Join us at our New Location

Spring is already slipping into summer. Tree’s final reading of the season will be June 12. Don’t miss hearing Ottawa’s own poet and publishing entrepreneur rob mclennan and Tanis McDonald from Waterloo, author of poems that can be pointed, poignant and funny. Join us at our new, accessible, home The Happy Goat Coffee Co. Excellent coffee and tea, interesting beers and wine.

Tree Renews

Text: Tree's board of directors is proud to announce the end of its GoFundMe campaign to #HelpTreeGrow and wants to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone whose contributions this spring have given Tree new life.


About Tree...

Running since 1980, Tree is one of Canada's longest-running literary events, and an essential part of Ottawa's vibrant literary community.


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Tree takes place...

... at Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St, 1 block northwest of Gladstone & Preston.
... on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
... free of charge. A hat is passed for donations.
... with lots of parking, and close to Bayswater stops on #14 or #11 busses.
Tuesday, September 25

Brecken Hancock + Sonia Saikaley

Brecken Hancock

Clean sweep for Broom Broom and now more
Brecken Hancock's poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Puritan, Arc, Best Canadian Poetry in English, Best American Experimental Writing, The Globe & Mail and Hazlitt. Her first book of poems, Broom Broom (Coach House, 2014), was shortlisted for the ReLit Award and won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. It was also named by The Globe & Mail's Jared Bland as a debut of the year, and appeared on a number of year-end best-book lists, including the National Post, All Lit Up, and BookThug's Best Reads. Brecken will be reading from current projects, including a book of essays and a graphic novel.
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Sonia Saikaley

Lebanese dishwasher to Turkish delight to Allspice bath
Sonia Saikaley was born and raised in Ottawa to a large Lebanese family. Her first book, The Lebanese Dishwasher, co-won the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. Her first collection of poetry, Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter, was published in 2012 and a second collection, A Samurai’s Pink House, was published in 2017 by Inanna Publications. She is currently working on a novel entitled Jasmine Season on Hamra Street. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, she lives in her hometown of Ottawa. Her novel The Allspice Bath is slated for publication in the spring of 2019 (Inanna Publications).
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