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fw: Poet’s Pathway Reading

It’s tomorrow, short notice, but perhaps a few can make it out to this:

The Poets’ Pathway is hosting a reading by local poets this Friday night.

The event is at Poet’s Hill at Beechwood Cemetery, with readings by Henry Beissel, Andrée Lacelle, Susan McMaster, Diane Schmolka, Michel A. Thérien and Nancy Vickers.

Hope to see you there, and please consider spreading the word to your readers.

Lee and Jane


Sunset at Poet’s Hill
Readings by local poets at Ottawa’s memorial for founding poetry

Local poets will read a selection of their works at Poet’s Hill in Beechwood Cemetery this Friday evening. The hill marks the end of the Poets’ Pathway, a 34 km biking and walking trail.

The Poets’ Pathway aims to preserve green space in Ottawa – it mainly follows pre-existing trails – and to commemorate Canada’s first famous poets, many of whom lived and wrote in Ottawa.

Hosted by Nicolas Tremblay of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and The Prism Chamber Music Ensemble, the event will feature six local poets, reading in both English and French:
– Henry Beissel: playwright and poet of “The Jade Canoe” (First Prize in Poetry, by the Surrey International Writers’ Conference) and “Where Shall the Birds Fly?” (Naji Naaman Literary Prize)
– Andrée Lacelle: author of Tant de vie s’égare (Trillium Book Award, Prix de Poésie de l’Alliance française and finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award) and Demain l’enfance (Prix Littéraire Le Droit)
– Susan McMaster: Past President of the League of Canadian Poets and author of Crossing Arcs: Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me (finalist for the 2010 Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award, the Ottawa Book Awards, and the Archibald Lampman Poetry Award)
– Diane Schmolka: author of poetry collection Fedora and Other Hats, regular contributor to VOICE magazine and reporter/poet for online arts magazine Women on Top
– Michel A. Thérien: author of nine poetry books, including L’Aridité des fleuves (Ottawa Book Award), J’écris à rebours (Prix Littéraire Le Droit) and Du vertige et de l’espoir – Carnets africains (finalist for the Radio-Canada Literary Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award)
– Nancy Vickers: author of twelve poetry, fiction and children’s books, including Le Pied de Sappho (Trillium Book Award)

When and Where:
The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28 at Poet’s Hill, Beechwood National Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue.

Refreshments and conversation at a nearby restaurant will follow. Parking is available.

About the Poets’ Pathway
The Poets’ Pathway is a 34 km walking and biking trail, much of it on pre-existing trails. It runs from Britannia Beach south along Pinecrest Creek and east along Nepean Creek. It crosses the Rideau River, moves north to the Ottawa River, and ends in Beechwood Cemetery where the poets lie. Its purpose is to help preserve greenspace in the nation’s capital and to commemorate Ottawa’s poets – particularly Canada’s first famous poets, the Confederation Poets, and francophone poets of the 19th Century.

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