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. One block west then one north from Gladstone and Preston. Lots of parking. 4 min. walk from #14 stop at Gladstone and Bayswater. 4 min. walk from #11 stop at Somerset W. and Bayswater.

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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.


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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.
... on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
... free of charge. A hat is passed for donations.
Tuesday, June 12

Tanis MacDonald + rob mclennan

rob mclennan

rob mclennan has boosted the signal of more writers than we can count while also developing and tightening his own craft, including this newest collection
Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. In March, 2016, he was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. His most recent titles include the poetry collections Life Sentence (Flat Singles Press, 2018) and Household items (Salmon Poetry, 2018). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Christine McNair), The Garneau Review (, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (,Touch the Donkey ( and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( He is “Interviews Editor” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog, and an editor/managing editor of many gendered mothers. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at
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Tanis MacDonald

Tanis MacDonald is an active, generous reviewer in the CanLit community. Her 4th collection is out this year.
Tanis MacDonald is a poet, editor, and creative non-fiction writer. Her book of essays, Out of Line: Daring to Be an Artist Outside the Big City will appear from Wolsak and Wynn in Spring 2018, and her next poetry book, Mobile, from BookThug in 2019. She is one of the co-editors of GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times, which will be published by Frontenac Press in Spring 2018. She lives in Waterloo and teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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