Patrick Edwards-Daugherty

Secret Vespers is an online visual poetry project by Patrick Edwards-Daugherty, a.k.a. Somerled. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday it features a new installment, combining minimal line drawing with poetry.

(Cult)ure Magazine

(Cult)ure magazine is an online Ottawa-based arts and politics magazine that speaks to the different intellectual cults within our society.

100 poets against the war

E-Chapbooks published by Todd Swift. Contains poems by Ottawa poets

3AM Magazine

"From 'cutting edge short fiction' to political satire and music reviews, 3am is a dream publication for the young, literary and clued-up..." - The Times, London

A B Series

The A B Series' mission is to serve the Ottawa public by presenting world-class readings of sound and experimental poetry.

Abby Paige

Abby Paige is a freelance writer and performer, currently based in Ottawa, Ontario.

above/ground press

small press run by rob mclennan. est 1993.

Absolutely Orbital Magazine

ABSOLUTELY ORBITAL is an online magazine for emerging authors and illustrators of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fantasy, and the like. A scene where writers/artists/thinkers can find each other and try to invent cool new things together. A magazine for the mavericks, cowgirls & boys, space cadets, and knights errant of the imagination.


multi-lingual newspaper that includes poetry in English, French, Spanish, German,Hebrew and Arabic

After Reading

Hi, I am John Miedema. In 2009 I published a book, Slow Reading, a set of essays about the benefits of reading at a voluntary pace. It was a timely book, a perspective in the trending debate about e-readers. The book caught an international wave of interest. I was invited on the speaking circuit and interviewed by several major media. That was fun.

Since then I have been working on a larger imaginative work, exploring ideas about books, the internet and machine life. This new work is called After Reading. I am drafting the work as a web series. The best versions of the content are listed in the Table of Contents. I will eventually publish the completed work as an illustrated book. It is a labour of love and I am in no hurry. Slow writing, I suppose.

ahadada books

Ahadada Books is a small press first begun in 1999 publishing titles both online and in print.

Alison Gresik - Design Your Arts Committed Life

Alison Gresik is a fiction writer who coaches creatives to design amazing lives in support of their art.

All Lit Up

distributor of Canadian independent books and managed by the Literary Press Group.

Amanda Earl

Ottawa writer and small press publisher

Andrea Simms Karp

Andrea has performed for Bywords twice. She has the voice of an angel and plays a mean banjo (and guitar!) Her CD will soon be ready for purchase.


Angel House Press is to be a conduit for experiments in sound, colour, text. It began in 2007 with three chapbooks i self published in a limited edition of 26 copies. i had planned for AHP to be a sandbox where i'd play alone, but i have since decided to let others in to play along too. Invite is the key term for now. I'm not considering unsolicited manuscripts. I don't have the money or time to do so. The Angel In The House is a Victorian concept and poem about a very weak and mindless woman whose sole responsibility was to be charming. Perhaps you can see the irony.

Anita Dolman

Author Anita Dolman's writing and editing blog, covering writing- and editing-related topics, especially fiction, poetry, editing as a career, and work-art-life balance.

Apollinaire's Bookshoppe

You have found the on-line home of Apollinaire's Bookshoppe, an imaginary bookshoppe that specializes in 20th century literature. Emphasis is given to poetry, smallpress, the experimental and the ephemeral. Apollinaire's is also responsible for the distribution of BookThug, a small press that publishes contemporary innovative poetry.

Apt. 9 Press Etsy Store

limited edition chapbooks

Arc: Canada's National Poetry Magazine

Arc's mission is to nurture and promote the composition and appreciation of poetry in Canada and abroad.

Arts Carleton Place

Empowering artists and area residents through the arts.


Ottawa arts and culture site


Founded in 2003, Artswell is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and well being of individuals living with the effects of age, illness or injury. Art in progress Our goal is to empower individuals and communities through creativity by exposure to and engagement in the arts.

Ascent Aspirations Magazine

Ascent Aspirations Magazine publishes quarterly on line and in the future twice a year in print. We publish literary, science fiction, horror, dark mainstream fiction, poetry, essays and visual art.

Association of Italian Canadian Writers

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers brings together a community of writers, critics, academics, and other artists who promote Italian Canadian literature and culture.


Asymptote is an exciting new international journal dedicated to literary translation and bringing together in one place the best in contemporary writing. We are interested in encounters between languages and the consequences of these encounters - See more at:

Author Margaret Kell Virany

Author and Northrop Frye scholar Margaret Virany née Kell was born in Cookstown, Ontario in 1933. Her United Church of Canada minister father, John, and his WWI war bride, Kathleen (née Ward in Portsmouth, UK) were spending their vacation month of July on the farm of John's mother (an Irish Campbell) to help with the harvest. The Kells (from Yorkshire, UK) and Campbells had pioneered Crown land in the 1850's and were well respected owners of a cluster of farms. Margaret graduated in English Language & Literature from Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1955. There she met her future husband Thomas Virany while working on the student newspaper, The Varsity. She was a professional YMCA pubic relations secretary in Montreal and Toronto until 1961. Then, excepting part-time and freelance work, she stayed home as a mom until she became editor of the Aylmer (QC) Reporter in 1977. When it folded in 1980, she and Thomas became co-owners and co-founders of the Aylmer Bulletin. They put it out in their basement while he, a mechanical engineer, continued to be a career federal patent examiner. By 1989 the Bulletin was established as a prosperous business and sold to another publisher. In 2003, Margaret wrote A Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void, the story of her parents' honeymoon years spent as missionaries to the northern Cree, with a sub-story of her growing up as a minister's daughter. She published Eating at Church in 2006 and Kathleen's Cariole Ride in 2010. Margaret is the author of eight chapters of student notes of Northrop Frye's Lectures edited by Robert D. Denham and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2016.

Authors in Their Own Write

interviews with Canadian authors brought to you by the Canadian Authors' Association via podcast

BAD DOG Review

a journal of new poetry edited by former Ottawa poet, J.C. Bouchard.

Banff Centre Literary Arts Programs

This department is devoted to all aspects of literary arts, and to developing a forum for the exchange of ideas in contemporary art and literature. Rigorous, innovative, and critical approaches in writing and publishing are developed through programs that support professionals at various stages in their careers.

Barâa Arar

community organizer, writer

Barbara Avon

Barbara Avon is the author of six novels. A romantic/suspense trilogy, a two part romance/time travel story and a stand-alone romance/time travel novel.  She is also the author of two children's books. Avon won second place in FACES Magazine "Best of Ottawa" award. She is working on "The Gift", set to be released in October of 2017. Her books have been received favorably across the board, entertaining readers with an almost "movie-like" quality. Barbara has written since she was young, pursuing her dreams and vowing to write for as long as she can. She has worked at several different media publications and will continue to publish novels until "her pen runs dry". She believes in paying it forward and you can read about this belief as the theme is given voice in most of her books. Avon lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, Danny.

Barbara Fradkin

Ottawa mystery writer.

Barry Finlay

Barry Finlay is the author of three award-winning books: the inspirational Kilimanjaro and Beyond, the mystery/thriller, The Vanishing Wife and the humorous travel memoir and bestseller, I Guess We Missed The Boat. 

battleaxe press

small press run by Natalie Hanna

Black Bile Press

BLACK BILE PRESS is an explosive Canadian micro press publisher of new fiction chapbooks and the literary magazine Front&Centre. Founded by Matthew Firth in 1994, Black Bile Press is committed to publishing the best, ballsy new fiction from Canadian and international voices quality work from writers who kick against the pricks.

Black History Ottawa

Is a registered Canadian charity with a mandate to advance education by increasing the publics knowledge and appreciation of, and carrying out research in the history, culture, traditions and achievements of Canadians of African descent.

Blue Metropolis

Montreal's Literary Festival

Book Clubs in Ottawa

a list of book clubs via Meet Up


Bookninja is the premier Canadian literary site, and one of the top literary sites in the world. It is frequented by thousands of people from all around the globe and has become a nexus for literary news and opinion. Our unique look, content, and acerbic presentation have garnered notice from mainstream media and literary personalities alike.The Bookninja Magazine presents original articles and reviews as well has humour and general interest pieces. It is a space open to suggestion, so please write us if you have an idea.

Books Happy Face by Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston

Book criticism. Theatre criticism. Writings.

Books on Beechwood

Books on Beechwood is an independently owned and operated business that has been serving the New Edinburgh neighbourhood in Ottawa for over a decade. We pride ourselves on our literary-fiction, biography & history sections, and we offer a huge selection of books for children and young adults.


an online public archive of the works of bpNichol and his collaborators. Here you will find audio, digitized print materials, photographs, links and eventually video, critical articles and curated exhibitions.

Brad Morden

Musician & spoken word artist, Brad Morden performed at the 2011 Bywords Summer Reading.

Brandon Wint

Brandon Wint is an Ottawa-based writer and poet who has graced stages and captured audiences across Canada with his unique spoken word performances since 2008.

Brenda Chapman

Ottawa mystery author

Brenda Leifso studios

an on line writing studio-beekeeper to your thriving word hive

Brick Books

Brick Books is a small literary press based in London, Ontario. The press was started by Stan Dragland and Don McKay in 1975 and began by publishing chapbooks. We have now gravitated towards the publication of full-length volumes of an individual author's work. The mandate of Brick Books is to foster interesting, ambitious, and compelling work by Canadian poets, both new and established; to create and maintain the exceptional editorial standard for which Brick has gained a national reputation; to produce beautifully designed, attractive books worthy of the excellence of their contents; and to distribute and promote these books and their authors. We publish 6 new books and 1-3 reprints every year.

Bridgewater Retreat Centre and Art School

A retreat midway between Toronto and Ottawa offering writing and art workshops.


(Giacomo) Jack Briglio's published works and webcomics

Bundoran Press

Bundoran Press publishes quality science fiction novels and anthologies.

Bunkhouse Press

Bunkhouse Press plans to focus on emerging literary writers in various of genres, including short fiction collections, novels and satire.

Buschek Books

Ottawa publisher BuschekBooks publishes poetry, fiction and translations of the highest quality by established and first-time authors and translators.

Bytown Bookshop

USED & RARE - BOUGHT & SOLD 21 Arlington Ave Ottawa,ON K2P 1C1 (613)233-2715

Bywords Article at Jam Jar Words

a short history of the Bywords Monthly, EST 1990 and, EST 2003

C. E. Zulin

C. E. Zulin (Cody Zulinski) is a self-published author, teacher, singer-songwriter and political communications officer living in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.

Cait Gordon

Author Cait Gordon likes aliens and dessert. Er, that doesn't mean she likes to eat aliens with dessert. Although she's open to eating dessert with aliens. Because dessert. And aliens.

Read updates about her book, Life in the 'Cosm, and upcoming events.

Warning: this author is prone to episodes of cheerfulness while exuding Irish charm. She also had been known to be frighteningly friendly, and quite silly.

Thanks for stopping by!

Camila Reimers

Canadian Chilean Author of Visionary Fiction

Canadian Authors Association

The Canadian Authors Association is Canada's national writing organization. Founded in 1921, the CAA has played a key role in the support and development of the Canadian writing community.

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

festival information

Canadian Poetry Archive

Poetry Archives at the National Library of Canada. Click here for the french version of this site.

Canadian Review of Literature in Performance

devoted to a critical exploration of all aspects of literature in performance: spoken word, dub poetry, performance poetry, slam, sound poetry, orature, theatrical monologues, text-based performance art ...


CanCult is a clearinghouse for 21st century Canadiana. CanCult is not your parents nation. CanCult is mediated by Peter Darbyshire.


A Canadian literary journal publishing poetry and short fiction from established and emerging women writers. Issue 01 forthcoming fall 2015. 

Capital Crime Writers

Capital Crime Writers has grown to a group of over seventy members who meet on the second Wednesday of every month at the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

Capital Poetry Collective

Home of Capital Slam, Ottawa No Rules Slam, Poetry@Pressed and Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam

Capital Slam

Your source for Ottawa's slam-tastic monthly poetry series!

Carleton University's English Literature Society

Events, contests and other literary activity taking place on campus and off


Writing, roleplaying and storytelling

CB Forrest

Chris writes prose and poetry. His latest novel is the Weight of Stones (RendezVous Crime, 2009)

CBC Poetry Face Off

This popular Canada-wide competition brings together 70 primed poets in 14 cities stretching from Victoria to Dawson City to St. John's.

CBC Words At Large

CBCs Words at Large is a destination for Canadians where they can take a journey into the world of books, poetry, literature, literacy and much more.

Celebrate Mother Tongue Books

Help us close the store, start a new chapter and leave a lasting legacy.

Charles de Lint

Ottawa sci-fi/fantasy writer

Chaudiere Books

new Otttawa-based literary press

Chinatown Remixed

a month long festival of arts in unconventional spaces, Somerset Street West. 2011 festival takes place from May 15-June 15.

ChiSeries Ottawa

Ottawa's speculative fiction reading series

CHUO FM 89.1

University of Ottawa campus radio, including CLICK Here with Mitchell Caplan, a show with interviews of local writers

Cinderella Story

Cinderella Story is a cause. It is the collected efforts of anyone who has had the opportunity to experience spoken word poetry, and wants others to do the same. Cinderella Story is a vehicle to connect with other poets. Its a place for newcomers to immerse themselves in poetry


a journal of historical fiction

City of Ottawa

Contains guidelines for funding proposals and deadlines for Arts and Heritage.

City of Ottawa 2020

Ottawa 20/20 is the City of Ottawa's growth management strategy.

City of Ottawa Calendar of Cultural Events

listing of arts, heritage, festivals, readings,

CKCU 93.1 FM

Carleton University radio station with shows including Friday Special Blend, Literary Landscapes, Third World Players & more that highlight & promote local and international literature.


Community Radio serving the Ottawa Carleton Region for over 26 Years.

Claudia Radmore

 Claudia Radmore is an author, poet, educator, owner of, and editor/designer for Bondi Studios.

Click Here On Demand

Click Here is an interview-based, magazine style program hosted by Mitchell Caplan. The show presents an alternative perspective on the arts and on community issues, focusing on issues not covered by mainstream media and on the underground arts scene.

Coach House Books

Coach House Books publishes Canadian poetry, fiction, artist books and drama. We are interested primarily in innovative or experimental writing.

Colin Morton

Colin Morton is a writer who lives in Ottawa, Canada. He has published ten books of poetry (four of them award-winners) and a novel, as well as editing and collaborating on a handful of other books and an award-winning animated film. Also an essayist and reviewer, he helps direct the Tree Reading Series in Ottawa.

Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar

Collected Works is an independent bookstore serving the vibrant community to the West of downtown Ottawa.

Conyer Clayton

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she received an MA in English from the University of Louisville in 2013. She moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia later that year, and in 2016, to Ottawa.

She has two chapbooks currently published: “The Marshes” (& Co Collective, 2017) and “For the Birds. For the Humans.” (battleaxe press, 2018). Her work has been published widely in Canada and the U.S., including Prairie Fire, The Maynard, In/Words, Bywords, Transom, and phafours press.


In 2017, she won Arc's Diana Brebner Prize for her poem "Seeds."  She also recieved 3rd place in the 2017 Prairie Fire Banff Center Carman Bliss Poetry Contest for "What you actually lost."


Conyer Clayton is a member of the sound poetry troupe Quatuor Gualuor. She is part & Co Collective, and co-editor of & Co Collective's 2017 chapbook, “Indistinguishable: as if forgetting were silence to be filled.” She has collaborated with a number of musicians to create poetry for ambient, classical, and jazz music. She is interested in exploring and experimenting with poetry as performance, as movement, as music itself.

Her style ranges broadly from surrealist prose poetry to minimalist 3 line poems to raw autobiographical essays to lyric and beyond. She believes different styles embody different truths of experience. The world is simple and the world is complicated. Reality cannot be captured in one mode. Conyer Clayton's writing reflects this flux.

Conyer is currently working on or seeking publication for multiple completed manuscripts, both chapbook and full length. If you are interested in reading more, please reach out!

Conyer is also a professional editor, with a focus in poetry. If you are interested in hiring her for professional editing services, please get in touch with her via email at

Cornerstone Women's Shelter

Bywords holds a reading each January to help the homeless who take emergency shelter at Cornerstone.

Couch Assassin

Concerts, Galleries and Cultural Events in Ottawa


The Council for the Arts in Ottawa was founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to encouraging and developing an appreciation for the arts in the Ottawa region.

Coven Editions Etsy Shop

Small-pressed, handmade, witchy poetry

Craig A. Munro

The Night Guard walk the streets of the old kingdom of Bialta seeking out threats that are beyond the abilities of the common soldier. Nial is one such threat—a girl changed into something “other” and on the hunt for human souls. Salt, a sailor recently rescued by the Night Guard, has been inducted into their ranks. He’s a quick study, but as new threats multiply all around them, will he have what it takes to survive?

Cristian S. Aluas

Home of Ottawa artist Cristian S. Aluas (CSA). Cristian S. Aluas provides original art, graphic design, books, eBooks, CD-ROM publishing, DVD authoring, printing, binding, video capturing, editing, and publishing, website design and hosting, and promotional strategies.

Current English Ottawa Poets

Pearl Pirie's list.

Dante Aligheiri Society Ottawa

to protect and promote the Italian language and culture, includes a calendar of local events focussing on art, literature and music

Deanna Young

poet, editor, mentor, Ottawa's English Poet Laureate 2019-2021

Derek North

This is a blog about that mysterious stage in our lives when we pass from one world to the next. There are many views on this subject and I will seek to present and share many of them. I am open to your beliefs, feelings and thoughts on this highly momentous event.

Dharma Arts

Dharma is about connecting introducing communities with subcultures: artists with curators, musicians with audiences, writers with photographers. Were looking to broaden the definition of what art is and redefine what Ottawa culture means

Dragnet Magazine

Dragnet Magazine is a new online/eBook literary journal that trawls the sea of stories for the best fiction.

Dragonhead Studio

Ottawa based comic book publisher

E. May Must Go

I’m Evan, and this is my blog.  I’m a writer (as well as an incurable reader and history dork) of strange tales.  My first novel, the supernatural thriller The King in Darkness, was released by Renaissance Press in 2015, and the sequel, Bonhomme Sept-Heures, was released at the end of October 2016.

E. Russell Smith

E. Russell Smith writes fiction, poetry and features.

ECW Press

Publishers Weekly recently recognized ECW Press as one of the fastest growing and most diversified independent publishers in North America. Now in its 25th year, ECW Press has published close to 1000 books that are distributed throughout the English-speaking world and translated into dozens of languages.

Editors Canada - Ottawa Gatineau Branch

Editors Ottawa–Gatineau was formed in 1981 by a group of Ottawa editors who saw a common need to meet other editors and joined the then Freelance Editors Association of Canada—now Editors Canada. The Ottawa–Gatineau branch conducts professional development seminars, engages editors with monthly information events, and promotes editors to employers in the National Capital Region.

El Dorado

Ottawa literary and music multilingual series with features an an open mic.

Elizabeth Hay

Ottawa writer

Ellen Chang-Richardson

Ellen Chang-Richardson is a poet of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent, who lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation. She is the founder of Little Birds Poetry, the co-founder of Riverbed Reading Series, a poetry reader for ​long con magazine &, and a member of the poetry collective VII.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Many of Emily-Jane�s stories and novels reflect her national pride. She loves writing about Canada and the extra-ordinary Canadians who have made Canada a great nation. Emily-Jane�s stories have appeared in History MagazineCanadian Stories Magazine, and Western People. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books: SpringSummerAutumnWinterUkulele YukonLetters From InsideThe Creative SpiritIt Happened in Canada (Books 1, 2, and 3), Personal NotesThe Whistling BishopSongs of the Voyageurs and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures.

An award-winning author, she was named Finalist for the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards with her book, The Whistling Bishop, Finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards with her book, F-Stop: A Life in Pictures and again Finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards with her book, To Be a Duke, a book which also won an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards. In 2016, her latest book, Gerlinda, won an Honorable Mention in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards.

Exile Infoshop

Welcome to the EXILE Infoshops virtual home! Browse around to find out more about other awesome groups in Ottawa, check out some local activist and fundraising events, and (below) find regular news updates about whats going on with us. Find us: 256 Bank St. (second floor), Ottawa, ON. *NEW* Hours of operation: Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 8pm; Sunday noon to 5pm.


an annual PDF magazine published by AngelHousePress that celebrates the art of risk

Fictional Ottawa

Ottawa in fiction


an online poetry oracle brought to you by a. rawlings & Sachiko MurakamI

Finding a voice

on Kingston's CFRC 101.9 FM on Fridays at 5pm, a radio show for poetry, spoken word and the like.

Frances Boyle

Frances Boyle is a writer of fiction and poetry.

Fred Wah Digital Archive

You are looking at the beta version of The Fred Wah Digital Archive. This site will eventually consist of uploaded scanned images of Fred Wah's complete work. Annotated bibliographical information will be included for each work as it is uploaded. The site will also include a wide range of secondary and critical material. New digitized works are being uploaded daily.

Free Verse Revolution

the site of Nicholas Gagnier

Friday Circle

Friday Circle publishes work by faculty, students, and alumni of the University of Ottawa's creative writing program.

Friday Special Blend

podcasts from Susan Johnston's show on Friday mornings 7-9am on CKCU FM ( The Friday Special Blend is a friendly, laid-back mixture of great music, live performances, interviews with filmmakers, musicians, artists and creators of all kinds. It's about the people and events of Ottawa-Gatineau. It's about the human spirit. Add to that some local-world news about social justice and the environment and you're sure to find something of interest

Friends of Library and Archives Canada

We help Library and Archives Canada to celebrate the past, honour the present and ensure the future of Canada's remarkable documentary heritage.

Geoff Gander

Storytelling, to me, is the ultimate escape.  With a good story I can leave behind the mundane world of work, bills and schedules, and visit places that can range from completely fantastic, to almost “normal” (minus the bills, work, etc.)  This space is where I will share my thoughts about what I’m reading, what I’m writing, and other things.

Gillian Wallace

local poet Gillian Wallace edits her work on line.

Glenn Nuotio

Keyboardist, singer/songwriter performs at Bywords Warms the Night V on Sunday, January 20, 2008.

Good Reports.Net Anthology

The Anthology is an archive of the weekly poetry and short fiction links. Enjoy!

GP Gadois

This page is to allow everyone an opportunity to interact with G. P. Gadbois. Her first novel Caught Between Worlds will be released August 15, 2016.

greenboathouse books

Greenboathouse Books is a small literary press located in Victoria and Vernon BC focusing on new and innovative writing from across Canada. Our goal is to promote and publish, both in print and on-line, poetry, fiction and mixed-form work by emerging and established writers from across the country.

Grey Borders

Literary journal based in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Guerilla Magazine

Guerilla is a quarterly consideration of Ottawa culture at ground level: the celebrated, the unknown, the historic, and the avant-garde.

Haiku Canada

a society of haiku poets and enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the creation and appreciation of haiku and related forms (tanka, renga, senryu, sequences, haibun, and visual haiku) among its members and the public at large; and fostering association, friendship, communication and mutual support among haiku poets in Canada and abroad.

Happy Landings

a leading publisher of aviation smiles, located in Merrickville, Ontario

Hayden Trenholm

Hayden Trenholm is a produced  playwright and published author.   His plays have been produced Alberta and Saskatchewanand on CBC radio.   In 1993, his play, Man of No  Name, was a finalist in the Theatre BC play competition and, in 1994, he won the 28th Alberta  Playwriting Completion with The Book of  Rose.  In addition to six stage plays he wrote and acted in over forty five interactive murder mysteries for Pegasus Performances, appearing across western Canada and, even, in Las Vegas.

Heard of Poets

Virtual Poetry Anthology featuring performance and discussion by a selection of poets from many sub-genres. Shot in various locations around Ottawa, Canada. Directed by Ben Walker and Josh Massey

Horsebroke Press

Etsy store for small press run by Ottawa poet, Jeff Blackman. "Horsebroke wants you to be a better—through poetry!"


The online home of Stuart Ross

Hurtin Crue Etsy Shop

 DIY collective that helps emerging canadian writers get their work out there. specializing in poetry and short fiction.

Ian Prattis

author and professor of anthropology and religion at Carleton University

Ian Roy

Ian Roy was born on the border between Ontario and Quebec. He continues to divide his time between both of these charming provinces. In his own special way. Ian is the author of two books, The Longest Winter and People Leaving . He has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction in a number of journals, magazines and newspapers.

In Our Tongues


In/Words Magazine and Press

In/Words Magazine & Press was founded in 2001 by Professor Collett Tracey and a team of her students. It has since evolved into a family of magazines and a chapbook press.

In/Words Magazine and Press Online Store

You can order issues and chapbooks here.

In/Words, Carleton University's Literary Magazine

In/Words is a literary magazine that is published through the Department of English at Carleton University. It is "little" in that it involves no profit motive in its publication, thereby ensuring freedom of expression and artistic integrity.

Incongruous Quarterly

an online literary magazine devoted to publishing unpublishable literature.


In 2010, while still in high school, best friends Joanna Harkins and Kellie Hogan started dreaming up plans of one day starting their very own magazine. The following summer, after finishing their first years at university, they made the #CarpeYOLO decision to create inconnu. The word “inconnu”– French for “unknown”– represents everything the magazine stands for. inconnu is about finding all that is creative, interesting, and hilarious and bringing it into the spotlight. The two girls, along with their BFF Taylor Brogan, raised some money on Kickstarter and created the Debut Issue. Since then, they have branched out into the blogosphere and hired a ballin’ staff of talented writers, artists, photographers, and video makers.

Influency Salon

Engaging conversations with contemporary Canadian poetry

Irving Layton

This is the official Irving Layton web site maintained by his children and his Estate. Much of the material on this site was originally compiled by one of Irving Layton's devoted fans.

Jam Jar

This here is a genuine, bona-fide internet website that does its very best to promote literary stuff in Ottawa and elsewhere. It began as a twinkle in my crooked eye, a leftover sparkle from my glitter shoes, and has blossomed into what you see before you. Jam Jar is unique in its scope. We allow anyone in Ottawa to submit anything literary for review. If it passes review (a very tough process), its up on the main page where it takes centre stage on a campaign of Twitter and Facebook advertising like youve never seen before. Your name is permanently attached to what you write, and therefore googleable. So, if youre angling for that promotion bounteous world of literary careers, this might be a place to hit up.

Jana Begovic

This page is about showcasing “Poisonous Whispers”, the first novel published by Jana and sharing the magical powers of the written word.

JC Bouchard

JC Bouchard is a Canadian poet, storyteller, professional writer & musician living in Northern Ontario.

JC Sulzenko

Bywords selector JC Sulzenko writes in a number of genres and creates poetry and stories for young and adult readers alike

JC Sulzenko's Line-a-day Poem

an on-going project to create one line of a poem a day.

Jennifer Jane Whiteford

Jennifer Whiteford's first novel, Grrrl, was published in 2006 by Gorsky Press (Los Angeles). That same year she was voted best local author in the Ottawa XPress readers' poll. She writes regularly for Razorcake Magazine, interviewing bands and reviewing records and zines. She's toured extensively as a reader and has read locally in many venues, including as a featured reader at Ottawa's Westfest in 2008.

Jill Zmud

feature musician for the 2013 Bywords Warms the Night fundraiser for the Cornerstone Women's Shelter

John Carroll

Ottawa musician known for his acoustic folk and blues; host of Cafe Nostalgica's Thursday open stage. Bywords performer at the summer reading on July 15, 2007.

John Haas

I'm a Canadian author living in the nation's capital of Ottawa, Ontario

Jon Paul Fiorentino

Jon Paul Fiorentino is a Montreal based writer and editor.

Joyland Poetry

a hub for poetry

Just Jamaal the Poet

the site of Ottawa artist, creative entrepreneur and arts educator, Jamaal Jackson Rogers


Born of a collaborative project of faculty, students and friends of the School of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Ottawa, the inaugural issue of K1N, a multilingual journal of literary translation, was launched in Spring 2012.

The name K1N, adapted from the University of Ottawa’s postal code, identifies our geographical position in the heart of a city at the crossroads of translation; however it also symbolizes the dynamic bonds of kinship that translation can forge between diverse literatures from all around the world.

In an effort to showcase a wide range of literatures, K1N welcomes translations of literary texts—from any language—into English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. 

K1N is published twice a year—in Spring and in Fall. Please check our website for current submission periods and deadlines.


Born of a collaborative project of faculty, students and friends of the School of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Ottawa, the inaugural issue of K1N, a multilingual journal of literary translation, was launched in Spring 2012.

Kaleidoscope Kids Books

purveyors of kids and youth books from 0-15. located at 1018 Bank St., Ottawa

Kate Heartfield

Kate a journalist and fiction writer. She lives in the countryside near Ottawa, Canada. On this site, youll find some of the contents of Kates imagination.

Kegedonce Press

Since it began in 1993, Kegedonce Press has been committed to the development, promotion, and publication of the work of Indigenous writers nationally and internationally.

Kelly McGinnis Library

Canada's largest "Anything but Straight" lending library with over 6,800 titles. 251 Bank Street, Suite 301, 3rd Floor

Kevin Grant

Singer and songwriter of folk, country, blues and gospel based in Ottawa. A performer at Bywords readings.


Kid-Scissor Hybrid is collaborative online zine about the relationship between humanity and the systems it creates.

Kim Kilpatrick

an Ottawa storyteller

Kimmy Beach

Kimmy Beach is a writer, publisher and editor who has published five books. She was the John Newlove Poetry Award judge in 2016.

Kristin Bell-Murray

super talented singer/songwriter guitarist who performs on april 1, 2007 as part of bywords spring reading


The Kymeras are storytellers Marie Bilodeau and Ruthanne Edward, spoken word artist Sean Zio and poet Kathryn Hunt.


Lackington’s is an online magazine that publishes speculative fiction and art twice a year. We pay contributors and rely on donations to keep content free. Based in Ottawa, the press was founded in 2013 by Ranylt Richildis, a writer, editor, reviewer, and literature scholar. 

This is a space for prose poetry. We’re looking for stylized prose. Not inept purple prose, of course, but controlled and well-crafted wordsmithery that reflects the story, setting, theme, atmosphere, or philosophy it seeks to describe.


Lackington’s is an online magazine that publishes speculative fiction and art four times a year. 

Laurel Reed Books

Laurel Reed Books is a small and smaller literary press in southern Ontario. Poetry is our home. Situated as we are only miles from the Grand River, at the edge of town where the fields begin, somewhere between Brantford and the Six Nations Reserve, one hour from Toronto and one hour from Buffalo N.Y., we exist on the edge of various cultures seeding dos wimpled wind of eclecticism.

Laurie Stewart-Author

Here you will find my blog, my paintings, news and events, my books, links to reviews and places to buy, ways to contact me, and more.  I also review books for other writers, mostly fantasy and science fiction.

Le Conseil rional de la culture de lOutaouais

est un organisme sans but lucratif qui, par ses actions de concertation, de consultation et de reprentation, uvre au soutien et la promotion des efforts des artistes, des organismes culturels et des entreprises culturelles afin dassurer la culture, sous ses formes les plus diverses, un deloppement structurant et un rayonnement manifeste.

Leaf Press

Our mission is to publish beautifully designed poetry chapbooks. Also publish a new poem every Monday (Monday's Poem). We believe there are talented and accomplished writers who are not being heard. We believe there are readers who are not finding the poetry they need.

Lee Hayes

Best known as one-quarter of Canada's top A Cappella group Malaika, Lee Hayes is an award-winning songwriter and a gifted solo performer.

Lindsay Ferguson

This amazing singer-song writer performs at Bywords Warms the Night IV on January 21,2007.

Lisa Beere

children's writer

Literary Tourist

Ottawa bibliophile Nigel Beale's new site's mission is to provide the traveling public - and those who love books - with useful information that will 1) help them find and enjoy the best possible literary travel experiences, and, in so doing, 2) promote the well-being of used antiquarian bookstores and other literary destinations in North America and around the globe.

Canadian review of poetry in performance devoted to a critical exploration of all aspects of literature in performance: spoken word, dub poetry, performance poetry, slam, sound poetry, orature, theatrical monologues, text-based performance art...

Little Birds Poetry

Established in June 2019, Little Birds Poetry is a series of editing workshops for poets and creative writers who wish to publish. Our mandate is to fine-tune original poems and short pieces of creative writing ​in preparation for submission to literary magazines and publishing/press houses. 

Little Witch Press

Little Witch Press is a tiny independent publishing house dedicated to the production of quality, fun-to-read childrens picture books.

Luna Allison

Luna Allison will find a way under your skin with a catchy riff or turn of phrase. A spoken word artist and jazz poet, Luna is known for her ability to captivate audiences with her soulful lullabies and hilarious diatribes.

Lydia Collins

A writer, activist, and sexual health educator based in Ottawa. Collins’ is the African, Caribbean, and Black HIV Prevention Strategy Worker at a community health centre, and has been facilitating workshops on anti-Black racism, sexual violence prevention, and decolonial approaches to consent education for over five years.

She published her first chapbook of poetry titled Angry. Black. Woman. in January 2019, and will be releasing her second, To Everyone We’ve Ever Been, in September 2020.

Mad Crab A compendium of literary whatsits

Mad Crab is an online literary collection of strangely magnificent things.

Madeleine McLaughlin

Writer of poetry, flash fiction, short stories and (hopefully) novels

Madelle Morgan

Contemporary Romance and Mystery/Suspense

Maple Tree Literary Supplement

MTLS is a new quarterly literary journal with a 75% Canadian content. It is mainly an online journal.

Marcus Mccann

Marcus McCann's first poetry collection is SoftWhere. It was published by Chaudiere Books in 2009

Margo LaPierre, Editor and Poet

Margo LaPierre edits fiction and creative non-fiction and writes poetry. Margo is a selector for

Maria Saba

An Ottawa-based writer and arts educator, Maria Saba was born and raised in Iran.  She has published three books of nonfiction (in Persian) and over a hundred essays, articles, and interviews in print and online media. Her short stories have appeared in Ambit Magazine, The New Quarterly, and the Nashwaak Review. Maria has received grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa in English literature and served on various art juries. She attended Banff Centre Writing Studio (2016), Banff Residency (2015), and will be a resident at Anam Cara (Ireland, 2017) and Al Purdy A-Frame residency (Picton, 2017).  Currently, Maria is writing her second collection of short stories.

Marianne Bluger

This site is for those interested in the poetry of Marianne Bluger from Ottawa, Canada. It provides a brief biography of this woman poet; descriptions of her published works; excerpts from her books of lyrics, haiku and tanka; and ordering information.

Marie-Josee Houle

Musician at Bywords' Spring Reading on April 27 Though emotionally tangled up in blue, the velvet voiced Houle maintains unwavering focus throughout, playing as if every note, every word, every gasp and breath of the squeezebox literally sustains her - Ottawa XPress, March 22/07

Mark Frutkin

MARK FRUTKIN is the author of three books of poetry and seven of fiction, including Atmosphere Apollinaire, which was shortlisted for the Governor Generals Award, the Trillium and the Ottawa Book Award. He lives in Ottawa.

Media Club of Ottawa

The Media Club of Ottawa presents monthly programs of significance to professionals in all branches of the communications field.

Melissa Laveaux

One of Ottawa's finest songbirds

Mental Health Poetry

Mental Health Poetry brings the art of mental health to life. Our Mind Your Words project is an opportunity for people, of all ages, to share their words and thoughts about how to be mentally healthy. Stigma keeps us apart. Art brings us together.

Mercutio Press

a Canadian small press based in Montreal. We publish chapbooks of poetry, and story books of short fiction.

Michel Weatherall

Author, Poet, Publisher, Printer, Imagination-weaver.


Mike Yates

performed his beautiful music at the Bywords Fall Ex-Tra-Va-Gan-Za launch on October 15.

Mike Young

 Kirk's Landing is my first book, released in 2013, and the sequel, Return to Kirk's Landing, was released in December of 2016. While the first two were primarily crime stories, with a bit of supernatural, I have several others waiting to be edited, in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. 


Art and literature magazine in Arabic, English and French

Molly O'Connor

Molly spends her time writing, walking and capturing photos of wild flowers. She is a published author of three other books, Fourteen Cups (a collection of short stories), Wandering Backward (a creative memoir) and Snow Business(a children’s picture book). Her short stories appear regularly in Chicken Soup for the Soul and other anthologies. She lectures at libraries and colleges on writing Flash Fiction and scribing personal memoirs. She spent two years doggedly writing When Secrets Become Lies and another two to get it published.  She is a story teller.

Mother Tongue Books / femmes de parole

Your Independent Community Bookseller Local, Canadian, and International Fiction; Poetry; Feminist and Cultural Theory; First Nations and International Writings; Spirituality; Writing; Psychology; Violence Theory; Childrens Books; Parenting; Health; Childbirth; Breast-feeding; Sexuality; Lesbian & Gay Studies and Literature.


an Ottawa-based web magazine.

Natalie Karneef

I’ve been writing since I was 10 years old. To me, writing is a way of understanding and connecting with myself, and the world. To quote Flannery O’Connor, sometimes, “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”

Whether it’s through a book, corporate website content, poetry, an essay or a feature-length film script, storytelling is one of our most powerful communication tools. It helps us connect. It reminds us that we are not alone. It allows us to share our ideas in way that’s both unique and universal are.

I believe we have become a very fractured world, but that we crave community.

I write because I feel like being real, whether that’s through fact or fiction, is the only way to connect – and we are all desperate to connect.

I believe writing is one way we can get closer to ourselves, and through that, closer to each other.

Nathan Burgoine

mostly short queer fiction from a tall queer guy

Nathan Hauch Creative

Nathan Hauch is a poet and filmmaker from Ottawa.

National Library of Canada

A federal cultural agency responsible for collecting and preserving Canada's published heritage so that it's available for present and future generations of Canadians.

Annual celebration that transcends the borders and boundaries of poetry with 30 poems, visual poems and hybrids from around the world every day in April. Published by AngelHousePress

Nickel 95

From the creator of Variations Zine is Nickel95 a new art and poetry zine from London Ontario. Run by poet, photographer, editor and chocolate enthusiast Melissa Upfold. ​

Nigel Beale

THE BIBLIO FILE Time: 6:00-7:00 am EST Monday mornings Location: CKCU 93.1 FM RADIO WWW.CKCUFM.COM Host: Nigel Beale, writer, broadcaster, bibliophile. Audience: Anyone with an interest in books, from tots to nonagenarians and up; Downloadable audio of interviews are available on the site.

nina jane drystek

nina jane drystek's writing takes the form of poetry, prose & performance & explores the curiosities of language.

Northern Poetry Review

Northern Poetry Review is an online home for reviews of poetry books, articles and interviews, with emphasis on the Canadian poetry scene.


Founded in 2005 by David Britten of Ottawa, Canada .No Rules Slam gave local poets ,mcs , singers and musicians a platform to perform and create without the rules you would typically find in a normal slam poetry competition. There were no set time limits performers could use props, musical instruments etc. The audience would choose the winner based on how loud the audience would react for each performance this was measured by a sound meter because of this No Rules Slam quickly became a local hit among Artist from all genres and was a launch pad for many local artists. We are proud to bring this back to the City where it all began and give a new generation of talent the chance show case their work.

Not My Straitjacket

Kelly Buell is a blogger, author, story editor and photojournalist. She has a blog on the writing life and offers her insights on the craft. She has been published in many publications including Nunatsiaq News,The Ottawa Star, The Ottawa Xpress, Capital Xtra and others. Her children's book Loved Like Me is available through the Blurb bookstore at

Oberon Press

During its long history Oberon has launched the careers of some of Canadas best-known writers: writers like David Adams Richards, Wayne Johnston, W.P. Kinsella and Rohinton Mistry.

Odourless Press

Like the Milana Bra or a good pet turtle, Odourless Press is beautiful and easy to clean. Like Mike Piazza on holiday, Odourless Press does not accept unsolicited pitches.

of Nature

the music of Ottawa poet, Dorian Bell.

Once Upon A Slam

watch performances by storytellers

Once Upon A Slam site

Once Upon a Slam is Ottawas monthly story slam series held every 4th Friday of the month from September to June at the Mercury Lounge in the Byward Market.

Online Guide to Writing in Canada

news, events, contests and small pressings

Ontario Poetry Society

TOPS hosts poetry reading events around the province,
contests, poetry anthology projects and lots of opportunities
to meet and get to know more about your fellow poets.

Open Book Ontario

your connection to Ontario's literary scene

Open Book Toronto

Open Book is your connection to Torontos vibrant literary scene. Well tell you about upcoming events, entice you with contests, keep you posted on publishing news, entertain you with videos and photos, and most important, well let you know about some of the great books that are coming out with Ontarios independent, Canadian-owned publishers.

Open Letter: A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory

Founded in 1965, Open Letter is a journal of critical and theoretical discussions of poetics and Canadian culture, written primarily by Canadian writers and artists.

Ottawa Arts Review

Ottawa Arts Review was founded in 1996 by the Undergraduate English Students Association at the University of Ottawa, with the ambition to publish prose, poetry, and visual art from local artists and those abroad.

Ottawa Book Expo

Are you frustrated that most author / book festivals in the Ottawa area seem to cater to well-established and famous people like Margaret Atwood and Lee Maracle while numerous other books written by Canadian and other writers get ignored?

If so, you're invited to become an exhibitor in our grassroots-oriented author, publisher, bookseller and literary services festival. Sunday, October 22, 2019 Lansdowne Park, Horticulture Building 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ottawa Citizen Event Listings

Art, Auditions, Comedy, Literary, Movies (Special Screenings), Museums, Music, Singles, Theatre,Christmas Concerts, Fundraisers

Ottawa Focus

Ottawa Restaurants, Events and Entertainment Guide

Ottawa Independent Writers

The Ottawa Independent Writers was founded in 1984 to provide a place where writers can share experiences and learn new aspects of their craft.

Ottawa Independent Writers Online Information- The Digest

News from OIW's events, notes about members

Ottawa International Writers Festival

Oneness-World hosts three annual events: Spring and Fall Editions of The Ottawa International Writers Festival, presented by the Ottawa Citizen and held each April and October, and STEP INTO STORIES: Ottawa's Festival for Young Readers, presented by Raise A Reader, each June.

Ottawa Public Library

People use the resources of the Ottawa Public Library to read, think, learn, interpret, imagine and connect with each other and the world.

Ottawa Romance Writers Association

a chapter of the Romance Writers of America, meets the first Sunday of the month, non members may attend for a guest fee of $10

Ottawa Sneezers is where Ottawa sneezers celebrate Ottawa and the arts! We need your sneezes! A sneeze is your personal and passionate recommendation about Ottawa and the arts! Share your sneeze with us and well spread the good word to as many other Ottawa arts sneezers as possible! Every sneeze we receive will be posted to the site! The very best sneezes will be included in The Ottawa Arts Newsletter!

Ottawa Speaks

features a calendar of events for poetry and storytelling biweekly and monthly series in Canadas capital.

Ottawa Surrealist Group

We are a new surrealist group in solidarity with the international surrealist movement, located in the city of Ottawa on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory. 

Ottawa Valley Writers' Guild

a group for writers living in the Ottawa Valley

Ottawa Writers' Circle

The Ottawa Writer's Circle was founded in September 2013 as a way for writers and creators to connect with each other. Today, we are one of the largest and most active Meetup groups in Ottawa. We run twice-monthly social mixers, almost a dozen critique circles, and host a number of workshops.

Ottawa Writes

OttawaWrites is for the local Ottawa Writer of any style or genre.  We want to celebrate your talent and successes. Includes a podcast.


OttawaStart is updated daily with news and events in the Ottawa area. There's an extensive directory of local links, as well as a search engine, classifieds, free press releases, and more.


Published to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the City of Ottawa, Canada's glorious capital city, "ottawater," and its chemical formula/logo "O2(H2O)," is a brand new poetry annual produced exclusively on-line, in both readable and printable pdf formats. An anthology focusing on Ottawa poets and poetics, its first issue appears in January 2005, 150 years after old Bytown became the City of Ottawa. Edited by rob mclennan

Pace Magazine

Ottawa magazine: poetry, art, culture and enlightenment

Palimpsest Press

I founded Palimpsest Press in January 2000 because I wanted to focus my energies on what I loved and felt passionate about poetry. There are many large conglomerate publishing houses that print novels, non-fiction and a bevy of self-help and life-style books, but not many publishers are willing to take the risk of losing money with poetry. Poetry can never be about the bottom line. People who write and have an appreciation for poetry know this. It has its own value. If you are on this web site, you probably already know this.

Passion: Poetry

a semi-annual magazine that publishes emerging writers, artists and photographers

Patricia McCarthy

Novels, Poetry and Short Stories

Patrick L. Halliwell

Ottawa writer, composer, musicologist and teacher.

Pearl Pirie

Local poet and editor. Offers a manuscript editing service, Chalkpaths.

Pearl Pirie's notes on Bywords Cornerstone Fundraiser 2013

photos & notes about the reading by esteemed local poet, publisher & blogger, Pearl Pirie

Peggy Blair

Welcome to my website! A former Crown prosecutor and defence lawyer who lives in Ottawa. Her debut novel is The Beggar's Opera.

Penumbra Press

Since 1979, Penumbra Press books have been garnering praise for their elegance. A small fine-art and literary publishing house, Penumbra has carved its niche with Northern and Native literatures, as well as children's literature, poetry, belles lettres, translations of Scandinavian literature, history, mythology, and art books. In recent years, we've added biographies and memoirs to the ensemble.

Perfect Books

Perfect Books opened on Elgin Street in Ottawa in April of 1994. An Independent Book Shop, we have striven from the first day to be a part of the downtown community and responsive to the needs of our neighbourhood.

Periodical Writers Association - Ottawa Chapter

In 1976, the Professional Writers of Canada was organized in Toronto. In 1980, the chapter system began and Ottawa formed a separate chapter and has been active ever since. Former members include Charlotte Gray who recently published "Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell." See NEWSLETTERS, MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Petra Books

Petra Books has a publishing model that aims to benefit the Author and Publisher equally, achieving goals which are of value to the Author, quality of design, dissemination through personal networks, bookstores in the community and the Internet and to the Publisher, expansion of the catalogue and exposure in the marketplace.

phafours press Etsy shop

chapbooks, mini-chapbooks, broadsides for sale

Phil Jenkins

Maker and seller of fine English and lyric song


I live in rural Ottawa, Ontario with my husband, Ray, and grandchildren. For most of my life I enjoyed living in beautiful Northwestern Ontario where two of my first three books are set. 

Places For Writers

- a comprehensive resource for Canadian writers and readers of Canadian writers; -daily updates of places to publish poetry and fiction, contests, literary news, book resources, websites for writers, locations of retreats, and resources for funding.

Plan 99 Reading Series

The Plan 99 Reading Series is committed to bringing the best in contemporary Canadian literary talent to Ottawa. Now in its 14th year, we continue to host an exceptional reading series by inviting Canadas finest poetry and fiction writers, both emerging and established, to Canadas capital. The series has a particular interest in showcasing authors published with smaller presses, in order to promote the diversity of writing which these presses support. Each event takes place between 5 and 6 oclock on designated Saturdays. Past readers include Lisa Moore, Michael Redhill, Ken Babstock, Annabel Lyon, Michael Winter, A.F. Moritz, Don McKay, Rawi Hage, Karen Solie, Robin Robertson, Kathleen Winter and many, many more.


Mitchell Caplan and Siovone Bourgeois make and perform beautiful music together. Check out the Bywords store to purchase their 4-songs of splendour.

An open site for dialogue on poetic theory and practice.

dialogue on poetic theory and poetics

Poetries and Communities Project

The Poetries and Communities Project is curated by Visiting Scholar Chris Tanasescu (MARGENTO) at University of Ottawa and is affiliated to the Friday Circle directed by Poet-Professor Seymour Mayne in the University of Ottawas Creative Writing Program

Poetry Quebec

PQ is committed to remembering and promoting the important contribution of Quebecs English language poets past and present to poetry in Quebec. a Web site dedicated to reviewing Canadian poetry books/chapbooks.

Poets Against War Canada

Poets Against War Canada seeks to engage poets and readers of all kinds in creating a unified public voice against war, tyranny and oppression.

Poets' Pathway

The Poets Pathway is a walking and biking trail of approximately 35 kilometres, much of it on already-existing walking paths through Ottawa. It runs from Britannia Beach, south along Pinecrest Creek, east along Nepean Creek ; it crosses the Rideau River, moves north to the Ottawa River, and ends in Beechwood Cemetery where the poets lie.

Poets' Pulpit Online

Poets Pulpit and Poets Pulpit Press was created in 2004 by booklovers, writers, poets and artists who are committed to creating a safe and pleasurable on-line shopping experience.

Pooka Press

pooka press, like the pooka, will disappear & reappear at will, change shape, form & location. Angering & creating questions for its readers. It may even at times knock its readers for a loop as a pooka would its rider

post ghost press

publisher of microchapbooks and small poems

Poster Loop

PosterLoop is a new, community resource for promoting and distributing local event information. PosterLoop combines the power of our digital signs with that of social media & traditional media to help you attract an audience to your event.

Postscripts to Darkness

Postscripts to Darkness is an Ottawa-based online journal focused on dark speculative and weird fiction and poetry. We acquire and publish work on an invitation-only basis. 

Professional Writers Assocation-National Capital Region

National Capital Region's chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)

Prose in the Park

an initiative of Ottawa's writing community for the first major open air literary festival/book fair in the Nation's Capital - June 6, 2015, 11 am - 6 pm in the Parkdale Park


Qu’ART is an arts collective of Ottawa-based arts professionals. Our goal is to heighten LGBTQ2S+/ queer artistic activity and broaden intersectional discourse in Ottawa throughout 2019, through increased visibility and programming opportunities for under-represented queer-identified artists, within allied arts organizations and festivals.


Arc and the New Quarterly collide for a science issue.

QuillFyre: aspiring to poet

Bywords selector Carol A. Stephen is a poet and member of the League of Canadian Poets. She is published in Ottawa journals and online.

Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine

Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine is a quarterly publication. It displays Canadian poetry and reviews Canadian poetry books.

R.J. Harlick

Ottawa mystery author

Rail Road, a poetry series

Introducing RailRoad, a new Ottawa poetry series curated by Rod Pederson and Rona Shaffran. RailRoad is a layered conversation about poetry and poetics, with stellar readers, in unique settings around Ottawa. RailRoad events will be staged as opportunities arise.

Rear Curtain

life. people. stories.

Red Bone Bindery

The bindery specializes in book conservation and restoration.

Red Fez Publications

Red Fez Publications is an On-Line press bringing you original works of fiction from published, award winning and unknown authors. Read stories and poems on-line, or print out one of our collections and take it someplace comfortable. It's like having a personalized publishing house!

Renaissance Press

Renaissance Press was founded in May 2013 by a group of friends who wanted to publish and market with a new business model: different from most traditional publishers, which are nearly impossible to get into, no matter how high the quality of the book is, and then have little to no input on what happens to their book; micro-presses and e-presses, where the authors are not only asked to do most of their own marketing, but the quality of the design and the copy-editing is often questionable at best; and self-publishing, which requires a lot of financial resources and work for marketing, designing, and copy-editing.

Rhonda Douglas

local poet and fiction writer Rhonda Douglas

Rhonda Douglas

poet, editor and fiction writer living and writing in Ottawa, Canada.

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor is the author of the novel Cartoon Woods and the short-story collection Tender Only To One.

Rick Mofina

Ottawa mystery/crime writer

Riverbed Reading Series

Is driven by the belief that the artistic spheres are connected. Inspired by the spirit of Café le Hibou Ottawa (1965-70) and Cabaret Voltaire Zurich (1916), Riverbed is an inclusive, experimental gathering space at the very intersection of literature, music and performance.  ​co-founded by Ellen Chang-Richardson + nina jane drystek

rob mclennan

An Ottawa-born & based writer, publisher, critic, visual artist & a few other things, as well as the author of seven poetry collections & over three dozen poetry chapbooks.

rob mclennan

Ottawa author, poet and publisher.

Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas is the Bywords' 2013 John Newlove Poetry Award recipient.

Rockcliffe Book Fair

The Rockcliffe Book Fair was started some 47 years ago to promote the love of reading in children and to raise funds for the school library. Since then, it has become a wonderful annual event: it supports childrens reading and literature, its a great way to pick up used books at very reasonable prices and its a fantastic community event.

Rod Pederson, poet

Rod Pederson is an Ottawa poet, past Director of the Tree Reading

Series, current President of the Board of Directors for VERSe Ottawa, and Co-Director, With Rona Shaffran, of RailRoad, Ottawa’s pop-up reading series.


Ottawa-area poet Chris Turnbull's poetry project

Sage Hill Writing Experience

Sage Hill Writing Experience offers a special working and learning opportunity to writers at different stages of development. Top quality instruction, a low instructor-writer ratio, and the rural and urban Saskatchewan settings offer conditions ideal for the pursuit of excellence in the arts of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and playwriting.

Sam Edens

I am an aspiring author from Ottawa, Ontario. I plan to document the indie publishing process for my followers as I edit and publish my novel.

Sandra Nicholls

Ottawa author of fiction & poetry

Sandra Ridley

poet, editor, mentor


Sanita Fejzić is an award-winning Bosnian-Canadian writer.


The SASQUATCH Writers' Performance Series meets twice per month and features an eclectic mix of poetry, prose, song, and other artistic pursuits in the "performance" vein.

Sawdust Reading Series

The Sawdust Reading Series is a new Ottawa-based series shining a light on both sung and unsung Ottawa poets.

Sean Miller

writer, athlete, motivational speaker

Seventeen Seconds

a journal of poetry and poetics

Seymour Mayne - Ricochet: Word Sonnets / Sonnets d'un mot

Ricochet is a bilingual collection of word sonnets by one of the chief innovators of the form, Seymour Mayne.

Shifts in Time

Ray Smith is a Canadian best-selling author who is inspired by grand masters such as Tom Clancy, Sidney Sheldon, and Arthur C. Clarke. Discovering his forte in science fiction, Ray Smith hits light speed with alien adventure and world espionage. Shifts in Time goes beyond James Bond™, X-Files™, and Star Trek™ in a sci-fi saga that enters the fourth dimension.

Shreeking Violet Press Etsy Store

the small press of Marilyn Irwin, Ottawa poet

Slam Outaouais

Fondpar le poe Pierre Cadieu, le Collectif SlamOutaouais, producteur de spectacles littaires, offre depuis 2007 une sce intergationnelle et interculturelle o avec les mots et la voix, quelques centaines d'auteurs de la rele et professionnels de la rion deloppent et diffusent leurs uvres des milliers de nouveaux spectateurs de la poie. Accritaupr de la Ligue quoise de slam (LiQS), luipe de SlamOutaouais permet aux auteurs, poes, conteurs, chansonniers, comiens, rappeurs ou tout simplement slameurs de tous les es et de tous les horizons davoir un acc priviliau reau national et international du Poetry Slam.

Sneha Madhavan-Reese

Bywords-published poet.

Sorrowland Press

Sorrowland Press seeks art that dances with its entrails hanging out; art that acts with a gun to its head and a knife to its neck; art that sings with a little blood in its mouth; art that sculpts its masterpiece and dares to smash it; art that photographs and displays its most awkward moment; art that paints its fading flowers; art that writes with its bony fingers in the dirt; art that lives because it dies, that dies because it lives.

Spins and Needles

mixing beats; making stuff, including chapbooks

Splintered Disorder Press

Splintered Disorder Press is an Ontario based publisher featuring poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. 

Standard Issue

The swaggering bravado that is Standard iSsue is, of course, best experienced live in all its xeroxed and stapled glory, but if you absolutely MUST resort to reading it on the internet, we figure it's best you do it here where we know you're safe. So this is where we're gonna post every issue in a PDF format. The pleasure's all yours. FEEL FREE TO PRINT OUT YOUR OWN COPIES OF STANDARD iSSUE. FEEL EXTRA FREE TO DISTRIBUTE THEM. DOING SO CONSTITUTES AN IMMEDIATE JUMPING-IN TO OUR VIOLENT STREET GANG (WHICH MEANS YOU'RE A HAPPENIN' BAD-ASS LIKE US). TOUGH!

Stevie Szabad, Author

Retired IT consultant. Retired Hockey Mom. Retired Base Brat and Military wife. Lifelong learner. Writer.

Stonehouse Publishing

Founded by two friends who share a love of literature and history, Stonehouse Publishing is an emerging Canadian publishing house, specializing in historical fiction and literary fiction. As a new and small company, Stonehouse Publishing publishes four to five new titles per year. 

Stories I Found in the Closet

C.D. Gallant-King wrote his first story when he was five years old.  He had to make his baby-sitter look up how to spell "extra-terrestrial" in the dictionary. He now writes stories about un-heroic people doing generally hilarious things in horrifying worlds.

On this blog he talks about whatever's on his mind: writing, books, movies, Canadian history, professional wrestling, podcasts, tabletop gaming.

He's self-published two novels, Ten Thousand Days in 2015 and Hell Comes to Hogtown in 2016.

C.D. has also written eight novels you haven't read, because they're still locked in The Closet. The Closet is both a figurative and literal location - it is the space in his head where the stories are kept, but it's also an actual closet under the stairs in his basement where the stories are also kept. It's very meta.

StoryFest Hudson

StoryFest is an exciting endeavour launched by the Greenwood Centre for Living History in Hudson. This annual Autumn celebration of writers, readers and storytellers builds upon the original Gigantes Series. A fun opportunity to "play with words" was developed to pay homage to Greenwood's founder and benefactor, Phoebe Nobbs Hyde, herself a passionate storyteller.

Support the VERSeFest '13 : Indiegogo campaign

We need $5,000 to break even on VERSeFest 13. If we don't manage to raise that amount, we will have to start cancelling international and Canadian poets. We need $2,500 to bring two Irish and three Dutch poets to Ottawa, and we need $1,500 to bring Canadian poets from western Canada. A further $1,000 will go toward accommodations and hospitality for other festival participants. Your contributions will go directly to funding the artists appearances. VERSeFest is run completely by volunteers, so 100% of every donation goes toward making the festival happen. Please give what you can.

Susan A. Jennings

Founder of the The Ottawa Story Spinners a local writers group, who have published four soon to be five volumes of the Black Lake Chronicles a collection of eclectic stories and articles. Currently the President of Ottawa Independent Writers Susan Likes to stay involved in the writing community.
Originally from the UK Susan is a long time resident (44 year) of Ottawa. She writes short stories and is currently working on a historical romance novel. Although fictionalized this is a memoir of her grandmother’s journey starting in 1913 spanning two continents and complicated by two intense romances.

Susan Mcmaster

Crossing Arcs: Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me is a finalist for the 2010 Ottawa Book Awards.

Tales of Ashkar

Kayl Karadjian's upcoming releases and events.

Tanya Koller

I am the author of Misha and the Purple Moon Prophecy, a fantasy book about a young women’s journey to higher consciousness as she overcomes almost insurmountable obstacles and fights to make her way back to her own world before it’s too late.


A dynamic cross-Canada arts website, provides an online space for young, creative types to share ideas and works. This spring and summer, terminus will feature 8 artist interviews. They recently launched their first three interviews: Alexandre Castonguay (new media, Ottawa), DJ Mini (music, Montreal), and a.rawlings (poetry, Toronto).

Terry Ann Carter

Ottawa poet

Textualis Press

Textualis Press was established in September 2014, and publishes limited-edition, hand-bound poetry books on high-quality paper.

The Athens Review

The poets of Athens Avenue have created this Internet portal to showcase their work together. It seems fitting that they jointly display their work, for the poets here regard the creative process as more a collaborative endeavor than solitary task.

The Canadian Literature Centre

The Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littature canadienne was established at the University of Alberta in 2006. As the western hub of the Canadian literary community, it brings together researchers, authors, publishers, collectors and the reading public to promote the strength and diversity of Canada's written culture, and promotes research of Canadian literature, in both English and French, of all genres, languages, and regions.

The Canadian Literature Symposium

an annual event hosted by the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.

the Charlatan

The Charlatan is Carleton University's independent student newspaper, since 1945.

the Creative Act

group of people who believe in the mysterious powers of art. We wish to found a community of artists willing to expose themselves despite any societal norms demanding that we fear such an act. It is our hope that through acts of artistic creation and exhibition people will come together to form a network of support for one another and regain some of what our civilization has lost. We hope you enjoy our works and share some of your own with us.

the Creative Writing Playdate

You are welcome to attend the Creative Writing Play Date, an open-membership writing workshop that is held every Tuesday night from 8pm to 10pm at the Daily Grind Art Caf 601 Somerset Street West between Percy and Bay.

The Danforth Review

Focusing on the Canadian Small Press

The Dusty Owl

The popular Dusty Owl Reading Series began in the early nineties in the heyday of Ottawa open mike poetry readings, and for five years it held forth in the late and lamented Cafe Wim on Sussex in the Market. In 1999, the series went dormant, and was recently revived. The original series was committed to showcasing the best in local Ottawa talent, and featured writers like Warren Layberry, rob mclennan, Kane X Faucher, and many other talented Ottawa writers. Now reborn, the Owl has found a new home at the intimate and friendly Swizzles Bar & Grill (246-A Queen Street, between Bank and Kent; downstairs beside the Thai restaurant.

the Fulcrum

Established in February 1942, the Fulcrum is the independent English-language student newspaper at the University of Ottawa.

The Iridescent Robot Storytelling Club Podcast

The Iridescent Robot Storytelling club is a live virtual storytelling show and podcast that showcases comedians, poets, writers and you! Do you have a true personal story of hope, resilience and/or hilarity? Send us an email at or check out our list of themes at to be a part of our story!

the Jane Austen Society of North America

discussions, lectures, readings. There's an Ottawa chapter.

the Journal Project

The Journal Projectseeks to provide writing journals to various community organizations, such as women's shelters and maternity homes.

the League of Canadian Poets

a non-profit arts service organization, the LAC is the national association of professional publishing and spoken word poets in Canada.

the Literary Type

blog by the New Quarterly for literary conversation

the Moose and Pussy

The Moose & Pussy is a new literature & art magazine with a focus on sex. Stories about sex. Poetry about sex. Pictures about sex. Sex.

the Muses

a new reading series that will bring together Ottawa's poets and musicians on the same stage

The Onion Union

We recognize a liberating promise in the unmooring of poetry and economics. Poets have gained unparalleled freedom to produce their work unapologetically, free from the external pressures facing artists working in other mediums. On the internet, poets have the unprecedented ability to reproduce and distribute their own work. And, most importantly, poetry's readers have an enormous amount of choice about what they read, unfiltered by traditional industry constraints. We will sever the last ties between poetry and economics, which are imaginary rather than material anyway. We will celebrate a post-capitalist poetics. Self-publishing is a revolutionary anarchic act. The poems are free.

the Ottawa Book Collectors

for book lovers and collectors of books

The Ottawa Storytellers

The Ottawa Storytellers is an association that exists to promote the art of story telling in our community, to nurture and inspire both beginning and experienced storytellers, and to provide tellers and listeners of all ages with opportunities to come together to share and enjoy stories.

The Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Canadian Poetry Resources

Information about Canada's first poet laureate as well as poetry and resources for poets.

The Poetry Kit

Poetry Kit is a potpourri of international poets, funding sources, publishers etc put together by Ted Slade.

The Porcupine's Quill

Small press located in Ontario. Publishes award-winning poetry and fiction. Est. 1974

the Puritan

The Puritan is an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto, Ontario committed to publishing the best in new fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews.

the Rotary Dial

We publish digitally (to e-readers and such) once a month, twelve poems in each issue, six by Canadians, six by international poets. First issue due out March 1, 2013. We're looking for work that rhymes and / or scans but isn't too versey. Blank verse, syllabic verse, just not free verse. The Rotary Dial is edited by Alexandra Oliver.

The Small Machine Talks

Ottawa-based podcast published by AngelHousePress and hosted by Amanda Earl. an ongoing conversation about art, literature, duende, queerness, coping, tea, borderblur, misfits, community, secret places, ragged edges, whimsy

the Sparrow Magazine

The Sparrow is a non-profit literary magazine grown to provide a vehicle for creative writers, from local to global, to express their art in new and exploratory ways. The Sparrow endeavors to create a space that inspires writers to push the envelope of prose/poetry into the realms of fringe literature, facilitating ventures into unwritten territory. Our vision is to open our pages to new writers, unpublished writers and veterans alike, for each has an exciting perspective to present our community

the Steel Chisel

new on line literary magazine founded by David Emery in March, 2013

The Valley Writers' Guild

The Valley Writers' Guild operating since 1990, encouraging and educating Eastern Ontario writers in the process of writing and getting published. (From the Ottawa to the St.Lawrence Rivers)

The Well

a day program for women and women with children, a sister organization of Cornerstone. Donations of clothing from those attending Bywords Warms The Night should be sent here: 154 Somerset St. West

the Wig

an on line magazine about what's happening in Ottawa including arts and culture

the Word According to Youth

The Word According to Youth (The WAY) is a project that allows young people to use their words and voices to share their visions, passions, concerns and joys about their life, community and world through spoken word.

the Writers' Union of Canada

the national organization of professional writers of books.

Thomas Rendell Curran

Ottawa mystery writer


This site contains a thorough list of links to publications throughout the world. Go to AA Independent Press Guide.

To Be

Ottawa and Montreal gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender magazine listing news and events.

Tree Reading Series

The Tree Reading Series is a literary reading series based in Ottawa, Ontario. On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month we meet to enjoy a reading of poetry or prose from one of Canadas many talented writers. Each Tree evening also includes an open-mic segment where local writers read their own works-in-progress.

Tree Reading Series' You Tube Channel

Watch poetry readings by featured and open mic readers

Trode Publications

Benoit Chartier is a Canadian author living in the National Capital Region of Canada.

True Story: The Podcast

a behind-the-scenes podcast from Ottawa Storytellers


Ottawa's arts, events and creativity

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry

Vallum was founded in 2000 by Joshua Auerbach and Eleni Zisimatos Auerbach. It is a journal of contemporary poetry and visual art. Vallum features poetry, reviews, essays and interviews on poetry, concrete poems, prose poems, found poems, and other texts, as well as visual art.

Variations Zine

Art & Literary Magazine created by Melissa Upfold with contributors from across Canada.


Ottawa's annual poetry festival

Voices in the Attic

The original Voices In The Attic had humble beginnings as a college group project, written and created in 2018 by five students at Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology. But they couldn’t let a good thing die, so Voices moved to its own domain at the end of the semester, where the creepiness has continued ever since.

Walk Through Fire

poetry and short fiction from young and emerging writers

William Hawkins

Poems, music and ariticles from local poet whose recent collection of poems is Dancing Alone.

Word: Toronto's Literary Calendar

Word is a monthly literary newspaper that features reviews, columns, and Toronto event listings. Word is published by The Mercury Press.

Writers' Block

The Canadian Web Magazine for the Writing Trade

Writers' Deadline

The WDList is FREE and offers information of interest directed primarily to the Ottawa writing community. This includes: poetry, readings, jobs, launches, markets, meetings, discussion, lots of resources fresh from the Internet, a little humour and more!

Writers' Point Retreat

The WRITERS POINT Poetry Retreat is an all inclusive getaway focused on bringing together writers of all poetic genres to explore, reflect, engage and enhance their craft. Located just outside of Canada's capital, the retreat takes place 45 minutes outside of  downtown Ottawa. 

Ygdrasil: A journal of the poetic arts

Ygdrasil is dedicated to providing the best in Modern International Poetry and Literature. Ygdrasil is a monthly Publication and welcomes submission from around the world. To submit poetry, short stories or plays, please send an email to the address below. Ygdrasil is also associated with alt.centipede newsgroup, so if you are interested in creating a dialogue with other poets and writers from around the world, or just to post some of your work, please drop in. Klaus Gerken, EDITOR and Founder

You Are Here

You are Here is a mapping project that grew out of a series a workshops hosted by the TREE reading series in fall, 2011. Led by Monty Reid, and taking inspiration from the Germaine Koh/Gillian Jerome MapSense project in Vancouver as well as Rebecca Solnits Infinite City, You are Here is an interactive attempt to produce a literary map of Ottawa.