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Carleton University's English Literary Society

The English Literature Society of the Department of English at Carleton University offers English majors and other friends of literature the opportunity to meet together and participate in literary activities in an informal setting with faculty mentors.


Bywords publishes on a monthly basis poems on the web, a Calendar of Literary Events, and the Bywords Quarterly Journal. Its aims are to publish emerging and established poets who reside, study or work in Ottawa.

The Dusty Owl

The popular Dusty Owl Reading Series began in the early nineties in the heyday of Ottawa open mike poetry readings, and for five years it held forth in the late, lamented Cafe Wim on Sussex in the Market. In 1999, the series went dormant, and was recently revived. The original reading, and its new incarnation, are dedicated to showcasing the best in Ottawa talent and fostering the artistic community. In the last year since its inception, it's featured readers like rob mclennan, Oni the Haitian Sensation, and John Akpata, as well as folk and blues bands, fundraisers, open mikes, and book launches. The reborn Owl has found its home at the intimate and friendly Swizzles Bar & Grill (246-B Queen Street, between Bank and Kent; down the stairs beside the Thai restaurant).

The Puritan

Ottawa's literary prose journal.


Synaesthesia strives to force artists into working together by demolishing the lines drawn between artistic media. Photographers work in the same space as painters, while spoken word and music performances overlap, merging with video images to promote the general abandonment of discipline.