Who We Are

Featured Readers

Featured readers at Tree are mostly Canadian poets whose work has been published in book form, although short story writers, playwrights and novelists occasionally appear at Tree. These writers help expose new and aspiring local writers, as well as the wider literary community and general public, to current themes and trends in Canadian literature. This fosters an appreciation and understanding of the works of modern Canadian writers while establishing a high artistic standard to which developing writers can aspire.

Who’s Who at Tree

The Tree Reading Series is run by a volunteer executive of director, overseen by an advisory board including Colin Morton, Vera Wabegijig and Elanor Boyle Stanley (treasurer), Claudia Radmore and Claire Farley.


Artistic Directors



Pearl Pirie

Pearl Pirie is the author of the pet radish, shrunken, (BookThug, 2015), Thirsts (Snare, 2011) and been shed bore (Chaudiere, 2010). She hosts CKCU Literary Landscape, is cheap herder/president of regional haiku group, KaDo and writesa food columnist at Centretown Buzz. She runs phafours press. A former teacher, she runs Studio Nouveau Workshop and pop-up series.  She has photographed area literary events for over a decade.

Publicity and Social Media Assistant

Sarah MacDonell
writes, bakes, and scuttles around Ottawa.


Workshop Coordinator

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson  is currently working as Coordinating Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine. He was an editor of In/Words Magazine & Press while he attended Carleton University for a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature.