Editorís Notes

Greetings dear readers,

At the time of this writing, we are a mere week from the first day of Spring and it couldn't come soon enough. Thaw out after the deep freeze with four fine poems in this month's issue.

Take a look at the calendar of literary events. Get your passes and tickets for VERSeFest, Ottawa's annual poetry festival, which takes place from March 24-30 and includes local poets as well as poets from other Canadian provinces, the USA, Ireland, Chile and more. While you're making your festival-going plans, why not check out WritersFestival.Org for the upcoming Spring festival of ideas, which takes place in late April.

Festivals are perfect times to discover unknown authors, see well-loved authors, buy books and socialize with Ottawa's literati.

Thanks to our selection committee this month:

Robert Martin Evans
Jason Lamantia
Anne LeDressay
Fiona Mitchell
Pamela Mosher
Kemisha Newman
Carol A. Stephen
JC Sulzenko

I hope to see you at the upcoming festivals. If you attend, stop by and say hi.

If you have questions, comments, suggestions or bouquets of daffodils to offer, please e-mail me at amanda@bywords.ca. And don't forget to send in your poems for the next issue of Bywords.ca.

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Amanda Earl