Tuesday, December 13

Brenda Leifso + Local Lights

a.m. kozak

performance poet, community organizer, collaborator, activist & event-goer

a.m. kozak is a performance poet, community organizer, collaborator, activist & event-goer who indefinitely warbles between Ottawa & the west coast. Poems appear/will appear in Arc, Matrix, (parenthetical) & BafterC (a BookThug publication), & featured performances include Tree, Sawdust, blUe mOndays & EW Reading Series.

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Brenda Leifso

Brenda Leifso’s poems in Barren the Fury unflinchingly articulate negative epiphany

Brenda Leifso’s work has been published in journals and anthologies across Canada. Her second book, Barren the Fury, was released in 2015 with Pedlar Press.

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Jenny Haysom

Award-winning Ottawa poet, debut book to watch, listen up!
Jenny Haysom was born in England and raised in Nova Scotia. She completed a Master's degree in English Literature at the University of Ottawa in the 90s, and has since worked for independent booksellers and the Ottawa Public Library. Her writing has appeared in a variety of magazines—most recently in The Walrus, The New Quarterly, and The Fiddlehead. A chapbook of poems, Blinding Afternoons, was published by Anstruther Press in 2017, and her debut collection, Dividing the Wayside, is due this fall (2018) with Palimpsest Press. Jenny was on the board of directors for Arc Poetry Magazine for several years, guest-edited a special issue of children's poetry (2012) and was prose editor from 2014-16. She lives with her family in Old Ottawa South.
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Lesley Strutt

With a PhD in Linguistics, Lesley has studied the link between words and meaning extensively.

Lesley Strutt is a poet, essayist, novelist, playwright, and blogger living in Merrickville, Ontario. Her ancestral roots are Irish and she is a descendant of the Bard of Bytown - William Pittman Lett. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies, journals and e-zines. Her chapbook Small as Butterflies won the 2015 Tree Chapbook Contest. Lesley sits on National Council for the League of Canadian Poets and is an active member of PEN Canada. She edited If There is Somewhere to Go, the third collection of open reading poems published in the Living Archives series of the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets, for which Susan McMaster was consulting editor.  Her first collection of poems will be published by Inanna Publications.

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