About quillfyre

I'm a poet and member of the League of Canadian Poets published in Ottawa journals and online. My poems have received Honourable Mentions in Arborealis 2008, Ontario Poetry Society, and the Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest in 2008 and 2011. I began writing on a manual green Olivetti typewriter, but I don’t miss having poems flavoured with correction fluid and cross-outs.

What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa in May 2017

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

 NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF MAY, 2017

 

Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

JOIN US AT THE CAA-NCR PROGRAM PLANNING MEETING Tuesday, May 2, 2017

 TIME: 7:00 p.m.  LOCATION: Meeting Room A McNabb Community Center, Percy St. at Gladstone, Ottawa

 

We’re planning for 2017-18.  Help us create a Canadian Authors Association branch that meets YOUR needs.

What do you need us to plan for you?

What should we do at our meetings?

What workshop topic would interest you most?

All are welcome. If you can’t make it but have some ideas for us, send an email to NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org


CAA-NCR MEETING: TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

 

30th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) Awards Night

Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association

 LOCATION: Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe St. Ottawa 

Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch, designed ...

Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch, designed by Bemi & Associates Architects (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

 In addition to the presentation of the awards, finalists will be invited to read their entries. The winning entries will be published in Byline, and all finalists’ entries will be published in a 2017 Anthology celebrating the NCWC’s 30th Anniversary. We look forward to the friends and families of the finalists, and anyone wishing to support local authors, to attend and enjoy an evening of wonderful writing.

 

FROM NIAGARA BRANCH:

 THE BANISTER 32ND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

 The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 32nd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. For more information go to Details. Deadline: May 31, 2017 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem Prize: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize $100 Details: www.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/

 

FROM NATIONAL:  SAVE THE DATE – CANWRITE! 2017 Registration Now Open!

Whether you’re a beginning writer or a long-time professional, you’ll find what you’re looking for at CanWrite! 2017 June 22 to 25 Humber College Lakeshore Campus Toronto, Ontario

 

This combination writers’ retreat and conference offers an a la carte menu of writing circles, writing clinic, interactive workshops, publisher and agent panels, pitching opportunities, open mic readings, networking, book fair, and inspiring literary awards events.  All meals included!

This is your opportunity to network and mingle with agents, publishers and fellow writers from across Canada. For conference details and to register, visit

canadianauthors.org/national/ and click on the CanWrite! 2017 menu button.

 


OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

WRITING YOUR MEMORIES SEMINAR WITH AUTHOR MOLLY O’CONNOR

 

Sunday, May 7, 2017  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Ruth Dickinson Library 100 Malvern St., Barrhaven

$35 per person

 

How many times have you said to yourself “I should write my story—my life’s story”? Perhaps you want to record a family history to be cherished by your descendants or you have a personal story you want to share with the world, whatever your reasons for needing to document your memories you want them to be read and appreciated because each and every one of us has a story worth telling.

No one else can tell your story, you own it and you should tell it, however, telling it effectively and well is often missing. This seminar will give you the basic tools needed to begin to craft a compelling account of your cherished memories.

Molly O’Connor is the author of Fourteen Cups, a collection of short stories, Wandering Backward a creative memoir, Snow Business a children’s picture book, a novel When Secrets Become Lies and her work appears in several anthologies including five Chicken Soup for the Soul editions—Grandmothers, O Canada, The Dating Game, The Dog Did What? and Good Dog Bad Dog. Her work also appears in Not Your Mother’s Books and magazines.

 

In this seminar, you will receive personal guidance and positive direction. Maximum enrollment is 12 so reserve early to guarantee your space—$35.00 per person. Call 613 489-3624 or email 4molly.oconnor@gmail.com

 

OIW Workshop Friday May 26th at 4 pm until Sunday May 28th at 4 pm.

LOCATION: Cove Inn, in Westport

 

2 ½ days of writing and relaxation to rejuvenate the senses and bring your prose to life.

Don’t miss this wonderful chance to improve your writing while spending time in such an idyllic environment.  Book early, as space is limited, and tend to go quickly.

 

Information and registration please contact Susan Jennings at: sajennings@sympatico.ca

MORE INFO: http://www.ottawaindependentwriters.com/retreat

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

AUTHORS’ MARKET/L’ESPACE LITTÉRAIRE

 

Are you an author from the National Capital area?  This summer, promote and sell your books at the ByWard Market by reaching out to the thousands of locals and visitors we welcome every week! Come on your own or in pairs and we’ll provide an outdoor covered space with tables and chairs for free. For more details and to sign up:  City of Ottawa Markets Management bywardmarket@ottawa.ca 613-244-4410

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English: Byward Market in Ottawa, Canada – view south. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Estes vous un(e) auteur(e) de la region de la Capitale nationale? Cet ete, faites la promotion et la vente de vos livres au marche By et rejoignez les milliers de residents et visiteurs que nous accueillons a chaque semaine! Venez seul(e) ou en groupe de deux et nous vous fournirons gratuitement un espace exterieur couvert ainsi qu’une table et des chaises! Pour plus d’information et pour s’inscrire: Direction des marches, Ville d’Ottawa marcheby@ottawa.ca 613-244-4410

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

 

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

                       

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched again. Help make our fourth competition a success! We know that all of you all over the world have been making poems and we want to read them. The prize: $20,000. The 2017 Prize Judge: Montreal’s own, Michael Harris! And the 10 international jurors for 2017 are Kim Addonizio from the USA, David Dabydeen of Guyana, Vona Groarke of Ireland, Susan Nalugwa Kiguli of Uganda, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra of India, Pascale Petit of the UK, Talya Rubin of Canada, Carmine Starnino of Canada, Mark Tredinnick of Australia and Joseph Akawu Ushie of Nigeria. The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st.  Online entries only: www.montrealprize.com

 

MSLEXIA’S POETRY AND PAMPHLET COMPETITIONS NOW OPEN! 

 

This year the Poetry Competition for single poems will be judged by renowned Northern Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey. The first prize is a show-stopping £2,000 – plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at the idyllic Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and a mentoring afternoon with Amy Wack, poetry editor at Seren. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,025 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2017 issue of Mslexia.

Plus, we’re once again offering a special prize for the best poem by an unpublished woman poet. So if you’re an early-career writer who’s looking to see their work in print and pocket a tidy £500, this prize is especially for you.

If you already have a shoebox full of poems why not consolidate them into a collection and enter our annual  Poetry Pamphlet Competition? For collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems, the first prize is the publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and royalties from all subsequent sales. If you’ve never had a full-length collection published and want to take your work to the next level, this is the competition for you. The deadline for both competitions is 19 June 2017, so there’s still plenty of time to decide which poem/s to enter – or to write something new.

 

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – an outstanding collection of the best in new writing.  Prizes include: £1,000 Poetry Winner, £1,000 Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists. Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner) Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner) Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage One year subscription to Granta Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 

 OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY BOOKS TO DONATE? BOOKS THAT ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME?

 

May Court Library, housed at Ottawa Civic Hospital, is holding a book sale in the rotunda of the Civic on Tuesday, June 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The contact at the Civic Library would be Marnie Weller, 613-722-1000 Ex 16717. Anyone with books to donate should contact Marnie to make their own arrangements for delivery of the books, prior to the date of the sale.

 

All proceeds from this event will go to supporting the work of The May Court Club of Ottawa.  Established in 1898, The Club has provided various community services to the city over its history.  Currently it houses and supports the May Court Hospice, funds grants to community organizations, scholarships for nurse practitioners, operates the library at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, and supports a Munch and Learn program at six Community Houses.

 

MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

 

  • Tree Reading Series, Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Black Squirrel 1073 Bank St. Ottawa John Nyman + Shoshanna Wingate 6:45p Workshop – Breathing life into words : the art of spoken word performance with Daniel Groleau Landry 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readersca

 

  • LANARK COUNTY Live Poets 2017 FINAL SLAM AND TEAM SELECTION May 5th Doors at 7 Show at 7:30 Johnny McRae from BC to Host and Feature!!! 125 Gore St East Perth- McMarin House.  Invitational Team choosing Final Slam  $10 entry for non-competitors. Hope to see you there!

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL: SPRING 2017

WEB: www.writersfestival.org/  SEE SITE FOR TICKET AND VENUE INFO

 

  • May 1 – 6:30 PM: One on One with Anita Desai; 8:30 PM: What You Want with Elise Levine, Lori McNulty and Karen Connelly Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
  • May 2 – 6:30 PM: Rise of the Radical Right with Tom McMillan and Henry A. Giroux; 8:30 PM: The Only Journey with Andrew Westoll, Susan Perly and Steven Heighton

 

COMING UP IN OTTAWA IN JUNE

The Third Annual Prose in the Park Literary Festival begins at 11 am on June 10, 2017 in the Parkdale Park, Ottawa and finishes at 6 pm. This beautiful outdoor day of readings, panel discussions and book-buying is the high point of Ottawa’s literary calendar. For details, click below.  https://www.proseinthepark.com/

 


the Ottawa small press book fair spring 2017 edition

Saturday, June 24, 2017 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane) noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)
admission free to the public.
$25 for exhibitors, full tables
$12.50 for half-tables

(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available. Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table More info: http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2017/01/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-spring-2017.html

 

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What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa for April 2017

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL, 2017

 

Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 
TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

CAA-NCR MEETING: TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

 

TOPIC: MODERNISM AND MICRO-FICTION IN CREATIVE WRITING, WITH CYRIL DABYDEEN

TIME: 7:00 p.m.  LOCATION: McNabb Community Center, Percy St. at Gladstone

Cyril will focus on some modern trends in writing, and ask the question: Does length really matter? He will dwell on the intersections between poetry and short fiction and the opportunities that arise for creative writers reflecting on the many possibilities, as well as the challenges of changing genres and voice, and the notions of plot, beginning and closure in the short-story form.

BIO: Cyril Dabydeen teaches Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa, and is a former Poet Laureate of Ottawa (1984-87). His work has appeared in over 60 literary magazines and anthologies world-wide. He has done more than 300 readings internationally and was twice adjudicated for the Governor General Award (Poetry) and the USA Neustadt Prize for Literature (UOklahoma) in 2000.

 

CAA-NCR SPRING WORKSHOP: THE WRITER’S JOURNEY, WITH CAROLINE PIGNAT In cooperation with the Ottawa Writer’s Circle

 Date: Sunday, April 23  Time: 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Place: James Street Pub, Bank Street at James Street, OTTAWA

 Cost: 25% discount for members of the Canadian Authors Association

$15.00 for members of CAA  $20.00 for non-members

This workshop is an expanded version of the presentation that Caroline Pignat made to the brave souls who managed to make it through a snowstorm to our January meeting. (Snow was Tuesday theme this year.) Since her presentation was so valuable but so many people missed it because of the weather, we invited her back to talk about the writer’s journey.

Stuck at a threshold? In need of a mentor? Dreading your dragon? Wherever we are in our writing careers, writing takes courage—and lots of it. Asking ourselves the right questions can help us forge ahead and claim that treasure. Join two-time Governor General’s Award-winner, author and teacher Caroline Pignat as she explores the call, challenges, and adventure of writing. Our voices, our stories, our ends and means may differ, but every Writer’s Journey is truly a Hero’s Journey.  Register: Send an email to NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org  Registrants may pay by cheque, cash, or e-transfer.

 

FROM NIAGARA BRANCH:

 

THE BANISTER 32ND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST 

 

The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 32nd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. For more information go to Details. Deadline: May 31, 2017 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem Prize: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize $100 Detailswww.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/  

(Our double blind platform publishes professionals, first time authors, students and poet laureates. This year’s judge is K. V. Skene) 

 

FROM NATIONAL:  SAVE THE DATE – CANWRITE! 2017 IS COMING

We’re thrilled to tell you that CanWrite 2017! will be held June 22-25, 2017 at Humber College in Toronto. Mark your calendars, and watch your inbox for more details about the location of our venue, accommodation options, and program highlights.

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 

WRITESCAPE SPRING THAW 2017 APRIL 21-23, OR APRIL 21-25, 2017

Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Don’t miss Spring Thaw. This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.   More info: http://writescape.ca/site/2016/01/spring-thaw-retreat/

BANFF CENTRE FALL PROGRAMS

Fall Programs Opening for Application this SpringIn addition to Emerging Writers Intensive and Mountain and Wilderness Writing, we’re excited to be running a thematic residency on race and literature this September, and an intensive on investigative journalism in the age of illiberalism. We’re also thrilled to present an accompanying summit on the role of the writer in relation to democracy over the weekend of October 20. Stay tuned to our website for more information.  Browse Programs

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

 

Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched again. Help make our fourth competition a success! We know that all of you all over the world have been making poems and we want to read them. The prize: $20,000. The 2017 Prize Judge: Montreal’s own, Michael Harris! And the 10 international jurors for 2017 are Kim Addonizio from the USA, David Dabydeen of Guyana, Vona Groarke of Ireland, Susan Nalugwa Kiguli of Uganda, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra of India, Pascale Petit of the UK, Talya Rubin of Canada, Carmine Starnino of Canada, Mark Tredinnick of Australia and Joseph Akawu Ushie of Nigeria.
The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st.  Online entries only: www.montrealprize.com

 

MSLEXIA’S POETRY AND PAMPHLET COMPETITIONS NOW OPEN!  NEW

This year the Poetry Competition for single poems will be judged by renowned Northern Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey. The first prize is a show-stopping £2,000 – plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at the idyllic Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and a mentoring afternoon with Amy Wack, poetry editor at Seren. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,025 prize pot, and all winning poems will be published in the September 2017 issue of Mslexia.
Plus, we’re once again offering a special prize for the best poem by an unpublished woman poet. So if you’re an early-career writer who’s looking to see their work in print and pocket a tidy £500, this prize is especially for you.

If you already have a shoebox full of poems why not consolidate them into a collection and enter our annual Poetry Pamphlet Competition? For collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems, the first prize is the publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and royalties from all subsequent sales. If you’ve never had a full-length collection published and want to take your work to the next level, this is the competition for you. The deadline for both competitions is 19 June 2017, so there’s still plenty of time to decide which poem/s to enter – or to write something new.

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – an outstanding collection of the best in new writing.  Prizes include: £1,000 Poetry Winner, £1,000 Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists. Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner) Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner) Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage One year subscription to Granta Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

 

  • Ottawa Independent Writers Meeting Time and Place: 6:30 pm. Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St. W, Ottawa. $10 for guests; coffee, tea & nibbles  April 18 – Brenda Chapman – Crime Writing  Web: www.oiw.ca/ Email: randyray@rogers.com

 

 

  • LANARK COUNTY Live Poets 2017 FINAL SLAM AND TEAM SELECTION May 5th Doors at 7 Show at 7:30 Johnny McRae from BC to Host and Feature!!!  125 Gore St East Perth- McMarin HouseInvitational Team choosing Final Slam  $10 entry for non-competitors. Hope to see you there!

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL: SPRING 2017

WEB: WWW.WRITERSFESTIVAL.ORG/  SEE SITE FOR TICKET AND VENUE INFO

  • April 27 – 6:30 PM: A Woman’s Work with Raiyah Patel, Sandra Perron and Monia Mazigh; 8:30 PM: One Day This Will Matter with Scaachi Koul
  • April 28 – Noon: Children’s Literature from Ireland with Deirdre Sullivan, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Oisin McGann; 6:30 PM: The Bond Between Us with Claire Cameron and Barbara Gowdy; 8:30 PM: At Home In the World with Mary Walsh and Heather O’Neill
  • April 29 – 2:00 PM: Written in the Body: A performance by Jan Andrews; 4:00 PM: 150 YEARS OF GREAT CANADIAN STORYTELLERS: A new stage performance by Douglas Gibson; 5:00 PM (Manx): Plan 99 Poetry with Kevin Connolly, Aisha Sasha John and Cassidy McFadzean; 6:30 PM: The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself with Sean Carroll; 8:30 PM: This is an Uprising with Mark Engler
  • April 30 – NOON: The Science of Why with Jay Ingram Hosted by Stephen Brockwell; 2:00 PM: Bridging the Diaspora Divide with Stephen Orlov and Samah Sabawi; 4:00 PM: Book Launch: The Muslimah who Fell to Earth with Ferrukh Faruqui, Janetta Munirah Maclean, Hanan Abdulmalik and Saima Hussain; 5:00 PM (Manx): Plan 99 Prose with Ray Robertson and Carys Davies; 6:30 PM: Vimy: The Battle and the Legend with Tim Cook Hosted by Charlotte Gray; 8:30 PM: The Illegal with Lawrence Hill
  • May 1 – 6:30 PM: One on One with Anita Desai; 8:30 PM: What You Want with Elise Levine, Lori McNulty and Karen Connelly Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
  • May 2 – 6:30 PM: Rise of the Radical Right with Tom McMillan and Henry A. Giroux; 8:30 PM: The Only Journey with Andrew Westoll, Susan Perly and Steven Heighton

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What Is The River

IMG_0219What is The River
To become, a river
must pass a jury process based on
topographical or aerial landscapes.

The River is cooperative. Turned by time,
a free style of weaving through layers of watercolor,
continuous overflows, the work of current,
always seeking new outlets.

On any given day one might find items of
marbled pottery, glass, feathers, shells, stone –
natural and manmade materials – woven into her work.

Whatever The River learns she masters, to discover
what can be drawn from within in hopes of offsetting winter.
Recurring abstract shapes, distinct tracks, sometimes animals
birds and carved bears emerge from internal landscapes.

The River is a window for artisans to perceive themselves.
Images always appear, become the river.
Do not fear her blank canvas.
The River is both meditation and a dance.

Carol A. Stephen

Found poem.  Source material: The River Artisans Cooperative, Saxton River, VT.
http://riverartisans.com

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What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa for March, 2017

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

NOTICES FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH, 2017

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Need more information on CAA-NCR?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 

TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at cstephen0@gmail.com

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

 

CAA-NCR MEETING: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017 WITH L.D. CROSS

 

TOPIC: Historical Writing: Where to look for what you want, with L.D. Cross

LOCATION: McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street, OTTAWA 7:00 p.m.

 

For the writer looking for historical information, we live in a resource rich environment. Here in Ottawa we benefit from facilities supported by taxpayers across the country. Some sources are obvious, others not so. Then there is the online search – a bounty of data both factual and fictional which you need to sort out.

Research never stops. You can always learn something new about an old subject. And it is not just writers who are sleuthing out the past. Everybody is in the hunt for what happened when — financial analysts, car buyers and even scientists. But as writers we get to weave our discoveries about the past into entertaining stories that will captivate readers into the future.

Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing” — Wernher von Braun, aerospace engineer

BIO:  L.D.Cross (Dyan) is an Ottawa writer of business and lifestyle articles as well as books about unique aspects of Canadian history. Her creative non-fiction articles have received awards of excellence for features and editorial writing as well as writing for seniors.

She won the inaugural Ontario Historical Society (OHS) 2010 Huguenot Society of Canada Award honouring “the best book published in Ontario in the past three years which has brought public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought” for The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada in the Amazing Stories series.

 


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THE BANISTER 32ND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST 

The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 32nd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. For more information go to Details. Deadline: May 31, 2017 Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem Prize: 1st prize: $300; 2nd prize: $200; 3rd prize $100 Detailswww.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/  

(Our double blind platform publishes professionals, first time authors, students and poet laureates. This year’s judge is K. V. Skene) 

 

FROM NATIONAL:  SAVE THE DATE – CANWRITE! 2017 IS COMING

We’re thrilled to tell you that CanWrite 2017! will be held June 22-25, 2017 at Humber College in Toronto. Mark your calendars, and watch your inbox for more details about the location of our venue, accommodation options, and program highlights.

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

 MSLEXIA FLASH FICTION WRITING WORKSHOPS

 If you’re thinking of submitting to Mslexia’s Short Fiction Competition 2017, we’ve devised a set of three flash fiction workshops, specially designed to help you work on perfecting an entry (or three) for our newest competition category. To get you started, you can find the first and second workshops here.

We’re looking for normal-length stories too, if the short short format doesn’t float your boat. Visit our website for more info and to see Vanessa Gebbie’s workshops from 2016.

First prize for Short Story is £2,000 and includes two optional extras: a week’s retreat at Gladstone’s Library, and a day with a Virago editor. Five other finalists will each receive a share of the remaining prize pot. The new Flash Fiction category has a prize of £500, as well as three runner-up prizes, and all winning entries will appear alongside the Short Story winners in the June 2017 issue of Mslexia.

Judging the longer stories this year is twice Booker-shortlisted novelist and short story author Deborah Levy, whose novel Hot Milk came out last year. Our new Flash Fiction category is being judged by award-winning flash fiction writer and novelist Kit de Waal, whose début novel My Name is Leon was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award in 2016.

Once you have your story ready, full details of how to enter are here. If you have any questions, our website has a full list of FAQs and advice about entering online, or you can always call us on 0191 204 8860 to speak to a real human being.

WRITESCAPE SPRING THAW 2017 APRIL 21-23, OR APRIL 21-25, 2017

Fern Resort

Looking for writing time? Polishing a project? Don’t miss Spring Thaw.
This all-inclusive writing retreat is held at the fabulous Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake in Keene. Stay for the weekend or treat yourself to an extra two days of writing.

  • 10-page manuscript evaluation with written feedback from Ruth and Gwynn
  • one-on-one consultation with either Gwynn or Ruth
  • private writing time
  • optional daytime creativity sessions to fire up your pen
  • a companion workbook with inspiration, prompts and supports
  • optional evening activities to network and share ideas and inspiration with retreat colleagues
  • comfortable cottages with wood-burning fireplace
  • first-class amenities and delicious meals

 More info: http://writescape.ca/site/2016/01/spring-thaw-retreat/

 SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS        

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.  FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

From Mslexia: Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Flash Fiction  £5.00  1st Prize: £500  Three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.  Judge: Kit de Waal  Fee: £5 per story Closing date: 20 March 2017

Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Short Story £10.00   1st Prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press. Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia. Judge: Deborah Levy Fee: £10 per story Closing date: 20 March 2017  More info at MSLEXIA: https://mslexia.co.uk/competitions/

 

Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest  Entry fee: $10 per poem. Cash Prizes: $1600: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $75, 8 judge’s choice of $50.  Complimentary anthology, trophy, and award ceremony during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Final received submissions deadline: Friday March 31, 2017. Visit www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com for further info and rules. Enquires: Send to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca

 

The Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest, 2017, Closing Date April 1, 2017. The Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest is held annually by the Capital Crime Writers. It is open to all residents of the National Capital Region aged 18 + and to all members of Capital Crime Writers.  In addition, a critiquing service is offered for an extra fee.  Stories must be: Original unpublished fiction. Feature a crime. No more than 3500 words in English. Typed double-spaced on white paper. The author’s name must not appear in the story.  Submissions that identify the author in the pages of the story will be rejected. Identifying information must only be found on a separate cover page, which must include: your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, story title an accurate word count. There is a limit of one submission per author. For submission and further details: For more information:  E-mail:  filteaupat@gmail.com  Website: http://capitalcrimewriters.com/events-contests/the-audrey-contest/

 

Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched again. Help make our fourth competition a success! We know that all of you all over the world have been making poems and we want to read them. The prize: $20,000. The 2017 Prize Judge: Montreal’s own, Michael Harris! And the 10 international jurors for 2017 are Kim Addonizio from the USA, David Dabydeen of Guyana, Vona Groarke of Ireland, Susan Nalugwa Kiguli of Uganda, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra of India, Pascale Petit of the UK, Talya Rubin of Canada, Carmine Starnino of Canada, Mark Tredinnick of Australia and Joseph Akawu Ushie of Nigeria.
The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st.  Online entries only: www.montrealprize.com

 

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – an outstanding collection of the best in new writing.  Prizes include: £1,000 Poetry Winner, £1,000 Short Fiction Winner, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists. Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner) Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner) Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage One year subscription to Granta Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

 

  • Live Poets Society February Fire Filled Wordfest Competitive Slam  Friday Mar.24, 2017 Coutts Roastery & Café,  57 Gore ST. East, Perth, Ont.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7.  $5.00 admission, performers free. Last competitive slam before the finals.

 

VERSeFest, OTTAWA’S INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL RETURNS!

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VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival returns for an eclectic mix of written and spoken word poetry Tuesday, March 21 to Sunday, March 26, 2017.  60 poets. 6 days. 1 festival. All events take place at Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St.) unless specified otherwise below. See versefest.ca for tickets and info.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Opening Showcase – Zachary Richard, Carolyn Smart, Steven Collis

9:00 pm: Urban Legends – Carlos Gomez, K’ayla Fraser, CannonX2

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Tree Reading Series – bill bissett, Madhur Anand, Christian Milat

9:00 pm: VF showcase – Paisley Rekdal, Tereza Riedlbauchova, Brandon Wint

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Offsite: LIVE! On Elgin, 220 Elgin Street, 2nd floor

10:30 pm: Rhizome

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Verse Voices – Eva HD, Michel Côté, Michael Dennis, Andre Narbonne

9:00 pm: Blue Mondays and In/Words – Kayla Czaga, Ali Blythe, Allesia de Cesare, Dominique Langlois

 

Friday, March 24, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

7:00 pm: Plan 99 – Moez Surani, Greg Scofield, and Sharon McCartney

9:00 pm: Capital Slam hosts a local slam featuring Amélie Prévost

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

1:00 pm: Factory Reading Series presents lectures by Marilyn Irwin and Faizal Deen

3:00 pm: Translation Panel with Chus Pato, Patrick Friesen, Erin Mouré, Ulrikke Gernes, and Lisa Robertson

4:30 pm: Fire and Ice – Barâa Arrar, Truth is, LouNat, Beth-Anne

7:00 pm: Railroad Reading Series – Alan Gillis, Leanne O’Sullivan, Jordan Abel

9:00 pm: Ottawa International Writers Showcase – Ulrikke Gernes, Chus Pato, Erin Mouré, and Patrick Friesen

 

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Offsite – Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave

1:00 pm: Kado – Marco Fraticelli, Maxianne Berger

 

Sunday, March 26, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.

1:00 pm: NCR showcase – Mark Frutkin, Sandra Ridley, Guy Jean, Angele Bassole OueDraogo

3:00 pm: Arc Poetry Magazine – Robyn Sarah, Jill Jorgenson, Phoebe Wang, Lisa Robertson

4:30 pm: Student Showcase – Frédérique Champage, Evan Hoskins, Gabrielle Tardif, Lauren Stiers

7:00 pm: Poet Laureate ceremony and readings with guest Mark Doty

9:00 pm: Sawdust Reading Series – Steven Heighton and Louis Bertholom

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