Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada's longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa's vibrant literary community. [Only Harbourfront (Toronto) and Yellow Door (Montreal) have run longer.]
Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers.
In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts. Starting in 2016, Tree is in partnership with g101, a non-profit artist-run centre in Ottawa, Ontario, dedicated to the professional presentation and circulation of visual and media art.
On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, we meet to enjoy a reading of poetry (and sometimes prose) from one or more of Canada’s many talented writers. Each Tree evening also includes an open-mic segment where local writers read their own work.
Tree offers a one-hour poetry workshop starting at 6:45 every Tree evening. The workshops are open to everyone and are offered free of charge.
Tree prides itself in offering emerging writers a stage upon which to present their work – through not only its open-mic sets, but also readings by writers with their first publications, and a night each year celebrating “Hot Ottawa Voices” – promising Ottawa writers who have not yet published a full collection.