Editorís Notes

Dear Readers,

Happy new year. We start the year off with three new poems for your reading pleasure.

I would also like to remind Ottawans and former Ottawans that we are always in need of your poetry. We publish poems monthly on our site. Each poem published is considered for the John Newlove Poetry Award. This year's judge is Montreal poet, Gillian Sze. We pay $40 per poem. See the Newlove page for more information about the award. See the Guidelines page for more information about poetry submission. Tell your friends. Spread the word.

This time of year can be depressing for many people: a lack of light, the end of the festive season and the cold temperatures can contribute to melancholy. One way to lessen the blues is to meet your pals at literary and spoken word events. Ottawa has a warm and welcoming creative community. Check out the calendar and add a little light to your winter.

Thanks to our selection committee this month:

Wes Babcock
Robert Martin Evans
Jason Lamantia
Anne LeDressay
Kemisha Newman
Carol A. Stephen
JC Sulzenko

If you have questions, comments, suggestions or a smile to offer, please e-mail me at amanda@bywords.ca.

Amanda Earl

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