Greg Frankson posted this a couple of days ago, and I thought it was awesome. And sums up a lot of why I love the Ottawa poetry community too. I hope he doesn't mind if I re-post.
Dear Ottawa Poetry Community,
I love you.
I adore how you
have come together across all the false boundaries and dichotomies,
annihilating the relevance of "page" and "stage" distinctions. I love
your diversity of voice, your assortment of opportunities for writers,
your binge-worthy buffet of choice for literary lovers in the National
Capital Region. I love your bilingualism, your openness to voices in
languages other than the two official ones, your embracing of the
region's ethnocultural expressions.
I appreciate the way you don't allow those who were once resident in
your city to feel anything but completely at home when they come back
to visit. And I love the way you wrap the newest additions to the scene
in instant acceptance in a bid to build a stronger community one poet at
You are a shining example to the rest of the country and one of the
best places to be a poet in the world. I am proud to have been part of
this community for nearly a decade and, even though I now call Toronto
home, will always consider myself first and foremost an Ottawa poet.
I wish all my fellow Ottawa writers an amazing, prosperous and prolific 2012. Keep setting the world on fire.
With love and respect,
Greg Frankson aka Ritallin