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VERSeFest inducts Andrée Lacelle and rob mclennan into Hall of Honour


Ottawa’s VERSeFest International Poetry Festival has named Ottawa-Gatineau poets Andrée Lacelle and rob mclennan as the 2016 inductees into the fest’s Hall of Honour for their outstanding service to the local poetry community.

Lacelle, author of 12 titles and an avid promoter of French-language works, was the inaugural French-language Trillium Book Award winner in 2007 for Tant de vie s’égare and has also been shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award.

Mclennan, who has an oeuvre of more than 24 books in a variety of genres, and has served as a leader within the community by establishing the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair, organizing the factory reading series, and founding a number of small presses including above/ground press.

The pair were honoured at a ceremony on March 20, which included readings by Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and Governor General’s Literary Award winner Robyn Sarah.