Bywords Quarterly Journal, which has published and supported local writers for a decade, is asking Ottawa’s poetic philanthropists to support Cornerstone housing for women at their annual Bywords Warms the Night event.
The Sunday, Jan 27 launch of Bywords issue 10-4 will feature readings by Acadian poet Dominique Bernier-Cormier, JC Bouchard, Heather Davidson, Cassandra Nykyforak, Catherine Ruth Taylor and crime writer cb forrest. Music by singer/songwriter Jill Zmud follows the prose.
When the hat makes the rounds, a donation to Cornerstone will net donors a copy of Bywords’ latest issue.
“It is important that Bywords be involved in community outreach,” selector Pamela Mosher says. “Whether it’s the readers, the writers or the selection committee, we’re all part of that same community. It is important that we do not just sit at home in our bubbles."
The 30-year-old Cornerstone organization provides supportive housing and acts as an emergency shelter for homeless women.
“Primarily, women come to us because they have no other alternatives,” says Carol Sollows, manager of finance and administration.
“We like to use our tagline ‘choose hope,’ Sollows says. “Knowing that people are supporting us, we will be able to help more homeless women in the Ottawa area. We appreciate their generosity and support.”
Bywords Warms the Night
Sun, Jan 27
The Manx Pub
370 Elgin St
Jill Zmud, "East of the Line"