[This post is republished from the blog of Lara Stokes, former contributor to the Ottawa Arts Review. Lara writes letters to dead writers who have impacted her life. You can read more of her letters here.] Dear Carol, You left us thirteen years ago, which means you might be the […]

A Certain Faith: A Letter to Carol Shields

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With the semester over, I’ve crossed a lot off my to-do list and I’m getting more and more free time, which is something that I’m welcoming with open arms! Though I’ve always loved reading, I am coming to a point in my life where I’ve developed a deeper appreciation for […]

Literature and Overcoming Book Biases

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I had the opportunity to meet Obi Simic at the Black Words Matter back in February. During the event, she read from her book, Getting Over Yonder, which I promptly picked up from the sales table once the round table concluded. Getting Over Yonder follows the life of Olivia Ogochinyere, […]

An Interview with Obi Simic

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As the print deadline for our next issue approaches, we find ourselves in need of some spectacular visual art for our cover. Instead of putting a general call out, we’ve decided to do a contest (because it means we get to give away some goodies and who doesn’t love goodies?). […]

Calling All Artists: Enter Our Cover Contest!

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Last night I had the pleasure to attend Black Words Matter, an event held by the National Reading Campaign and TD Bank in celebration of Black Canadian Literature. From the author bios, I knew I was in for an interesting and entertaining evening. I was definitely not disappointed. Ottawa page […]

Black Words Matter Recap

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This Tuesday February the 23rd, The National Reading Campaign and TD Bank will be presenting Black Words Matter, an evening of performances, readings, and panel discussions celebrating Black literary achievements. There will also be live music and a reception. Participating authors include Sylvia Hamilton, Ian Williams, Obi Simic, and Cecil […]

Event Alert: Black Words Matter

Art for Aid
Art School Fair 2015 was held back at the end of October. While there checking out the art and buying art supplies, I had the opportunity to meet Colleen Gray, an artist with a goal to support art programs in Canadian Aboriginal schools. She spoke so passionately about her project, […]

Art for Aid: Supporting Art Programs in Canadian Aboriginal Schools

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At last month’s BlUe MOnday, one reader performed an interesting piece that illustrated the juxtaposition between past and present selves. We approached her to ask if she’d like to share her writing process with our readers, and she agreed! So without any further ado, we would like to present Celena […]

Lost and Found: Rewriting Old Poetry

Sept 22 BlUe MOnday
BlUe MOndays monthly reading series had its first event of the school year this past Tuesday (yes, it’s on Tuesdays now), and it was fantastic! There was a huge crowd full of excited listeners, poets, and musicians that made the night really special. BlUe MOndays always starts off with an […]

BlUe MOndays September Edition Draws a Crowd

Aug 25 BlUe MOnday
BlUe MOnday (now held on Tuesdays) kicked off yesterday night to no disappointment. Once a crowd had gather in Café Nostalgica and drinks had been poured, Ciara Loder – new host of BlUe MOndays, VP Literary of the UESA, and overseer of OAR – started us off with the open […]

BlUe MOnday Reading Series Begins Again