VF: Hall of Honour

A new tradition to thank some people who inspired started at this VERSeFest… The first inductees into the VERSeFest Hall of Honour: William Hawkins and Greg “Ritallin” Frankson. rob mclennan welcomed in William Hawkins with this introduction. William Hawkins has lived most of his life in Ottawa, with side trips to Vancouver, Toronto, Tallahassee and […]

VERSeFest Day 5: Factory Series

The matinee event for 2pm on March 14th was a Factory Series event with Markotić and McElroy who both work with components of language more than starting from components of story. Their work in poetry seems more whole person some how instead of using the heart as a morphine pump while the rest atrophies. They […]

VERSeFest Women's Slam Showcase

Day 3 of VERSeFest was The Women’s Slam Showcase of V, Kay’la Fraser, Kimbit and Missaralee, hosted by Jenna Tenn-Yuk. Missaralee told of being stuck speechless, except for the “words sanctioned by Shakespeare”, the right time and place being the stage, not interpersonal space. Girls are told to be quiet and obey. (Know that upbringing!) […]

VERSeFest 2013: Day 3, 7pm

Let’s wayback-time-machine-ourselves from World Poetry Day to March 14th. Stuart Ross, Don Mckay and Catherine Owen were the 7pm show sponsored by Tree. There were conversation circles forming the book area. David welcomed people, thanked sponsors and passed over the mic… the last few people came in the door getting their tickets or waving their […]

Urban Legends at VERSeFest

Jamal hosted the Urban Legend’s competition. The sign up list of poets was randomized and the crowd called out a number of who would go next. The winner of the night would automatically get a place in the semi-finals. And $250 cash. Second spot gets $100 and third spot $50. First up was the sacrificial […]

Donation Perks: Poems In the Hand of the Poet

VerseFest’s Indiegogo funding drive is 2/5 of the way to the goal. It has added a few more items, beyond pins, t-shirts, feel-good-feelings, festival passes and tax receipts…want a framed, handwritten poem by Karen Solie? By Phil Hall? Or how about Philip Levine? If you like broadsheets and limited print run, this may be your […]