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Short Story Collection by Winnipeg Author Casey Plett

So, having heard about this awesome event happening in Montreal on June 5th, I thought I’d point you all towards Winnipeg author Casey Plett‘s anthology of short stories, A Safe Girl to Love – A collection of eleven stories about young trans women “[…] stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love. These stories, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up as a trans girl can be charming, funny, frustrating, or sad, but never will it be predictable.”
The event will also feature Toronto writer and performance artist Morgan M. Page and a number of writers and performers from the U.S. If you’re in Montreal in early June, do check it out.


Voices of Venus 4th Birthday Party and Grand Finale ft Klayani Pandya and Pearl Pirie

Hello everybody!

This Wednesday, May 8th, marks VoV’s 4th birthday and will also wrap up four years of monthly shows.

Come for the Open Mic Stay for the Features And Also the Cupcakes

Come for the Open Mic
Stay for the Features
And Also the Cupcakes

Join us for birthday cupcakes, bring your own stories and poems to our all-women open mic, and enjoy feature performances by poetry scene veteran Pearl Pirie and up-and-coming story-teller Kalyani Pandya. Let’s take things out with a bang! 😀

Upcoming Events – April 2013

Thursday, April 18th

Ottawa Storytellers’ Speaking Out, Speaking In series presents: “Granddaughters Speak” ft Marta Singh and Sherri Yazdani

NAC Fourth Stage


Tickets: $20 at the NAC Box Office


Sunday, April 21st

Dusty Owl presents Sonia Saikaley and Alexis Kienlen

Mugshots Bar (75 Nicholas Street, in the Old Jail)




Tuesday, April 23rd

Tree Reading Series presents:

A Round Table editing session with John Steffler (6:45pm)


A feature performance by Mary Dalton (8pm)

Arts Court Library



Friday April 26th

Ottawa International Writers’ Festival presents:

Writing your Life” with (VoV alumna) Amber Dawn, Iain Reid, and Miriam Katin (6:30pm)

Every Happy Family” ft Cathy Marie Buchanan, Saleema Nawaz, and Shyam Selvadurai (8:30pm)

Knox Presbyterian Church

$15 per show (online or at the door)

The Spring Edition of Writers’ Fest is ongoing – running from April 10th to May 13th – and more information can be found at www.writersfestival.org.


Saturday April 27th

Ivan Coyote and Taqralik Partridge (!!!) as part of Northern Scene

Knox Presbyterian Church


Tickets – $12 online, at the NAC box office, or at the door. You can also get in with a Writers’ Fest pass.

Northern Scene runs from April 25th to May 4th and includes 250 artists from Yukon, North West Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut. You can find more information on performers and performances at http://nac-cna.ca/en/northernscene.


Saturday April 27 AND Sunday April 28th

Plan 99 in conjunction with Writers’ Fest present:

Tamas Dobozy & Elisabeth de Mariaffi (27th)
David Seymour, Rona Shaffran & Stephanie Bolster (28th)

Manx Pub



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

Saturday, Feb 16th

Ottawa Storytellers’ Speaking Out Speaking In present “Beyond the Underground Railroad – Black History in Canada” ft Ruthanne Edward and Greg Frankson
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
AB Series presents Luna Allison and evalyn parry
Raw Sugar

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
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
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)

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,

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. 😀

Upcoming Events – January 2013

Wednesday, January 9th


Voices of Venus ft The Rubies
Venus Envy
Doors and sign-up: 7:30
Show: 8pm


Thursday, January 10th

AB Series ft Pearl Pirie and Carolyn Smart
Raw Sugar
PWYC (pass the hat)

Friday, January 11th

Urban Legends ft Kym Dominique Ferguson
Carleton University Architecture Building (1125 Colonel By Drive)
$8 (performers, volunteers, children get in FREE; $50 to winning poet)

Saturday, January 12th

No Rules Slam ft Dimorphic
Mercury Lounge
Doors and sign-up: 6:30
Slam: 7pm
$8 (free for competitors)

Thursday, January 17th

Ottawa Storytellers’ Speaking Out, Speaking In Series presents “Flying in the Dark” ft Kim Kilpatrick
NAC 4th Stage
$20 at the NAC Box Office

Sunday, January 20th

Dusty Owl presents Luna Allison and Erin Saoirse Adair
Mug Shots (75 Nicholas – pub inside the old Jail House next to Arts Court)

Monday, January 21st

Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam ft CauseMo and Kimbit
Pressed Café (Gladstone at Arthur)
Workshop: 5:30
Slam: 6:30

Tuesday, January 22nd

Ottawa Storytellers’ Stories and Tea Series presents “Firsts” ft Anne Nagy and Sherri Yazdani
Tea Party Café (117 York St)
Tree Reading Series ft Erín Moure
Arts Court Library
Tree Seeds workshop – 6:45pm (Sound Techniques: Voice and Mics Part 2, ft Jennifer Pederson)
Show ft Erín Moure – 8pm

Thursday, January 24th

The Factory Reading Series presents Ottawater 9
Contributors include VoV alums Abby Paige, Amanda Earl, Frances Boyle, Ronnie R. Brown, and Pearl Pirie, among many others
Carleton Tavern (Armstrong and Parkdale in Hintonburg)

Saturday, January 26th


VERSeOttawa 2013 Women’s Slam Championship
Ft: CauseMo, Hannah Christie, Dimorphic, D-Lightfull, Elle P, Kay’la Fraser, Freedom Writer, Emelie Jaquez, Kimbit, Missaralee, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, and V.
Mercury Lounge
Doors: 6:30
Championship: 7pm


Sunday, January 27th


Bywords presents Bywords Warms the Night – a fundraiser for Cornerstone Women’s Shelter
Ft: Dominique Bernier- Cormier, JC Bouchard, Heather Davidson, cb forrest, Cassandra Nykyforak, & Catherine Ruth Taylor (plus music by Jill Zmud)
Bywords Winter 2013 Edition will be launched at this event
The Manx Pub (Elgin near Gladstone)
By Donation (pass-the-hat) – Everyone who donates gets a copy of BQJ Winter Edition

Voices of Venus ft Marta Singh!

Hi folks!
Sorry for the radio silence. Things are a bit nutty in my personal life, what with moving apartments and getting married (in two weeks!), so the updates have been rather slower than I might otherwise like.
None the less, I do want to make sure everyone knows about this week’s show.

Join us THIS WEDNESDAY December 12th for "Landscapes of Silence" and Tales of Wonder from Argentina!

Join us THIS WEDNESDAY December 12th for “Landscapes of Silence” and Tales of Wonder from Argentina!

This month, we’re excited to bring you Storyteller Marta Singh, who will be telling us Tales of Wonder from Northwest Argentina, as well as pieces from her two-hour set “Landscapes of Silence” which is all about growing up in a family with Secrets.
From her bio:
A recent arrival on the storytelling scene, Marta has already made a noticeable impact in her own community of Ottawa, in the Eastern Townships, and in a number of other Ontario locations. She has told regularly at the Ottawa StoryTellers series at the Fourth Stage of the National Arts Centre, performed with the epic group Stories from the Ages, and been featured at festivals in Sherbrooke, PQ, and St. Mary’s, Ontario. Argentinean by birth she tells in English, Spanish and bilingually. Performances by Marta leave audiences spell-bound. Her repertoire includes traditional, literary and personal stories. She is definitely a teller to watch.
Come out and join us!
As always, our all-women open mic is ready and waiting for you to share your own work – and you get in free, if you perform. For those of you (of any gender) who wish to be part of our audience, the cover is $5/pwyc, and we would love to have you!
Looking forward to seeing you on what just might be a snowy December night.
Ms. A.