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 sometimes 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 two artistic co-directors, and is overseen by an advisory board including Margaret Zielinski, Vera Wabegijig and Elanor Boyle Stanley (incoming treasurer), Claudia Radmore and Claire Farley.


Artistic CO-Directors


Colin Morton

Also Tree's treasurer. Originally from Calgary, Colin Morton has been active in Ottawa's literary community for over thirty years. He has published ten books of poetry, including The Coastlines of the Archipelago, Dance, Misery, The Local Cluster and, in fall 2013, Winds and Strings (BuschekBooks). Among other awards, Morton has twice received the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry.


Pearl Pirie

Pearl Pirie is the author of the pet radish, shrunken, (BookThug, 2015), Thirsts (Snare, 2011) and been shed bore (Chaudiere, 2010). She is a host of CKCU Literary Landscape and a 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.


Nina Jane Drystek
Nina Jane Drystek graduated from Concordia University's Creative Writing program in 2011 and went on to complete her Master's at the University of Guelph in 2012. After travelling for almost a year she has returned to Ottawa, her hometown, where she is working on her writing, serving coffee and doing social media for various literary organizations including the Tree Reading Series and the Ottawa International Writers Festival.


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.