Thank you for Four Years! (And a farewell from the Administrative Director)

This September saw Sawdust mark its fourth year shining a light on new and established literary voices in Ottawa! We couldn’t have hoped for a more dynamic group of featured readers, open mic readers (and singer Amanda Earl!), and audience members! It’s always a very special occasion when Sandra Ridley comes to share her work with us, and we were transfixed listening to the thematic chain across her books.

This was also the launch of our Fourth Anniversary Chapbook, featuring poetry from many of the authors who have graced our stage over the past year! You can order it by emailing us at sawdustseries@gmail.com or battleaxepress@gmail.com.

Below you’ll find some of the photos from the reading!

On a very personal note, I was happy to have so many familiar faces together for my last show as Administrative Director for Sawdust, having resigned effective the end of September of this year. I have been with Sawdust for two years, and it really feels like a family affair. It was very difficult to step away from the series, and I am proud to have contributed to the excellent work done by our Director, Jennifer Pederson and our Assistant Director, Liam Burke, in running Sawdust. Every month feels like a rich and nurturing environment for creativity!

Here’s to the next four years!

-Natalie

 


Liam Burke, Assistant Director, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Christine Sung, Volunteer and open mic reader, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Emily Carrigan, open mic reader,, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Ian Martin, open mic reader, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018

 


Mike Way, open mic reader, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Stephanie Jewel (Bjooji Kwe), open mic reader, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Jennifer Pederson, Director, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Sanita Fejzic, featured Poem-Off author, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018

Avonlea Fotheringham, featured Poem-Off author, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Natalie Hanna, Administrative Director (outgoing), photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Alastair Larwill, featured Poem-Off author, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Manahil Bandukwala, featured Poem-Off author, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018

 


Allie Duff, featured Poem-Off author, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Sandra Ridley, Veteran Feature and Special Guest, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Sandra Ridley, Veteran Feature and Special Guest, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018


Sandra Ridley, Veteran Feature and Special Guest, photo (c) R.B. Fairchild, 2018