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VerseFest Presents Angye Gaona, Irfan Ali & stephanie roberts!

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VerseFest brings you an evening of acclaimed poetry and conversation hosted by Leslie Roach, whose collection Finish this Sentence is just out. Presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library, the Ottawa International Writers Festival, and Library and Archives Canada.

You can attend via Zoom (please register to receive the link) or by Facebook Live.

This year’s featured poets include:

Angye Gaona is a well-known poet from Colombia. She is the author of several poetry books, including Nacimiento volátil [Volatile birth]. She was imprisoned in 2011 for her activism in defence of Colombian political prisoners. Her release came after poets, poetry festivals from all over the world and PEN International led an international campaign in her support. She has also won awards for sculpture and literary criticism and is a Member of Honor of the PEN Club of Québec.

Irfan Ali is a poet, essayist, writer, and educator. His short poetry collection, Who I Think About When I Think About You was shortlisted for the 2015 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Accretion is his first full-length work. Irfan was born, raised, and still lives in Toronto. 

stephanie roberts is the Quebec-based, Panama-born, author of the poetry collection rushes from the river disappointment (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020) a nominee for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Critically praised, her work has been widely featured in publications such as Poetry, The League of Canadian Poets, Shenandoah, Arc Poetry Magazine, Room, EVENT Magazine, Crannóg, Quiddity, The New Quarterly, The Stockholm Review of Literature, The /tƐmz/ Review, Atlanta Review, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Winner of Black Mountain Press's The Sixty-Four: Best Poets 2018, she grew up in Brooklyn, NY.  

We encourage our audiences to read widely, and shop (or borrow) locally. A limited number of signed books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.