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, November 27

Deanna Young + Kevin Shaw

Deanna Young

“Poems that unfold like liturgy, confronting old violence with a trembling, dignified restraint” –– Brick
Deanna Young is the author of four books of poetry, including Reunion (2018) and House Dreams (2014), which was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, the Ottawa Book Award, the Archibald Lampman Award, and the ReLit Award. Born in the village of Lucan in southwestern Ontario, she grew up there, in neighbouring townships, and in the nearby city of London. She lives in Ottawa, where she works as an editor and teaches poetry privately. 
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Kevin Shaw

“Stately and majestic, yet scuffed with wear and disillusion” –– the poems, that is –– Goose Lane
Kevin Shaw is from London, ON where he completed a PhD in Canadian Literature at Western University. His poems and personal essays have appeared in periodicals such as The Malahat Review, CV2, Grain, The Fiddlehead, Event, and The New Quarterly, and are forthcoming in the anthology Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness (Oxford, 2019). He received Arc Poetry Magazine’s Poem of the Year award and the Grand Prize in the PRISM International Poetry Contest. His debut poetry collection, Smaller Hours, was published in Fall 2017 by icehouse poetry, an imprint of Goose Lane Editions. He currently lives in Ottawa and works as a writer and editor in the public service.  
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