Sawdust at Versefest Ottawa 2017!

Sawdust is once again proud to participate as a host reading series at Versefest Ottawa 2017! At 9:00 pm, on Sunday, March 26th, Sawdust will host a bilingual event with Steven Heighton and Louis Bertholom at Knox Presbyterian Church (located at 227 Elgin Street, in Ottawa).

Steven Heighton received the 2016 Governor General’s Award for poetry for The Waking Comes Late. His poetry and fiction have appeared in London Review of Books, Best English Stories, Best American Poetry, Tin House, Zoetrope, Poetry, Arc, and TLR, and have received four gold National Magazine Awards. His new novel, The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep, will appear this spring.

Louis Bertholom, a former rock singer, has published about 15 books (poetry, narratives) in different editions. He was one of the founders of Blanc Silex publishing house in 1995. His autobiographical account Le rivage du cidre was given a warm welcome when it was brought out in 2002. Reports on the local TV channels and interview on France Culture for Amerika blues, a book in which he speaks about Jack Kerouac’s celtic filiation.

He writes for a few poetry magazines and appears in 30 anthologies and collective works.He has recorded two CDs in studio, Ma seule terre and then Vents solaires which was awarded the Télégramme “Coup de Coeur” Record Prize. He has also made two DVDs one of which is recorded live with his musicians. He performs in recitals with professional jazz players who compose their music on his texts. He has contributed to several stage creations since 1979, even in schools with pupils of all ages and levels.

He has participated in international festivals. He has won the Xavier Grall Prize for the whole body of his work, and he is also the second finalist of the Camille Le Mercier d’Erm Prize for his book Mordre le monde and he is first finalist for “Bréviaire de sel”. Since 1982 he has been a member of Sacem and of the Breton writers association. Some of his poems have been translated into Breton, Czech, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), modern Greek and Arab (Morocco and Egypt where he is published).

Louis Bertholom co-organizes literary nights around poetry (“Les rendez-vous de Max”) every first thursday of the month in Quimper (Brittany); they take place at poet Max Jacob’s house (1876-1944) which was transformed into a bar and restaurant. He also co-organizes two book summer festivals in Fouesnant.

Immediately before this reading, Mark Doty will read, and Versefest will announce Ottawa’s two Poet Laureates!

For more information, including ticket purchases, please visit the Versefest website.

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