An Ottawa poet, Rona Shaffran serves as board member for the Tree Reading Series and co-directs the new RailRoad poetry series. Ignite (Signature Editions, 2013), Shaffran’s debut poetry collection about marital alienation and renewal, has received glowing reviews. A graduate of Humber’s School for Writers and the Banff Centre Writing Studio, Rona has read from Ignite at literary festivals and poetry venues across Canada. Her poems have appeared in Canadian literary journals and chapbooks and she has received an Honourable Mention for the John Newlove Poetry Award.