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March 21 @ 7:00 pm - March 26 @ 9:00 pm
VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival returns for an eclectic mix of written and spoken word poetry Tuesday, March 21 to Sunday, March 26, 2017. 60 poets. 6 days. 1 festival. All events take place at Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St.) unless specified otherwise below. See versefest.ca for tickets and info.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Opening Showcase – Zachary Richard, Carolyn Smart, Steven Collis
9:00 pm: Urban Legends – Carlos Gomez, K’ayla Fraser, CannonX2
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Tree Reading Series – bill bissett, Madhur Anand, Christian Milat
9:00 pm: VF showcase – Paisley Rekdal, Tereza Riedlbauchova, Brandon Wint
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Offsite: LIVE! On Elgin, 220 Elgin Street, 2nd floor
10:30 pm: Rhizome
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Verse Voices – Eva HD, Michel Côté, Michael Dennis, Andre Narbonne
9:00 pm: Blue Mondays and In/Words – Kayla Czaga, Ali Blythe, Allesia de Cesare, Dominique Langlois
Friday, March 24, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
7:00 pm: Plan 99 – Moez Surani, Greg Scofield, and Sharon McCartney
9:00 pm: Capital Slam hosts a local slam featuring Amélie Prévost
Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
1:00 pm: Factory Reading Series presents lectures by Marilyn Irwin and Faizal Deen
3:00 pm: Translation Panel with Chus Pato, Patrick Friesen, Erin Mouré, Ulrikke Gernes, and Lisa Robertson
4:30 pm: Fire and Ice – Barâa Arrar, Truth is, LouNat, Beth-Anne
7:00 pm: Railroad Reading Series – Alan Gillis, Leanne O’Sullivan, Jordan Abel
9:00 pm: Ottawa International Writers Showcase – Ulrikke Gernes, Chus Pato, Erin Mouré, and Patrick Friesen
Sunday, March 26, 2017 Offsite – Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave
1:00 pm: Kado – Marco Fraticelli, Maxianne Berger
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St.
1:00 pm: NCR showcase – Mark Frutkin, Sandra Ridley, Guy Jean, Angele Bassole OueDraogo
3:00 pm: Arc Poetry Magazine – Robyn Sarah, Jill Jorgenson, Phoebe Wang, Lisa Robertson
4:30 pm: Student Showcase – Frédérique Champage, Evan Hoskins, Gabrielle Tardif, Lauren Stiers
7:00 pm: Poet Laureate ceremony and readings with guest Mark Doty
9:00 pm: Sawdust Reading Series – Steven Heighton and Louis Bertholom