Editorís Notes

Greetings Readers,

I hope you're enjoying the balmy weather, at last. This month's issue features two poets new to Bywords.ca. I'm always pleased that Bywords receives submissions from former and new contributors. I hope you enjoy the issue.

National Poetry Month has just passed but that doesn't mean that you have to give up poetry. There are plenty of poetry readings and spoken word events on the horizon offered by the Factory Reading Series, Capital Slam, the Tree Reading Series, the A B Series, to name a few. I hope to see you there.

Also of note, the Haiku Canada Conference runs from May 16-18 at Carleton University & former local poet Terri Ann Carter will be giving a workshop on haiku at the Embassy of Japan on May 21. Check out the Bywords.ca news for more information about conferences, workshops, calls for submission, contests, small press publishing news and more.

And on rainy days, it's a good time to visit the Ottawa Public Library & check out the poetry sections. I'm a regular visitor to the 819 section myself.

If you are a current or former Ottawa-area resident, student or worker and you write poems, please check out our monthly call for submission under Guidelines on the site. Remember that we have a ten-twelve member selection committee who are seeing the poems without seeing the names or biographies of the poets.

Thanks to our selection committee this month:

Pamela Mosher
Kemisha Newman
Claudia Coutu Radmore
Carol A. Stephen

If you have comments, suggestions, questions or a good poetry book to recommend, please contact me at amanda@bywords.ca.

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Amanda Earl