Editorís Notes

Greetings Readers,

We ring in summer with a blockbuster issue featuring seven poems. I hope you enjoy.

We have a lot to celebrate. Bywords.ca has received a City of Ottawa grant once again this year. Bywords is a one-hundred percent volunteer-based organization. Thank you to our volunteers and Ottawa's residents for your support. Your contribution of poetry, event listings, festivals, calls for submission, local publisher and author news, contests, workshops, association news and more furnishes us with worthwhile content that is of interest to Ottawa's thriving literary community.

We are busy preparing for the eleventh annual John Newlove Poetry Award to take place at the Ottawa International Writers Festival once more in October. Right now we are putting the finishing touches on the chapbook of last year's award recipient, Rob Thomas and soon our 2014 judge, Camille Martin will select this year's recipient. To purchase the chapbooks of previous recipients, please click here while quantities last.

Thanks to our selection committee this month:

Beth Ann Hubbert
Fiona Mitchell
Kemisha Newman
Claudia Coutu Radmore
Carol A. Stephen
JC Sulzenko

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Amanda Earl