical performances, literary readings and innovative […]
Poets and accountants are like oil and water. While the former are known for their intense passion, the latter are often seen as synonyms for mind-numbing dullness. But what if the two groups shared a secret, namely, that they both manipulate “facts” to create multiple meanings? “Give me any set of figures and I can […]
The Ottawa International Writers Festival is one of my favourite times of the year. With a spring and fall session, as well as several literary events in between, this celebration of the written word is manna for book lovers. The 2013 fall edition, scheduled from October 24-30, continues the proud tradition of promoting intelligent discussion […]
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 […]
Ottawa-based author Sandra Ridley is a fantastic poet. Her writings have earned her numerous awards, including the Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing, the bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award, and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. She has also facilitated poetry workshops at Carleton University and the Ottawa Public Library. Apartment613 caught up with the talented wordsmith to discuss her second […]