VERSeFest is bringing O-Town’s wide-ranging poetry communities together with a festival full of readings, performances, slam, spoken word, workshops for kids, discussions and much, much more. If you want it, and it’s connected to poetry, then VERSeFest has it. And they also have some big…

CFSW 2010 Ottawa FINALS

“Are you a poet?” Missie P., of Victoria BC clutched a stack of whiteboards and leaned over a couple in the second row, asking to determine whether they were disqualified from being judges. Looking around at the audience, it was difficult to spot anyone that…

A poet slowly approaches the microphone on an empty stage. On the count of three, the audience throws their clenched fists in the air, shouting “Raise it!” This is not your average coffee-shop turtleneck-wearing finger-snapping poetry reading. This is slam poetry. If you’re not familiar…

David O’Meara and the Plan 99 Reading Series “I never thought we’d celebrate the tenth anniversary,” says David O’Meara of Plan 99, the Ottawa “gold standard” reading series he co-founded with Chris Swail in 1999. “I’m just saying so,” Dave adds, “because at the beginning…