Ottawa Authors

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Nigel Beale muses on the Book, Literature, Poetry, Literary Criticism, Collecting, Media, Life and the Arts, and Audio Interviews from The Biblio File pertaining to same by a writer, broadcaster, bibliophile.

Brenda Chapman is known for her YA mystery series, featuring 15-year-old Jennifer Bannon.

Amanda Earl is an Ottawa writer, amateur songwriter, singer and small press publisher, a polyamorous love anarchist and an ethical slut. Her  site acts as a central hub for her shenanigans.

 Rhonda Douglas’s first poetry collection “Some Days I Think I Know Things: The Cassandra Poems” was published by Signature Editions and she also writes fiction.

CB Forrest writes prose and poetry. His latest novel, The Weight of Stones, was published by RendezVous Crime this spring.

Mark Frutkin is the author of three books of poetry and seven of fiction, including Fabrizio's Return, winner of the 2006 Trillium Book Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, and Atmospheres Apollinaire, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium and the Ottawa Book Award.

 William Hawkins is a poet and songwriter whose poetry collection Dancing Alone:  Selected Poems was published by Broken Jaw Press with a foreward by Bruce Cockburn.  A tribute CD to his music, “Dancing Alone: Songs of William Hawkins” will be released at the Black Sheep Inn in October 2009.
Kate Heartfield is a journalist and fiction writer with short stories published by above/ground press, the Puritan, Another Toronto Quarterly and other journals.

 Max Middle is an Ottawa poet and sound poet and visual poet.

 Colin Morton is a local poet and fiction writer. The Local Cluster, his latest poetry collection is inspired by his Old Ottawa South neighbourhood.  The site is a source for his poetry, fiction, reviews and essays.

Elizabeth Hay is a prolific fiction writer who won the Giller Prize in 2007 for her wonderful novel “Late Nights on Air”

 Marcus McCann is a poet and journalist. He is the editor of Capital Xtra, Ottawa’s gay and lesbian newspaper. Soft Where (Chaudiere Books) is his first full-length collection.

 Patricia McCarthy writes erotic fiction with a focus on vampire erotica.

 Susan McMaster is a poet whose memoir The Gargoyle’s Left Ear: Writing in Ottawa  was published by Black Moss in 2007.

 Sean Miller is an Ottawa fiction writer whose novel “Regaling on College Street” was just published by Baico Publishing.

 Ian Roy writes poetry and fiction. His first poetry book is Red Bird published by Ottawa publisher Buschek Books in 2007.

 Richard Taylor is the author of “House Inside the Waves:  Domesticity, Art and the Surfing Life,” the novel “Cartoon Woods” and the short-story collection “Tender Only To One.”  At present he is working on a new work of creative non fiction, an unusual book about swimming called “Water and Desire.” Richard also teaches writing workshops at Collected Works and at Carleton University.

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