2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac
2 Dope Boys created the world’s first psychedelic talk opera and were part of the 2013 Victoria Poetry Slam Team


Amanda Earl
Amanda Earl is a mischief-maker, a bon vivant a homebody as well as the fallen angel of AngelHousePress and DevilHouse.
Andrew Faulkner
Andrew Faulkner's first book, Need Machine, was published by Coach House in 2013, and he co-curates The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press.
Austin Webster
Austin Webster's work is featured in the upcoming edition of the Ottawa Arts Review.


Billie Jane Kearns
Billie Jane Kearns is a student at Canterbury High School and a member of the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam team.
Blaise Moritz
Blaise Moritz's second books of poem, Zeppelin, charms with steampunk and surrealism.
Brandon Wint
Brandon Wint, veteran of over 100 performances, is happy to be a part of what makes Versefest a beautiful and memorable experience.


Candice Bruchhaeuser
Candice Bruchhaeuser's honest, provocative and invigorating poetry seeks to build bridges of connection between the rocky waters of 'self' and 'other'.


Danielle K.L. Grégoire
Danielle K.L. Grégoire started Ottawa Youth Slam, LiPS Slam, lead Capital Slam & has since started the Comedy Womb, an open mic comedy showcase.
David McFadden
David McFadden won the 2013 Griffin Prize for Poetry.


Elizabeth Bachinsky
Elizabeth Bachinsky, instructor of creative writing and editor of Event magazine has five collections.


For Body and Light
Spoken word by Ian Ferrier and dance choreographed by Stéphanie Morin-Robert intersect in For Body and Light


Jenna Tenn-Yuk
Jenna Tenn-Yuk is a spoken word artist with a passion for activism who has spoken at Pecha Kucha and TEDx.


Kaie Kellough
Kaie Kellough of Montreal is a word-sound systemizer who speaks advanced gibberish and syncopates consonants.
Karen Connelly
Karen Connelly is the author of ten books of award-winning poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
Katherena Vermette
Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. The Manitoba writer’s North End Love Songs won a GG for Poetry.
Kathryn Mockler
Kathryn Mockler is a writer, filmmaker, publisher and teacher.


Lenelle Moïse
Playwright, musician Lenelle Moïse creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred performance texts of creative resistance around the intersection of ways to define our identities.
Light is a sweet and passionate poet who picks up on things most people overlook.
Liz Lochhead
Appointed Scots Makar – the National Poet for Scotland – in 2011, Liz Lochhead is both transgressive and popular.


Margaret Christakos
Margaret Christakos has been anthologized and canonized in anthologies for innovative writing in ditch, and Prismatic Publics.
Marilyn Irwin
Hometown talent Marilyn Irwin had 3 chapbooks and is the most recent winner of the Diana Brebner Prize.
Mary Pinkoski
Mary Pinkoski is the Poet Laureate for the City of Edmonton. A storyteller at heart, her writing has been called dynamic and visceral.
Mary Ruefle
Dark, funny and surprising, poet and essayist Mary Ruefle's work appears in many recent anthologies.
Matthew Tierney
Matthew Tierney's poems grapple with what we can and cannot know in a world explained by science and unexplained by naptime.
Michael Burkard
A frequent collaborator with photographers and artists, Michael Burkard's most recent book is Unsleeping, from Sarabande Press.
Michel Pleau
Parliamentary Poet Laureate Michel Pleau has a passion and eloquence that has inspired a generation of writers as he has taught creative writing to many.
Moe Clark
Métis artist Moe Clark fuses narrative, circle singing, spoken word and a looping pedal to add multi-layered vocals to her performances.


Nina Berkhout
Nina Berkhout’s 6th book, entitled The Gallery of Lost Species, is forthcoming with House of Anansi this fall.


Peter Richardson
Peter Richardson has a gallery of crusty marginalized speakers and domestic poems from elegiac to madcap.
Philosi-fire, a 17-year-old, was recently titled Ottawa Versefest's 2014 Women's Slam Champion.


Robert Hogg
Robert Hogg is a writer and was a preofessor specializing in modern and post-modern American and Canadian poetry.
Robert McTavish
Robert McTavish is a Canadian documentary filmmaker and editor of A Long Continual Argument: The Selected Poems of John Newlove.
Rona Shaffran
I heard echoes of Sexton talking to Roethke; but the voice here is Shaffran's own, speaking the naked truth in the woman's voice, and then in the man's.
Roy MacSkimming
Roy MacSkimming is a published poet, novelist and non-fiction writer and is currently at work on a historical novel, The Secret History of John A.


Sandra Alland
Performer Sandra Alland is a writer, interdisciplinary artist & filmmaker in Scotland. She co-won the 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award.
Sarah Clancy
Sarah Clancy is a politically engaged page and performance poet from Ireland.
Sarah de Leeuw
Sarah de Leeuw's writing is focused on deeply felt and embodied relationships between humans and the natural world.
Selina Boan
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Selina Boan’s first chapbook “An Act of Distillation” was released by In/Words Magazine and Press in 2013.
Shane Rhodes
Shane Rhodes' most recent 5th book is X (2013). He was the 2013 Arts Queensland P-I-R in Brisbane, Australia.
Souvankham Thammavongsa
Souvankham Thammavongsa has written three poetry books, the most recent of which is Light (Pedlar Press, 2013).
Stephen Brockwell
Montreal transplant, Stephen Brockwell brings his 4th book of poetry with psychic projections and house pets and other Surprising Fragments.
Stephen James Smith
Stephen James Smith is a: Dubliner, writer, performer, chancer, give-us-a-goer-of-that-sure.
Sue Goyette
Nominee for the Governor General's Award
Susan Gillis
Susan Gillis won the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and comes with her third poetry collection, The Rapids, with Yoko’s Dogs, published by Pedlar Press.
Suzannah Showler
Suzannah Showler is originally from Ottawa, and her first book of poems, Failure to Thrive, will be out this spring from ECW Press.


Tim Bowling
Multiply-lauded, Tim Bowling's 12th poetry collection, Circa Nineteen Hundred and Grief, is fresh out at Gaspereau Press.


Vincent Colistro
Vincent Colistro recently finished his first book-length manuscript of poems, and is at work on another.


William Hawkins
William Hawkins was last year’s inductee to the VerseFest Hall of Honour and was at the famous 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference.