Featured readers at Tree are mostly Canadian poets whose work has been published in book form, although short story writers, playwrights and novelists sometimes appear at Tree. These writers help expose new and aspiring local writers, as well as the wider literary community and general public, to current themes and trends in Canadian literature. This fosters an appreciation and understanding of the works of modern Canadian writers while establishing a high artistic standard to which developing writers can aspire.
The Tree Reading Series is run by a volunteer executive of three artistic directors, and is overseen by an advisory board.
Deanna Young is the author of two books of poetry, The Still Before a Storm (Moonstone Press, 1984) and Drunkard’s Path (Gaspereau Press, 2001). A new collection will be published by Brick Books in 2014. Deanna has worked as a high school English teacher and creative writing instructor, and, most recently, as Web Editor of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. From 2007 to 2009 she served on the editorial board of Arc Poetry Magazine.
Born in Scotland and educated there as well as in England and Canada, Margaret Malloch Zielinski now lives in Ottawa. She was a teacher for many years before retiring to write. She has received grants from the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Sagehill Writing Workshop and the City of Ottawa. Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies including Soundings (Buschek Books), The Antigonish Review, Bywords, Contemporary Verse 2, The Dalhousie Review, Geist, Ojo del Lago, Quills and Room. She has published a chapbook, Driftwood, and, together with five other poets, Whistle for Jellyfish (Bookland Press, 2011).
Also Tree's treasurer. Originally from Calgary, Colin Morton has been active in Ottawa's literary community for over thirty years. He has published ten books of poetry, including The Coastlines of the Archipelago, Dance, Misery, The Local Cluster and, in fall 2013, Winds and Strings (BuschekBooks). Among other awards, Morton has twice received the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry.
Nina Jane Drystek
Nina Jane Drystek graduated from Concordia University's Creative Writing program in 2011 and went on to complete her Master's at the University of Guelph in 2012. After travelling for almost a year she has returned to Ottawa, her hometown, where she is working on her writing, serving coffee and doing social media for various literary organizations including the Tree Reading Series and the Ottawa International Writers Festival.