New Tree Chapbook Prize

This contest is for those who come to keep the seats warm at The Tree Reading Series, those who come to the Seed workshops, or are regulars at the Tree open mic readings. For more information, see our chapbook competition page.

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Running since 1980, Tree is one of Canada's longest-running literary events, and an essential part of Ottawa's vibrant literary community.


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Tree takes place...

... at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St in Ottawa.
... on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
... free of charge. A hat is passed for donations.
Tuesday, December 8

Carolyn Smart + Local Lights LM Rochefort and Margaret Zielinski

Carolyn Smart

Acclaimed author of seven collections of poetry

Carolyn Smart has written seven collections of poetry, including Careen (Brick Books, 2015), The Way to Come Home (Brick Books, 1993), and Hooked - Seven Poems  (Brick Books, 2009). An excerpt from her memoir At the End of the Day (Penumbra, 2001) won first prize in the 1993 CBC Literary Contest. She is the founder of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, poetry editor for the MacLennan Series of McGill-Queen’s press, and since 1989 has been Professor of Creative Writing at Queen's University.  The following poems are from Smart's new book Careen.

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LM Rochefort

Award-winning author of a dozen chapbooks

LM Rochefort is a bilingual award-winning poet/portfolio-careerist, living in Ottawa and Val-des-Monts, QC. She studied Journalism at Carleton U., worked in community mental health programs, the travel industry, translation and research. Her poem  HeLa’s Cells  was long-listed for the 2011 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Geist, Arc,Truck as well as a dozen chapbooks. Lise has been Arc Poetry Magazine's Associate Poetry Editor since 2013. In 2014, her multi-media installation and video-poem  Escalator  was featured in Blink Gallery's 'Something Leads to Something Else' exhibition. She is a founding member of Ottawa's 'Ruby Tuesdays' poetry collective.

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Margaret Zielinski

Widely published author of Whistle for Jellyfish

Margaret Zielinski was    born in Scotland and educated there as well as in England and Canada.  Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies,  including    Aesthetica  (UK),  The Antigonish Review Bywords Contemporary Verse 2 The Dalhousie Review Geist Quills  ,  Room,   Soundings and A   Crystal through which Love Passes: glosas for PK. Page    (Buschek Books ),    Untying the Apron   (Guernica).     Twice short-listed for Arc Poem of the Year, she was also longlisted for the International Montreal Poetry Prize, 2011.    She has published a chapbook,  Driftwood , and, together with five other poets,  Whistle for Jellyfish  (Bookland Press, 2011).

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