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Griffin shortlist is announced with Canadians Jan Zwicky, Ken Babstock, and Ottawa Valley lad, Phil Hall!

Ottawa Magazine has run an interview with David O’Meara who was one of the Griffin judges this round, reading the 450-500 books entered worldwide from 37 countries.

David’s series, Plan 99 is on tomorrow at 5 with Roo Borson and former ‘Ninja George Murray.

Then, the reading I’m hosting with all those talented folk reading, comes at 7pm Saturday.

Then, on Sunday, Dusty Owl is back with its hoot to boot, 3pm at the Elmdale Tavern, hosting Stephen Brockwell.

On Monday the 16, if you missed the Ottawa youth poetry slam at Versefest, there’s a performance at the Main Branch of the public library.

Come Wednesday, Mansfield’s Ottawa spring launch happens with new books from Nelson Ball, Alice Burdick, Jaime Forsythe, David W. McFadden at Raw Sugar Cafe.

The week is still not over. On Saturday, American visual poet Dan Waber is in town at Gallery 101.

Meanwhile registration is on for Phil Minton’s Feral Choir to do 3 practices in making sound and then perform in May.

Online, there’s a new interview up with Sandra Ridley at OpenBook.

When we went to Dublin, I looked for all the poetry. There was some good stuff. People there say it’s constant there but a few were surprised at what I was used to accessing. There was nothing like Ottawa’s 3-10 events per day, plus all the informal ones of people’s workshop groups. An embarrassment of riches, for those easily embarrassed.

As always, full list of events at our goldmine resource calendar listing.

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