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:

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.

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.

Ben Ladouceur (Artistic Director) is the author of two poetry collections, Otter (2015) and Mad Long Emotion (2019), both published by Coach House Books. He has received several awards for his writing, most recently the 2018 Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging LGBT Writers. He has served as an editorial board member for In/Words Magazine and Arc Poetry Magazine, and as a columnist for Open Book. He has read at Tree’s open mike many times since first doing so in 2009 and is thrilled to be a member of the team today.
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.