LCP shortlists

Lampert: Bertrand Bickersteth – The Response of Weeds (NeWest Press, 2020), Jillian Christmas – the gospel of breaking (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020), Valerie Mason-John – I Am Still Your Negro (University of Alberta Press, 2020), Bahar Orang – Where Things Touch (Book*hug Press, 2020), Tyler Pennock – Bones (Brick Books, 2020), and Natasha Ramoutar – Bittersweet (Mawenzi House, 2020) For Raymond Souster: Sadiqa de Meijer – The Outer Wards (Véhicule Press/Signal Poetry, 2020), Klara du Plessis – Hell […]

Online reading Coming soon

Pictured in the before-times, Ilse Turnsen & I at a Woman’s Day reading. Soon Ilse will host the inaugural of the Heart of The Library Reading Series, Wakefield. I’m chuffed to be the guest reader for a digital reading of footlights and a Q&A at the series launch, as a part of the 100-Mile-Artist Network. […]

Are you an Artistic Director?

Apply for Artistic Director or Director of Versefest. Want a hand in choosing who we bring in? Want to manage poets? Paid position! We’re hiring! Are you creative? Detail-oriented (seriously)? Hardworking? Amicable? Can you dream big and deliver bigger? If you’re interested in joining our stellar team at VERSeOttawa as a General Director or Artistic […]

Lesley Strutt

Lesley Strutt died yesterday. That seems absurd and impossible. When she said she’ll be doing cancer treatments for the rest of her life, somehow my brain translated that as ‘good news, leukaemia can now be kept at bay successfully for years.’ When someone fades away, declines and is eager to leave for years, that’s a […]

Poetry Classes Registering now

New courses from Studio Nouveau are coming this month. Starting January 18, Run asynchronously. Hosted at Moodle. Discussion forum, thinking pieces, prompts, feedback and more. Lubing the Muse: Generating Poems & Fresh Edits8 weeks. Make at least 20 poems in 2 months. $200. PWYC slots available. Includes:Build with What You Know: Scaffolding on other poems, […]


The VF site is live! The festival runs online Nov 6-22. The closing event for the 10th anniversary edition will host 5 minute readings from a few of the organizers: Chuquiao Yang, Éric Charlebois, Shery Alexander Heinis, Vivian Vavassis, David O’Meara, Michel Therien, rob mclennan, Susan Atkinson and myself. See the Oct 22 schedule here.