dear Ottawans, here's at least one activity a day for you to enjoy in April, which is National Poetry Month. & please add others in the comments section. and many of these activiites are virtual, so if you aren't in Ottawa, you can still enjoy.
1. VISIT www.nationalpoetrymonth.ca for a month’s worth of visual poetry.
2. ATTEND the launch of Err by Shane Rhodes at the Manx Pub, 5pm & Gustave Morin’s presentation on Visual Poetry as part of the A B Series, 7:30pm, Gallery 101 or Capital Slam’s final qualifying show featuring Nathanael Larochette at 7pm, Mercury Lounge.
3. ATTEND the Dusty Owl Reading Series, 5pm, the Carleton Tavern Upstairs to hear the poetry of Blaine Marchand (and the fiction of Gabriella Goliger).
4. VISIT the League of Canadian Poets daily poetry blog for poems about nurturing.
5. PURCHASE a new poetry book from Collected Works, Mother Tongue Books, Perfect Books, Books on Beechwood or Nicholas Hoare Books, especially those published by Chaudiere Books and Buschek Books, Ottawa's poetry publishers.
6. ATTEND a reading at the Ottawa Public Library, Rosemount Branch at 7pm, featuring Ronnie Brown, Blaine Marchand, Craig Poile, and Paul Tyler.
7. LISTEN to Literary Landscapes with David O’Meara at 6:30 pm on CKCU FM. ATTEND a reading of Japanese form poetry at Mother Tongue Books at 7:30pm, featuring Gillian Foss, Mike Montreuil, Claudia Coutu Radmore, Terry Ann Carter, Janick Belleau.
8. ATTEND a reading at Collected Works at 7:30 pm featuring Maureen Hynes, Ruth Pierson, and Patria Rivera.
9. ATTEND Eco Jest Us, a multi-genre prelude to Earth Day featuring poetry of Pearl Pirie and others at Arts Court at 1:30pm, and RAW, a night of poetry and music at the U of Ottawa Alumni Auditorium at 7pm. ATTEND Colin Morton’s day-long workshop on Art and Artifice in poetry at Algonquin College.
10. ATTEND the Sasquatch Reading Series in the Royal Oak II basement at 2pm, featuring Sheila Martindale. SUBMIT poetry to In/Words.
11. SUBSCRIBE to the Bywords Quarterly Journal.
12. ATTEND Voices of Venus at the Umi Café at 7pm for a spoken word feature and open mic; or the Tree Reading Series at 8pm for the open mic and features Gilliam Jerome and Joshua Auerbach.
13. SUBSCRIBE to Arc Poetry Magazine.
14. LISTEN to Literary Landscapes with Kate Hunt on CKCU FM at 6:30pm.
15. SUBMIT poetry to Bywords.ca.
16. ATTEND a reading at RAW Sugar at 4pm, featuring the poetry of Apt. 9 Pressers Monty Reid and Claudia Coutu Radmore, and the prose of Jeremy Hanson-Finger; or a reading at Collected Works by Christian McPherson at 7pm, or a reading at the A B Series at the Mercury Lounge at 7:30pm by Jen Currin and Jonathon Ball.
17. ATTEND a reading by Jen Currin at Gallery 101 as part of the A B Series at 1:30pm, or the Youth Poetry Slam at 2pm at the Bronson Centre, or a reading by David Groulx, Dusty Owl Reading Series, 5pm, the Carleton Tavern Upstairs.
18. EXCHANGE poetry at the In/Words Writers’ Circle at Carleton University at 6pm, and LISTEN to Monday Night Scribes with John Akpata at 10pm.
19. WRITE new poems and share them with others at the Creative Writing Play Date at Mother Tongue Books at 8pm.
20. VISIT rob mclennan’s blog for poetry reviews of contemporary Canadian poetry and more.
21. EXCHANGE poetry at the University of Ottawa Writers’ Circle at 5:30pm.
22. VISIT Pearl Pirie’s Pesbo Journal for musings on poetry and great photos of readings too.
23. WRITE a review of a recent and local poetry book or chapbook for Bywords.ca.
24. BUY gently read poetry books from the Bytown Bookshop.
25. SEE photos of poets who have come to Ottawa on the sites of local photographers Charles Earl and John W. MacDonald.
26. ATTEND a reading at the Ottawa Public Library, Carlingwood Branch at 7pm, featuring Craig Poile, Sandra Ridley, Ronnie R. Brown & Blaine Marchand, or the Tree Reading Series at Arts Court at 8pm for University Night featuring the poetry of Sinaee, Kozak, Ladouceur, DePape.
27. VISIT the blogs of Rusty Priskie, Kevin Matthews and Greg Franklin for spoken word.
28. BUY passes to the spring edition of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, which begins today; LISTEN to Christine McNair on Literary Landscapes on CKCU FM at 6:30pm.
29. BUY chapbooks from Apt. 9 Press, AngelHousePress and above/ground press. VISIT Room 3o2 Books and buy rare poetic ephemera from jwcurry.
30. BORROW contemporary Canadian poetry books from the Ottawa Public Library and visit the Ottawa Room at the Main Branch for wonderful and rare poetry.
As always, visit the Bywords.ca events calendar to find out about the above events and more as they are added, and the bywords.ca news, links, blogs and store.
and above all, what should be obvious, read poetry! (thanks, Grant ;)