Tag Archive | local poets

14, As More Than Just A Number (by Anna Humphrey)

Just putting a link to htis here, because it’s December 6th.
 
14, As More Than Just A Number (by Anna Humphrey)

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Ditch Magazine – Girls’ Night Out

So, Ditch has created a page to celebrate the Canadian and international women writers who have contributed to their magazine.
 

Contributions to literary magazines seem to run about 70% male to 30% female. There doesn’t appear to be any clear answer as to why more women don’t submit – the reasons are as varied as the women themselves.

 
No, me and my cynical side, look at that statement and think:
But, wait. “Contribution” means a piece that gets accepted for publication. That’s not the same as “Submission”. There are two things being said here…
 
None the less, I appreciate Ditch’s putting up this page, featuring links to the work of all their women contributors. If you are looking for avant guarde and experimental women poets to read on your own, or to invite to you stage, this would be a good place to start. 🙂
 
Their list includes Ottawa’s own Amanda Earl, Christine McNair, and Pearl Pirie, as well as many, many others.
 
Here’s the link.

Voices of Venus ft Amanda Earl

Amanda Earl FB Event Banner - April 2013
 
Amanda Earl is an Ottawa Poetry dynamo. She has no less than seven chapbooks to her name, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, most recently including: Rampike 19.2, the Cultural Mischief Issue; PRECIPICe, Volume 3; and Dusie 10.
She has been the managing editor for Bywords.ca and the Bywords Quarterly Journal for ten years; and also runs AngelHousePress through-which she publishes the Experiment-O annual e-magazine.
Amanda has performed on numerous stages around the city, including Tree, VERSeFest, and – back in 2009 – VoV’s very first show.
Tonight, she’s bringing us an erotically charged set featuring both poetry and prose. Do come out and join us. 🙂

Upcoming Events – February 2013

Hey folks,
Thanks for making tonights show – complete with unexpected last-minute venue change – a success. It was wonderful to see you all out. 🙂
How many of you have gone home hunting mangoes, after hearing Jackie’s poem? 😉
 
Below is just a smattering of the spoken word and live lit events happening in Ottawa during the second half of February. Please do check them out. 🙂
 
 

Friday, Feb 15th

 
Dusty Owl presents “Senior Love Poetry” (a fundraiser for VERSeFest – there will be goofy prizes)
Mug Shots – pub in the Jail House Hostel
9pm
PWYC
 
 

Saturday, Feb 16th

 
Ottawa Storytellers’ Speaking Out Speaking In present “Beyond the Underground Railroad – Black History in Canada” ft Ruthanne Edward and Greg Frankson
7:30pm
Tickets are $25.50 at the NAC Box Office
 
 

Sunday Feb 17th

 
Dusty Owl presents a fundraiser for the Black Youth Conference, ft Jacqueline Lawrence & John Akpata
Mug Shots – pub in the Jail House Hostel
3pm
PWYC
 
AB Series presents Luna Allison and evalyn parry
Raw Sugar
7:30
$12
 
 

Sunday, February 24th

 
Words of a Poet – Vol. IV ft Raliq Bashard, Komi Olaf, Ikenna Onyegbula, Hodan Ibrahim, Brandon Wint, Ragaeeb, Synonymous, and Ibn Najeeb
Ottawa Little Theatre
7pm
Cost Unknown
 
 

Tuesday, February 26th

 
Tree Reading Series presents:
6:45pm – Tree Seeds workshop: Playing with Constraints with Gwynn Scheltema
8pm – Show ft Monty Reid & Nina Berkhout
Arts Court Library
PWYC
 
Ottawa Story Tellers’ Stories and Tea presents “Tailored Tales: Clothes encounters of the woven kind” ft. Nicole Lavigne and Phil Nagy
Tea Party Café (119 York St)
7pm
$8/PWYC
 
 

NOTE: Next Month VoV will be at Knox Church (Elgin at Lisgar) because it’s VERSeFest Time! We will be featuring Luna Allison and Lady Katalyst, and the show will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $10 OR attend both of that evening’s shows for $15.

 
 
TTFN, and see you next month at VERSeFest,
A.

Reblogged – 2013 VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam Championship

The above reblogged post is the (very late) write-up I did of the 2013 VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam Championship. Feel free to swing by that blog and read the whole thing, but I’m reblogging it here because of this:
 
“Many of the competitors brought sexually-charged poetry to the stage during Round Two. This is not particularly unusual. It seems that when women poets want to make an impression, we turn up the heat, get sexually explicit, and open up about all those things that Genteel Ladies aren’t supposed to talk about.
I find this intruiging on a few different levels – as a woman who enjoys poetry, as an organizer who encourages women poets to speak openly about sexuality and desire, and as a poet whose work frequently centers on the erotic. I can theorize about this, get bitter about how the manipulation sexual attention is often the “only” power that women are “allowed” to have in Patriarchy, or point you towards Audre Lorde‘s words on the necessity of eroticism for both self-knowledge and the creation of change. But I would rather hear what other women poets’ thoughts on the subject. (Do feel free to talk this up in the comments section, folks. I would love to hear what you have to say).”

I hope you, here, will also comment on this. Thoughts? Theories? Have at it. 🙂

Voices of Venus ft Jacqueline Lawrence

Hey there, all.
 
So February’s show is going to feature Jacqueline Lawrence, a glorious local poety who is also the programme director for 3 Dreads and A Baldhead’s literary series, as well as one of the hosts of CHUO 89.1FM’s Black on Black.
 

Jacqueline Lawrence performs at VoV this Wednesday, February 13th!
Bring your erotica to our all-women open mic and get in free! :-D

Jacqueline Lawrence performs at VoV this Wednesday, February 13th!
Bring your erotica to our all-women open mic and get in free! 😀


 
Jacqueline Lawrence received the Editor’s Choice Award from the National Library of Poetry for her submission to the River of Dreams anthology.
She has published two chapbooks with her writers’ collective “Write on the Edge”, as well as a solo chapbook, “Surrender”. She will release a second chapbook later this year.
 
Selected pieces from her pending collection “invisible visibility: on being black, fat and a woman” have been shared with audiences at various readings in Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Atlanta, Antigua and Jamaica.
 
As always, bring your poetry and stories, particularly if you have erotic poetry/stories given that this month’s show is right before Valentine’s Day, to our all-women open mic and you get in free!
Otherwise, it’s $5 at the door for an evening of fabulous poetry and storytelling topped off with Jacqueline’s feature performance. 🙂
 
I look forward to seeing you all there. 😀
 
 
TTFN,
A.