the Ottawa Public Library has been very active for National Poetry Month this year, which is heartening to see. along with various readings & workshops held at their branches, the Library held a poetry contest on Twitter in both languages. the judges were Christine McNair & rob mclennan. the contest was bilingual. i wrote in both French & English,but as far as I know, was the only one to send work in French, so I won the French.
the English winners were Pearl Pirie, Adam Thomlinson & JC Sulzenko. congratulations to all of them. & thanks to rob & Christine.
you can read the poems here.
the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library is giving the winners goodies. huzzah!
on Saturday, there's an NPM reading at the Sunnyside Branch featuring Heather Cadsby, Mary Ellen Csamer & Deanna Young.
David O'Meara's sold out poetry workshop takes place on Saturday at the Carlingwood Branch & there have been several other poetry workshops by well-known Ottawa poets throughout April. all sold out.
& on Wednesday, April 24, there's a joint OPL/A B Series NPM reading featuring Stephen Brockwell, Christine McNair, David O'Meara, Peter Richardson, & Sandra Ridley.
this is the first year I've seen the Library put so much effort & attention into National Poetry Month. i hope they continue.