Ottawa launch of The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 17:00

Continuing in a long-established tradition of poetry excellence, the fifty poems in this seventh annual collection are culled from Canadian literary magazines and journals. Guest Editor Sonnet L’Abbe handpicked selections include the best, and most current, representations of the vibrant Canadian poetry scene.

David O’Meara, Pearl Pirie, Brent Raycroft & Shane Rhodes, 4 of Best Canadian poets have contributed to this distinguished volume. They will be reading from this collections and their other work, and of course, speaking about poetry!

Other poets included in this volume are John Barton, Marilyn Bowering, Nicole Brossard, Jan Conn, George Elliott Clarke, Jason Guriel, Sue Goyette, Don McKay, Susan Musgrave,  Michael Ondaatje, Carmine Starnino, Karen Solie and many more.

“…no matter what your tastes, there are some poems here you’ll really like”—The Globe and Mail

“The collection is a unique glimpse at a diversity of poets, from Ottawa's David O'Meara to Margaret Atwood to the revered P.K. Page.” —Cormac Rae, Ottawa Xpress

Saturday, April 18 2015
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MC: Heather Wood. Heather is the author of Fortune Cookie and Roll With It. She is the managing editor of the Best Canadian Poetry Series and the Artistic Director of the Rowers Reading Series. She lives in Toronto with her poet/psychotherapist partner and two cats.

About the Poet

David O’Meara lives in Ottawa. He’s the author of four collections of poetry, most recently A Pretty Sight (Coach House Books, 2013). He has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Prize, the Trillium Book Award, a National Magazine Award and has won the Archibald Lampman Award twice.

Pearl Pirie is the author of been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010), Thirsts (Snare, 2011), which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, March 2015.) Pirie’s most recent chapbook is vertigoheel for the dilly (above/ground, 2014). Host of CKCUfm, 93.1 Literary Landscape, she has been organizing Ottawa’s Tree Seed Workshops since 2009.

Brent Raycroft lives with his partner and their two sons north of Kingston Ontario. He edits law books for a living, though he is no lawyer. His poetry has appeared in Writing 13 (back in the 20th century) and more recently in Freefall, Prairie Fire, Arc andVallum. His poem “Scarecrow Maintenance” won the Walrus Poetry Prize Readers’ Choice Award in 2013.

Shane Rhodes lives in Ottawa. He’s the author of five books of poetry, including X: poems and anti-poems (Nightwood Editions, 2013). Shane’s awards include an Alberta Book Award for poetry, two Lampman-Scott Awards, a National Magazine Gold Award for poetry and a nomination for the Ottawa Book Award. Shane is the poetry editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, and was the 2013 Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia.

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