If you are a lover of poetry then this coming week will bring a smile to your face. VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival, starts on Tuesday, March 24, and runs until next Monday, March 30.
To help celebrate this gathering of talented wordsmiths, Apartment613 is launching today Poetry Week, which will include extensive coverage of both VERSeFest activities and local poets from the National Capital Region.
Our week-long series of stories begins on Monday with a post from Kenneth Ingram that provides an overview of what audience members can expect at this year’s poetry festival. His post will include an interview with VERSeFest’s artistic director Matt Jones as well as video clips.
Sanita Fejzic, meanwhile, has profiled five poets who are part of the poetry collection Five that was recently published by Ottawa-based Apt. 9 press. From Monday to Friday of this coming week we will be publishing a different profile of one of the writers in this collection. (See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5).
On Wednesday, we will be posting a review by Rob Thomas of House Dreams, the latest published work by local writer Deanna Young. This review will preview Young’s reading at VERSeFest that is scheduled for 7 pm on Thursday,March 26.
Then on Thursday, Sanita will be publishing an interview with local writer Pearl Pirie’s new work the pet radish, shrunkente. This review comes ahead of Pirie’s reading at VERSeFest for 7 pm on Friday, March 27.
Finally, the week will end with a post from Kabriya Coghlan, who has interviewed local poets Anthony Bansfield and John Akpata, both of whom will be inducted in the Hall of Honour at VERSeFest at 7 pm on Sunday, March 29.
We hope that you enjoy our special coverage this week, and that you have an opportunity to sample the wonderful poetic talent in the National Capital Region.
Update: We were able to conclude Poetry Week by profiling Ottawa’s own Kim Nguyen, aka King Kimbit, who is a talented poet, musician, spoken word artist and university math student.