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 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 board of directors. They are, in alphabetical order:

Dorian Bell (Co-Artistic Director) is an emerging multimedia artist from Ottawa, Ontario. Dorian has three albums of music under the alias, of Nature (from nurture, 2013 / empty elle, 2014 / in significance, 2017). He also has a chapbook through In/Words press (more or less significant, 2017) and much more to come.

Elanor Boyle-Stanley (Treasurer) is an accountant (CPA-CA) and a long-time arts supporter. She has worked with many non-profits in both a professional and volunteer capacity.

Claire Farley (Grants Coordinator) is a doctoral student in English Literature at the University of Ottawa and editor of Canthius, a literary magazine publishing women and genderqueer writers. Her poetry has appeared in several literary magazines and in the anthology of Canadian millennial poets, 30 Under 30. She is the 2016 recipient of Arc Poetry Magazine's Diana Brebner Prize.

Chris Johnson (Tree Chapbook Contest Coordinator) works as the Managing Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine. In March 2018, he performed in "Messagio Galores takes XV" with Quatuor Gualuor. His poetry has appeared in Bad Nudes, Hart House Review, and in a chapbook, Listen, Partisan!, published by Frog Hollow Press.

Natalie Leduc is a Master’s student in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa. Her academic as well as artistic interests include experimental and conceptual poetry, class dynamics, and pro-intersectional feminist theory. She is currently writing her Master’s thesis on the concept of the poet as activist. Prior to to her studies, she spent time working in Los Angeles as a pop and locker. Natalie is an original member of the poetry performance ensemble Rhombus 19 and the creator of the Zine Apocalips. For the past year Natalie has been a reader for the Ottawa Arts Review and involved in her local union, but she has always been an avid supporter of the arts and labour rights.

Scott Lemoine (Secretary) is a writer and performer. He has appeared on Ottawa stages with Zucchini Productions’ Confidential Musical Theatre Project (Big Jule in Guys and Dolls) and Capital Cabarets: Bring on the Men, and in indie women’s production of A Man of No Importance. Scott was a regional semifinalist in CBC’s 2014 Searchlight competition with a song from his EP adolescence. He holds a Bachelor of Humanities degree and an MA (International Affairs) from Carleton University and works for the administration of the House of Commons.

Jamie MacPherson

Jean Van Loon (Co-Artistic Director) holds an MFA from UBC. Her stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in literary magazines across Canada and in Journey Prize Stories 19. Her poetry collection Building on River was published by Cormorant Books in April 2018. She has worked with other non-profit boards including Canada’s top board, the federal Cabinet.

The board is grateful for the ongoing support of volunteers Jane Hamilton, Pearl Pirie, Brian Pirie, and Claudia Coutu Radmore.

Publicity and Social Media Assistant

Sarah MacDonell writes, bakes, and scuttles around Ottawa.

Workshop Coordinator & emcee