Ottawater Issue 11

I'll do a short reading along with several other poets featured in the issue. the Carleton Tavern, Upstairs, 223 Armstrong

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The Factory Reading Series

The Factory Reading Series

The Factory Reading Series presents
readings by four writers:

Vivian Vavassis (Ottawa)
Amanda Earl (Ottawa)
Waubgeshig Rice (Ottawa)
+ Shalan Joudry (Bear River First Nation NS)

lovingly hosted by rob mclennan
Saturday, February 7, 2015;
doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm
The Carleton Tavern,
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)

Vivian Vavassis is a Montréal ex-pat who currently lives in Ottawa and calls both cities home. Her poems and essays have appeared in several issues of Arc, ottawater, Peter F. Yacht Club, Montage, A Crystal Through Which Love Passes: Glosas for P.K. Page, and Studies in Canadian Literature, among others. She was shortlisted for the Diana Brebner Prize (runner-up) and in November 2014, her work was featured as part of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate’s Poem of the Month Program (Canada). Once upon a time, she also co-founded and ran a little ‘zine called incunabula.

Amanda Earl is the author of Kiki, just published with Chaudiere Books in 2014. Also in 2014, her smut collection "Coming Together Presents Amanda Earl" was published.
Her chapbooks have been published in Canada, the UK and the USA. Her poems appear in journals on line & in print in Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland and the USA.
Amanda is the managing editor of and also runs AngelHousePress with its transgressive imprint DevilHouse. For more information, please visit

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. He developed a strong passion for storytelling as a child while learning about being Anishinaabe. The stories his elders shared and his unique experiences growing up in his community inspired him to write creatively. Some of the stories he wrote as a teenager eventually became Midnight Sweatlodge, his first collection of fiction published by Theytus Books in 2011. His debut novel, Legacy, was also published by Theytus in the summer of 2014. His journalism career began when he was a 17-year-old exchange student in northern Germany, writing about being Anishinaabe in a European country for newspapers back in Canada. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and has worked in a variety of media across Canada since. He started working for CBC in Winnipeg in 2006. Along with reporting the news, he has produced television and radio documentaries and features for the public broadcaster. He currently works as a video journalist for CBC News Ottawa.

Shalan Joudry [pictured] is a Mi'kmaw writer, storyteller, musician and ecologist. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and the Mi'kmaq Anthology II. Her first poetry collection, "Generations Re-merging", was published by Gaspereau Press in 2014. Shalan also works as a cultural interpreter and community ecologist at Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia, where she lives with her two daughters.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The Sawdust Reading Series

The Sawdust Reading Series

The Sawdust Reading Series is proud to present Amanda Earl and our next contest winner, TBA. Come for the open mic, too! The reading will be held at Pour Boy, home of great food, great prices, and great times. On-street parking is available, as well as direct bus service (#2). 

Amanda Earl 

Amanda Earl is the author of Kiki (Chaudiere Books, 2014). Her poetry chapbooks have been published by above/ground press (Ottawa), the red ceilings press (UK), (Puddles of Sky Press, Kingston), Laurel Reed Books (Mount Pleasant), avantacular press (USA), Chapbook Publisher (USA), & Book Thug (Toronto). Her poetry has appeared in the Peter F. Yacht Club, In/Words Magazine, Rampike, fillingStation, the White Wall Review & online at the Steel Chisel, 17 Seconds, Ottawater, etc. Amanda was a VERSeOttawa Hall of Honour Inductee along with Danielle Gregoire in 2014. Her manuscripts have been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Innovative Poetry Award & she has received funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa. For more information, please or contact her on Twitter @KikiFolle.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm



i will be one of the featured readers at this annual festival which takes place from March 24-29, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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2014 Member of the League of Canadian Poets

2014 City of Ottawa Creation and Production Fund for Emerging Writers

2014 VERSeOttawa Hall of Honour Inductee along with spoken word artist, Danielle Gregoire

2013 Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve Grant.

2012 City of Ottawa Creation & Production Fund for Emerging Writers; OAC WR Grants.

2011 OAC WR Grants; Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Innovative Poetry Award for collaboarative manuscript with Sandra Ridley; Shortlisted for Geist's Magazines Erasure Poetry Contest

2010 OAC WR Grant.